The show was on a work night (Wednesday), and then there was the ticket price, but it did start early enough (at 7) and there was a decent Korean band opening, so at the last minute, I bought the ticket, and took the bus out of Suwon and into Seoul. AX-Korea is a fairly big hall (maybe it holds 500? maybe more), and the place was pretty damn full. I had to wait in line to get my tickets, so I actually missed most of Vidulgi Ooyoo's set except for the last song. The last song was pretty good, and I wish I could have seen more. Very noisy, and more than a bit shoegazey, and a good opening band for Mogwai.
As I mentioned above, there was no booze sold at the show, and you could not bring any in, so perhaps that affected my enjoyment of the show. Or maybe it was the earplugs I decided to wear, which can take away from the visceral impact of a show. Perhaps I was too tired because I had only got 5 hours of sleep the previous night. I went through all of these things in my mind while they were playing, but frankly, that band is ALL volume, and very little substance. This band has made a career out of being a notoriously loud band, and for being influential to indie and metal bands. However, they just can't write melodies that stick to me, and they never have. Even back in the day when "Young Team" came out. It's a decent record, but I never had any of those songs melodies come into my mind while doing stuff. In some ways, I like "Come on Die Young" a little better, which could be blasphemy in some quarters. I definitely remember listening to it more, but can't remember a song. I stood there watching them for nearly an hour before I left, and the only dude on the stage that looked as if he might be enjoying himself is the short guitar player dude. Everyone else looked bored to tears. And who could blame 'em. I WAS BORED TO TEARS MYSELF!
Geez, I sound like a bitter old man. Yikes. I will try to be more poitive the next time I see an "influential" band come through. Judas Priest in February! I am definitely a fan of those guys.
The above and below photos are my own from the actual show. Not the best, but it was very crowded at the front.