Phoenix’s Thomas Mars, live @ KOKO, London (Photo: Sami Aknine)
9pm start. 6pce, drums x2, wiv 1 hand of synth helping on cymbals. w a phoe drapes behind stage. 2 geetas+ bass, Where wd u go bit like 1901. Emp o t sun vox simil.Start of inst one the singer lies on stage, legs bunched, facing stars as band play on, head to us. Key moment. Then epic rumble…Quite a lot of older stuff has more variety in pace0and vox. One with run, fun, kinda geeta-jangly-blurry rather than m83esque of midset. Falling? Old stuff daft pnk; new emp o t sun.Newer suff with big 7ths and 9ths on synth, less geetary. Go go go v long, rising scales repet.Tropical sunset like scissor sisters cmf numb opening guitar, but yelpy vox present and correct. Strobey blue; bass to get feet stampin to. 1st in encore is old 1, all know it. Freestyle skit vox. I can try x4… Can tell it’s older; no 7ths and geetas rawkin’ out midway.1901 giveaway; evry1 knows it. Such a festie fave in the making.
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By Michael Hubbard | 1 June 2009