The purpose of a minute soak is to rid the soaker of all stimuli, giving them a chance to forget about the outside world. The almost hour-and-a-half long set was just narcotic enough to make you forget where you were. The talky latecomers filtering in throughout her set aroused audible irritation from the enrapt early birds, which, given the usual atmosphere of the no-frills rock venue, was somewhat surprising. Kazu Makino vocals and guitar , twins Simone drums and Amedeo guitar, vocals, keyboard Pace, and a new, unnamed keyboardist took their places on stage, and the audience had the expectant faces of seasoned fans who know what to expect, and were willing lose themselves in the experience without a fight. Amedeo and Kazu shared vocals on the first song of the night, the latter undulating in era-less garb that included a glass and horsehair cow skull mask. Gold-hued photography flash umbrellas lined the wall behind Simone, and light bulbs in mic stands flickered like flames.
Live Review: Blonde Redhead, Paris, France, Sept. 22, 2014
LIVE REVIEW: Blonde Redhead, Vega,
Blonde Redhead have spent almost two decades doing their very best to attract opposite descriptors: stripped-back and baroque, chaotic and elegant. As John Peel said of the Fall, they are always different, and always the same. Always eager to follow an album with its diametrical opposite, the band exhibit a fearlessness which is matched by the dedication of its fans. The venue is sold out, and spirits are high, egged on by local boys Cancer.
Blonde Redhead played a sold-out show at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in downtown Toronto on Saturday night. Going into the show, I had very little knowledge of the opening band VBA so I went to the number one place for fact checking on earth, Google. The sound balance was definitely off with the bass overwhelming everything else onstage, making it difficult to hear the guitar and almost impossible to hear the vocals. There was some kind of issue with the sound system that ate up about half of their designated set time a minute waiting for a band at a festival seems like twenty and twenty minutes feels like an eternity.
A two decade dance. Though Blonde Redhead span 21 years, for me the dance began one Sonic Youth obsessed autumn whilst still at school. From the pool of associations Last. From that day on, I devoured their material with almost religious devotion through the various wrinkles of sound which made them so interesting — from post-punk, to shoegaze, dream pop and lounge jazz.