Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Gig Review - They Might Be Giants (08/05/13)

It's been some time since we've had a special guest blogger come and play, but today we've got amazing artist/designer/sister extraordinaire, Samantha Gilkes aka Jetta's Nest giving us a rundown of They Might Be Giants' Brisbane show last week. Enjoy!

Live @ The Zoo - Brisbane, 08/05/13
Supported by Tara Simmons
Review by Samantha Gilkes

I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that They Might be Giants were coming to Australia for the first time since 2001. I bought my ticket without a second thought knowing that I’d be in for something special that night.

I got to The Zoo and realised I hadn’t been there in around 10 years. Yep, it’s been a long time between gigs folks! I caught the support act, Tara Simmons and scanned the crowd noting the surprising mix of young folk and those on the more mature end of the spectrum.

After a short wait, the magic began. The band played quite a few songs off their new album and drove the crowd crazy excited with big hits such as ‘Don’t Lets Start’, ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’, ‘Ana Ng’, ‘New York City’ and of course, ‘Dr Worm’ not to mention, ‘You’ll Need a Crane’, Puppet Head’ and ‘Why Does the Sun Shine’. The atmosphere was absolutely electric!

TMBG are big on crowd participation and true to form we all felt integral to the performance that night. They talked to us like old friends, made fun of their own New York accents and split us into opposing teams of people and apes for an old fashioned showdown (just in case you’re wondering, the apes won…how could we not have, we had both Johns!).

They played for close to two hours and generously gave the crowd not one but two amazing encores. They told us we were amazing but we all knew that it was them who were making us feel that way. They even gave out stickers at the end!


I spent the next couple of days grinning goofily and this is completely lame but thinking about it makes me a bit teary they were that damned good. If you ever get the chance to see They Might Be Giants make sure you do. See them twice if you can, you will not regret it!! 

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