Live Review: The Soundtrack of Our Lives in New York at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11th March 2009

By on Friday, 13th March 2009 at 9:03 am

The Soundtrack of Our LivesThe Soundtrack of Our Lives throw all the right shapes, whether it be the tried and tested rock ‘n’ roll riffs, or the onstage posturing of Pete Townshend or Keith Richards. Thats not to say that around 70% of the time they don’t succeed in bottling some kind of lightening, managing to create something pretty special out of chord changes you’ve definitely heard somewhere before, and if they’re not playing the arenas that they play to in their minds, then its certainly not through a lack of learned dedication to their craft.  Or perhaps ‘graft’ would be a better word, as there is something slighty workmanlike about what they do, which leaves us with other 30% of the time, where songs become self-consciously epic, and lead singer Ebbot Lundbergs’ wild-eyed rock ‘n’ roll Rasputin act drops between songs reavealing him to be well, just a really nice guy.

It’s hard in this day and age though, when it feels like audiences are getting smaller, and people are no longer shelling out money to see bands they ‘quite’ like, and to be fair, even though this venue is by no means full, it says something of the bands desire to convert you to what they so whole-heartedly believe in that they play as if to 50,000 people.

It also says something about US venues that the minute the obligatory uber-fan in the audience starts a one-man mosh pit, he’s dragged away by security and warned to keep it down! By and large, American audiences are a lot less physical, prefering to keep their own space around them. I thought this was only in LA where you spend most of your life in the isolation of a car, but its here in New York too. It’s good news for us belligerent Brits abroad though, as I’ve had no trouble at all getting to within 10 feet of some of my heroes without the usual “I am absolutely rooted to this spot and I wont move a millimetre even to let you past” routine.

It’s no surprise that the band supported Oasis, as they have a lot in common. Thunderingly loud mid-tempo anthems with every cliché in the book that bludgeon you with enough volume and excitement for it not to matter most of the time. However, while Oasis had the zeitgeist on their side, TSOOL are just a touch too derivative to reach those heights themselves. While they may be destined to remain outside the mainstream, that’s no terrible thing, as commerciality may curb their excess, and this is a band that thrive on the stuff at every level; musical, lyrical, and in their performance. There are times when the dynamics work perfectly, the guitars work off each other perfectly, and the keyboards trill and trem in all the right places. If you’re looking for fairly mindless fun that you probably wont remember much about afterwards (and isn’t that the point of rock ‘n’ roll?), then these guys are a good place to start.

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13th March 2009

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17th March 2009

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