Architecture in Helsinki :: 06.08 :: The Fillmore at Irving Plaza :: New York, NY
Despite the worst lighting I’ve ever seen, this was a blast. It took a request from singer Cameron Bird to “turn off the flashy bits” for our eyes to be saved from the fit-inducing strobes. I’d be surprised if everybody escaped intact. Hopefully the only fits were those of us in the crowd who followed the band’s lead and threw out our own goofy shapes.
Like a fairground carousel, AIH rotated around the stage, swapping instruments that ranged from the lowly triangle to the mighty trombone and encompassed nearly everything in between. Embracing mayhem, their sonic pit stops ranged from disco to salsa beats, and while they occasionally veered towards the slower, darker side of the emotional spectrum, this show was a blast from start to finish. With six people onstage, the result was an unruly, yet somehow orderly show that resembled the scrum at an airport baggage claim – slightly chaotic yet everything worked out in the end.
I’m certainly not the band’s biggest fan, but their carefree, almost nonsensical frolicking is impossible to resist. After a heartfelt plea to support music, they finished the night with a raucous version of the insanely catchy single “Heart it Races” that had the crowd dancing in the aisles of the Architecture In Helsinki’s church of fun. If you want to watch a group of attitude-free people having a grand time live, then this is for you.
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