Alas, I am but a writer who occasionally pretends to be a professional photographer. And capturing the Air experience Monday night at the Pantages with my little Canon SLR was a bit more challenging than I imagined — especially since the Pantages doesn’t have a little thing that we in the industry like to refer to as a photo pit. So the blurry images below were about as good as I could get without crawling over paying patrons and all.
But enough of me whining. In case you didn’t go, Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicholas Godin (the guys who are official in Air) were backed by three more guys, on keys, drums and guitar. And they turned in an inspired 90-minute set of space rock that, in spots, rocked a little bit harder than I expected. Fans responded with several ovations, spontaneous dancing, cries of “Thanks you for coming to Tacoma!” and, in my section, some stuff in French I didn’t understand. (I mostly just know the bad words and all.)
It was a nice coup for the Broadway Center and our little scene down here in general. Air isn’t nearly as popular as the mainstream country, pop and hip-hop types that frequent the Tacoma Dome. But as one of the top 10 “electronica” acts on college radio (is much as that label doesn’t fit) they’re the epitome of hipster chic. And it’s a sign that Tacoma and surrounding areas will support the types of edgy acts that usually head straight for the Paramount, the Moore in Seattle and the Capitol in Oly.
A sign of things to come? Let’s hope so.
From top: Air’s Jean-Benoit Dunckel; partner in crime Nicholas Godin; opening act Kate Havnevik in all her Bjork-like splendor; I believe the one on the right is the right set list since they did play “Photograph.”