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Dez 22 2009, 19h32
Jun 30 2008, 20h10I've attended several concerts and they've all been pretty loud. I'd go home and go to sleep with ringing in my ears and then I'd wake up the next morning feeling fine albeit a little tired - but of course, those concerts were NOTHING compared to My Bloody Valentine.
Some background history - My Bloody Valentine formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1984 by founding members Kevin Shields and Colm O'Coisoig. They released many EP's but didn't really hit it off until 1988 with the EP 'You Made Me Realise'. By then, new vocalist Bilinda Butcher and bassist Debbie Googe had joined and settled into the band. They are mostly known for the 1991 album 'Loveless', which took the band nearly two years to make and is rumoured to have cost £250,000 to record. Afterwards, the band remained inactive for several years due to Shields thinking he couldn't make music that was as good as 'Loveless'. In 2007, the band reunited and have recently done gigs around the UK and are now planning to tour the world.
As I sit here listening to 'What You Want' from 'Loveless', I think of last night's show. I was stood right at the front and so I ended up being exposed to loudness and noise. The crowd were waiting for the band to come onstage and when they finally did, roars of cheers and applause followed. The band do not speak much onstage - Bilinda Butcher said a very quiet 'hello' to the crowd and Kevin Shields said 'hi' and muttered other things as well which I couldn't hear very well because my hearing had frayed from the loud music.
I was excited to see the band of course but my main concern was the noise level. I had heard that in the past, MBV gigs were extremely loud and noisy, deafening fans in the process. I thought that maybe the band had calmed down a bit now that they were older, but they were still as noisy as they were in 1991! People at the front row were given earplugs which I did use occasionally but most of the time I let my ears be exposed to harsh but beautiful music. More fool me I suppose.
I've mentioned quite a lot how loud it was and it must seem like it was a bad thing but it really wasn't. Although I winced a few times at the crunching guitars, I enjoyed EVERY second of the loud music pouring out of the speakers. I danced, I swayed, I headbanged, I sang (for the most part anyway), I threw my arms in the air. I was drowning in the swirling, beautiful music and I LOVED it.
And then came 'You Made Me Realise', their very last song. In the past, they had always played this song last and last night was no exception. People were headbanging and dancing along until the middle which was when the feedback started. In the middle of the song, there is distorted noise and feedback coming from the guitars that lasts for a few minutes. But at their concerts, they make the noise and feedback last longer.
Words just don't come into how loud and noisy it became. The noise was like being underneath a plane as it's taking off. That's the only way I can describe it. The noise and feedback went on for an astounding 30 minutes! People were covering their ears for dear life as the noise became more and more unbearable. I stood, amazed, thinking "God, how can they carry on doing this?". The band were in a trance it seemed, drowning in their own noise. They've been making this much noise for years now so I guess that sonic meltdown that happened was nothing for them. During that sonic meltdown, I didn't DARE take my earplugs out although I was tempted to a couple of times. Although most of us were covering our ears, it was actually amazing to see everyone transfixed in 'the holocaust'. But it was almost a relief when the song kick-started into life again. When it did, I took my earplugs out (which was a complete shock to my ears) and moshed like I had never moshed before.
Afterwards, my ears were ringing and I had a banging headache. When I listened to music, it was a pitch higher than it should've been. My ears are still sensitive to loudness and I've had to say 'pardon?' when people ask me things (although this isn't the first time I've been deafened by MBV's music). I still have a headache and I've had to take Ibuprofen for it.
But despite being stressed out by all the excessive noise that's been surrounding me today, I would DEFINITELY go and see My Bloody Valentine again. It was one of the BEST gig experiences of my life.