HEALTH- The Village Oct 09October 7, 2009
Night started with a bit of irony when I got a text from a friend to say that she wouldn’t make it to HEALTH since she was sick. Turned out to be a great night though so irony aside it was a shame she missed them!
Arrived in time for some of the tunes from Irish lads Wounds and they had a some good ones with a hardcore edge. Sometimes they were a bit theatrical with the two guitarists actually performing on the floor in front of the stage but it was good to see their youthful zeal by asking the crowd to hold one of them aloft for their last tune. Good vibe though and I hope to see a full set from them at some stage.
Picture Plane was up next and what started fairly promising with a loop and some singing from him turned into a rather average performance of dance tunes. It actually became unbearably boring at one stage so for the first time in a long time I actually went outside for a smoke…and I don’t smoke. The upside being that I ran into a friend and friends of the sick friend so at least I have him to thank for that.
HEALTH were finally up and fuck me they might not be healthy for your hearing but damn did they get the heart racing! Good to see that some of the gig goers had earplugs- while it’s too late for me I am certainly now a campaigner on protecting your hearing so for a group like HEALTH plugs are a must.
The stage setup was quite interesting with having a synth in front of each of the three guitarists on the floor so they could literally get down to business and hammer out some electro bliss and the lead also had quite a few pedals by him which he deftly used during the tunes. What got my attention most of course was the extra drum in front so they could add some beats- really think it adds so much to the vibe of a live performance when any extra percussion is used.
They only played for about 45 mins but it was a blistering set with barely a break in between tunes- and I think they only had the break so that the drums heads could be tightened after the banging from the savage drummer! The crowd were really into the vibe which was great to see and while I couldn’t differentiate between all of their tunes the easily recognisable Die Slow, Death +, Before Tigers and We Are Water were there along with most if not all of the new album Get Color.
Of them all I think We Are Water encapsulates their sound best…
Whether or not these are your type of tunes or not, these boys are talented and know how to put on a performance. Definitely one to catch if you can!