Feist – Live at Oran Mor – 26/09/07


a concert review

Hopes for the gig were high.
Rich looked tired and sort like he couldn’t be bothered. to be honest. I was up for going out but to be honest i was tired and couldn’t really be bothered.

is a singer songwriter. Rich suggested we go before the summer. I said yes just on the name. I had no real idea what she sounded like. I got the album during the summer. but didn’t really listen to it as I didn’t really think the silhouette style cover really was that exciting.

With the gig coming up I made the effort to listen to the album two or three times.
I noticed her name on radio two. at Graeme’s blog. I knew she was interesting. but I kept on getting interrupted when i tried to listen to the album. In the ended after a week I managed to listen through twice, but at low volume indeed.so i kinda knew some of the songs but not many.

The gig was at Oran Mor in the heart of glasgow’s trendy west end! OOOHHHH. two problems with this. Oran Mor is a Noisy venue. Stand too near the bar and you cannot hear the band. As Rich and (I found out at the Sufjan Stevens gig which was awesome but noisy.The other problem with Oran Mor is trying to park anywhere in the west end I ended up in the pay and display. (£1 all night would you believe)

We got into the venue. It was busy. There were also many signs up informing us that the show was going to be recorded for the BBC. The culture show. nice i like that show. Lauren Lavern, Mark Kermode, the guy who goes round art galleries. class

anyway the support act was a kind of novelty accordion black and white film guy. not particularly pleasant. especially as the all his subtitles and words were at the bottom of the screen and out of sight.

at the change over, rich and i went for the usual position. Around the middle of the stage, around 10-15 rows of people from the front of the stage. Usually we find being reasonably tall that there is a small gap behind us. at Feist some really tall guys stood behind us.

The gig started 5 minutes late. but frankly I didnt’s care. The sound was decent. Although there was the same ringing feedback around Feists vocal all night. (sort it sound technical man. it’s your job to fix it)

considering this and the fact her monitors were really bothering her all gig. it was truely fabulous. we were forward enough to be at the back of the people at the front and with the tall guys behind us couldn’t really hear the noise of the people at the bar chatting all gig.

My one gripe is with people using their cameras to video the gig.
This in itself isn’t to bad. (see youtube for reasons why.)
The problem i have is with small people holding their camera’s above their head to the point they can see the stage which is just in line with my eye line. The small guy in front of me periodically would block half the stage but i could see it all in front of me on a small 2 inch by 2 inch screen. lovely. if only i could see people in real size. wouldn’t it be good?

to be honest.
Great Gig. loved every minute of it.
The reminder is a great about and feist is great fun live. beautiful voice on record and seemingly up for a full dancing video. (see below)
as gigs go it had it all
rough sound, great songs, Unbelievably good lights and a brilliant sense of fun.

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