November 8th, 2011

Loopster Live: Architecture in Helsinki w/ Dom at Fitzgerald’s

We dedicate this experience to our favorite place in the world, Mango Beach…

It was a fine, Monday night when the Loopster congregated for our weekly meeting. We cut it a little bit short because there was more important business to attend to: Continuing our massive amount of live music coverage. Alexander had his camera packed up and was excited to see Architecture in Helsinki after hearing rave reviews of their set at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Me? I’m always along for the ride.

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This next paragraph is about militant kittens…

When we walked into the venue, Dom had just taken over the stage. Peeking through a curtain of hair, the lead man (Dom, of course), powered through a low-fi sound. It reminded me of a bit of seeing Smith Westerns, both in sound and visual style. All of this is to say, Dom isn’t exactly the type of band that I would imagine would open up for Architecture in Helsinki.

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What I’m about to write next is about walking up an escalator that’s traveling in the opposite direction…

The Worcester, Massachusetts outfit has a certain unrefined pop ingenuity that comes across more ruffled onstage and refined in the studio. Powering through a song like “Burn Bridges” for instance, the delicateness of the vocals turns slightly more gruff live. This is an aggressiveness that I happen to like in these types of bands.

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This paragraph is about space-traveling galoshes…

The only problem with Monday night was that I found myself distracted because The Felice Brothers were set to take the stage downstairs. I don’t understand why you make me choose, Fitzgerald’s. Then again, after wandering downstairs it was obvious that the bands attracted quite different crowds. It turns out that grassroots Americana brings out a different audience than Australian psychedelic pop. Do I fall in between those two “types” of fans? No. I’m just the guy that can’t make up his mind about anything.

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This is a collection of sentences dedicated to North Dakota…

It didn’t take long for the dance party to begin when Architecture in Helsinki took the stage. Actually, in the first few songs, the dance party was on the stage itself. Their routine didn’t hold a candle to OK Go’s choreographed routine, and for moment I was honestly worried that dancing was going to take precedence over playing. Leave the dancing to me, Aussies.

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“We’re going to play a bunch of songs off our new record,” lead man Cameron Bird told the audience after the flailing line dance. “This be one of them.” Improper grammar aside, they launched into “Yr to Go” from the 2011 effort Moment Bends.

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This next paragraph is for the oft misunderstood Bullfrog…

The show was an an all-out blitz of sound and bass. Standing next to the speakers for the first part of the set, I eventually had to walk away. Not because the young couple next to me couldn’t decide how to make out while dancing at the same time, but because I feared for the health of my eardrums even though they were afforded occasional breaks with songs like the indie march anthem “Lazy (Lazy)” thrown into the rotation.

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This conclusive paragraph is about washing the dishes… or Edison’s mother. You decide…

The only snafu during the entire set was when Bird told the crowd that Elvis had played at Fitzgerald’s. Apparently that’s what they were told, to which Alexander immediately retorted “maybe Elvis Costello…” only slightly under his breath. But other than that, the crowd got exactly what they had bargained for, and me, who hadn’t bargained a thing managed to stumble into a raucous Monday which was supposed to be spent doing laundry.

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Random Note — During the show, Bird practically dedicated and explained each song on the set list. Those dedications and introductions. These are the ones I wrote down:
“We dedicate this song to our new favorite place in the world, Mango Beach.”
“This is a song for Russia.”
“This is a song about the wonders of Social Security.”
“This song is about teenage boys playing soccer… or life on other planets. You decide.”
“This song is about dolphins.”
“This song is about driving on the highway in the nighttime in our hometown.”

— Paul

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