Monday, 23 April 2012
Manchester Orchestra - 7 March 2012, The HiFi
I'm slowly working my way through the backlog of shows that have built up over the (musically) hectic summer months (next up will be John Fogerty since there seems to be lots of people looking for that one). Otherwise the shows will be going up in chronological order, and the oldest show I have at the moment is this Manchester Orchestra gig.
There was a weird vibe at this show - for some reason the HiFi seems to attract a bunch of punters who are, frankly, cocks. At this show they seemed to be mocking both the band and the crowd, which was weird (unless your aim is to ruin the show). The band seemed to be in a weird mood to begin with, so this didn't help. Despite all this, the show wasn't bad, it just seemed like a night where the band would rather have been doing other things, but turned in a solid professional performance nonetheless.
Set wise, I think they're probably one good album short of a really killer set. They played a bunch of great songs, but the set didn't seem to flow together very well, feeling a bit flat at times. It might be that their set choices are to blame, but they did a good job of ensuring a pretty killer encore.
Fortunately, the annoying punters aren't audible in the recording, which is, if I do say so myself, another very good one. This was a good show, thats worth a listen, but I get the feeling that these guys could be a really great band, but they aren't quite there yet.