by Matthew Trevett
On the back of Placebo’s world tour, in support of their Battle For The Sun Album, ‘We Come In Pieces’ was filmed at London’s Brixton Academy on September 28th, 2010. After completing a tour that saw the band play to over 2.5 million fans from across the globe, this DVD shows the final show in fantastic quality and full effect as Placebo put on a passionate show, no doubt shown best by the sweat dripping down Brian Molko’s face from start to finish.
The film is cleverly edited, from crowd shots to onstage close ups, the gig is covered from every angle and there is the occasional flicker effect and on screen writing that adds a modern twist. The digital effects have been kept to a minimum however but this really helps you feel the raw energy and onstage emotion that is created at a Placebo concert. By the second song you will wish you were there, London’s Brixton Academy has a habit of creating a great atmosphere and this is no exception, from the intense rock vibes created on ‘For What It’s Worth’ to the emotional intro on ‘The Bitter End’ every track filters through to the next in exciting fashion, creating a great viewing experience.
It is extremely impressive how Placebo have the ability to sound just as good, if not better, live as they do on their studio albums. For a band that puts on such a high-energy performance the DVD shows just how deft a touch has been taken to make the shows audio translate well to film. Molko’s voice is an acquired taste but he matches every note perfectly, even on top of the heavy guitar riffs and haunting synthesizers.
The live performance includes 20 songs, of which 15 were never before seen on DVD and the Deluxe and Blu-ray editions include a documentary film on the band’s 2009–2010 tour.
As a bonus, you get six tracks filmed at different shows around the world, including: “Bright Lights” filmed at the Zurich Open-air Festival in 2010, The bonus rendition of “For What It’s Worth” (Japan, 2009) and “Trigger Happy Hands” from Belgium’s 2010 Pukkelpop Festival.
Overall the video has a polished look, slick and light on effects. It is a few hours of great rock music worth investing in whether you’re a hardcore fan or just a music lover.