Home Alternative Music Reside Evaluation: The Remedy, The Twilight Unhappy, Philadelphia, PA June 24, 2023

Reside Evaluation: The Remedy, The Twilight Unhappy, Philadelphia, PA June 24, 2023

Reside Evaluation: The Remedy, The Twilight Unhappy, Philadelphia, PA June 24, 2023


Robert Smith resides his finest life—and what a pleasure it’s to simply be alongside for the experience! Over the course of the Remedy’s 29-song set on the Wells Fargo Middle, Smith danced, laughed, grinned and performed to the sold-out crowd with a welcome mirth.

And thru all of it, he and the band sounded as deliciously desolate as I’d all the time dreamed they might, embracing 20,000 followers who had lengthy waited for this, from those that’d attended the Remedy’s final Philly present 15 lengthy years in the past in 2008 to those that, like me, had spent many lonely nights within the ‘90s listening to Disintegration and Want however by no means managed to search out our means into cooler-than-cool goth cliques and even the chilly consolation of arenas full of likeminded strangers.

From my sky-high seat, I may simply barely inform that Smith has eyes (overlook about his signature smeared lipstick), however his singular voice rang out true and gorgeously evocative even on unfamiliar songs like “A Fragile Factor” and “I Can By no means Say Goodbye,” two of the 5 new songs threaded by means of the primary set and launching the second.

1989’s Disintegration was properly represented with 5 numbers (together with first-set treats “Photos Of You” and “Lovesong”), second solely to 1985’s The Head On The Door, which yielded six (together with the unbelievable “Shut To You” and “Six Completely different Methods”). 

1992’s Want, alternatively, accounted for simply two songs, however what songs they have been: the giddy “Friday I’m In Love,” which introduced out Smith’s playful aspect, and the enveloping “From The Edge Of The Deep Inexperienced Sea,” which surfaced these outdated, conflicted feelings within the security that comes solely once you’re sitting silently within the darkness surrounded by strangers. (Though it may need been asking an excessive amount of to need these strangers to be equally silent, slightly than providing a operating commentary.)

Different acquainted pleasures have been scattered throughout this Saturday-night present, with “A Forest” and “Charlotte Generally” topping my checklist, and unearthed gems like “It Can By no means Be The Similar” and “Burn” added to the mystique. And simply because the 10-song third set appeared to vow a ceaseless provide of gorgeous and immortal songs, “Simply Like Heaven” and “Boys Don’t Cry” heralded the night’s inevitable finish, adopted by Smith’s closing lap across the stage to acknowledge the viewers’s deep and abiding appreciation and adoration.

Past the principled strategy he’s taken to taking over the ticketing titans and his canny merch technique guaranteeing that followers would eagerly be a part of a large queue to drop simply as a lot cash on posters, tees and buying and selling playing cards as on valuable seats in an area too small to satisfy the demand for the Remedy’s presence, Smith delivered all we wished and left us hungry for extra. (For one factor, “10:15 Saturday Evening,” performed most not too long ago at Madison Sq. Backyard on Thursday, would have been an applicable if on-the-nose inclusion about 90 minutes into the present.)

Humorous factor concerning the Twilight Unhappy: My husband Chris requested me to accompany him to see them play on the North Star Bar (R.I.P.) in October 2009 for what would have been our first date, however I already had different plans. Nearly 14 years and several other hundred reveals later, I noticed them for the primary time because the opening band on Wells Fargo Middle’s huge stage, with solely singer James Alexander Graham and guitarist Andy MacFarlane remaining from the 2009 lineup.

Graham shouted out the a lot smaller Johnny Brenda’s and Boot & Saddle (R.I.P.) because the venues he’s used to enjoying when the Twilight Unhappy passes by means of Philly, however the band sounded fairly good on the glow-up, particularly “That Summer time, At House I Had Change into The Invisible Boy” and “Preserve Your self Heat,” the latter borrowed from new dummer Grant Hutchison’s earlier band, Frightened Rabbit (R.I.P.).

—M.J. Tremendous; pictures by Chris Sikich

The Twilight Unhappy



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