In a move reminiscent of their shock arrival in our iTunes libraries in 2014, Irish rock superstars U2 have debuted their latest album, ‘The Hands That Built A Republic Of Saints,’ also known as ‘Zooperstar,’ in your living room at your house in Taringa.
That’s right, Australia! Armed with the expansive guitar sounds of The Edge, the rhythmic foundations of Larry Mullen Jr on drums, the driving melodies of Adam Clayton on the bass, and the plaintive wail of Bono’s lyrics, U2 have wandered into your living room while you were trying to watch Tom Gleeson be a sanctimonious prick on Hard Chat, and just sort of started playing.
It was weird when they unplugged Mum’s Thermomix to plug in their amps, and even weirder when Bono began the new album with a Prayer For Peace Among Thermomix Owners Worldwide.
Perhaps he’d pre-empted Mum getting angry and trying to sackwhack Adam Clayton, failing only because of the power of his basslines in an updated version of ‘Where The Streets Have No Name,’ about a world where everyone is vegan, called ‘Where The Meats Have No Fame.’
But the weirdest part of the evening was when Bono asked for peace and silence during the album’s closer (as if you were going to be talking over the rock icon), before turning off every light in the house to ‘set the mood’ for ‘My Mother’s Hands (Sudanese Blessings).’
The album is currently difficult to review, as critics weren’t at your house to hear it. But with U2 promising to visit every house in Brisbane’s outer suburbs to play the new album, you can be damn sure Gladys from Coorparoo is going to have a flaming hot take.
No more to come on this idea which would have made so much more sense to post in 2014.