The Quest for the Holy Grail
The Negative Creep and I were on a quest this weekend to see Art Brut. Braving incendiary heat and dehydration, our crusade led us to the Pitchfork Musical Festival in Chicago. Our goal was to be next to the stage, front row for Art Brut. With temperatures high into the 90's, we staked out a position during The Mountain Goats show about 10 feet from the stage. As The Mountain Goats finished their great show with "The Terror Song," the Negative Creep and I made our move and rushed toward the front of the stage and secured our spot. Happiness prevailed, as we realized that we now have the best spot to watch the greatest band in the world. This is not just my opinion, but also Greg Kott, of the Chicago Tribune, who in today's paper said, "for the moment, at least, Art Brut is the best band in the world." With a show that started out with a little teasing riff from AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," the band exploded into a hysteria-causing version of "Formed A Band." With the audience chanting the lyrics, Eddie Argos worked the crowd into a frenzy. There was so much press near the stage, that security had to clear the majority of them out. The rock and roll frenzy continued with "Bang Bang Rock & Roll." Jasper Future banged out chords on his guitar while running all over the stage in a nonstop show of energy that was hard to believe, considering the heat. Eddie Argos performed shoeless, in funky striped socks. At one point he ventured into the crowd, which just increased Art Brut mania in the US a couple of notches. Art Brut ended the show drenched in sweat with a killer version of "Good Weekend."
The Negative Creep and I wanted more, but no encores were performed due to the heat and keeping Pitchfork on schedule. We decided to see if we could get a set list. As the roadies tore down the equipment, the Negative Creep was lucky enough to obtain the set list (see the photo at the beginning of the post). If that was not enough, as we were leaving the concert, we actually ran into Eddie Argos and Jasper Future! They were nice enough to chat with us for a few minutes and autographed the set list. If you are wondering what Ego Underfed refers to, it is the Negative Creep's new band. "Ego Underfed to The Top of the Pops." Now that truly was a "good weekend."
One can never have enough Art Brut. Click here to listen.
1. Formed a Band (Original) - Art Brut
2. Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Original) - Art Brut
3. Modern Art (Original) - Art Brut
4. 18000 Lira (Original) - Art Brut
5. My Little Brother (Original) - Art Brut
6. Good Weekend (Original) - Art Brut