Grand Central was surrounded by a crisp breeze, hundreds of homeless men, and a long line of AIH fans aching to get inside. Lo-Fi-Fnk was planned to open the night for us, but word quickly spread that due to some complications at their embassy they would not be joining in the festivities. So once inside, we took this time to mingle, talked with the people around us, first name basis because I’m probably going to get more physical contact than a first date.
So after some odd african DJ mixes and two trips to the bathroom, Dom decides to come onstage, he saunters to the mic, what a fine looking ginger. When they started to play it was evident that the crowd was of two extremes.Half was clueless as the the phenomenal set they had landed themselves at. DOM? TOM? What? They had no clue what was going on.While the other half was so loyally screaming along the words that i am sure they had lower back tattoos commemorating the band. Perhaps because they were rushed on ahead of schedule, poor DOM had technical difficulties even i was embarrassed for the drummer, who started off looking like he was emotionally exhausted, was consistantly fighting with his earpiece and had to resort to headphones and his laptop to hear the songs they were playing. A few songs in, Dom’s guitar pops a string, thank goodness they had a backup, or not, a backup that Dom doesn’t know how to tune. He announced to us that this was probably his worst nightmare, eventually he just proclaims, “ahh f**k it, we’re getting paid anyways.” After one song his original guitar reappears! Sam from Architecture In Helsinki restrung and tuned his guitar for him! What a darling man.That was just in time for a great presentation of ‘Living In America’ complete with a squealing Casio and swaying crowds. Duly noted, their keyboardist is one of the most spirited tambourinists I’ve seen in awhile. He tambourined so vigourously, with pride, and then just that quickly it was done. These gentlemen broke down their stage in about 3 minutes flat. as the crowd begins to mill around.
Cameron Bird, lead singer of Architecture in Helsinki, is in a zipped up pulled over hoodie setting up their stage, and nobody realizes it. The crowd is talking about how excited they are for what songs, and he’s right there setting up the microphone, listening. Cameron is a dancing machine his feet move so fast in his little cuffed pants, it matched their sound perfectly.If a deaf person had seen Cameron dancing they would be able to know what Architecture In Helsinki sounds like. Kellie was simply precious, her little dollface smiling at us, she used her arms and shoulders as an outlet for all her excitement and energy as she jutted them out in the air to ‘That Beep’ then, mid-song, all the music cuts off ,and Cameron announces that it’s 11:11 11/11/11 and coarces us all to put our index fingers in the air. The hundreds of us happily oblige, and it was magical. I didnt even wish, I was so distracted So we snapped a picture and moved on to the music we came there for which was impeccibly delivered and even more happily received. They had songs collected from all of their albums like a tour of AIH, along with our own memories of every song. Even a cover of Londonhead’s 1991 hit ‘I’ll Be Thinking About You.’ It was a night transfixed on enjoying the moment, nothing but smiles all around. Maybe all of our wishes were granted, because we were there, thats what i’ll say. I’m already looking forward to 11/11/2111!