An Evening with Simple Minds in Austin
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An Evening with Simple Minds in Austin

An Evening with Simple Minds in Austin

ACL Live, Austin, TX, November 2, 2018

By Michael Mullenix

The ACL Live Moody Theater was lit up and packed for the arrival of 80’s post-Punk legends, Simple Minds. It has been several years since they have extensively toured the US, let alone appear in Texas. A charged up crowd flooded in to hear their favorite classic hits and the debut of the long awaited new album, Walk Between Worlds. The band took the stage slightly after 8, with no opening act and set a course to play through over 2 hours of music spanning their 40-year career. Lit up like a lightshow, the band shined brightly; they danced, they vogued, and they absolutely wailed on their guitars. The performance was divided into two sets, separated by a 20-minute intermission, with the first half serving as a chance for Simple Minds to launch their newer tracks like Sense Of Discovery and The Signal And The Noise. Coming from an album over 4 years in the making it was interesting to see how the new material stacked up against their traditional fan favorites, and in some ways, it offered an invigorating return to the likes of Love Song and The American. While the first half of the set was mainly on point, the second half started to drag. More slower-burn experimental songs like Dolphin and Someone Somewhere In Summertime failed to energize the audience until we drew closer to their undeniable hit, Don’t You (Forget About Me). If anything I can concede that the flow of their setlist felt a bit disjointed, and though lead singer Jim Kerr’s banter between songs was often humorous, it did stretch out the pacing of the concert in general. However, the band regained their momentum and had the crowd eating out of their hand as they returned one last time for an encore in the form of their hits, Alive And Kicking and Sanctify Yourself.



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About the Author and Photographer

Michael Mullenix
Growing up around the world, Michael developed a taste and appreciation for all styles of music. While studying film making at Boston University, he dove headfirst into a mosh-pit and never came out. It was in Boston that he combined his love of film and photography with his drive and passion for being a chronicler of the underground music scene. After graduation he headed to Los Angeles and for over a decade has worked with some of the top musicians and actors in the entertainment industry. Lured to Austin by the cultural explosion in the music and film scenes taking place there, he relocated two years ago and describes Austin as a cultural Shang Ri La!