Well, I don’t know anything about these guys, save that they have a huge fan base in the UK. According to the Barbican Website, the gig was sold out, so they must be doing something right. One my colleagues did warn me that The Magnetic Fields wasn’t really going to be to my musical palate. She was right: If there is such a thing like audio Marmite, I had some funny taste in my ear. I say funny, because I may have added some sugar to the mix. Now, before you lynch me, it’s not a criticism of their music. They did have some haunting beautiful lyrics and such, but it was folk music and dang! It’ll take a musical miracle to convert me to ‘Folkism‘. Visually, the gig wasn’t stimulating, but I didn’t expect them to get up and line-dance. It was what it was: Music for the fans and if you don’t like it, then tough!
The line up consisted of Stephin Merritt: vocals, ukulele; John Woo (Not the HK Slow-Mo Film director!), acoustic guitar; Shirley Simms: vocals, autoharp; Claudia Gonson: vocals, keyboard; Sam Davol: cello.
(L-R): Stephin Merritt: vocals, ukulele; Sam Davol: cello; John Woo: acoustic guitar
Shirley Simms: vocals, autoharp; Claudia Gonson: vocals, keyboard:
The whole Line-up:
That’s me for the day! Pax!!