(PCM) I recently had the opportunity to check out the recent Garbage and IO Echo tour stop at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA and it was without a doubt a highly entertaining evening. Opening band IO Echo hit the stage early and used a ton of strobe effects to create a wonderful ambiance on the stage and certainly got things started off on a high note. The band played a great, although a bit short, 20 minute set with a gorgeous blend of sound that is both a little bit ethereal and a little bit industrial, in fact, the music of IO Echo is one that is truly hard to definite, but totally worth checking out! They reminded me a bit of a female-fronted version of The Smiths and the audiences really seemed to be enjoying their hauntingly beautiful performance.
The show was turned up a notch when Garbage took to the stage and put on one of the best performances I have seen so far this year. Garbage are always completely enthralling to watch in the live atmosphere, and there was an almost magic in the air of the venue, so much so that even Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson commented “This crowd it literally giving me chills” while motioning to the goosebumps on her arms and then went on to say that “such a thing doesn’t happen all the time”, so it was truly a magical vibe in the air that night. Opening up their set with “Bad Boyfriend” and “Queer” the band’s set with high octane from beginning to end.
Also, throughout the night it was very evident just how appreciative the members of Garbage are to the fans that have stuck by them through all the years. The band took a seven year break before making a huge comeback last year and Manson made a humorous remark about them being “ancient old weirdos” but feeling incredibly grateful for the fan support over the years. Garbage then dedicated what they called their greatest love song “Milk” to all of the fans, which was a truly touching moment. The band also offered up a chance to let the fans vote on the evenings set list replacing the previously planned song “Coffee” with “The Trick Is To Keep Breathing” when definitely received quite a few more votes.
Garbage did a fantastic job of mixing up their set-list with a healthy blend of both old and new songs and it was definitely a thrill to hear some of my favorite tracks such as “#1 Crush”, “I Think I’m Paranoid”, “Stupid Girl”, and of course the super-hit “Only Happy When It Rains”. The band ended the night with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”. If you have a chance to check out Garbage on the road, definitely get out to show, trust me it is an investment you won’t regret!
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Remaining tour dates:
02: Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
03: Chicago, IL, Riviera Theater
05: Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
06: Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
07: Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
09: St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10: North Kansas City, MO, Harrah’s
12: Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
16: Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey
18: Mexico City, Mexico, Arena Ciudad de Mexico
Review by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography credit: Mike Sievila