It had been four years to the day, since their last performance here in Manila, and to everyone’s delight they brought a show that was well worth the wait.
Granted the performance itself, hit some technical flaws. The stage was not as solid as you might expect, you could see the mic stand, constantly swaying with the springy motion, and Ben sarcastically commenting, “what did they build this on, a fucking trampoline?”
Death Cabs songs don’t follow the typical verse chorus verse and the lyrics are often syncopated with the melody itself. At the mic stand, Ben would rhythmically sway his shoulders along with his guitar with an almost hypnotic movement. But just as you’d settle into that, he would come off mic; releaseing bound up energy, like the pop of a rubber band, with sweat and hair flying everywhere.
For what they lacked in technical mumbo jumbo, they more that made up for with pure energy on stage. One of those shows, where perfection had nothing to do with the overall ambience of the performance. It didn’t really matter to the crowd, who responded in spades as the band rolled through a full setlist. No shortened festival version here, as they played for almost 2 hours and featured music spanning all of their records since 1998.
Ben’s frustration was readily apparent at times, as he struggled with his guitar to function properly, at one point even halting the song, ‘Cath’, as his guitar tech helped him switch out the instrument he said “no, no, no, we play here once in just fucking four years, let’s get it right.”
Towards the latter part of the show, he approached the edge of the stage and took some selfies, all without missing a beat as he was singing. A few lucky folks in the audience left with some priceless photos.
A 9 out of 10 on my chalkboard, hopefully it doesn’t take them another four years to return…Big thanks going out to the team at Karpos Multimedia for a job well done!