Who would not want to be Skyscraper?

Julian Plenti

Julian Plenti already is skyscraper and also the Alter Ego of Paul Banks, lead singer and guitarist of Interpol. His main band has never played an Austrian stage so far, but solo paths led him to the Arena in Vienna. And while everyones favourite indie dance band rocked the boat a few hundred meters away, Julian Plenti just played great songs.

Julian Plenti

“A bit dry” it was, V. said, when I asked him how the Julian Plenti show was because I remembered he shot them at the The Guggenheim in New York City and I had to choose between Franz Ferdinand and Julian Plenti playing the same night.

Julian Plenti

So the Arena might not be the Guggenheim, but we got a cellist plus a stack of effect pedals he uses on the classical instrument which meant: less dryness, more atmosphere.

Julian Plenti

Not much of a surprise, the show started with the instrumental Mythsizer followed by a Fly As You Might that felt a little bit faltering. As much as the album is one package of beautiful songs, most of them could not unfold their full magic, in concert on that evening.

Julian Plenti

There were moments, and they wisely placed. The live-I-am-a-rock-song Fun That We Have on #4, the arrogating Only If You Run in the middle of the set on #8 and the wonderful Skyscraper towards the end, a bittersweet song keeps that teasing and teasing for almost two minutes until Banks voice sets in that makes the jigsaw fall into pieces.

Julian Plenti

Now, I’m sure Franz Ferdinand was a great show. But even if there were some sparks missing here and there on this Arena night, I feel the choice was right.

Die gesamte Fotoserie [12 Bilder] gibt es hier als Slideshow.

December 12 2009 | live and music and photography | | No Comments »
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