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Late Night Thoughts: the sad mafioso...
Late Night Thoughts: the sad mafioso...
10/10/12 at 11:36 PM by Adam Pfleider
The air is dry and it's not quite cold, but it's warm enough, and with this much people, no matter where you stand, there's a lukewarm vibe in the air. There are those here for some supreme elitist vanguard and some anticipating being floored. Half the room is sober, while the other half, myself included, are very much under the influence. All of a sudden, it washes over you. The building of the strings' quick frequencies and rising low ends. For two hours, you stare at a moving picture with focused musicians sitting in front of the visuals. They gain speed and grace and power into individual twelve minute grueling processes that exert forces of intensity, felt in anguish, afterthought and dreams of hope that pass through much of the crowd. The crowd not pushing through me to get...[read more]
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06:40 AM on 10/11/12
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so were you at a fucking show or were you in the maltese falcone
06:58 AM on 10/11/12
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Um... ok. My thoughts after the show in Carborro, NC (10/4):

Everything about GY!BE live is "more" than on record: the pieces start slower, the builds are longer and more subtle, the crescendos are heavier and more intense. There were moments of sheer boredom and anxiety during extended droning, and moments of overwhelming awe and respect during both the loudest and quietest parts. Recording them must be a nightmare, because what they do is so good, that I have no idea how to capture it without losing even a little bit of what makes it special.

The best and most telling part for me was that the dynamics were so incredibly subtle, that I had to take out my ear plugs to hear everything, and to even tell that things were changing. But at the end of the show, after being thoroughly crushed by "The Sad Mafioso," my ears were not ringing. The restraint, professionalism, taste, control, and musicality of that group is unbelievable, and certainly why they are still a big deal.
07:13 AM on 10/11/12
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Wonderful review. Can't wait to see them.
07:25 AM on 10/11/12
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Um... ok. My thoughts after the show in Carborro, NC (10/4):

Everything about GY!BE live is "more" than on record: the pieces start slower, the builds are longer and more subtle, the crescendos are heavier and more intense. There were moments of sheer boredom and anxiety during extended droning, and moments of overwhelming awe and respect during both the loudest and quietest parts. Recording them must be a nightmare, because what they do is so good, that I have no idea how to capture it without losing even a little bit of what makes it special.

The best and most telling part for me was that the dynamics were so incredibly subtle, that I had to take out my ear plugs to hear everything, and to even tell that things were changing. But at the end of the show, after being thoroughly crushed by "The Sad Mafioso," my ears were not ringing. The restraint, professionalism, taste, control, and musicality of that group is unbelievable, and certainly why they are still a big deal.

Did not even think to bring ear plugs, but I agree with all of this.
09:15 AM on 10/11/12
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Um... ok. My thoughts after the show in Carborro, NC (10/4):

Everything about GY!BE live is "more" than on record: the pieces start slower, the builds are longer and more subtle, the crescendos are heavier and more intense. There were moments of sheer boredom and anxiety during extended droning, and moments of overwhelming awe and respect during both the loudest and quietest parts. Recording them must be a nightmare, because what they do is so good, that I have no idea how to capture it without losing even a little bit of what makes it special.

The best and most telling part for me was that the dynamics were so incredibly subtle, that I had to take out my ear plugs to hear everything, and to even tell that things were changing. But at the end of the show, after being thoroughly crushed by "The Sad Mafioso," my ears were not ringing. The restraint, professionalism, taste, control, and musicality of that group is unbelievable, and certainly why they are still a big deal.
I liked this review a lot more. I can tell you were actually at the gig and that the gig was good.
06:55 PM on 10/11/12
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Rhythms, harmonies, melodies, and dynamics speak way louder than any words; that is what Godspeed taught me when I was young, and I love that they are continuing to do this for people. Solid review dude.
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