TV On The Radio playing the Jefferson Theater this past Saturday in Charlottesville, VA
Well I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that thanks to some new friends at Red Light Management, we were able to get in a position to make this piece FULL of fantastic and stunning imagery to record the night. The bad news? Our camera totally s!@# the bed, so while we were able to get some OK shots off of our digitals, we are ensaddened by what could have been. Next time will be different though. I promise.
Now that that's out of the way.
TV On The Radio, despite or maybe because of their punkish roots have never quite seemed comfortable on the stage. That isn't to say they haven't been good, because they are. Insanely good in fact. But when you have to live up to the ridiculously high bar that they set with their records well...you can see where I'm coming from. Having seen the band once before on the Dear Science tour I knew pretty much what to expect going in...and I also had my hopes up for what I wanted to see them do. The question then is did they deliver? The answer?
A resounding "holymotherofgod" yes.
TV On The Radio has finally delivered on all of the promise that their records have given us. In my review of the new record (here) I suggested that it may just be the new material and how it was recorded that has turned this band into the monsters on stage that they previously only were in the studios, but that's probably not all of the equation. Time, sure. You just get better as time goes on. Practice? I have no idea. My best guess would be that after years of trying to figure it out they are all finally comfortable in their collective TV On The Radio skin. Just take a look at the setlist. It's all over the place.
Killer CraneYoung LiarsThe Wrong WayCaffeinated ConsciousnessDancing ChooseYouBlues From Down HereKeep Your HeartProvinceStaring at the SunWill DoRepetitionWolf Like MeEncore:ForgottenRed DressSatellite
Alive. Angry. Sweaty. Sexy. Just like TV On The Radio Should be.