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Thursday, 4 November 2010 12:16 am
tags: blackkeys livemusic

I write this on the train back to Brighton from London after an evening being entertained by funky blues rockers The Black Keys. I can't say I was overly keen on the duo before tonight, having only heard a handful of songs. And even now, with their latest album Brothers sounding in my ears, on record I can't say I'm particularly enamoured with them. Live, on the other hand they're a different ballgame.

This, of course isn't a bold statement and one I've made many a time. But it has to be said, the Black Keys just sound entirely different in a live setting. The pounding drums contribute so much more to the feel of every song than they ever did on any recording. And whilst the guitar often sounds weak and lacking any real oomph on the records, it just rips through the mix live and it astounds me how frontman Dan Auerbach can make his single guitar sound like three.

The black keys blazed through their set consisting mainly of songs from their current album. I was disappointed to not hear my favourite Hold Me In Your Arms but I left feeling wholly satisfied with no complaints.

Notable mention should go to The Walkmen who I was very impressed with, especially given their support status. I've been a fan of the Walkmen for sometime and am definitely considering getting tickets for their London show in January of next year. I'm spoilt for choice for live music in the upcoming months. Next month I have tickets for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Vampire weekend and I have Two Door Cinema Club to look forward to in 2011.

Watch this space for pictures.

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