1. avatar comprachio
    In the Olympia.

    OK, the sound wasn't the best but i have NEVER heard a crowd as loud in my life. They really have a rock solid set now. Great gig
  2. avatar ShowYourBones
    I can only imagine, how did the new material sound? Heres hoping for a repeat performance at Oxegen, I just hope to god that they arent on the Main Stage, the sound at the Main Stage is dire.
  3. avatar foamboy
    Whoah! That gig was just sensational! Right up there in my Top 3 all timers. They rip up the rulebook on what a performance should be. Every generic indie pub bores should be forced to watch Arcade Fire and either be inspired or retire.

    I thought the sound was fine and I was dead centre front row of the top tier, jeepers, it's high up there!

    The new material sounded excellent (I had the album for soem time so was very familiar with the tracks) and the old stuff sounded more enhanced.

    Excellent show, wish I was there for tonight's too. :D
  4. avatar 3cigarettes
    I would really have liked to have seen this for the older stuff. I really fúcking love the Funeral album.

    As much as I love them, I am sitting in limbo now about them, I think the new stuff is pretty disappointing to be honest, no progression worth noting for me. The Neon Bible album was a horrific let down. "BUT THEY GOT A HUGE ORGAN MAN ITS RECORDED IN A CHURCH" seemed to be the hook they hoped would sell it.

    It wasn't backed up with the quality.


    Although live, they always looked to be amazing, so while I hold bitterness towards their lousy new album, I am also bitter at myself for not knowing this was on and going to it :evil:
  5. avatar Joeplaysthedrums
    aye, unbelievable show. what a reaction.
  6. avatar foamboy
    That bit in "Keep The Car Running" when there is a crescendo and Win really lets rip was something else. The whole place erupted with cheers. Euphoric.

    3fags, you wouldn't say that if you'd heard those songs played live.
  7. avatar goodonpaper
    I'm really glad I hadn't really given the album a full listen beforehand - hearing it all live, with so much energy has made it sound so much more solid listening back to it now.

    Obviously on repeat after that. Amazing, one of the most spectacular live shows I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing.
  8. avatar ShowYourBones
    I think Neon Bible does exhibit progression. The lyrical content focuses on topics not even considered on Funeral. The music for me is alot darker and a number of instruments (not just the organ) help in creating this. However Im still not entirely convinced about the running order, the tracks on Funeral seemed to fit perfectly on that little compact disc, just not sure about those on Neon Bible.
  9. avatar Beau Sooth
    [quote:3f1ec5c1a1="3cigarettes"]I would really have liked to have seen this for the older stuff. I really fúcking love the Funeral album.

    As much as I love them, I am sitting in limbo now about them, I think the new stuff is pretty disappointing to be honest, no progression worth noting for me. The Neon Bible album was a horrific let down. "BUT THEY GOT A HUGE ORGAN MAN ITS RECORDED IN A CHURCH" seemed to be the hook they hoped would sell it.

    It wasn't backed up with the quality.


    Although live, they always looked to be amazing, so while I hold bitterness towards their lousy new album, I am also bitter at myself for not knowing this was on and going to it :evil:[/quote:3f1ec5c1a1]


    That about sums it up for me as well. Keep the Car Running, Intervention, Ocean of Noise, Windowsill and My Body is a Cage are the only tracks I really care in any way for. I don't like the reworking of No Cars Go with strings etc (sometimes I feel the simpler the better) however I do appreciate it would sit strangely in it's old form on the new album. Why not just put in a new song though?

    Even at that there is a lack of dynamism in the tracks I do like and in the album generally. The lyrical content seems a bit too hung-up on war and impending doom/disaster, rather than the otherworldly nature of the lyrics on Funeral that I preferred. They've been listening to a bit of The Boss it seems also.

    Kudos for trying something new but I feel they just don't pull it off.
  10. avatar the*optimist
    You guys a lucky fecks for going to that gig! Is it true they have a ten piece band now? that must sound huge!


    The running order of the album is strange to me aswell. It starts off with the worst track on the album! I would take the first and last tracks off it and shuffle the rest around.
  11. avatar foamboy
    Yes, 10 players in total, french horn, accordian, organ, guitars, mandolins, 2 violin players, double bass, xylophone and all manner of loud hailers, sirens and old hurdy gurdy type contraptions. Quite something else. They all swap instruments continually.
  12. avatar comprachio
    Don't forget the mellotron!!!!

    I love the new album. The arrangements make me even more jealous than funeral did. It also comes into its own live. As has been said, there is real progression there... and personally i prefer no cars go on neon bible than on the EP.

    People have been poised for over a year now to say that it isn't that good.
  13. avatar Beau Sooth
    [quote:de2099e85f="comprachio"]

    People have been poised for over a year now to say that it isn't that good.[/quote:de2099e85f]


    I'm not sure if that's directed at me but just to say that I've tried to give constructive reasons above why I'm not too keen on it and that I've not been 'poised' to do so for a year. Why would I when I loved Funeral so much?!
  14. avatar comprachio
    not at all directed at you. You gave valid reasons why you didn't like it. But still that attitude does seem to be rife from stuff i've read. Saying that, the reviews have been great.
  15. avatar Joeplaysthedrums
    yeah, it is a 10 piece band. huge sound.

    i think the new album is great.

    theres greater consistency of style i reckon, but i dont know if it has the big anthems of the 1st record...
  16. avatar 3cigarettes
    [quote:a240164557]People have been poised for over a year now to say that it isn't that good.[/quote:a240164557]

    Bit unnecessary. I prefer to base my opinion of an album off the quality, rather than to jump on some stupid (?)magazine*?* driven vendetta.

    Seems a bit superfluos to add that sentence in if it's not directed at anyone here.

    I don't think the progressions are particularly evolved compared to a thousand other bands I could list. I dunno, the recorded version just didn't seem to have any life to it - or sound particularly pleasant to the cochleas. Except possibly 'Intervention', and even the lyrics in it are undeniably twee. Nowhere near the standard of Funeral overall.

    (That's two of my favourite bands who have released pish albums this year - Bloc Party and Arcade Fire - such a disappointment :()

    I have no doubt that live they would be well worth the money, and probably one of the better live acts you could be lucky enough to see. Still annoyed I didn't know this was happening :(
  17. avatar comprachio
    [quote:2d5a804152]pish albums[/quote:2d5a804152]

    Say what you want about bloc party but if you think Arcade Fire's album is pish then there's something really wrong with you. I get paid to listen to listen to a lot of music and the majority of it is pish. Neon Bible, to me, is a beacon of light among some of the drivel that people are passing as music these days.

    Also, do you know the definition of twee? Maybe i'm missing something but I can't find a single 'twee' sentiment in ANYTHING they've ever done - especially not The Intervention!

    The song in question;

    "Working for the church while my family dies
    Your little baby sister's gonna lose her mind
    Every spark of friendship and love will die without a home
    Hear the soldier groan all quiet and alone"

    Sickly sweet or what?!?!?!?!!?
  18. avatar 3cigarettes
    You'll have to bare with me on this post, since I'll be trying to reply through the cloud of condescending nonsense you just typed!

    The fact you get paid to listen to a lot of pish music causing you to think Neon Bible is amazing doesn't necessarily mean it is.

    Thankfully I don't get paid to listen to pish music, so can spend my time listening to good music, wherein Neon Bible appears pretty so so.

    Everyone already knows there's a load of crap music at all times - I wouldn't want to be so derogatory towards Arcade Fire as to compare them to most of the stuff that probably passes through the BBC's letterbox.

    I'll not bother replying to the rest of the "there's something wrong with you lol" or the ridiculous assumption I don't know what twee is when you attempt to defend the song in question by highlighting my exact point!

    But hey, different tastes, no need to get personal with it. Right?

    [i:63446b4943](By the way I'm only being half serious here, you're obviously a super fan of Arcade Fire and that's grand - I'm just a superfan that's been bitterly disappointed by the new album)[/i:63446b4943]
  19. avatar comprachio
    Highlighting your point?!? Are you insane? Twee is derived from the word 'sweet' and generally is applied in a musical sense when lyrics are overly sweet, dainty or cute. HOW IN THE NAME OF THE SWEET BABY JESUS are the lyrics I posted sickly sweet? They are the anti-twee!!!! Its dark and gothic.

    I wasn't condescending either. I was vehemently disagreeing with an assertion that you made which I believe to be nonsensical.

    Lets agree to disagree on whether the album is good or not but I can't in any way fathom how you find their lyrics twee.... anyway, away with me and my condescending clouds...
  20. avatar 3cigarettes
    [quote:cb4f8628ae]

    Main Entry:
    twee Listen to the pronunciation of twee
    Pronunciation:
    \ˈtwē\
    Function:
    adjective
    Etymology:
    baby-talk alteration of sweet
    Date:
    1905

    chiefly British : affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint <such a theme might sound twee or corny — Times Literary Supplement>
    [/quote:cb4f8628ae]

    Yes I was referring in the context of "corny". Not literally that they were all sitting around making lyrics about bunnies and pillows. Rather that they are pseudo intellectual and don't really have any meaning at all.

    If that helps.

    P.s - yeah man i'm totally insane.
  21. avatar comprachio
    saying something is banal or trite or corny is not the same as saying twee. Twee has different conotations - especially with regard to music. If you'd said either of those three words i would'nt have said anything because they are more subjective terms ie. you see them as pseudo intellectual and meaningless, i see them as despairingly gothic commentaries that make a lot of sense.

    I'm not a 'superfan' either. I know what I like and I will be just as quick to say when I don't like an album as when i like it - regardless of who has made it. Just as you have.

    Furthermore, none of my posts were intended as 'personal' attacks. By 'insane' I meant more in the 'daft' sense rather than the 'sitting around masturbating in your own faeces reciting mein kamph backwards' sense.
  22. avatar Pete
    Don't worry Deci, he thinks everything everyone writes is condescending and a personal slur against his name.

    I ordered Neon Bible (and the new Air album) off Amazon last week and it's taking forever to get here.
  23. avatar 3cigarettes
    Comprachio, despite still disagreeing with you on the semantics, I think it's better we don't bother furthering this, I think we all have better things to do.


    Hilarious Pete, really witty :roll:
  24. avatar Pete
    I wasn't aiming for humour, just pointing out a recurring theme.
  25. avatar ryanego
    Having just got both arcade fire albums after being desperately slow to catch on, and having listened to both twice, the first one is the clear favourite at the minute, although I do like the second one. Theres something about his voice I prefer on the first album, more desperate or something? Everyone I know that likes them informs me that the second one is a grower though, so I'll stick with it.
  26. avatar the er
    absolutely love funeral and neon bible has impressed me thus far.

    as for the monday gig, holy fuck, it was pure brilliance! one of the best concerts i have seen. the crowd were really loving it tho i was a bit gutted for patrick wolf cause the crowd seemed pretty indifferent to him.

    who was at the tuesday gig? howd it go off?

    im seriously considering a trip to france for the lyon gig
  27. avatar ShowYourBones
    I'll not even get drawn into the debate on the term 'twee', other than to say that 'Arcade Fire' are no 'The Boy Least Likely To' who in turn are no 'I'm From Barcelona'.

    I believe Patrick Wolf was supporting Arcade Fire in Dublin, how was he received? Havent stopped listening to Wind In The Wires in recent weeks, gonna order The Magic Position today.
  28. avatar comprachio
    Really enjoyed Patrick Wolf. Dunno wot it was like on the balcony but the people around me were really into it. Got rapturous aplause when he finished. His new album is great too
  29. avatar the er
    the people on the balcony around me on the monday were in no way interested in patrick wolf. they were borderline heckling to be honest. i sat there fuming, i nearly chucked my pint of watery heiniken at them

    tho they all stood up for arcade fire and the bouncer types let us. if it had of been belfast there wudda been some twerp with a torch flashing it in our eyes to sit down