Lifted or The Story is in the Soil....
08/24/2003 | dirtychildren.us | Live Show Preview
I had never heard of Belle and Sebastian before. The reason I went to the show was because of Bright Eyes. My friend Anna from school got me into them. The first Bright Eyes record I listened to was "Fevers and Mirrors" in drama class. The next day I went to the record store and bought it. A few weeks later my friend Anna told me that Bright Eyes was going to be playing at the Henry Fonda Theater so I went, and I fell in love. Conor Oberst is a talented man. That night I bought the album "Letting off the Happiness" and knew I was hooked. So once again Bright Eyes came to town, they were opening for Belle and Sebastian but I went anyway. They played pretty much their new stuff from "Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground" I've only heard that album a few times but my favorite songs from that album are "Lover I Don't Have to Love" and "Bowl of Oranges" It was a really beautiful performance because The Greek Theater is an outdoor venue and as they were playing the sun was setting and the sound of the crickets got louder, it was all very relaxing and nice to absorb. It was also awesome because Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley was there and sang back up. At the end of the set they played "A Scale, a Mirror, and These Indifferent Clocks" from "Fevers and Mirrors". Everyone was so disappointed that they were done but Conor came back and played "June on the West Coast" off of "Letting off the Happiness". It was a lovely set. Conor Oberst also has another great band called The Desaparecidos. To find out more about Bright Eyes got to http://www.saddle-creek.com where you can also listen to some of their songs.
So then there was a short intermission and I asked the kids behind me what they thought of Belle and Sebastian and this girl next to me interjects, "BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ARE THE BEST BAND EVER!" Well after being wigged out for a good solid minute and moving one seat away I saw what this girl was talking about and I will admit, I was impressed. Belle and Sebastian are from Glasgow, Scotland. They're music had a nice sound, it's very hard to describe it, but they're definitely worth checking out. It was interesting because some of their music just makes you want to get up and dance, and I'll tell you, people did. They caused random acts of dancing. The venue wasn't sold out and people were getting out of their seats to move to the very back of the venue to dance. It was a crazy sight. But the most awesome part of that evening was at then end of the show when the band played that classic 80's song "Video Killed the Radio Star" with the man himself, Trevor Horn of The Buggles. It was a real treat. To find out more about this cool band go to http://www.banchory.net/belleandsebastian/ . P.S.: You'll like the fact that this band has a violin, a keyboard, and a trumpet in it.