Review: Wildbirds & Peacedrums at The Luminaire

I have just under 20 minutes before I have to go to work so I will try and get a speedy review done! Strangely, I had a dream that it was Beach House I saw last night, but they were playing W&P songs. Bizarre.

So this was a highly anticipated show. Wildbirds & Peacedrums got alot of coverage on my blog. Non-stop kind of coverage. Now I have no more Wildbirds shows on my calendar it makes me quite sad. 

We got to the venue a bit before doors. There were already a few people waiting outside. We went in and made a beeline for the best spot. We got there alot earlier than most people but gradually the room begin to fill and fill. I was pretty excited, to say the least.

Volcano! played first. I’ve seen them before at Pure Groove and thought they were really fun. This time I was kind of restless and just wanted it to be Wildbirds. They played for what seemed like AGES and I was getting edgy. Africa Just Wants To Have Fun is my favourite, they played it last. They’re an enjoyable band to watch, there’s so much going on. The drummer and his soy-milk based desire was particularly entertaining.

After the change over, Wildbirds & Peacedrums finally took to the stage. They opened with Chain of Steel. I absolutely love the improvised babbling type of thing (there must be a better way to phrase that) Mariam does at the end of that song and then how it trailed right into There Is No Light. Next they did Liar Lion, So Soft, The Window, Places, and Doubt/Hope. The crowd were all really into it and it was pretty epic. Mariam asked which we wanted first, My Heart or Today/Tomorrow. Like The Social show, they  did My Heart first. I love it. However, for me, the set highlight was easily Today/Tomorrow. Mariam came away from the mic and stood at the front of the stage and did a beautiful, un-amplified version while Andreas rattled around some shakers, before heading back to the drum kit and smashing her drum to oblivion. It was so passionate and intense and sums up why I love the band so much. At lunch Mariam said they were going to try and make it a bit different, so I was perhaps a fraction disappointed they didn’t play The Ones That Save Me, and I’m really keen to hear Great Lines live too. The duo returned from behind the silky red curtain to close with the beautiful I Can’t Tell In His Eyes. It was a wonderful performance and I can’t wait to see them again.

After the show I thought that I should take a break from the exclusive Wildbirds listening, there are some other albums I really want to hear…. but here I am this morning listening to The Snake. I love them and I just can’t resist!

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5 Responses to Review: Wildbirds & Peacedrums at The Luminaire

  1. Alicia April 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Love the photo! Great capture :)

  2. Alicia April 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Hey I’m wondering if you know where I could download their second album, or maybe just “there is no light”, saw that video on youtube, and wow it’s quite impressive

  3. The Daily Growl April 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Wish I could have been there. Wonder what you make of this though http://www.drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4173940

    same gig?

  4. fulltext April 9, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    “At lunch Mariam said …”

    Lunch? Did you eat with them?

    No wonder there’s no talk of food or being hungry!

  5. anikainlondon April 9, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    England Alicia, thank you :) Hopefully see you at a gig again soon, fun times!

    Belgium Alicia, the Snake is official released in the UK next week I do believe, not sure about mainland Europe though….

    Tim, That thread makes me sad. I don’t know how anyone couldn’t have enjoyed it.

    Fulltext, hahaha no, I should have said ‘lunchtime’. I got a snackbox after I saw them hehe :)

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