A review of the show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA on November 04, 2005.
By Melody Alderman
I am seeing Bright Eyes live for the first time, just on the heels of their controversial appearance on The Tonight Show. They performed a scathing song about George W. Bush and his presidency called "When the President Talks to God." Maybe it' this type of courageous artistic expression that has won them widespread critical praise and a cult following of fans. Maybe this freedom of expression is also the reason why they are unwilling to leave their indie label for a place on a major.
As I chatted with some Bright Eyes fans before the show, they drew comparisons to Conor being this generation's Bob Dylan. One fan said that even her father, who is a devoted Dylan fan, has made the comparison himself. But for a young artist just getting his footing, that seems much too great a label to offer him just yet. Although, it's obvious there is something about his voice and songwriting that speaks for the masses.
He's not afraid to take chances and appears to be quite authentic. What lies in between could be the makings of a legacy. As one fan put it, "Taking photos of Conor in 2005 could be like shooting Dylan in '65." I think she could be right. Just then someone yells, "Fuck George Bush!" and the moment comes full circle. Rather than Conor responding with political rhetoric, he sticks to the music and thanks everyone for being at the show and then admits that if the choice were up to him, he definitely would have went to see My Morning Jacket (who were playing that same night just a couple of blocks away from the Moore.)
Uho. Just then I notice that one of the fans who was making Dylan comparisons has fallen asleep. Boy is he going to be mad when he wakes up.
Why do you drink it 'til you're blind?
And if you swear that there's no truth
and who cares, how come you say it
like you're right?
Why are you scared to dream of god
When it's salvation that you want?
You see stars that clear have been dead for years, the idea just lives on"
Song * We Are Nowhere & It's Now
Album * I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say
ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?"
Song * When The President
Talks to God
Album * Motion Sickness
I'd like to learn your tricks
Know what makes you tick
Nurse you when you're sick
Oh how you've grown so cynical
Hard lines carved in your face
The sunshine's so cliche
Just like love and pain"
Song * Beginner's Mind
Album * The People's Key