Monday, Nov 18, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 36 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 

 

Speakeasy Speed Test

 
 
click to go to advertisers website
 
Arctic Monkeys lean heavily on new material
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Arctic Monkeys lean heavily on new material

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Arctic Monkeys
September 19
The Showbox Market


Yes, I understand Arctic Monkeys have evolved their sound into a more mature echelon of rock and roll - it's their Led Zeppelin moment, and I commend them on a successful attempt to be different than every copycat band out there. But seriously, enough with the atmospheric, druggy-type songs, and would someone please introduce Alex Turner to a set of clippers, because his Robert Plant imitation is ridiculous.

That said, the Grammy-nominated quartet's concert last weekend in downtown Seattle was actually quite good, a solid performance by a musical foursome unafraid to take risks. Turner, in need of a serious haircut, has really grown as a vocalist, likely due to his brilliant side project, The Last Shadow Puppets. However, Arctic Monkeys failed to blow me away on Saturday night.

Opening with "Dance Little Liar," the Monkeys had the sold-out crowd in the palms of their hands right away - capable of selling out large concert halls, the group instead chose to perform in an intimate venue. "Brianstorm" was next, and like the first number it sounded fine. Yet, you could sense this was going to be a different kind of show; there was an early sense that the band had outgrown their bratty, edgy image.

Turner, dressed in jeans, a charcoal tee and black fitted riding jacket, took turns playing guitar and roaming the stage. The always-confident Turner, less cocky than the Monkeys' earlier days, shockingly interacted with the audience throughout the show - I couldn't understand most of what he was saying because of his accent and low voice, but this was the most I'd heard him speak in the three times I've seen Arctic Monkeys live.

"Crying Lightning" was cool, the best track off the new Humbug release. Immediately afterward, Turner said to his Seattle followers, "You're very warm, you've been very, very nice." Just a few songs into the performance, Turner removed his jacket and got more comfortable - and he appeared to be very comfortable on this evening.

"I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" totally energized the pit below the stage as fans moshed and bounced and stepped on one another's toes. It was a good rendition of a Monkeys favorite, the most popular of their catalog, but it wasn't performed with as much energy as before, and it seemed to be over extremely quickly. "The View from the Afternoon" and "Still Take You Home" were the only other tunes played from the four-piece's debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.

Humbug was overly represented by "Potion Approaching," "My Propeller," and "Pretty Visitors," among those already mentioned. The new set of original tracks are less punk, have more of a classic rock feel, and the pace of The Showbox concert matched the album: thought-out, tranquil, but not very catchy.

Disappointing were the omissions from Arctic Monkeys' set list, mainly ones from the first album like "Fake Tales of San Francisco," "From the Ritz to the Rubble," "Dancing Shoes," and "Red Light Indicates Doors are Secured." Are they tired of playing these already?

I can't say Arctic Monkeys gave a vintage performance last weekend, though the crowd ate everything up, but I will give credit where credit is due and say they were undoubtedly terrific. It's just that this is a different Arctic Monkeys, and one I wish would perform at the same level as they once did.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

The incomparable Coco Peru back to Seattle at Re-bar
------------------------------
Pet Shop Boys play hit after hit tribute to Seattle fans
------------------------------
Chasing Nicolette a musical worth catching
------------------------------
Confederacy a funny farce with strong actors
------------------------------
Arctic Monkeys lean heavily on new material
------------------------------
Post-punk Maniac Street Preachers have nothing to prove
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: Exciting playoffs and the Century Ballroom
------------------------------
A weekend of side-splitting theater
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Sara's fall 2009 movie previews
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------

------------------------------
Good times with the slave and healthcare woes
------------------------------

------------------------------
Deep Inside Hollywood - Romeo San Vicente
------------------------------

------------------------------
Book Marks
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

 

http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2009

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News