In 2013, Aarhus Psych Fest had it’s debut year. With names such as The Blue Angel Lounge and The Asteroid #4, the festival had a very successful first year, and thereby setting the bar quite high!
For most of the people I talked with during this years festival, Saturday was the day people was looking forward to the most. Obviously, Spindrift was the main reason for that! I guess for most parts of the crowd, Friday took us by surprise – and the atmosphere at Radar was incredible. The crowd, including myself, was throwing down beers and having a great time! Here’s a few comments on the concerts:
They had the honor of opening the festival, at a time where not many had shown up yet – as it always is with the opening act, I guess. None of these guys could remember their setlist, and it led to a lot of pauses and chats on stage, and it might be a charming part to this genre, but there are less “inspired” ways to do it. When they focused on actually playing music without acting in a specific way, they were really good. It sort of looked like a jam session, drinking shots and all, but they did create a great sound scape.
Always a pleasure to see these guys! They have an incredible sound and the vocals from Peter Kure is one of my favorite Danish voices. His appearance on stage seems like a mix of CV Jørgensen and Tool singer James Maynard – not a cocktail! During their song ‘Trold’, Øystein Braut (Electric Eye) featured on stage with his guitar, which gave the sound an extra layer. Definitely the highlight of the concert! Anyway, you CAN witness an De Underjordiske concert without tripping on LSD, but…….
The first concert in the beautiful Lunar Suite in ‘Den Rå Hal’. This suite was arranged very stylish and had this raw yet warm vibe to it. Holy definitely was a great way to start the Lunar Suite concert! The 5-piece band played uptempo and catchy music, and they were quite good at it. It’s really a matter of great booking, as Holy fitted perfectly after the first couple of concerts.
Yup, psych rock all the way from Chile! Definitely the more exotic name from this years line-up, and I had high expectations to this band. Their sound was really, really good – might even be one of the best from this day, but…. the vocals was just not good enough, and it was to be heard during the entire concert. Sadly, because they really did have a great sound – and the longer parts without vocal was incredible. Maybe should consider going instrumental?
2 girls and 1 guy, looking a bit nerdy and funny, but when the music starts… It was really heavy and loud, and they definitely delivered on that hole distortion part! Their drumming machine worked out great, well, everything worked out for them I guess, and they were even great company! During their small breaks, passing around a hip flask seemed like the only right thing to do! Their last track really impressed the crowd, and one of my frieda said that it was by far he’d heard so far during the night, and it was so good that he had to tell them.
My personal highlight from Friday at Aarhus Psych Fest! This was pure, norwegian quality. Their played with such an authority, that made you feel like you were in company with some guys who just knew what they were doing. These great craftsmen understood how to make us shut up for a second and just listen! Especially the simple and dark bass from Njål Clementsen impressed the audience, but everyone on stage was impressive. Again, guitar-player Øystein. This is exactly why you go to a festival like this, it’s events like this who can bring you great experiences that you simply didn’t expect.
The last act of the day, and, in my opinion, the biggest disappointment of the day. With two person on stage, and a drum machine doing a lot of the work, it just wasn’t enough to really get to me. I mean, you could sense that these were good, there was just something missing. The front-figure played some really great noise-guitar, and with his appearance he almost looked like a young Sune Wagner.