- Red Flags and Long Nights
- These Things
- I Don’t Want to Fall in Love
- Out of Control
- Broken Promises for Broken Hearts
- Someone Must Get Hurt
- Tear You Apart
- She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
- True Romance
- Black Liner Run
- Take the World
- Written in Blood
*I’m not sure about the order of the encore because my memory is hazy and records online are incomplete.
- man, She Wants Revenge are freaking cool
- it says a lot when your debut album has so many strong tracks – and 10 years later people want to come back and see it
- the crowd was awesome – literally every person in Irving Plaza was dancing and totally into it
- Justin and Adam seemed like the most genuine dudes I’ve seen on-stage in awhile; they were so humble and proud that the crowd came out and spoke so fondly of their time in New York over the years
- “These Things,” “I Don’t Want to Fall in Love,” “Out of Control,” and “Tear You Apart” were total highlights – talk about moody, broody, and beautifully setting-the-scene lyrical treasures
- can’t think of a single bad thing to say about it
(d) overall thoughts
I discovered She Wants Revenge right around the time their self-titled debut came out in 2006. They come from the same hometown as me, which is a cool coincidence even if their music doesn’t really depict that at all. She Wants Revenge has always sounded a bit like Interpol if they were dirtier, or Joy Division if they were sexier, so God knows I’m down for that. This show really highlighted their strengths in setting the scene with super sexy lyrical turns of phrase, overwhelming bass line and rhythms, and lighting displays that really dictate the mood.
As the band played their whole first album, I couldn’t help but remember when I first got into it during high school, the friends of mine at the time who also liked and appreciated my weird musical taste, and all the times She Wants Revenge were a pleasant relief on the modern rock radio between all the garbage that was streamed on there. The music took me back, but it also really resonated even more now as an adult living in New York City. Even though both She Wants Revenge and I are from Los Angeles, something about that music feels very much wrapped in the city. And Adam 12 and Justin Warfield, the band co-founders even took the time to mention this during the show. They talked about the significance New York city had on their career – not only musically, but audience-wise. It’s cool to hear and remember how, as a fan, you really affect the livelihood of these guys.
Bottom line: I danced all night, I heard some memorably sexy and dark tracks that I loved when I was young and love even a bit more now, and got to be a part of a crowd that genuinely showed up for excellent music – what more could I ask for when it comes to seeing a great band like She Wants Revenge? Absolutely nothing.
- Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
- This Scene Is Dead
- Can’t Lose
- Cash Cow
- It’s a Hit
- The Great Escape
- Lousy Reputation
- Worth The Wait
- What’s The Word
- Rules Don’t Stop
- Chick Lit
- Classic Love
- I Don’t Bite
- Dumb Luck
- In My Head
- Make It Easy
- Nice Guys
- After Hours
- Too Late
- seeing the entirety of the CLASSIC album With Love and Squalor
- Michael Tapper, the original drummer of WAS who played on the first album, came back to play the first set with Keith and Chris – this was the first time they all jammed since 2006/07ish; this made me strangely emotional because the first few times I saw WAS live, Michael was their drummer
- that classic Keith and Chris between-song banter gives life to my soul
- the entire second set was ON.POINT.
- the crowd was shockingly good – seemed like everyone knew the new songs as well as the oldies
- Keith Carne, the current WAS drummer, always freaking kills it
- the phrase of the night: “it’s not a We Are Scientists show unless Keith breaks something and then we fear for his life”
- “Too Late” is a brand new song, but somehow the perfect set closer, freaking loved it
- wish they had played my current favorite song on the new album, “We Need a Word”
(d) overall thoughts
The first time I saw We Are Scientists, they opened for Arctic Monkeys (!) at the Henry Fonda in LA on March 15, 2006 (!). For 10 years, I’ve loved watching these dudes perform – anyone who’s seen them live would certainly agree. This show at Irving Plaza was a special 10-year anniversary celebration for the release of their debut album With Love and Squalor – the album that made a lot of people fall in love with them. Even better – the band still played a full set immediately following that With Love and Squalor performance. How sick is that?
Adding a wonderful flourish, Keith Murray and Chris Cain played With Love and Squalor with their original drummer Michael Tapper, who left the band before their second album was released in 2007. It felt like a strange blast from the past seeing him, and – in a bizarre way – made me realize how much We Are Scientists have stayed the same over the years. Yeah – they’ve grown as performers, musicians, and songwriters, but they’re still the same lanky dudes singing the same songs and making the same jokes. And that’s why they’re so awesome. It’s all fun in a familiar way, like hanging out with old friends.
The second set featured four new songs off their most recent album, which only came out last week, Helter Seltzer. The crowd was loving every minute of it and I was elated to finally feel like everyone was dancing just as much as I was. I got a good feeling about this album; its reception is gonna be stellar. Ultimately, I’m so proud of these dudes and I’ll continue to support them as long as they keep making awesome tunes and making me laugh – which I imagine will keep happening until death.
Bottom Line: I’ve been a WAS fan for a decade and there’s no sign of stopping. Also, if you claim to be a WAS fan and you don’t sing “if you’re the night sky, then act like the night sky” during “Nice Guys,” then you’re lying.
- The Angry Mob
- Ruffians on Parade
- Everything is Average Nowadays
- Everyday I Love You Less and Less
- Falling Awake
- Modern Way
- Na Na Na Na Naa
- Never Miss a Beat
- My Life
- Take My Temperature
- I Predict a Riot
- Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
- Coming Home
- Misery Company
- Oh My God
- being front row center in the super small and intimate Irving Plaza = gold
- hearing “Falling Awake” for the first time!!
- basically the whole damn setlist, let’s be real
- Ricky Wilson being his most Ricky Wilson self
- going to the show with my friend who’s been a fan as long as me, but who had never seen KC; it was amazing to be there with her experiencing it all
- Simon Rix personally handing me his (bass) guitar pick before the encore, such a freaking cool dude
- it was the end of their tour for Education, Education, Education & War and you could tell the band was a little tired
- would’ve loved to hear my favorite song off the newest album, “Bows & Arrows”
(d) overall thoughts
God, I will always love Kaiser Chiefs. I loved them pretty much the moment I heard their first song “I Predict a Riot” back in 2005 and became enamored with them and their buddy-buddy relationship with The Killers during the NME Tour in 2005. To me, they will always be the babes of my 14-year-old summer and I love that they’re still making music now – and freaking great music at that.
This show at Irving Plaza shines so brightly in my mind because this show – like all Kaiser Chief experiences – was full of so much joy. The energy is always so high when Ricky Wilson is involved, and the songs over the years have made it so easy for everyone else to give their energy to the performance too. That’s what’s so great about seeing a band like this; the audience becomes part of the performance too. Everyone’s jumping and losing themselves in all those Employment oooooooooohhhhhh!‘s, working just as hard as Ricky and all the guys are. At least, that’s how I feel most of the time. They show up to perform, so I better step up and start dancing too.
As I said, this was the end of the tour for their fifth album, Education, Education, Education & War, which I freaking loved. It’s truly a pleasure as a fan to seriously love a band so much at such an important age – like when you’re in high school – and have them continually put out outstanding music. I watched as critics and naysayers worried that the band’s work would plummet after the original drummer and one of the band’s main writers, Nick Hodgson, announced he was leaving the band in late 2012. But I knew things would be fine. And they were. How could I not love a band that both repeatedly releases bombass songs and always puts on such a fun and energetic live show? It also means so much to me that Ricky, Simon, and Whitey in particular have noticed the fans – like myself – who come out to all their shows and have a good time. Man, that means so much and always keeps me coming back for more.
Bottom Line: Yeah, Ricky Wilson was on the UK version of The Voice, who freaking cares when the songs are still solid as all hell and the band continually puts on awesome, high-energy shows? This girl doesn’t care and no one else in that happy crowd did either.
- Only He Can Heal Me
- Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
- One More Chance
- Different Drugs
- So He Begins to Lie
- Hunting for Witches
- Positive Tension
- The Love Within
- Heroes (David Bowie cover)
- seeing one of my favorite bands of all time live for the first time (!!!!!)
- “Song For Clay (Disappear Here),” “Banquet,” and “Helicopter” soothing my 16 year old soul
- David Bowie cover (!!!!) and it was HEROES (!!!)
- “The Love Within” and “Exes” – haters gonna hate
- no, really, guys – I have loved Bloc Party since 2005, this was a DREAM show for me
- probably the worst crowd I’ve ever seen in New York City
- set was too short
- I miss the original band lineup
- everyone needed more energy
(d) overall thoughts
I’ve dreamed about this show for years. Somehow, Bloc Party was always the band that got away for me. I’ve adored them since the moment I heard “Banquet” in 2005 and, unlike most fans, have (mostly) enjoyed their newer work after the departure of founding members Gordon Moakes and the inimitable Matt Tong. Kele Okereke has always been a controversial frontman and some fans feel a strange betrayal on his part, but I still believe in this band. Though it’s unpopular to say, I enjoy the slow-burning quietness of their newest album Hymns, and – haters will hate – I totally dig singles, “The Love Within” and “Exes.”
I’m still partial to Bloc Party’s earlier work – particularly Intimacy and A Weekend in the City, an album that would undoubtedly make my Top 5 Desert Island List, and it’s clear the crowd at Irving Plaza preferred the early work too. Meaning no one remotely moved for anything other than songs written ten years ago. So irritating as a fan and must be for the band, as well. Regardless, Kele is a frontman and stood behind his work. Russell Lissack brought it on guitar in a way that endearingly made me feel like he’s still living in 2005, but there wasn’t much to say about the new members Justin Harris and Louise Bartle. The new rhythm section wasn’t bad in any way – they just feel like touring musicians in the shadow of their frontman.
I hope to see the band later this year at Gov Ball, and I hope both the band and crowd step it up for a great performance, not one that is merely good.
Bottom line: The expectations in my mind I’ve had for this show for years weren’t exactly met, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t bawl my eyes out for the back-to-back, heart-wrenching pair that was “Song For Clay (Disappear Here)” and “Banquet.” Step it up next time, Bloc Party, cause I love you a lot.
David Bowie’s “Heroes” cover: