Usually, I like a bands’ recordings and then I’ll see them live. Sometimes, though, something about a band’s music won’t click until I see them live. I find the oddest part of this phenomenon not that I’ll like bands live whose recordings didn’t work for me, but that when I go back to listen to the recordings afterwards, I’ll hear them differently often forever.
For example, I’d listened to Mumford & Sons before SxSW and thought they were ‘meh’. I saw them there and really liked their show and now I love listening to their recordings, though they’re the same recordings I thought were ‘meh’ before.
Bands whose live show changed how I listen to their recordings [in chronological order from first show]
- Mates of State
(first seen: October 2001 at the Middle East (upstairs), Cambridge)
- the Polyphonic Spree
(first seen: August 2003 at the Paradise, Boston)
- Ted Leo
(first seen: March 2007 at the Great American, San Francisco)
- the Dodos
(first seen March 2007 at the Cafe du Nord, San Francisco)
- Mount Eerie
(first seen April 2007 at ATA, San Francisco)
- Andrew Bird
(first seen May 2007 at the Fillmore, San Francisco)
- Frightened Rabbit
(first seen: November 2008 at the Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco)
- Mumford & Sons
(first seen: March 2009 at the Flamingo Cantina, Austin)
So which bands changed the way you heard them?