Second time I’ve seen them, and just as much fun. Running around in the audience, screaming vocals, tons of energy and drumming to die for.
The Mae Shi
Hugely entertaining and very crowd-pleasing. Slight hints of math rock with 8-bit backdrops.
Bonus entertainment points for Calum Gunn’s comedy raffle at the end.
The Mae Shi at The Old Blue Last, 4th August 2008
Indie-electronica with a dash of 80s synth. Pretty upbeat and good fun and reminiscent of Postal Service, making them an obvious support act. I also dig that they’re Belgian.
Death Cab for Cutie
Difficult to be objective about a band you’re sentimentally attached to, but they were a good show. To play to the big crowd, they stuck to the favourites and played them as-is from the recordings. I prefer live shows to give something a little unique and varied from their releases, but it’s a minor complaint. I just won’t need to see them in the flesh again.
Death Cab for Cutie at Brixton Academy, 17th July 2008
Post-rock by numbers. Accomplished, but boring
Beautiful voice and keys. Shame about the bassist and his attention seeking ways. A good find, regardless.
Keeping it old skool with plenty of non photo-blue vibes. Pity 95% of the audience had never heard it and it’s chums though.
Pinback at Scala, 15th July 2008