ON THE RADIO do to my body what no other band can. And I don't mean in the "like
man, this band totally... like uh... man... you know" sense. Or even
like what the "Baby One More Time" video did to me while watching TRL during my formative preteen years. In a more literal sense. Like when I
finally got a chance to see them live at the House of Blues back in
April -- after years of sideline adoration -- I stood somewhere near the
front of the floor, cheesing ear-to-ear, with chills running up and
down my body for the show's duration. Since I moved to Boston last
spring, I've covered my fair share of shows and nothing came close to
delivering that discovering Jesus/LSD moment I experienced on Lansdowne
an attempt to assure myself that the bartender wasn't drugging my $6
PBR tallboys that night, I ventured down to the waterfront this past
Tuesday evening. And lo and behold, in spite of the rather meddling weather,
my suspicions were correct: They're just that fucking good live. The
whole thing wasn't as flooring as April's show, but probably for the
best as I was able to resist my tendency to black out with euphoria and somewhat rationalize how they're able to deliver a such a brilliant performance.Ninety-minutes
of anthems channeled through a six-piece wall of sound and Tunde
Adebimpe's unmatched dance moves (I know they're unmatchable because I
tried to imitate him once I removed myself from the watchful public eye,
and couldn't come close). I've seen arena shows that would sound like
pin-drops in comparison. And regardless of the somewhat divergent opinions
on their recent LP -- I loved it, but I'd hardly expect you to trust
my critical bias at this point -- it at least succeeded in delivering
them a grip of live-ass tunes to slot into their live-ass setlist.
"Repetition" and "Caffeinated Conscious" hit especially hard, while
"Will Do" provided a perfect respite for those nearing overload.
as anthemic, but somewhat confusingly billed, was BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. I
mean, they packed out the House of Blues themselves around this time last year.
Hardly seemed right giving them a 45-minute opening slot. I figured it
would've at least been a double-headline, equal-stage-time dealy, but I digress.
They possess the same ability to beating the audience into submission via sound as
TVotR, but with twice the amount of people on stage. And the venue is ideal for them, as their music is the type that inspires belting along
while under the influence of alcohol in an open air environment. But
unfortunately, the weather didn't play to those strengths
afforded by the typically ideal BoA Pavilion. Here's to them making
another pass through town next summer.Much
thanks to whoever I jacked the video accompaniment from off of Youtube.
I'm trying out a non-Phlipcam video recorder and my fat fingers covered
the microphone, making it sound like TV on the Radio was playing