Thursday, May 18, 2006Miles, miles away
Last night was the final YYYs show at the Kentish Town Forum, and I had opted to stay at the back for the wellfare of my body. This was a mistake. The YYYs are a band best served hot. Their music is all about going crazy and letting yourself go. And when you are 25 metres away, the excitemenet and involvement that a YYYs concert entails is lost on you. The couples (it's all couples when you go that far back, myself included) were all talking to eachother during the quiet parts of the songs, clapping in to their plastic pint glasses, the house lights are still on, you might as well be watching a (very good) DVD. One real advantage is that the sound is much better there - the different parts, especially Nick's guitar, could be heard much more clearly and Karen's vocals were certainly more distinguishable. But, if you ever thought twice about standing at the front of a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show, think again. They are definitely one of the most exciting bands on the planet, inimitable, incomparable, and deserve your full attention. Just so you know.