I don’t want to complain too much because it was still a decent gig and they’re easily one of my favourites, but … I saw them on the second Edinburgh night and it wasn’t great at all.
Matt was a bit off with the new stuff (forgot lyrics to one and had to restart another because he couldn’t stay in time with the samples), got 9 out of 11 from SWB and yet didn’t get Carin (my fav from there) and Fake Empire, Mr November and Wasp Nest were the only pre-High Violet songs played. Seems like a pretty weak setlist compared to what they broke out for some of the other UK dates.
The main issue though was the sound … it was so fucking quiet! The brass and vocals came through really well but everything else was so distant, no kick or presence to it. Felt more like it was set up for a folksy band who sometimes rock out, rather than a rock band with some extra layers to it. Hearing the opening to Bloodbuzz being so muted just made me sad and Mr November never took off properly either. Probably healthy for my ears but just didn’t feel anything like the last times I saw them in '10 and '11.