It’s a Tuesday night, a rainy and cold one at that, but the 11th arrondisement’s rue Oberkampf carries the vibes of a Friday night. Cafés and restaurants are filled to the brim with bored-looking, chain-smoking Parisians. It’s almost 21:30 but people are still spilling out of the metros and heading off to appointed meeting places to wait for their friends before flitting off to bars to start their evening.
I get off the metro and walk down the length of rue Oberkampf to Nouveau Casino. I’ve got a ticket to see Midlake in my bag, purchased months ago. Actually, I have a pair of Midlake tickets. Julien and I were supposed to go together, but because no babysitter was available he offered to stay home because I badly needed a night out and Jul is aces like that.
A lot of my friends think that going to concerts alone is sort of sad. I can see how people can think that, but I don’t really mind. I used to go to concerts alone while Julien was in Qatar and I was in Paris. The only problem with going alone is that if you go to the bar to get a beer no one saves your place on the floor.
The new album has yet to grow on me; I have to admit that I find the songs a big draggy, but then again it’s probably just my mood. Also, after an hour in the metro to get to the concert I was all wound up and ready to dance, but a lot of the songs from the latest album are “sway tracks” – so we ended up just swaying a lot. I guess, like I said, I just wasn’t in the mood for it.
They did play Roscoe and Head Home and some other tracks from The Trials of Van Occupanther; such a shame they didn’t have anything from Bamnan and Silvercork on the playlist. They’re still a fantastic band to see live. The songs from the new album are melancholic and raw, and the effect that achieves is what Midlake does best: a lot of complexities in the most basic of melodies. Yes, it works!
Here’s an oldie but goodie from Midlake’s Bamnan and Silvercork (video by Jason Lee too, take that!):
And Roscoe from The Trials of Van Occupanther (god, when I think of the number of times I had this song on repeat while driving the roads of Doha…)
Currently listening to:
The Courage of Others