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Architecture In Helsinki, The Metro (Sydney), 11-05-08

May 14, 2008


Wow, so first gig review in quite a while! I guess it was a pretty big first couple of months of ’08, after which it died down considerably. That aside, Architecture In Helsinki were a wonderful band to have break the drought of shows.

I have to admit, I loved their debut, Fingers Crossed, but never really listened much to their two follow-ups, In Case We Die and Places Like This. So I went to the show knowing their oldest album and a couple of songs of their latest, so I wasn’t sure how well that would go down (after seeing Wilco, I assumed badly). Turns out that regardless of whether you know the songs or not, they do a brilliant live set, with tons of stage presence that made the live show totally worthwhile over the records themselves.

It’s the kind of show that you don’t just go to enjoy because you like their music; you go to further your musical experience with the band, and have a heck of a lot of fun while you’re at it. I danced more than I’ve probably ever danced at a live gig (still not much, but… eh); it was pretty impossible not to, given the state of everyone else present.

Speaking of everyone else present, it was an underage gig; the first I’ve ever been to (or maybe Brand New was, but I didn’t notice because upstairs was pretty empty?). It added a whole new element to everything – mostly weirdness. Like, everyone was so short (no trouble seeing), and it’s the weirdest thing ever to be standing among multitudes of 15 year olds (or even younger, in a lot of cases) at a concert.

So except for the fights and the support (El Guincho, who was just kind of boring and repetitive after the first… Couple of minutes), it was an overall fantastic gig to go to. Didn’t, of course, have the sheer brilliance of Sufjan and Arcade Fire, but fantastic nonetheless, and super fun. They’re definitely on my list of bands to see live again.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 15, 2008 1:59 am

    James- i saw them at the Prince! It was at a sold out show, so dancing was more difficult, espesh because it was licensed only. They were fun in a sesame street way. They were all so cute, swapping instruments and that, particuarly the saxophonist. I wish they’d played ‘its 5’ though.
    And, yeah. Couldnt really see the charms of the support act.
    Much love, Sarah.

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