I just got back from seeing El-P. I skipped out on the opening acts but arrived just in time. The set opened with a bass player, DJ, and keyboardist all wearing masks or bandannas to cover their face. I wasn't sure what was going on through all the smoke (I think from the crowd) but then a man wearing a red jumpsuit and blood all over his head dove into the first rap. At first, the blood kind of reminded me of that Andrew W. K. cover - you know the one where he makes it look like he got hit in the face with a brick? This was more like El-P had just ran off the set of 28 weeks later as a zombie extra.

But then I realized as he smiled that El-P reminded me of someone else...MEL GIBSON! It was the mannerisms and the smile I think. You can't really compare using photographs since all the photographs of El-P are posed pictures. But just think about it next time you see him perform. I mean c'mon, couldn't you imagine El-P in Braveheart, Lethal Weapon 4, and Conspiracy Theory? It's a perfect fit.

I thought the show was really good, and I think a big part of it was the crowd, they really amped it. Everyone was really into the set despite some minor sound issues...just now I realized that the set was a straight run through of his latest album, "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" with some older tracks thrown in there. I thought it translated pretty well live, although it was obvious at times that some tracks were so dense the speakers couldn't handle it.

Here is the last song of the album, and also the last song he played at the show, "Poisenville Kids No Wins- Reprise (This Must Be Our Time)".

Attached audio files: 
  1. Poisenville Kids No Win by El-P

    7:01 minutes (6.42 MB)
( categories: )