Live: Friendly Fires Pitch Black Gig in London – 15th June 2009

By on Tuesday, 16th June 2009 at 2:31 am

Friendly Fires (Pitch Black)We’ve had Silent Discos, so where next for novelty music events? Well, as we mentioned a few weeks back, Sony Ericsson has come up with the concept of a gig in the dark, and the first band to try it out? Why, only one of my favourite bands of late, Friendly Fires.

After some issues finding the secret, unmarked venue just a bit south of the Thames, I went in to find that the space under some railway arches had been turned into an amazing gig space. Not that we could see much when the lights went out though!

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think at first that FF were the best band to do a show in the dark – they’re more of a lively, carnival style bright colours sort of band. However, they pulled out all the stops, making each track in their hour long set into a celebratory fusion of funky disco tunes, complete with brass section. You are forced to listen that little bit more to the tracks, notice the little quirks, the layers you don’t hear on the radio. After plunging through “Lovesick” and “Jump on Board” in quick succession Ed welcomed everyone saying “I think this might have been one of the most surreal moments in a while… Do sing along so we know you’re there”.

It certainly was an unreal time for us in the audience too – genuinely not being able to see anything is both weird and great fun, and means that you can dance (in your seat) as bizarrely as you want. A few people even took the opportunity to sing as bizarrely as they could, seemingly forgetting that we could still hear them. Oh well.

Halfway through, the band were revealed, all looking very ghost like being lit up with only UV light, just to prove that they were actually there and not just 200 people listening to a CD very loud. Closing with the sublime double header of “Paris” and “Ex Lover”, confetti streamed from the ceiling, looking like snow with the UV light. The brilliant Eddie Temple Morris closed things out, a perfect end to a great evening.

You can catch some edited highlights of the gig on Sony Ericsson’s new Pocket TV in a few weeks time, and on their Myspace shortly.

Friendly Fires played:
Jump on Board
Skeleton Boy
In the Hospital
White Diamonds
Ex lover

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