Vinyl Thief @ The Exit/In - 8/10/11
New Music: 3/10
Set List: 1/10
Overall Performance: 2/10
Grayson’s Dance Moves: 9.5/10
Two days after arriving in America from a summer studying in Europe I was greeted by what I thought was going to be an incredible SpiderFriends show, but apparently The Exit/In does this thing where they stack the order from best to worst. In trying to miss them, I was put in a situation where the only band I could see was Vinyl Thief. Welcome back Michael….
Since I was surrounded by children at the show, I was probably the only one in the entire venue who was holding a beer, and for this, The Exit/In owes me a huge debt of gratitude. That one beer was just barely enough to get me through the show…. Despite not recognizing any of the newer material, it didn’t start off bad at all. At least they didn’t play any of the rubbish from the Spotlight-EP or whatever they called it. However if there is one thing you can give to Vinyl Thief, it’s predictability. They ended up stopping their new-song set with an “intimate” version of the song “Lights and Waves” from their Dear Science-EP, or whatever it was called. To deliver the reworked song the group lined up in a row and semi-acoustically played the version from the live video which was released a short time ago when they simply had no new material to give. I assume the reason they grouped together was to share some moment of unity in the band, but, apart from the unison Commodore moves from Sam and Andrew, there was little togetherness to be seen.
The last two songs played may have been the best of the bunch, but I also may have been slightly distracted by the laser show which was happening during the peak of the songs. Mixed with the smoke provided by Exit/In, the lights actually fit well with the music and were set off at a semi-appropriate time in the songs. However, no Vinyl Thief show would be complete without some sort of sign of self-indulgence. The picture shown above was a homemade light set-up (Lite-Brite™) of their own name at the climax of the show. It might have been pretty cool had it not been for Grayson attempting to magically draw it out like fire from a Harry Potter cauldron.
The name shone vibrantly through the final song of the set and in the wake of huge uproars of “One more song!” by at least three or four friends of the band they finally caved in to play one more song, which was “Control”, the title track from their last EP, despite my suggestions of “Battlestar”, which I believed to have been taken as a joke. As usual, Vinyl Thief just couldn’t let a song be and just had to drag the song out as long as possible with a not-at-all-similar-to-Muse rocking jam at the end of the song, which made for a deafening ending for the show. Deafening, in this case is not used endearingly.
So would I say that this show was worth the $8 that I handed over for it? Hard to say, but… Absolutely not.