• Portishead - Live at Greek Theater, Berkeley, California




    Origine du Groupe : North america

    Style : Trip Hop , Electronic

    Sortie : 2011

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    By from http://www.theowlmag.com

    U.K. trip-hop veterans Portishead, in their first American tour since the Clinton administration, slayed the Greek Theater in Berkeley. The group’s first two records Dummy and Portishead are
    sacrosanct in the ’90s alternative music canon (staffed by vocalist Beth Gibbons, and multi-instrumentalists Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley) and their 2008 comeback performance at Coachella (and
    attending album Third) is already legendary for its might and majesty. Beyond that, though, there was no tour, U.S. or otherwise until now. After co-curating a few days of the All Tomorrow’s
    Parties festival, the band’s tour (ending in Denver on the 27th) is incredibly brief and every event is a sold-out testament to the resilience and power of the group.

    Their set began with the massive chasm of the Greek Theater aflutter in conversation before the lights suddenly went out and the group (accented in live incarnation by bassist Jim Barr, drummer
    Clive Deamer, and keyboard player John Baggott) one by one took the stage with Gibbons last, whose arrival was punctuated by the deafening screams of her fervent faithful.

    Roiling into the cinematic churn of “Silence,” every line was an occasion for reinvention. Indeed, it’s gratifying to note that their setlist visited all of the familiar peaks of their
    discography. For a band whose recorded works consisted of three albums over 20 years and one live album, it’s daunting to note their immense influence: from Phantogram to the entire chillwave
    movement, these guys are legends. And for the next hour and a half, it was exhilarating watching them prove it.

    Using the backdrop (but little lighting), the performance was almost confrontational in its intimacy. The band plunged into their second song, “Hunter” which found Gibbons with that wonderful and
    seasoned instrument of her voice asking “And if I should fall, would you hold me?” Elsewhere, the band aimed for atmosphere and power. A few songs later during “The Rip,” an acoustic swoon gave
    way to a synth-driven anthem.

    Older and beloved material was pretty stripped down: “Wandering Star” found the band at the peak of lounge-rock, with the combined telepathy of the group underscoring Gibbons’ confessions with
    empathy and solidarity. That said, they knew the strength of attack: “Machine Gun” was as thunderous and jarring as anything I’ve seen at a live show this year. Familiar guitar breaks and band
    cues elicited screams. It was safe to say that a lot of the group’s California cult was in attendance and the band knew it too.

    A lot of the set was built around various material because that’s where their hearts are: on progression and growing. Portishead dipped into ’90s material with “Glory Box” and “Over,” which were
    every bit as heart-tugging and evocative as you could imagine. After a momentous rendition of “Threads,” the group departed, only to return for a two-song encore that featured a surging take on
    “We Carry On” highlighted by Gibbons jumping into the photo pit and high-fiving the fans. The joy that was felt by those in attendance was nothing short of contagious, though it’s worth noting
    that Portishead, an iconoclastic and uncompromising as they’ve always been, can tour at their own convenience. See them if you can. Portishead are back, everybody. Recognize.

    Tracklist :

    01. Intro

    02. Silence

    03. Hunter

    04. Nylon Smile

    05. Mysterons

    06. The Rip

    07. Sour Times

    08. Magic Doors

    09. Wandering Star

    10. Machine Gun

    11. Over

    12. Glory Box

    13. Chase The Tear

    14. Cowboys

    15. Threads

    16. Roads

    17. We Carry On





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