TV On The Radio: Live April 24, 2004
Pic Pub; Vancouver
April 24, 2004
Every once in a while, there's a shaft of light that shines through the perpetual nonsense that one witnesses everyday. No matter how optimistic one is, there is not doubt that the world is often fucked up and can really kick you in the nuts. Last night, TV On The Radio was that shaft of light, shining ever so brightly on us lucky people who were smart enough to buy tickets way in advance of this historical show. It is safe that a band as intensely powerful, skilled, and down right amazing hasn’t come through Vancouver for a long time.
With only one album and one EP to choose from, TVOTR proved that there is genius behind the hype. Highlights of the show (of which there were many) was Young Liars, which was the 2nd song into the 11 song set and had any doubters quietly silenced; their single ‘Staring at the Sun’ annihilated sound barriers with its sheer power; Dreams was pure raw power mixed with solid drumming and fat bass lines; their final song, Poppy, was 8 minutes of rhythmic genius with an emphasis on the great drumming in the song. From having everyone in the crowd shake their car keys during Ambulance to delivering mind blowing sounds via a slew of pedals, the 5 piece had the entire Pic Pub groovin’ and movin’ for nearly 90 minutes. Vancouver has another 'I was there' for the musical history books. Next to the early Strokes show, the first Bright Eyes show and the time At The Drive-In kicked the hell out of Richards, lies TV on the Radio absolutely smashing their way through 11 songs, all of which showed how tight, fresh, and great they really are.
How a band can still put on such a show, having just had one of their guitars ripped off is beyond me. That’s 2 New York bands who can now go back to New York and say, Guess what, some asshole in Vancouver stole one of our guitars. Watch for them to play Vancouver again in a few months, probably a WAY larger venue. Lord knows they’ll need it.