First off, let’s not call it a “surprise” show–surprise shows aren’t announced on broadcast radio a week in advance, followed by several all but conclusive tweets, leading to seven days of online speculation. Maybe call it a short notice or intimate or exclusive show. Or, just call it a “rehearsal” as Thom joked.
Turning Fais Do Do into “Club Amok” for the night, complete with postering inside and out with the familiar monochromatic print art by Stanley Donwood and a marquee modestly branding it “A Benefit for All Mankind,” Atoms for Peace, performed for free (more or less) for a small crowd last Friday, a warm-up in advance of their forthcoming tour that begins in July in Europe and winds it way back here for a Hollywood Bowl show on October 16.
At this point, coming up on twenty years into her solo career, more or less having achieved living legend status, nearly peerless as an international multimedia pop artist, fans (tonight, a motley mix—pockets of club kids, stiff artist types, lesbian couples, KROQ lookieloos) understand they’re in for a unique experience with a Bjork show. This one though, the first Biophilia performance in LA, finally, almost two years after that album’s arrival, promises even more than usual right from the get go.
Photos by Debi Del Grande