Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wide Eyed Explorer for May 12th.

Hello again.

Besides our regular Top 23 also a review of Love is All (and Franz Ferdinand)

01 02 03 Neko Case - People Got A Lot Of Nerve
02 06 03 The Thermals - Now We Can See
03 04 03 The Galacticos - He Said She Said
04 03 03 The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea
05 08 02 De Staat - Wait for Evolution
06 05 03 Mastodon - Divinations
07 01 03 The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
08 17 02 The Airborne Toxic Event - Happiness is Overrated
09 09 03 The View - Temptation Dice
10 12 03 Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction
11 16 03 Mark and the The Spies - Won't Work On Me
12 07 03 Lily Allen - Fuck You
13 14 02 Dananananaykroyd - Black Wax
14 10 03 Love Is All - Wishing Well
15 -- 01 We Were Promised Jetpacks - Quiet Little Voices
16 11 03 Jack Penate - Tonight's Today
17 13 03 A Place To Bury Strangers - Missing You
18 19 03 Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls
19 -- 01 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Sugarfoot
20 -- 01 Super Tennis - Super Tennis Theme Song
21 18 03 Metric - Help I'm Alive
22 23 02 Andrew Bird - Fitz and the Dizzyspells
23 20 02 The Joy Formidable - Whirring

Love is All (and quite a bit of Franz Ferdinand).

Paradiso May 11th, 2009

Don’t tell anyone, but you can sometimes get into shows by big bands in the Paradiso by buying a ticket for a late concert in the small room upstairs.

At 21:55 I had my ticket to Swedish band Love is All scanned and went upstairs but apart from two people sitting on chairs the room was empty and the stage set up. Walking around I went through the doors leading to Paradiso’s grand main room where Franz Ferdinand was playing their sold out show. Going back and forth to small room I got to see the end of a great concert. Atmosphere was great and when they invited people onstage during ‘This Ffire’ it turned into an almost out of control party. Good thing they didn’t play one of their hits, never know how the frantic crowd would react to that. The band seemed to enjoy it and it’s probably a good thing they decided to do two Paradiso shows and not one in a bigger but less intimate hall.

The feedback of the amps was still humming through the old church when me and some other people took the short walk from the balcony to the small room where Swedish band Love is All started to play almost immediately after.

I got a ticket after hearing their second album “A Hundred Things That Keep Me Up At Night”, a collection of punky indie rock songs with catchy hooks and lyrics about the everyday things in life like messy rooms and seasickness.

Fronted by singer Josephine Olausson the band at times seemed to work too hard. The sound got messy whereby you missed the great hooks and funny lyrics. But Josephine is a warm stage presence and her English accent is charming. Hindered by the very small stage they didn’t have much room to move about, although I wonder if they ever really do. The drummer’s bass drum seemed to do the most moving.

It’s still amazing how Sweden can have so many bands that are worth listening to. Most of their styles have a layer of pop that can be at times annoying. Swedish music almost never has a sense of urgency and depth that North-American or British bands have. Maybe it is because life in Sweden is generally good and there is nothing really to complain about. The Blues could never have been started in Sweden, but at least they have quite a few good bands releasing records each year, and Love is All should be noted for their originality and for not stepping into the pop-trap that lured a lot of bands.

The show only lasted 35 minutes, but they did have Franz Ferdinand opening for them, what else do you want.

Check out their single Wishing Well, now in the Top 23

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