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We Know It’s Only Rock N’ Roll But We Like It

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OK Go outshines top act Kicks Snow Patrol’s Motherfuckin’ Ass!

BY JONATHAN VALANIA FOR THE INQUIRER Saturday at the Tweeter Center, it was OK Go’s night; Snow Patrol just headlined it.Snow Patrol, as you may well known, is the British band that had huge, ubiquitous hits with “Run” (a.k.a. the “Light Up” song) and “Chasing Cars,” which, thanks to some emotionally pitched placement in movies and TV dramas, have become suburban anthems for minivan malcontents everywhere – the kind of songs that make you want to open up the moon roof and pump your fist in the air.

That’s the good news.The bad news is that Snow Patrol has little more to offer than variations on that very same songwriting template, repeated over the course of a 90-minute headlining slot, to diminishing returns. The light show was excellent, though.

Too many little indie bands of promise, when given the opening slot on shows like this, get swallowed up by the sheer enormity of the crowds and, for all their well-intended efforts, wind up making little or no impression beyond providing the soundtrack for the beer line. OK Go, which has risen to YouTube stardom with its wonderfully ridiculous gymnastic treadmill video, does not suffer from such a charisma deficit.

Not only do members seem blessed with natural ability to rock the big rooms with their crisp, catchy and tight-as-a-drum garage rock, but frontman Damian Kulash has a knack for connecting with the audience between songs and spreading OK Go’s innate sense of rock ‘n’ roll fun as if it’s the common cold – whether leading the capacity crowd through the Wave (“You just don’t get to do that at indie-rock shows,” Kulash said) or getting the kids to light up the night with their cell phones during a smoking version of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.”

Before closing out a stellar set with “Here We Go,” (the treadmill video song), Kulash told the crowd that song has recently been covered by Kidz Bop, a collective of tykes performing grown-up rock songs. “This is a song that’s basically about waking up in the stupor of a hangover after a one-night stand and asking yourself, ‘What the hell just happened?’ Now, are there any 8-year-olds that know what that feels like? And the ones that do, do you really want them covering your song?”

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5 Responses to “We Know It’s Only Rock N’ Roll But We Like It”

  1. Karen Says:

    Well-done blog/critique. You seem to know what you’re talking about when it comes to a lot of music these days, operating from the same basic composition template. Good to hear someone else who thinks so, and who articulated it so well.

  2. Pop Cesspool Says:

    THE ANSWER IS, ‘NO, BUT PLEASE GIVE THEM A REALITY TV SHOW’…

    Phawker on the OK Go:Before closing out a stellar set with “Here We Go,” (the treadmill video song), Kulash told the crowd that song has recently been covered by Kidz Bop, a collective of tykes performing grown-up rock songs. “This…

  3. Becky Says:

    Hey! I totally agree! OK GO kicked ASS!!! They rocked it out in
    the STL. I saw them last night. I just wish the crowd had been
    a bit more into it. I don’t understand going to a show, getting so drunk &/or stoned that you can’t even enjoy the music. Even Snow Patrol said there was a wierd vibe in the audience. Any one else go to the St. Louis show last night?

  4. monica Says:

    Saw OkGo at the pageant wed nite & couldn’t believe they were even tighter than their prev show in november. DK said he was sick at the nov show but that didn’t stop them from rocking the house down. Death Cab was the main bill then but we had to leave so we wouldn’t lose the ok go rock high. This time we stayed for SnowPatrol as did ever other drunk ass girl there(did u run into the of “scuse me, scuse me, it’s my 21st and I’m need to get up to the rail” group?)-kind of wierd like Lightbody said-but lots of people left during the SP set. Consider ourselves lucky that they aren’t at only huge venues YET, and we get to see them up close & in our faces!!! love em, love their music

  5. kooo Says:

    snow patrol is way better

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