From: Live music's future is safe AMY ZIEGLER Collegian Swarms of people rushed down the aisles, people broke out their lighters, and three bands rocked the stage at Bramlage Coliseum Monday night. Live, Weezer and Fatima Mansions played to a crowd of 1,825 at the breakthrough music event of the semester. The lighting effects, sound system and management made the concert go over as a professional, top-notch production. At first, I had high doubts and low expectations for the concert because the event was on a weeknight, the tickets were $15, and Manhattan is typically known as a country town. The response of the crowd and the quality of the bands restored my faith in the possibility of a future for live music in Manhattan. Fatima Mansions kicked off the show to a highly unappreciative crowd who booed and hollered. The lead singer was dressed in a white laboratory coat, white pants and a white shirt and put on an embarrassing display of stage antics. He looked like a lab scientist who took some of his own experimental drugs. He jumped up and down on the stage and had more energy than a monkey on steroids, but the crowd just sat in their seats listening to the screaming vocals and screeching guitars. Live opened for Fatima Mansions in the past, and now Fatima Mansions is opening for Live. I had never heard of them before the show came to town, and now I know why. Weezer provided a refreshing relief to the disappointing performance by Fatima Mansions. "Undone (The Sweater Song)" brought the crowd members out of their seats and sent them flooding down toward the stage. FROM: EMOL: Musicians Pages A selection of Arizona musicians and bands. Articles by Tina Alvarez. The Fatima Mansions "Oh, if there is any unified theme, it is simply the despair that comes from being a participant in the decline of the Western industrial powers," summed up Fatima Mansions' lead singer Cathal Coughlan of their new release, Lost in the Former West. On the work, the Fatima Mansions remain faithful to their stinging, observant lyrical view of civilization, bathing it in a mesmerizing quasi-rock setting. The LP's opinionated songs were spawned from the time Coughlan spent in England's northeastern industrial city of Newcastle. On "Popemobile to Paraguay," Coughlan states "The King of the Papists is a friend to the rapists" and "It's been awhile since you said 'Heil" you CIA-bred necrophile." The single, "Lost in the Former West," delves into universal as well as personal themes. "It's about any mechanism by which the people who hold the whip hand economically and legally seek to impose their will upon people who have choices but allow themselves to be frightened into doing what they are told to do," Coughlan explained, "It's also quite autobiographical, about some things that happened to me a few years ago when I thought I didn't have any choice in my own behavior, and how I allowed it to cause disaster for myself and a number of other people." The 13-track CD is on Radioactive Records.