I was so looking forward to the Snow Patrol concert Friday night.
Bought tickets months in advance.
I’m a big big fan. Their music is melodic and ever so slightly rocking. I think the genre is officially called Indie Rock.
This first song – Make This Go On Forever – is a good example of what I mean. Plus, it’s set to scenes from my all-time fave show – X-Files!
So what went wrong? Well it was either a deaf sound guy, bad acoustics (at the Oakland Fox Theater) or the band thinking that the loud noise equals happy audience. Or a combination of all three.
In my humble opinion it did not work. I tried to get into the groove but my eardrums were on the verge of exploding. And that’s with the earplugs in.
Their sound was *distorted* and bad.
These Irish boys are so talented. Beautiful voices, lovely harmonies and songs with words that tell a story.
Here, I found a video on YouTube of an acoustic show they did in Nashville at a Grimey’s music store. The production quality is low but it gives you real sense of what they’re like.
Now this show would have been the one to see. Aren’t they adorable? That’s Gary Lightbody on the left (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) and his pal Nathan Connolly on the right (lead guitar, backing vocals).
And these are two of my favorite songs: Chocolate and Crack the Shutters.
The song that gets cut off is called Olive Grove. It’s a keeper.
In fact, if you haven’t heard it their album A Hundred Million Suns is one of those rare recordings where every single song is great. IMHO.
So from now one I think I’ll search out acoustic shows at tiny venues. I’m open to suggestions! Any favorite Bay Area venues?