I thought I was going to see Vincent Gallo and Sean Lennon make weird psycho-ambient music together. Instead what I got was a similar ensemble to Gallo’s former band RRIICCEE, followed by Sean Lennon crooning away with his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl as The Ghost Of A Saber Toothed Tiger. All the same, totally worth 7 bones.
Gallo’s stage presence, in his white motorcycle jacket, back turned to the audience, a mess of dark curls covering his face (thankfully making illustrating the show a lot easier) provided sparse enough elements to compliment his musical minimalism – a vintage keyboard, his voice just above a lover’s whisper. The songs ranged from road tripping through space to post-apocalyptic love songs. Soft lyrics like “love me forever” and “The future’s not returning, bridges built for burning… Are we the chosen ones?” wafted through the room.
Then came Sean Lennon and the ridiculously pretty Charlotte Kemp Muhl. They were very convivial with the audience, and acoustic – a good contrast to Gallo’s electronic set. When switching to an electric guitar, Lennon laughed as he was repeatedly electrocuted by his instrument, and then began singing about unicorns down the yellow brick road. Charlotte Kemp Muhl’s strong vocals were wistful, sparkling.
PS – On a somewhat unrelated note, go see Tetro if you haven’t already. The cinematography is orgasmic, and completely stole the movie.