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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Photos: Gossip at the Showbox

Posted by on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Beth Ditto, fans, at the Showbox
  • Josh Bis
  • Beth Ditto, fans, at the Showbox

It often feels gimmicky when a band holds out on playing their biggest hit, but it makes complete sense that the band formerly known as the Gossip waited 1 until the end of their encore to unleash "Standing in the Way of Control". The song absolutely destroys—Beth Ditto's voice transitioned nimbly from cover/sing-along of "What's Love Got to Do With It?" into the song's opening with a howl and the full house, worked into a floor-shaking, hand-waving, exhausted, applauding mess by the end. It's no wonder that the canny music supervisors at Skins chose the song to introduce the world to the best advertisement for never leaving English teenagers unsupervised. But, as Ditto emphasized ("election time ... is about our way of life") the song remains especially (and unfortunately) timely in this particular political season: it's a song that she wrote when she was twenty-five, now she's thirty-one and still singing about the same thing.2

The set was consistently fun—unstoppable soul-infused acrobatic vocals paired with a driving dance-punk heartbeat that began with a mini "Psycho Killer" cover that lasted for about an hour and a half; Ditto's belt and shoes lasted just one song. Throughout, she took more than a few moments for comical nose-blowing, chatty reminiscences3, birthday celebrations, and political forays. Mid-set, the audience roared with approval as drummer Hannah Blilie briefly paused to encourage a yes vote on R74 (Ditto: "Get to marrying, gays!" / "it's just like David Guetta says..."), and then promptly went back to losing their minds happily dancing until well after midnight. The last time they came to Seattle, Ditto was "not yet in her thirties"—let's hope the audience convinced her to not wait so long before returning.

Endnotes and more photos after the jump.



  • Hannah Blilie

Hannah Blilie
  • Katy Davidson


1 ... just as they did during their last Seattle show in 2009.
2 The song was written in response to the Federal Marriage Amendment.
3 Beth Ditto is a quote factory, made all the more charming by a sparkling personality and an accent with more than a trace of Arkansas remaining after more than a decade in the northwest: songs dedicated to Lil' Wayne (whose hair reminds her of her girlfriend), the benefits of renouncing vegetarianism (going to restaurants is so easy, dreams of a chicken strip club), etc. etc. forever and ever.


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Larry Mizell, Jr. 1
i got shithoused at this show and remember like half of it but i recall it being magic
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on October 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM · Report this
I wish I had gone!

(also, on caddy note, I'm surprised at Beth's dress and makeup... Usually she destroys me with her fashions! She rules! That black dress seems plain?)
Posted by Kelly O on October 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM · Report this
very bad homo 3
The Gossip are a band I never miss when they're here!
Posted by very bad homo on October 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Josh Bis 4
both the show and the crowd were top drawer!

Beth did say that she was recovering from a cold (thus, the frequent nasal evacuations); so maybe she was going more casual friday?
Posted by Josh Bis on October 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM · Report this
alithea 5
@2 she came back out for the encore in a great sparkly black bodycon number!
Posted by alithea on October 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Josh Bis 6
@5 I didn't even notice the costume change. There goes my shot at guest judging Project Runway.
Posted by Josh Bis on October 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
merry 7
Augghhh I missed it!!!

And I did not know that she's got Rod McKenna playing keyboards!!!!!!!!!!! whoa
Posted by merry on October 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
This show plus many scotch and sodas made for an excellent birthday.
Posted by ERIN! on October 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM · Report this

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