Neon Neon- Tripod Nov 08November 7, 2008
Tripod was hopping- the most people I have seen at a gig in a while!
Yo Majesty were up first and while not particularly my type of music with rap/hip-hop they were good. The second to last tune had some harder tones and even if I couldn’t understand what she was saying it was damn catchy. There was quite a crowd for them as wel- easily as big as some of the crowds that I have seen for the main act. What I found interesting though is what they said at the beginning of their set- they wouldn’t be selling any merchandise there since they had only found out that Tripod would be taking 40% and that they had to live so to order from their site if any fans wanted something.
When they started setting up for Neon Neon you just knew that visuals were going to play a big part and they certainly did…it was great to also see quite a few 80’s type instruments- funny shaped guitars and best of all the keyboard guitar which I haven’t seen in a good while!
When they came on I knew what to expect song wise since I had the misfortune of having a glance at the playlist- I was right next to the sound booth and when somebody actually took a picture of the playlist I couldn’t help looking at it. I always like the element of surprise but for the most part the tunes were in the same order as the album which isn’t a huge surprise since it was a concept album.
So they started off with Neon Theme and Gruff Rhys had a chat about what the whole point of the tunes were and about John DeLorean….bit of a surprise then with this disembodied voice pipes up and starts having a chat…corny but a bit of humour at least.
My favs Dream Cars and Alderan were up next and they did have a great sound live- it was with Raquel though that I think the air drumsticks made their first appearance and a great way to spice up the gig. The visuals of Raquel Welch were quite good as well and well timed with the tune…I don’t remember her being in so many films where she was dancing!
Michael Douglas, Belfast and I Lust You then were up…maybe not in that order but all good tunes with the visuals to back them up. One thing that struck me is that the band are not that demonstrative when they are playing but they make up for it with the percussion and every member is beating on something at some stage.
There was a bit of a surprise when Har Mar Superstar came on stage- I don’t recall him being on the album but I had forgotten about the rap number Trick For Treat. He was lip syncing but he had some energy on stage at least…and quite funny asking the audience if they knew any people that would oblige them with a lock in.
Yo Majesty came back on for one of the closing tunes and then for the last encore Stainless Style was a long drawn out affair which was really good…and yeah partly because those air drumsticks made another appearance!
Overall this was the best vibe at a gig in a good while- it may have been very scripted with the tunes, the visuals, the banter with DeLorean but overall it was a cracking gig! Despite Har Mar saying that Dublin was the best gig ever (about a zillion times) what really sold the fact was when the drummer peaked his head around the curtains at the very end- that beaming smile said it all!