Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Death Cab for Cutie/Franz Ferdinand - 4/12 - Agganis Arena - Boston

OK, so I just got back from this show, I know its all "mainstream" and "corporate" and "major label bullshit," at least for most of the music I cover on this blog, but fuck you man, I like these bands so don't judge me. Also, we got tickets for 20 bucks a piece off some scalper, so not a bad deal (face + fees was 42.25), good seats too. Anyway for those who don't know Agganis is Boston University's hockey rink and this was a pretty big show, I think around 8,000. The crowd was awful, I am going to get my rant about that out of the way right now in list form, then we can move on to the music.

Things I Hated About The Crowd at This Show
1. People talking during the entire show, why are you here? why did you pay 45 bucks to chat at a rock concert? Fuck you.
2. People sitting down the entire time, more specifically, a girl who asked me to sit down because she couldn't see, "Its a rock show, I am standing." I replied "But I can't see she said." I shrugged and turned around. I hope she reads this and understand that I think she's a huge loser. Fuck you.
3. People buying T-shirts and then putting them on at the show, over the clothes they wore to the show.
4. People talking on their cell phones (not holding them up so their friends can hear) during the show. Fuck you.
5. 12 year girls showing up with their Moms (I guess this is OK, but why waste the seat, your kid isn't going to get kidnapped or do drugs or whatever at a Death Cab show).
6. Fraterna-Fucks and Sorori-Sluts showing up to the concert because they heard "Death Cab is really good, they are 'under the radar'"
7. People thinking they can sell their tickets outside the show at double face value (we found a nice fellow named Linus to sell us his at half).
8. People getting up during the most rocking part of the set to get a box of nachos...are you fucking serious?
9. People holding up the men's room bathroom line because they are doing there hair in the mirrors. Fuck you.

OK apologies for the language, there's more but you get the idea of what kind of event this was, anyway, the music. The show opened up with a British band called The Cribs, they were awful and I would rather not talk about them.

I am going to talk about Franz Ferdinand first even thought they played after Death Cab, because in my opinion, Death Cab really stole this show. I had seen Franz Ferdinand once before in a theatre setting and thought that they were an awesome live band. In an arena I think they did even better. Their powerful fast and punchy dance-rock songs were perfect for a hockey rink full of college kids. Franz opened up with a cut from their new album You Could Have It So Much Better With Franz Ferdinand (horrendous title I know) and played a balanced mix of old and new tunes. I hate to say it but the highlight of their set to me was when they played their biggest single "Take Me Out" off their first album, its an extremely catchy song that's amazing to hear live. The band also played one song that had "never been played in the U.S." which I actually quite enjoyed. The song, who's title escapes me at the moment, featured frontman Alex Kapranos on acoustic guitar and a nice piano part from multi-instrumentalist Nick McCarthy, it was a catchy tune and a much needed change of pace. The band played for about an hour and were great for what they were. Franz Ferdinand are nothing spectacular and a lot of their songs sound exactly the same but they put on a great show and I had certainly had a good time watching them.

Now, with my indie-rock credibility down the drain, we rewind an hour and a half to Death Cab for Cutie's set...

Death Cab came on at around 9:00-ish (I don't really remember) and opened up with a song that I didn't recognize but I am now informed that it is the title track off of We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes. The band went on to play highlights from their latest album Plans their "breakthrough" record Transatlanticism as well as songs from a few of their other records. Being a not that hardcore Death Cab fan, I enjoyed all of their hits that they played: "Crooked Teeth," "Soul Meets Body," "Sound of Settling," "The New Year, "and "Title and Registration" were all highlights for me. Another highlight was when Ben (Gibbard, lead singer) came out and did a solo acoustic performance of "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" a really beautiful song that translated very well in a live setting minus the motherfuckers chatting it up behind us the entire time. Overall, the band itself sounded great, and really preformed the hell out of each song. My girlfriend made a good point saying that in an arena setting a lot of the little sounds and nuances that are prevalent in a lot of Death Cab songs got lost in the giant space which was true but nonetheless I thought the show was fantastic. The setlist was pretty good, though I was disappointed they didn't play "Your Heart Is An Empty Room," my favorite Death Cab song. The band was really active and although they did not talk much between songs, they really seemed like they were having a great time onstage, which for me is really important when watching a band in a live setting. I would highly recommend seeing this tour, that is, if you can get past the crowds that it draws.

47 Comments:

Blogger brownpower said...

i couldnt agree with everything you said more... good wok.

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12:31 AM  
Blogger 3redsquares said...

I saw Death Cab, sans Franz, in Atlanta recently and I had to deal w/ some of the same bullshit. but what can you expect when a band sells out to the OC?

11:39 PM  
Blogger Mike Slagor said...

hey man - great post. i caught DCFC in a lecture hall here at Univ of Illinois - it was incredible, but i can see how the quality of their music may become a bit overshadowed when playing in a big arena...i always felt the same thing about Hall & Oates.

keep up the good work!

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the sound in Agannis is absolutely wretched. Whoever you see there, you will leave liking them a little less.

And the guy from the Hives pulls off the strutting cockiness ten-times better than Kapranos.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm taking my 14 year old daughter to the same show next week in Calgary. I'm not going because I think she's going to be kidnapped or raped. I'm going because I like Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand. *Gasp* Someone over 40 liking a new band!!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Its a rock show, I am standing." I replied "But I can't see she said." I shrugged and turned around.

If you are going to rant, at least check your punctuation.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Douglas said...

Why waste your time and energy standing at a Death Cab/Franz show?

And no, it's not "rock".

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I yelled "Why don't you shut up?!!" as loud as I could at a group of 12-year-olds at a Dresden Dolls concert during a quiet moment of a song.

It worked, and they dissappeared to some other portion of the venue sometime during the next song. People around me clapped.

Don't be afraid to call people on their rudeness.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to agree with everything except for the t-shirt thing. I hate carrying that shit around, so the easiest thing is to put it on. Unless you got a problem with people buying t-shirts in the first place.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you didn't have to see it in a metal roofed gymnasium like we did in North Carolina. Fuck Duke and their Cameron Indoor Stadium. Worst Acoustics EVAR!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

Acoustics at Agganis weren't great but it was tolerable from where I was sitting.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why even go out if you hate people and can't get along?

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha! you complain about these johnny-come-latelys in the crowd and you dont even know the title track from 'we have the facts..'? that's the last good thing these washed up pudge bags have done, chief.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

I wasn't complaining about the lack of hardcore death cab fans, I stated that I myself am not a hardcore death cab fan: "Being a not that hardcore Death Cab fan"

9:47 PM  
Blogger Arya said...

"I yelled "Why don't you shut up?!!" as loud as I could at a group of 12-year-olds at a Dresden Dolls concert during a quiet moment of a song.

It worked, and they dissappeared to some other portion of the venue sometime during the next song. People around me clapped.

Don't be afraid to call people on their rudeness.

6:07 PM"

Haha, this reminds me of when I went to see Gang Of Four last year and there were all these little tiny girls chattering and squealing(I think it was during one of the opening acts, but still) so this guy yells "SHUT UP!!!" and then adds, quieter, "Please." Turns out the kids were G04 basisst Dave Allen's daughter(s?) and friends. haw haw.

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