Cheep & Snail’s BFF honeymoon weekend, Part I: Atoms for Peace/James Holden @ Barclays Center 09.27.13
Great weekends aren’t exactly few and far between in our friendship, but this last one, our first BFF honeymoon in a long while, will go down in C&S history as one of the best. For 48+ hours we soaked in some of our favorite things: great music, crazy dancing, lots of laughs, lots of naps and art that is beautiful, wild and true and it all began with our possession during Atoms for Peace live.
This concert served as our first jaunt into the alien space craft that is Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The arena was a bewildering choice of venue, we thought, after seeing the band debut at Roseland where they gave new life to Thom Yorke's solo album, The Eraser, and we fell in love with this genial pentagon formed by Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Flea, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker. In the end we just chalked it up availability and got on with it.
We were looking forward to seeing Mr. James Holden open with one of our favorite drummers, Tom Page of Rocketnumbernine but missed it! Didn’t even have time to lament the loss as the headliners emerged and we proceeded to lose our minds to “Before Your Very Eyes” and beyond. It was absolutely mental! AMOK had transformed into a whole new beast on stage, Don Refresco and Waronker combined to fill our souls with their percussion power. In combination with Flea’s resonating bass boom and Nigel’s bleeps et bloops, these rhythms made us want this pumped up version of their debut in our ears forever! Thom enchanted with that incomparable voice, penetrating as always, and dancing like he just don’t care. In his jovial state T-bot introduced himself as Justin Beebah, inspiring a chuckle out of himself, his buds and the audience.
Highlights of the night include sighing at the beauty of “Ingenue” on piano, our energies percolating at full steam during “Dropped” then again during a version of “Unless” that kicked the studio take in the shins… and again during “Amok,” the crowning jewel where we falsettoed like the worst of them and at the expense of everyone’s ears within our reach. Oldies from The Eraser like “Harrowdown Hill,”the birimbaolious “The Clock,” “Atoms for Peace” and “Skip Divided” also had us in the heavens.
We were non-stop and it didn’t go unnoticed. Some nice guys, complete newbs to the band, just came to the show on their knowledge of Thom and Flea and their Daily Show appearance and quizzed Snail on how we knew all the words, when the album came out, etc. She schooled them and it was just plain sweet to have people just come to see what the fuss is about and on top of that stand next to us all night and not try to escape, ha!
Eventually we zombie crawled our old lady knees back to mine for a late-night-Jimmys-on-YouTube viewing party before bed only to spend Saturday blissfully in the comfort of The Boat, leaving that comfort center for nothing but provisions, impromptu dancing to Franz Ferdinand and bathroom breaks. Sunday we would prep all day before setting out for Massive Attack v. Adam Curtis where we would be forever changed… —Cheep
Click the photo credit for more pics and the setlist at BV