Posted in dance | music | pictures on April 13, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Ladytron / The Faint
Ladytron
The Faint

"I'm all for the egalitarian spirit of alternating closing slots when it comes to co-headline tours, but even as someone who's a fan of Ladytron and who hadn't heard a note from The Faint before Monday's show at the Phoenix, I'd have to say that the evening would have been better served if the Nebraskans had been last up.

Which isn't a slight on the Liverpool outfit in the least - as their appearance at Harbourfront last July proved, they can put on a terrific show even without being especially animated but following a set as hyper-kinetic and anarchic as The Faint's? That's tough. As mentioned, they were an unknown quantity but made a hell of an impression, and quickly - their laser-guided light show and frontman Todd Fink's manic antics made for a level of spectacle and showmanship that I'm not really used to seeing, and soundtracked by the band's deep and thundering synth-dug grooves, it wasn't a little gleefully apocalyptic. And helping that impression along were the audience - all I can say is that if you're going to be standing in the all-ages portion of a Faint show, you'd best be prepared. Starting from a sway and quickly building to a near-riot, it became very clear that the front half of the Phoenix was no place for the faint of heart or aged of back. I can't say that I'll remember a single song The Faint played during that hour on Monday night, but I'll certainly remember the effect it had on their fans. That shit was crazy."
[Chromewaves saw the Toronto show]

Ladytron and The Faint are on tour, and came through NYC over the weekend to play Friday and Saturday night shows at Webster Hall with Crocodiles (not Telepathe). The co-headlining bands also DJ'd a couple of afterparties while they were here. The pictures in this post are from the Saturday (4/11) show. More of them below...

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No pictures of Crocodiles, but we did get them a week earlier at Bowery Ballroom.

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Comments (21)

First!

Posted by BlogRat | April 13, 2009 11:22 AM

How was this?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 11:43 AM

Friday night was pretty awesome. Would've been better if the bass wasn't jacked all the way up for the Ladytron set.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 11:56 AM

Who played first on the Saturday show?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 12:27 PM

The Faint blew them away....well at least when I saw both bands on Saturday

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 12:43 PM

Ladytron started the Saturday show with absolutely horrible sound. I thought there was a problem with the system at Webster Hall, until The Faint got on stage. The Faint brought the house down and sounded absolutely perfect.

Posted by joel | April 13, 2009 12:44 PM

what were the set times?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 12:55 PM

The Faint as an "unknown quantity?" Really? Just because you've somehow managed to avoid The Faint all these years (no small task in Williamsburg) automatically makes Ladytron inferior?

The Faint are the pop-punk of hipster-disco. Circa 2004. Great journalism, there.

Posted by Alex | April 13, 2009 2:05 PM

Agree with the above that the base on Ladytron was too heavy. it drowned out the vocals. Aside from that they put on a great show.

The Faint at Webster Hall was exactly what one would expect from The Faint at Webster Hall. I left early.

Posted by kiljoywashere | April 13, 2009 2:31 PM

* bass

Posted by kiljoywashere | April 13, 2009 2:33 PM

2nd pic. sweet sweet can

Posted by anon | April 13, 2009 2:40 PM

Nice pics.

I'd hit Ladytron's singer.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 2:46 PM

great pix fren

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 3:01 PM

Crocodiles = probably the worst thing I've ever seen.

Ladytron = absurdly dry and boring.

The Faint = full of energy, but played a full six songs after Your Retro Career Melted that could be described as irrelevant. They also butchered the hell out of Southern Belles of London Sing. :(

Posted by Ben | April 13, 2009 3:59 PM

I went to the Friday show hoping Ladytron would play a full set list and as good as the one they played last year at Terminal 5. Instead, they played a considerably short show with an unbearable heavy bass. Mira sang three songs, in which no one could hear her sing because her voice was completely drowned out and she looked clearly affected by the circumstances. The lighting was great, though. Let's hope for a better show next time.

Posted by amphibian | April 13, 2009 4:45 PM

Ladytron setlist anyone? Did they do Deep Blue?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 5:00 PM

Agreed about the bass. Besides this, I really enjoyed the show.

I believe Ladytron's setlist was:
Black Cat
Runaway
High Rise
Ghosts
Seventeen
I'm Not Scared
True Mathematics
Season of Illusions
Soft Power
Discotraxx
International Dateline
Fighting In Build Up Areas
Tomorrow
Versus
Destroy Everything You Touch

Now, does anybody have The Faint setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 6:44 AM

who was DJ'ing Friday night before the Ladytron set? I was really loving the mix

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 8:52 AM

These are the set lists from Friday night; if you click my name you can see photos of the actual set lists, which would probably be a great thrill!

The Faint:

Dropkick The Punks
The Conductor
Get Seduced
Birth
Hospital
Machine In The Ghost
Posed To Death
Desperate Guys
Psycho
Mirror Error
Call Call
Disappear
Glass Danse
Southern Belles in London Sing
Worked Up So Sexual

The Geeks Were Right
Paranoiattack
Agenda Suicide

Ladytron:

Black Cat
Runaway
High Rise
Ghosts
Seventeen
I’m Not Scared
True Mathematics
Season Of Illusions
Soft Power
Discotraxx
International Dateline
Fighting In Built Up Areas
Tomorrow

Versus
Destroy Everything You Touch

Posted by hornblower | April 14, 2009 9:35 PM

Does anyone have the faint's set list from saturday?

Posted by jamie | April 16, 2009 6:36 PM

Unbearably terrible sound. The sound guy should be fired. Neigh, webster hall should be fired.

I love LT and left after four songs.

Posted by empas | April 17, 2009 5:17 PM

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