Dec 16, 2006

New Pornographers @ Gaelic Club

To complete an amazing week of music at the Gaelic Club, or i should remember to say Theatre, Canadian power pop masters The New Pornographers put on a great show last night.
I find myself continually listening to their 3 albums, so i was very excited to see them last night and i was not disappointed. They started with a bang by tearing into "Sing Me Spanish Techno" and "The Laws Have Changed", two of my favourites. Other highlights were great versions of "Streets of Fire"and "Testament to Youth in Verse". They ripped through 15 songs in a hour before leaving the stage. The magnificent Neko Case used her soaring voice to great effect, taking turns with Carl Newman to belt out the vocals. They returned to play not one but two encores, taking requests from the audience, before playing two great renditions of "Execution Day" and the closer "Breakin' the Law". My only quibbles with the night, were i think maybe they could have throttled back a bit on the forceful approach to the songs, towards the end it was hard to keep up with the pace of it all. Also i thought at some points Neko's vocals struggled to be heard above the music. However all in all a wonderful night as i found myself singing along to every song and thoroughly enjoying myself in the process.

Set list (from memory-could have a few out of order)
Sing me Spanish Techno
The Laws Have Changed
Jackie, Dressed in Cobras
The Bleeding Heart Show
Mass Romantic
These Are The Fables
Testament To Youth In Verse
Streets Of Fire
From Blown Speakers
All For Swinging You Around
Twin Cinema
The Jessica Numbers
Its Only Divine Right
Use It
The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism

Mystery Hours
Execution Day

The Fake Headlines
Breakin' The Law

Video: Sing Me Spanish Techno.


  • At December 16, 2006 , Blogger Ian Pye said...

    Great show, wasn't it. Maybe could have turned the bass down in the mix I think. The New Pornos just have such a great bunch of songs ... can't think of any dud ones.

  • At December 16, 2006 , Blogger Wayne Massingham said...

    Yeah good point, sometimes the vocals were a bit overwhelmed, but i was singing along to every one anyway. I agree, can't really think of a dud song, i wished they played letter from an occupant though.

  • At December 16, 2006 , Blogger Ian Pye said...

    Yeah, no Letter from an Occupant was the only little disappointment for me. I thought they'd save it for last.

  • At December 16, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Grrreat gig. Thanks for the setlist! I've nicked it for my site :P

  • At December 16, 2006 , Blogger Wayne Massingham said...

    no worries, I'm sure i got them all right, but maybe have a couple out of order, didn't bring a pen. Oh and i wished they played The End of Medicine, but I'm being greedy now.

  • At December 16, 2006 , Blogger Jaime said...

    Sweet sounds like it was great...but no 'Letter from an Occupant'

  • At December 17, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Now that I think about it, no Letter from an Occupant was a letdown! Terrific show, lucky I could actually see them. The sound was a bit iffy, but oh well! I love Neko and Kathryn.


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