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.