Ott 6 2008, 1:33
Fri 3 Oct – The Dandy Warhols, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Upsidedown
I'm normally not a big fan of the more bigger venues, but I've got to say I really do like the Wiltern, aside from the raping I received on the cost of beer.
The Upsidedown I thought played really well. I've heard of the band, but never heard anything they've done prior to this show. They seem like a pretty solid act, my only complaint was that the guitarist who really shined was in the far right side of the stage almost in the dark. I would have preferred to see him more center stage, whoever he is, he's an awesome guitarist. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this band.
It was kind of funny seeing how most the crowd reacted towards A Place To Bury Strangers. I guarntee most did not know what to expect. It was my first time seeing them and I wondered how they were going to do live, their album is great and I've read that they normally play their shows loud, but after seeing My Bloody Valentine the night before, I can say they weren't that loud. The crowd didn't seem to react that well to them, afterall they were here to see the Dandys perform poppy songs, nothing of which APTBS were offering. I'll see these guys again for sure.
Then came the Dandys, I've been a huge fan of them ever since "...Come Down" came out, but I never got a chance to see them live. I thought that their last two albums weren't that great compaired to their older stuff, in my opinion it seemed as if Courtney was attempting to write more longer complex songs, or just trying to attempt to be more like Anton of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. I loved the fact that how each member of the Dandys were at the front of the stage, including Fathead, the drummer. For their first song they played something off of "Dandys Rule, OK!" and I chuckled over the fact that it seemed like a good chunk of the crowd had no idea what the song was, they then followed it by "We Used To Be Friends" which got the crowd going. I enjoyed Courtney's remark after the song...as they continued playing I began to feel a bit bored. Perhaps it was just the fact that it was a larger venue but for some reason, that night the Dandys weren't just doing anything for me. They played a few songs that I really wanted to hear and seemed to mix their set of old and new songs very well. But after awhile I just decided I had enough, and I left early.
Now, I'd go see them again if they come near San Diego and play a smaller venue, but I don't think I'll see them again if it's one of the larger venues.