- (intro - Clockwork Orange), Way Out, Spare
Parts Express, Impact (The Earth is Burning), Know Where to Run,
An Fhomhair, Halcyon (with Belinda Carlisle and Bon Jovi samples)
,I Dont Know You People, The Box, Nothing Left (Parts 1 and 2),
Style, Bigpipe Style, Satan, Open Mind (F.A.Mix) (with the new
intro - vocoder fallout samples) , Doctor Who and Chime.
Steve, You need to get yourself up to Scotland mate to see Orbital.
I was at the Barrowlands on Sunday and the boys got the whole
place bouncing. Big Pipe Style got an excellent reception as you
could probably imagine. The new tunes sound great, but the climax
to the evening with Satan, Doctor Who and Chime was fucking mental,
bodies were flying everywhere and I thought the floor was going
to collapse. I hope Paul and Phil enjoyed it as much as everyone
else did. Please pass on a big thank you from me and all my friends
who thoroughly enjoyed a great gig. I hopefully will see them
again at Glastonbury.
I went to the Orbital concert last night in Glasgow, which was
absolutely fantastic, esp. Satan and Halcyon.
18 hours ago, was there at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow.
Felt a tingling as I walked there and couldn't wait to see Orbital
again (now I was aware I was going to watch them, not get the
same experience as my first concert with Orbital in Roskilde 95
whree I didn't know until a year later. ;) Booze has its effects...)
So, thanks for the zine Steve, I will enjoy reading it today as
my flight goes back to Norway. The concert, loved it, refreshing
new sound, totally love Orbital's new twists to their old tracks
without saying anything more to those of you who have still not
been to a concert. As for the surprise track, I still have to
be surprised as to which one you mean.. Plaid, loved it too, they
sounded like a great mix of all music I like; one second they
were remixing David Holmes and then they were sounding very Autechre'ish,
only to go on to sounding more like housey, ambient-housey. Great
supporting act!...now, if only the deafness and ringing in my
right ear would subside.
I've finally recovered, and have written about all I can remeber
! Hope this is some use. Glasgow was better than Leeds hands down.
It just seemed to go smoother.
The Barrowlands is one of those huge old dancing halls, acres
of wooden springy dancefloor, and a huge curved embossed ceiling
and the pre-requisite glitter ball ! It’s a fantastic concert
hall, one of those where you can cram in loads of people, but
the whole place still seems intimate somehow. It was definitely
intimate tonight. We arrived early and caught all of Plaid’s set.
It was good to see a few folk leaping around for the support...pleasant
change. The new ‘Black Dog’ played really well, with some storming
tracks.....I’m off to get the album ! By the time Plaid were drawing
to a close, the hall had filled considerably and people were all
asking “What’s the new stuff like ?” Tee Hee. Wait and see. Orbital
took the stage at 9pm, head light bobbing on stage to intro music
that I couldn’t spot. Straight into it, with two new tracks from
the album ( Way Out + Spare Parts Express) which sounded really
dark and hard. The sounds system was great, nowhere near as heavy
bass as the Leeds gig, just right in fact. The sounds merged into
the intro to Impact, as a more and more people recognised the
brown album classic, the place went mental. This was gonna be
good, really good. Impact seemed newer and fresher than previous
hearings......the place was literally jumping by the end of it
! A small pause, one of only three over the next two hours, and
onto more new material (Know Where to Run) which sounds immense
through a big p.a. This is going to be one of my favourites I
think. The crowd responded well to the new material, unsure of
where it was going but lapping up every minute of it. An Fhomhair
next, blurred in, bass rhythms slowly mutating to the next tune,
which nearly caused the roof of the Barrowlands to rise to the
heavens. The vocals of Halcyon drifted over the crowd, roars of
appreciation and a mass effort to try to move the dancefloor downstairs.
The whole place was going mad, electric blue strobes bathed the
hall, shirts were coming off, the temperature rose......it was
like being back at a real warehouse rave, everyone was smiling,
hugging, dancing and looking like they’d rather be nowhere else
! Especially when the Belinda sample dropped..mental. A high point
for myself as well, the first time I’ve heard the original version
of Halcyon live. Totally brilliant. That was it, there was no
stopping the crowd now who continued in a similar vein for the
rest of the night. I Don’t Know You People, The Box and Nothings
Left all followed, again loud and in your face, the newer material
sounding really raw and hard. Proper Techno. Style brought the
biggest cheer of the night, and when Bagpipe style started up,
a sight I’m not going to forget. It just didn’t stop....Daddy
what does......Oh Oh, here comes Satan....a little pause before
the crowd catch the sample and the first few squelches....this
was a brilliant rendition totally perfect..., in comes Open Mind.....back
to the rave again, hard, agressive and again a new live track
for me and a definite bonus. The set was flawless, no technical
hitches at all, the sound was great and the crowd deserve a medal.
“Cheers and Goodnight” cried Paul, the crowd didn’t listen and
screamed and stamped for the brothers to return..2 hours has passed
since the first notes of Way Out, where did that go ? ....a few
nervous tense moments whilst the goggles passed out of sight at
the back of the stage... .back they came, with the Doctor Who
theme blending into Chime. They had to do it didn’t they? They
had to go and make a fantastic night out......a perfect one.
expected Plaid to be fairly mellow however they certainly seemed
to liven the crowd up in time for Orbital. By the time Orbital
came on the venue had filled right up.
Was surprised that the gig finished so early but they were on
for a good 2 hour set and played pretty much everything I wanted
to hear. Plus new stuff that I'm looking forward to getting my
paws on. It was only the second time I've heard them use their
sample of Belinda Carlisle which was just the best. Heard it first
down at a Tribal Gathering down south and it brought back some
fantastic memories! Also that Doctor Who carry on at the end was
a laugh. Took me a while to work out what sample they were using
but that was great to finish off with.
The crowd were well up for it! Even though the dance floor was
mobbed there didn't seem to be any barging for dancing space.......which
occasionally happens down the Barrowlands. Plenty of smiling faces
all round :) Satan (as always) and Bagpipe Style appeared to be
particular crowd pleasers on the night.
Also picked up a copy of Steve Loopz' Orbital Fanzine which was
well worth a read. For all those that didn't manage to lay their
hands on a copy.............you should have got there earlier!
I was at the Orbital Live gig just a few weeks ago in Glasgow
Barrowlands. I also saw the Hartnoll brothers play live in the
Barrowlands as part of a PURE party a couple of years ago. The
exact date escapes me but I recall that Laurent Guarnier was also
The 1999 date was the first time I had visited the Barrowlands
in over a year. The atmosphere was highly charged and from chatting
to other punters you tell the expectations were high. Unfortunately
I missed Plaid playing there set but from all reports it was top
I won't go on and on about individual tracks but suffice to say
that, when the lights went up and the music stopped, there were
people who couldn't find words superlative enough. Oh, one other
thing, love the Dr Who segway.
A night to be savoured and remembered...
saw them in Manchester a fortnight ago and the new stuff is a
demon live. Expect Bigpipe Style to become a live staple, as it
was well cool when they wound up the set with it. There were also
nice live touches that throw the album into sharper relief, i.e.
coming on stage to the theme music of Clockwork Orange and covering
Dr. Who for the encore. Wondered if the CO theme had been planned
prior to SK's death?
The background projections also add a lot to the music. Clever
bits and pieces like when half of the background screens show
a binary digital stream (1's and 0's), whilst the other half show
a random stream of A's T's C's and G's. Presumably this is a reference
to the four base nucleotides, the logic being that we are the
digital transmissions of our ancestors.
Firstly, Orbital... what a band, Loopz... what a site. I was a
the Barrowlands concert and quite frankly it blew me away. The
best night ever.
This is the first time i've seen the site. I like it. I went to
the gig in Glasgow and it was good. The last time I seen Orbital
at 'the barras' it wasn't even a sell out. Now three years later,
with nothing to show, they manage to sell the place out. The crowd
gave them a very warm reception and they seemed to respond accordingly.
The names of the tracks are a mystery to me as I have not heard
the album. Obviously the old favourites came through clear. They
done about four encores and done two tracks each time. The best
of which was Satan. The sound system didn't seem as powerful as
the last time as I seen them and the light show didn't seem as
intense. But maybe that was because i hadn't taken a microdot
this time. I have been a big fan since the beginning and have
travelled all over to them, Amsterdam(gasholder), Brixton Academy(Megadog
with Aphex Twin) to name but a few. Subsequently my musical tastes
have altered and although I still have a soft spot for Orbital
and the fact that they are excellent live i'm not the fan I used
to be. I prefer the more minimal qualities of Pan Sonic, Faust
and Plastikman. At the gig they would be like playing really heavy
tones and drones and I would be like going mad, jumping up and
down while everybody stood and waited on a beat. Then the beats
would come and then more beats and more rhythyms and more, until
it was too saturated, y'know. I prefer it to be stripped right
down, i like to see other punters getting really pissed of cause
they cant dance to the sounds that are tearing their heads off.
Besides all that I did enjoy the gig it was a right good atmosphere
and it was Orbital for fuck sake.