16 jul 2006, 06:27
I love Ladytron
, there's no doubt about that. I remember the first time I found them in the dark days of my KaZaA use. I found the song Mu-Tron and instantly fell in love. Like a good boy, I went out and bought 604. Incredibly impressed, I bought Light and Magic the next chance I got. The sound was improved and basically the same, but it spun in my record player for a month non-stop.
Soon, it was my birthday and my sister bought me Softcore Jukebox. On it was new material by the band. A re-working (not really a remix) of Blue Jeans and a totally new song called Sugar. Both were heavy on the guitar and light on synth. I instantly thought that my new favorite band had lost its way in order to garner more attention. At this point I questioned whether or not I would buy Witching Hour upon release.
Months after it came out, I had listened to much of the album through free samples on a cavalcade of different sites and still couldn't make up my mind on the state of the band. Local radio station Indie 103.1 started to play Destroy Everything You Touch. It was nice to hear them on the radio, and I like when more people find out about great, talented artists, but I still refused to buy the new record.
Keeping a close eye on their tour schedule, I found that they had planned a show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, which was only about an hour's drive from me. Naturally I snagged tickets the instant they came out and didn't listen to any songs of theirs until I saw them. I fully expected maybe an hour set of nothing but the new shit, but I was very plesantly surprised when they played a two hour set mingling old and new. Unfortunately they didn't play any of the songs I desperately wanted to hear them play live. They didn't play them because they had no lyrics in them.
Anyway, I found that I did enjoy a few of the new songs, but most of them were very somber, downtrodden, and overall a bit depressing. That's not to say that I didn't have a good time. On the contrary, it was one of the best damn shows I have ever been too.
Problem is that I still don't want to buy Witching Hour, and yet I really am a dedicated fan. Maybe a solution will present itself (TORRENTS ARE NOT THE SOLUTION TO ALL OF LIFE'S MUSICAL PROBLEMS).