Atoms for Peace

Location Info


Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Brooklyn

It seems nobody else has the guts to say what we're all thinking, so here we go: Amok, the debut album by Thom Yorke's new supergroup side project, is substantially better than Radiohead's last release. Longtime producer Nigel Godrich is actually a formal band member this time around, exquisitely tweaking the same sorts of subtle fluttering digital hiccups that made Kid A so mind boggling at the turn of the century but felt trite on The Eraser five years later. This would be one for the ages if the longevity of the creative arts hadn't already completely collapsed in on itself by now. Hmm, maybe Thom should write a song about that?
Fri., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 2013
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I don't know if I agree that Amok is better than King of Limbs. That's a tough call and an interesting thought. Here's (part of) what I thought of the show Sept 27 in Brooklyn

"You know you’re a rock star when your offshoot side project of another one of your side projects fills Barclay’s Center. On Friday September 27th Atoms for Peaces played Barclays Center, the second stop on the North American leg of their tour for their 2013 release Amok.

On the record, Godrich’s produced beats and loops amply power the tracksbut live these tracks combined live with the heavily stacked rhythm section of Flea, Waronker, and Refosco created something that was on the surface dance music, but with a mesmerizing funked-out polyrhythmic Brazilian Samba school flavor that, in the good old fashioned way, kind of rocked.

Flea and York jumped around the stage with boundless energy while flawlessly staying connected to the rhythm section’s super tight, hypnotic grooves. Yorke’s voice soared like ambrosial audio above the mix, but production wise, the show seemed under rehearsed. Song endings were messy, either too abrupt, or trailing off without conviction, the lighting tech missing cues, dimming stage lights seconds too late, after songs had clearly already ended. It seemed obvious that their were kinks in the live show had yet to be ironed out.

In a venue as large as Barclays Center an act really has to bring all they got if the want to supercharge it. Despite the numbers of screaming fans, and the dazzling and impressive LCDs that backdroped the stage full of gear, the band just couldn’t power the venue. Despite all the on stage energy, the show felt more like something you’d watch at Radio City than a stadium rock show. Even the actual volume of the sound itself was very low. I am notorious for wearing earplugs, and for this show, I took them out. The most disappointing factor of all was the shortness of their set. I felt it there should have been, at the absolute minimum, five more songs.

Although the show was bit of an overall disappointment, still, for a Yorke devotee like myself, the rarity of witnessing Yorke’s Midas touch live was far more reverberant than the disappointment that Atom’s for Peace music is just proper stadium rock.

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