photos by Tim Griffin
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.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...
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]
No pictures of Crocodiles, but we did get them a week earlier at Bowery Ballroom.