photos by Faith-Ann Young
..."Most of the songs came off as early 90s industrial dance music - big beats, big sounds, not much else. Even classics such as "Karma Coma" were roughed up by the sound and presentation. The closer, "Vent," a scary juggernaut on album, felt overlong at the show, straining under the effort to make it transcendent, Tricky, shirtless and wearing suspenders, doing his best ranting like a madman.vs.
As one local musician put it on his Facebook status, "(I) did not know live music could be as bad as Tricky was tonight." I wish I could say I disagreed. I really do. [Austin360]
I was all the more impressed by Tricky's set, who readied himself for the show by smoking a joint with his back to the crowd during the dark and brooding opening number. He turned to the crowd and stripped out of his shirt, bare chested in suspenders the rest of the show. While his albums Maxinquaye, Pre-Millenium Tension and Angels with Dirty Faces all have their esteemed place in trip-hop history, I clearly underestimated the timeliness and versatility of the singer and his band, who, minus the vocals of Martina Topley-Bird, still delivered a suspenseful, dramatic show. His raspy, gravelly voice still cut with "Christiansands" and the industrial warehouse feel of "Black Steel" was just as intense. [PrefixMag]The reviews above detail Tricky's March 20th SXSW show - one of two performances Tricky gave at the festival. The other was in the Fader Fort (which is where the pictures in this post were taken).
All tour dates and more SXSW pictures below...
Tricky - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 5 The Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York City, New York
May 13 Spring and Airbrake Belfast
May 14 Academy Dublin
May 16 All Tomorrow's Partoes Butlins, Minehead
May 24 Opera House Cork, Cork
May 30 Art Rock Festival St Brieuc
Jun 12 Skabazac Festival Rodez
Jul 18 Gurten Festival Gurten