If till some years ago someone had told me that a day would have come when I would have attended and I would have anxiously waited for a progressive electronic music concert I would have thought “that’s impossible, absolutely no way!”. Well, what a big mistake I would have done!
Since when I heard about the concert of the Atoms for Peace I started waiting for it with big curiosity and great interest. I am sure those feelings derive mostly from the fact that I am a big Radiohead fanatic, and I truly and genuinely believe that Mr. Thom Yorke is one of the greatest geniuses of our time in addition to being someone that uses his own brain in the most beautiful and brilliant and smartest way possible.
But let’s keep apart my platonic love for Yorke and let’s talk of the Atoms for Peace’s concert instead where energy in full bloom and amazingness were the key elements throughout all night! Pretty obvious from a certain point of view because Atoms for Peace is a band made of music royalty : Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers – on bass guitar), Nigel Goldrich (Radiohed’s producer –on keyboards), Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M – on drums), Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Brian Eno – on percussions), Thom Yorke (Radiohead – the voice of the band AFP).
Yorke has often said during interviews that the main influence behind the work of Atoms for Peace is Afrobeat. I consider Atoms for Peace music as a sort of very complicated dance music, it is an evolution of it where melody is kept a little bit apart, leaving all the space to electronic rhythms as main element. Speaking of that: my bf suggested that all electronic parts were played live, and if that’s the case (I guess that surely is) really hats off to the greatness of these amazing musicians! With the electronic beats stay Yorke’s voice that as a kind of magic fits perfectly with his brand new musical project. Also, he seemed to me very much more talkative with the Atoms for Peace than with the Radiohead and much more energetic, as he interacted many times with us the audience.
Then, it is impossible not to talk about a performance into the performance, and I am talking about Flea! I must admit I don’t like at all his band the Red Hot Chili Peppers but he really is what in the most classic rock literature is considered “a rock’n’roll stage animal” – it was impossible to turn the eyes away from him and his moves! Thom Yorke and his bizarre movements had a good competitor eh eh eh!
Finally I have my say about the location: the venue of this concert is a new area in Milan where concerts take place: it is the Ippodromo del Galoppo, it was my first time there and I must admit the place really fits beautifully with live music! (should I find a flaw I would say mosquitos…)
Very last comment, that to be honest is simply a note to self: to wear wedges during concerts!!! So I would avoid the fact of having to jump for the main part of the concert in the event of the non-functioning of the mega-screen…(that’s exactly what happened during the Atoms for Peace performance – that’s real unluck!)
Have you ever seen the Atoms for Peace live?