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13 Jan 06

final fantasy + akron/family

i never thought i’d be posting something that wasn’t 100% favourable about a final fantasy show, but, well, here we are.

the over the top festival launch show was wednesday night at the great hall (conveniently located mere seconds from my door) which was pretty exciting. sadly, we missed the great lake swimmers, but it was probably for the best – that would’ve been a long night, and while i quite like gls, i fear they would’ve put me to sleep.

we managed to find an uncomfortable “seat” on the balcony, from which we were able to watch akron/family. i’ve listened to their albums quite a lot in the last couple weeks, but i wasn’t sure what to expect from their live show. their music is an interesting mix of quiet almost folky-ness, mixed with loud, somewhat improvised jams. like their albums, their live show makes use of a number of interesting noise makers, combined with the standard guitar/bass/drum setup. they clearly throw themselves wholeheartedly into their show with a crazy amount of energy and exuberance, and the crowd ate it up. a highlight was a 10 minute crazy jam that ended up with 3 members of the band beating on the drum kit, while the fourth member played with an amp’s connector making a lot of crazy and fun noises. if they had ended after that, it probably would’ve been just about perfect, but they dragged things out a lot. now, keep in mind, it was a million degrees in the great hall and we had quite uncomfortable seats – on another day i might’ve found their subsequent trip into the crowd to play songs with a banjo endearing, especially when they led the crowd in a prolonged clap-along. sadly i was just hot and it was late and i wanted final fantasy to come on before it got too late.

final fantasy finally went on at around 11:30, which was a bit annoying given the 10:45 set time and my oldness/tiredness. i’ve seen final fantasy a lot in the last year, and this was my least favourite show of his so far. he once again brought a string quartet with him, which was kind of novel once, but in truth, i like final fantasy because i like watching owen play amazing music by himself with just his violin and a looper pedal. the string quartet resulted in new arrangements of old favourites, and frankly, i didn’t generally like them as much. i also wasn’t super keen on the use of the harpsichord, but there’s nothing wrong with trying new things here and there. there were a few high points, but we left a bit before the end.

having said all that, i’m sure i’ll still go next time owen plays. oh, and thanks once again to suckingalemon for that fantastic photo of akron/family.

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