Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Concert review and photos: OK Go at Granada Theater (May 18)
Of all the glowing verbiage to be said about the show, “fun” is the word that best sums it up.
DALLAS Forget the YouTube videos. Forget the treadmill choreography. OK Go’s live show is not something to be trifled with. Confetti bombs? Check. Rainbow colored suits? You bet. Furry guitars with lasers and jackets covered in blinking LED lights? Yeah buddy.
It was a Technicolor dream world brought to life last night at Granada. In their impeccably tailored rainbow-colored suits, OK Go played almost every song off their new album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky -- a dancey psychedelic evolution from their treadmill-blazin’ Oh No days. They played some old tunes too, to be sure, like “You’re So Damn Hot,” “Invincible” and “Here It Goes Again.” But the real gems of the night were the newer tunes, including “All Is Not Lost,” “This Too Shall Pass,” and the gritty Prince-inspired “WTF?” which was performed in full laser light regalia during the encore.
To make things interesting, cameras were attached to all the mics, and close-up shots of the member’s faces were blasted on the big screen throughout the night – a fun way to keep eyes on the stage and something I’ve never seen before.
I’ve also never seen a band play a song using hand bells, either. That’s right, hand bells of all sizes, shiny and polished, were set up on a folded table about halfway through the set. Singer Damian Kulash, bassist Tim Nordwind, guitarist Andy Ross, and drummer Dan Konopka gathered around the table for an a capella throwdown on an instrument mostly used in church. It was totally random yet brilliant, much like the rest of their set.
Kulash and the boys did much to entertain the exuberant fans. Talking to them as you would a friend in a bar, they cracked jokes about Houston, geeked out with audience in a “technology lovefest,” and led the crowd in backup vocals for “This Too Shall Pass.” No doubt they went to great lengths to make sure the fans were captivated. For one song, Kulash even dashed into the middle of the theater and planted his mic stand atop a platform for a serenade.
Of all the glowing verbiage to be said about the show, “fun” is the word that best sums it up. And for the icing on that hot pink cake, USB drives with that night’s show and their new album were up for grabs just minutes after the set ended.
For a band that skimmed one-hit-wonder territory in 2003 with “Get Over It,” only to release a viral video in 2005 that catapulted them to the Grammy winner’s circle, OK Go has been all over the map until their new album. But what has surfaced as their real solidarity is their ability to host a killer live show. OK Go is now in my personal top 10 best shows of all time, right next to Morrissey and The Cure.
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