Adventures Close to Home

October 13th, 2009 by

I went to see the Raincoats play a couple days ago. My old band played their first reunion show in 1993, when the first LP was reissued on corporate overlord Geffen for some reason (otherwise known as Kurt Cobain). Sixteen years later their first LP has just been reissued again by Kill Rock Stars this time, I believe it’s vinyl only. Anyway, they played this weird post-punk revival show with Viv Albertine from the Slits, and she joined them for this song. I always go to reunion shows with a heavy heart, you know, do you really wanna see a bunch of middle aged people reliving the past? It’s like a theater performance sometimes, like Civil War enactment displays, where both the audience and band are playing the part… Anyway, the Raincoats were refreshingly shaky and charming, reminding me of why I loved that first LP so, and this song exemplified some weird alchemy for me at least…

2 responses to “Adventures Close to Home”

18 12 2009
ahughes (17:37:25) :

Of course older people are excluded from the playing of rock. Or meaning what they say. Of course.

Pathetic. We’re not all home-owning republican breeders. Get over yourself. In fact, I think we’re more true blue than you are.

18 12 2009
Ariel Awesome (18:47:18) :

of course?

It’s not age, it’s never age, lets take the easy example of Fred and Toody from Dead Moon previously, and Pierced Arrows now. No one can accuse them of an awkward reenactment, or of parts being played.

What is in question the nature of the reunion. It’s playing songs you wrote and recorded when you were arguably a different person. Sometimes those shows/tours can go horribly wrong. There is like this tangible disconnect between player and song, a river of time and experience in-between.
And then there are reunions that work, ones that are not about playing the part, but playing the music, connecting with the songs, by both band and audience. And as far as I’ve heard, those Raincoats shows were the latter.
Which is why I am so bummed I stayed home.

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