Autechre live

We went to see Autechre live last week. They sucked.

Well, OK, maybe that’s a little unfair. Musically I think they were fine; the problem was that they were WAY TOO FUCKING LOUD.

I’ve encountered this problem before, when Wire played Boston. They were so loud that they were painfully loud even if you were wearing earplugs, and the poetic lyrics were literally inaudible. Autechre’s music just became a set of staccato explosive thuds to the body, with some distant electronic noise that could have been quite interesting if you’d been able to hear it. The end result was like trying to tune in a short wave radio while on the battlefield in World War II.

When I ranted about the Wire gig, someone said it was the fault of the venue’s sound crew. Well, Autechre have no such excuse—Matmos were on before them, and the Matmos set was great. Ae just decided to turn up the volume to 11, or maybe even 12. I really don’t understand it.

They rendered their music so boring and unpleasant that we left after the second track.