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Death Cab For Cutie


First I must say one thing that's been on my mind before I get into the joy of seeing my favourite band again.

There were times I felt angry watching Death Cab perform, seeing so many people around me on their phone, talking very loudly to one another, or being so drunk that they would shout the same thing over and over again, e.g. play the song 'I will follow you into the dark!', one lady must have said that maybe 15 times, of course they will play it, it's their top song. I felt like shouting at everyone around me to stop what they are doing and have some respect or leave! Ok, rant done! Promise.

I've been listening to Death Cab For Cutie since I was a 5-year-old (thanks mum for giving me a musical education). I first saw them live maybe three years ago at the Saint Jame theatre before it shut its doors. I did not believe my favourite band would come back so soon. I was delighted to find that they were going to be part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Now my photos do not do this performance the justice it deserves. I wish they could relay how tight a set it was, how well they all worked together. You could see that they have been working together and performing for a long time. Everything was perfect, perfect at some moments for me at least. You could probably guess, but I sang at the top of my lungs for every single song! And I loved every minute of it. I would bet $100 that my mum, sitting two rows behind me would have been crying for most the show!

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Beach House


The magnificent and ethereal Beach House played at Auckland's Town Hall on Monday. It was their first private show since playing at Kings Arm's 10 years ago.

I felt at peace watching their set and felt the crowd's enjoyment through their sways and quiet smiles. Beach House performed with an 'almost smug' power, laced with smoke, bold light displays and mystery. Their rolling acoustics exploited the space and emphasized Legrand's haunting vocals.

At times I wished that her hidden face was more visible, however her choice to remain shadowed added to the dynamic esoteric vibe.

The dream-pop, indie-rock band put on a show strong enough to knock certain parameters I had assumed for them well out of the way; proving that they can still impressively make some of their best stuff 7 albums into their career.

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