Technical difficulties and space problems notwithstanding,Poets of the Fall managed to please the Delhi audience.
It was a stormy Friday evening,with rain,squalls and consequent traffic snarls. In spite of that,a sizable crowd had lined up outside Hard Rock Cafe in Saket by 9 pm,to watch Poets of the Fall perform. Despite its distance from the subcontinent,the Finnish band enjoys considerable popularity in India and is on its second tour of the country this time to promote its new album,Temple of Thought.
Given the size of its fan base,one would have thought a larger venue would have been called for. And sure enough,despite the efficiency of the event organisers and the Hard Rock staff,it was apparent that the space was going to become pretty constricted. From 9:30 pm onwards,people started thronging in front of the stage,staking claim to space for their feet and eyeballs,both firmly pointed towards the podium.
The scheduled time for the gig to begin 10 pm came and went by,and the crowd started getting restive. The staff snaked through the crowd,offering tequila shots to patrons,while the bands road crew struggled with some technical problems .
It was finally at 11 pm that the band bounced on to the stage to a thunderous applause. Identically dressed in black vests and jeans,the band members remained cheerful and engaging during the entire duration of their concert,which encompassed earlier favourites such as Roses,Diamonds for Tears and Locking Up the Sun,as well as songs such as Cradled in Love from its new album.
Clearly,the accoustics could have been better,since the sound of the guitars at times overpowered the singers voice. And while the guitars themselves were perfectly audible,they werent always legible,with the individual melodies and riffs getting lost in a rush of static. Nevertheless,the crowd cheered them on,singing the lyrics of their favourite songs out aloud.