I’ve been going to a lot of live music recently, and Marina keeps poking me to write about the Vulgargrad concert (warning: link opens in a myspace site with music) we went to a week ago. So here’s some thoughts on that and the Lily Allen concert (musical myspace site again) at Luna Park last night.
Vulgargrad: A Melbourne band that plays street music of the Russian underclass. I went to see them play last Friday night with two friends, one of whom speaks fluent Russian. It was fun. Eastern style beats with a sort of swinging, slightly punky influence. Didn’t quite get up and dance, but I did have my toes tapping the entire show.
Marina’s translations of the lyrics added an element of surrealism to the experience. It was a good crowd, happily dancing away to what, on the surface, was nice traditional Russian music. However I’m not sure they’d have been so calm if they’d understood the swearing and innuendo that was actually being sung at them. Here’s some examples:
- “Why did the Aboriginies eat Cook? Because they were hungry. Though possibly it was out of a deep respect. Who knows.” Which apparently is a well-known song in the Russian community in Australia.
- “Normally, I’m a womaniser, but tonight, I’m just hungry and lonely.”
- “You can be my cow and I can be your cowboy.”
Lily Allen: A solo artist from the UK, confident, cynical, lyrical with reggae & hip hop influences. Her album has been frequently played in my house since I bought it last July. The concert lived up to the promise of the CD, natural, unaffected, fun, energetic. I was a little annoyed with the dead crowd, who didn’t seem to be getting into the music at all. It was an all ages gig, so I suspect there may have been elements of “too cool for the school” there, as well as people only knowing her for one single rather than the entire album.
She seemed to be quite unapologetically herself as well, she walked on stage with a cigarette in one hand, and asked for another two during the show, which possibly goes part of the way to explaining the loss of voice towards the end; she informed us that she was a bit tired as she’d stupidly gone on some of the rides before coming on, and had never been so scared in her life; dedicated the song “not big” to Chris, the drummer from Jet because of an incident at the Big Day Out on the Gold Coast; paused in the middle of a song to throw a jacket back into the crowd as “can’t wear that, it’s got Man U. on it!”; and got the end of “everything’s fine” and told the “younger girls” in the audience that no one should ever tell them to be skinny, that curves (she used a different word that I forget) were wonderful, indicating the gorgeous curves that she has.
All in all, very happy that I went to see her on a school night, and got a spot close to the front. Especially as she’s not yet “big” here, which will happen.