THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE
A few nights ago I was on hand to check out the second show of the Cures North America tour. Now I've been struggling with a little bit of writer's block and being generally overwhelmed, so if this is lame and be as insightful as normal I apologize.
The venue here in New Orleans, known as the U.N.O. Lakefront Arena used to host many shows I've been to, but I haven’t been in nearly 6 years ago for a band. Anyway the opening act was Twilight Sad. The sound of the Cure and their influence in all things gloom and is very prevalent in the overall style of the band, but it doesn't scream of mediocrity. They were actually quite good, managing to mesh their own style and with a mixture of Joy Division and the Cure. They also started early which is going that rarely happens. Over a minimal thirty minute set the band swayed and rocked in their melancholic glory to deliver not only a solid set overall, but also one that makes me want to seek them out on my way. That simply doesn’t happen all the time, so it’s nice when it does.
Shortly after that though, the lights dimmed and the gradual entrance.of the Cure began. Smoke filled the stage, and the familiar soundings of “Plainsong” gradually enclosed the arena in lush atmospheres and sounds. Honestly it was one of the best openings imaginable for the well over two and a half hour show. This band, quite simply likes to play, and boy did they. The first three songs were also the opening trio of tracks from the landmark “Disintegration,” which obviously made the crowd think the album was being played completely. But even though it wasnt, nearly all of the album's tracks did make appearances through the long set. Also a welcome change was the overall stage show from the previous time I saw them. Quite simply the projections from a few years ago were some of the worst I’ve ever seen for a big level band, but on this night their was none of that. The mood and visuals perfectly fit with the darkness that shrouds the band, and it really elevated the night to the next level.
Overall though the show was amazing, and for a band nearing their fourth decade they sound just as good as they did in records from decades ago. Go see them if you get the chance. You certainly get your money's worth!
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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