Day 2, Wednesday July 19
Len Sander, Club Tent, 4:30pm- 5:30pm
Len Sander is an electro-pop band from Zurich, the powerful voice of the female singer and the vibrant electronic sounds accompanying it make the audience dance. Mixing guitars and drums with electronic sounds they take the public into a captivating space trip.
Midnight Oil, Grande Scène, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Australian band Midnight Oil started playing in the 70s, that time is long gone but their music still lives on to these days. Lead by the charismatic singer Peter Garrett the band takes the Grande Scène with a lot of energy and passion. They deliver an engaged blues-rock sound which hypnotizes the audience.
Frontman Peter Garrett interacts with the audience throughout the show, talking about politics and colonialism, and mentioning that Australia could well have been a French colony if the French were a bit quicker than the English.
Captivating guitar riffs, rumbling drums, as well as a big metallic tin on which the drummer bangs from time to another, all add up to the smart lyrics in the songs. Towards the end they play the most awaited song, “Beds Are Burning” for which the audience raises voices and hands.
An amazing jump back in time!
Pixies, Grande Scène, 8:30pm-10pm
American alternative-rock band Pixies takes the stage playing without a break for 1 hour and a half, no interaction with the audience whatsoever, which makes it difficult for people who are not big fans of them to enter into their close-minded bubble. Absolutely nothing against their stunning musical qualities but the lack of interaction with the audience is deceiving.
The concert kicks off with a lot of energy and electric guitars to then loosen itself towards the middle with a succession of songs which do not seem that entertaining unless you know them by heart. Things get more interesting when singer Frank Black grabs his acoustic guitar to play a few quiet songs including the stunning “Where Is My Mind”, the song everybody was waiting for, and it does not deceive expectations.
Arcade Fire, Grande Scène, 11:30pm-1:05am
The screens on both sides of the stage show a picture with “Everything now” written on it, it’s the title of Arcade Fire’s upcoming album. The lights on the stage darken as the audience screams get higher and higher to welcome the Canadian band on stage. The band counts nine members, playing a wide range of different instruments from African bongos to keys! They open the dances with their new single “Everything Now” catapulting the audience straight away into their magic world of multi-instrumentalist where powerful guitar riffs encounter the delicacy of the violin.
They start with a few new songs, including “Here Comes the Night Time” and “Chemistry”, two tunes with a lot of electronic sounds into them. For the happiness of the audience they then continue going back to their older tunes like the touching and melancholic sounds and lyrics of “Neon Bible”.
Singer Win Butler sits down to play the piano and dedicates “The Suburbs” to David Bowie, whom they “miss every night [they] play”. The audience joins in to sing the refrain. The atmosphere they create is absolutely stunning, from the multiple instruments they employ to the echoing of Régine Chassagne’s beautiful crystalline voice.
“Neighborood #1 (Tunnels)” live is magnificent from the melancholic lyrics to Win Butler’s singing his lungs out, and the audience is completely wrapped into its beauty. In “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains”, Régine Chassagne’s high-pitched voice takes the lead enchanting the audience as the instruments increase their power.
A jump closer to the present with “Reflektor” and its sprinkle of synths sounds, combined with the stunning overlapping of Win Butler’s and Régine Chassagne’s voices.
They end the gig with “Rebellion (Lies)”, with the touching sound of the violin in the background. Win Butler asks the audience to take out their phones and lighters and the public in front of the Grande Scène becomes a starry sky.
The audience is still singing along the vocals as Arcade Fire leaves the stage. They come back for an encore and Win Butler thanks the audience for their support. In the encore they play “Wake Up”, a song taken from their highly acclaimed album Funeral (2004), with its majestic vocalises in the opening as well as throughout the song it is one of the best to hear live. The public is singing along hands in the air from beginning to end.
An outstanding performance!
Yet another rock day at Paléo, from the 70s to our times, passing through the 80s!