Josef K wrote:Were you at the roundhouse, Rimbaud?
Yep, I was there, and to a certain extent he's right. The vocals were mixed VERY low, and for a couple of songs it felt as if Shields' mic was actually off! Thing is, if you were stuck at the back, off to one side, all you got was a muddy dirge. I had to walk round to the side and work my way to the front(-ish) in order to actually hear the band to any degree of clarity. I don't think the Roundhouse is a particularly good venue in this respect - the Glenn Branca event was similarly problematic.
As for the stage act - being a short arse I saw very little of it! I never saw MBV in their day, so I can't really comment about them being a little 'stiff' last night (is to be these 'shoegazers'! they look to shoes, no? is schitck?!) but I suppose I see his point, Shields and Butcher did look a *tad* unengaged.
I thoroughly enjoyed it though - right down to the 20 minutes of pure noise at the end.
I was pretty inebriated, so my judgement may not be as sound as folks that were a little less sozzled.
Fuck, I'm sobering up. I may see things differently in an hour or two.