Posted in music | pictures on November 30, 2011

photos by Erik Erikson, words by Klaus Kinski

M83 afterparty above Public Assembly
M83

M83's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 23, 2011 was, for me, one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year. And their album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, which came out on October 18th, was one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2011 for me. So much so that it has the distinction of being the only record I have ever illegally downloaded out of sheer impatience for the release date. Don't worry though; I bought the actual CD when it came out. Full price. In person at a retail outlet and not online. Sales tax and all. So, you know.

Active Child had been the opener for the entirety of the M83 tour, and Wednesday's Thanksgiving-Eve show was no different. As Rachel pointed out in her review of the show, Active Child went over really well with the packed room, though their energy and song structure was kind of anemic and the direct opposite of the sonic assault M83 would release upon the room later on. Though Active Child had moments of true sonic greatness, I felt that, overall, their sonic ripple didn't expand very far; whereas some bands have a sonic ripple like a boulder being dropped into a lake, Active Child were more like a marble dropped onto wet cement. There is no doubt that some of the aural textures they pulled off were incredible (and not without a hint of Vangelis), and there is no doubt that the harp playing was superior, but there was something about the monotony of the rhythms and chord patterns that almost put me to sleep. And I hate to say it but vocalist Pat Grossi came across as sounding like a cross between Jimmy Somerville with a dash of Herbert Pervert from Family Guy. Maybe it was the anticipation of M83's set that was making me impatient, but they were decent, just not my cup o' tea. But what do I know?

M83

Moments after the clock in the town square struck 10:00pm (22:00), an alien being was summoned to a very dark Music Hall of Williamsburg stage to usher in the great M83. Top to tail, M83's 90-minute (too short!) set was an absolute feast for the senses. They kicked things off with their stellar Intro track from Hurry Up which set the tone sonically and visually for the rest of the evening's fare. Since it was the last show of the tour, I was really hoping that Zola Jesus was going to come out and crush the vocals for that one. No such luck though. Luckily Morgan Kibby was able to fill Zola's role with an impeccable set of pipes. The chest-poundingly high volume and stage lighting absolutely blew the lid off the place and got everyone's asses moving. They followed the intro with the truly anthemic and mesmerizing track Teen Angst, which is the first song I ever heard by them and essentially got me hooked right away. Prior to the album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83 had already established a MASSIVE canon of incredible music and I could hardly stand still when they crushed tunes like Kim and Jessie, We Own the Sky, and Couleurs. However, with the addition of the near flawless 23-song epic Hurry Up, We're Dreaming to their catalog, they could have relied more heavily on their new album and I would have been happy. New tracks like Midnight City, Reunion, and Wait were absolutely deafening triumphs. But I would have killed to hear songs like Raconte-Moi Histoire, Soon My Friend, the bombastic Echoes of Mine as well as Klaus I Love You (for obvious reasons). But that's just me being a prig. (Maybe some day they'll follow the recent full-album performance trend and play Hurry Up, We're Dreaming from start to finish). My only complaint is that the show was over by 11:30pm (23:30). Too short! Being Thanksgiving eve, I was ready for a boozy, long-haul shindig at MHOW, and although a 90-minute set is generous (and exhausting for all involved), even another 30-minutes would have ruled, regardless of how hot it was in there.

M83 has had some serious success in recent years, but right now M83 are freaking huge. The sheer success of this recent tour coupled with the fact that Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is an absolute modern masterpiece of dance, shoegaze, dream pop and whatnot is no doubt going to launch them into a higher stratosphere of popularity. We were lucky enough to get Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg on this past tour, but I wouldn't expect such intimacy next time around. I'd wager that they are officially a Terminal 5 and larger act now. Without exaggeration, this M83 show was one of the most fulfilling and mind-blowing concert experiences this 34 year old sack of doodie has ever experienced and I am holding onto the experience like grim death because they simply don't cross my path enough.

I didn't go to the afterparty that was right next door above Public Assembly, but photogrpaher Erik Erikson did. His pictures from the show and afterparty, and the MHOW setlist I found on the floor, and a video, below...

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Found this setlist on the floor of MHOW after the show. Says Montreal, but it's the same set the played at MHOW so there you go
M83 Setlist - Music Hall of Williamsburg - 11/23/11

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Comments (43)

pretty sure track names go in "quotations", bro

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:28 PM

you know what's boring?

M83


you know what's not?

Future Islands.

One has heart. One is soulless pandering shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:32 PM

Pretty sure it doesn't matter, 'bro'

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:37 PM

Please stop mentioning zola jesus so she can go away quicker!

Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:38 PM

Wow, do you have to be homosexual to get backstage at MHOW?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:44 PM

That's Public Assembly, 12:44. Read the article.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:44 PM

12:44(2) - As in "right next door at Public Assembly"? Does it make a difference, or detract from the observation? No, of course not. But, keep proofreading my comments for accuracy - sure beats getting paid to do it I suppose.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 1:21 PM

It actually makes a huge difference. They are TWO DIFFERENT VENUES. If I went to your house and took a dump on your bed, could I say "I took a dump on your neighbor's bed, why are you so mad?" No. Because it's your bed, in your apartment.

Also, your observation is hateful, immature, and homophobic. But way to stand by and fight for it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 1:29 PM

Aw, 1:29 I'm pretty sure I know which picture you're in.
And re. "hateful" - I think you've shown enough of that right here. Just because you veil contemt does not mean that it doesn't exist, or that others cannot see it.

P.S. just to show no hard feelings though, I left you a misspelling to correct above, no charge :-)

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 1:55 PM

fart

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:08 PM

M83 arent "freaking huge". U2 is freaking huge. The Black Eyed Peas are freaking huge. The only thing M83 has in common with those 2 acts is that their music also sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:08 PM

Haters gonna hate
ha ha ha ha keep trolling funny boy
la la la la i can't hear you la la la

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:11 PM

LOL AT THAT BRO

Posted by G | November 30, 2011 2:22 PM

As someone who went to the show, and thought "boy, there's a lot of terrible people here", this photo gallery is quite representative of the per capita awful of the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:35 PM

By the looks of the backstage, I reckon that there was a robust hummus platter in proximity.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:36 PM

Without exaggeration, this M83 show was one of the most fulfilling and mind-blowing concert experiences this 34 year old sack of doodie has ever experienced and I am holding onto the experience like grim death because they simply don't cross my path enough.


lol. Even better than Godspeed and Portishead shows this year huh.....

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:37 PM

2:08pm

come on man.. U2's music doesn't 'suck'. i can understand not liking them but come on.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:39 PM

U2 circa 1982-1993 = literally unstoppable
They deserve your humble respect just for that stretch, 2:08.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:49 PM

I am french and I will vuck you in da bum...

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:04 PM

Mamouns circa 1982-1993 = literally unstoppable
They deserve your hummus respect just for that stretch.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:05 PM

"U2 circa 1982-1993 = literally unstoppable"-then they stopped.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:16 PM

True, but so did VU and The Beatles. And U2's glory run was longer than both of those bands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:24 PM

I am French and I 'ear wif my hears

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:30 PM

Why are these men wearing knit hats and scarves on a 60 degree night?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:41 PM

faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:49 PM

Who let that big insect up on the stage?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:58 PM

I don't find the girl singer that attractive, but something tells me she'd be a whole lotta fun in a dark room with plastic bags covering the floors and a few bottles of Mazola oil.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:06 PM

"As someone who went to the show, and thought "boy, there's a lot of terrible people here", this photo gallery is quite representative of the per capita awful of the crowd."


You can say that again.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:07 PM

Who are all the art-phony crapticons in these pictures?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:20 PM

That weird creature that came out on stage prior to the show scared the shit out of me. I didn't see a zipper anywhere so it deff wasn't a suit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:40 PM

"That weird creature that came out on stage prior to the show scared the shit out of me. I didn't see a zipper anywhere so it deff wasn't a suit."

That was indeed a totally real creature. I think his name is Anonymous

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:07 PM

M83 warrants two reviews and two sets of photos. seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:34 PM

Seriously.

Posted by Klaus | November 30, 2011 6:14 PM

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Not Klaus

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 7:26 PM

If I have to hang with the lame guy in the top photo, I guess after parties ain't worth it

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 7:46 PM

God, I wanna fuck Anthony Gonzales so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 9:08 PM

"If I have to hang with the lame guy in the top photo, I guess after parties ain't worth it"

Dude, THAT is the main dude from M83! He's super nice! ANd not a frat boy. Hes all French and shit.

You stink man.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 10:49 PM

seriously LOVE hummus jokes

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 1:39 AM

Well, that was a nice reminder that some people haven't seen a shower in a few weeks.

Posted by Blaze | December 1, 2011 7:26 AM

How 'bout you Blaze up a number and let's all get nice, bruddahman?!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 7:55 AM

insanely wicked

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 3:02 PM

I love your music and I think ur concert was awesome @M83 even know i I wasent there and I also love the alien it's awesome

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2014 11:03 AM

Is I meant not its and I'm a huge fan of M83.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2014 11:05 AM

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