Writers: Asbjørn Lyhne, Simon Hyldig, Nicolai Demuth
We didn’t know exactly what to expect on this opening day of Aarhus PsychFest, but there’s no doubt that this was a very successful opener! With sold out day tickets, and a line screaming quality, we had an amazing first evening at PsychFest. We had gathered a team of three reviewers to take care of three concerts, here’s what we experienced.
Tales of Murder and Dust (DK) – (4/5)
Definitely the lightest sound this evening. Last time we saw this local psych-band was at HQ, at the Free Folk Fest, it was definitely liberating to see them in their normal set-up. With 6 musically gifted young people on stage, where everyone has a purpose on stage, and especially the atypical violinist, placed center on stage, gives a unique sound. During their concert they played a couple of new songs that seemed promising for the future of this band!
The Woken Trees (DK) – (3.5/5)
This is definitely one of those bands, that shows the diversity of this genre. With a heavier, darker and post-punk’ish sound, this band gave a much different experience from Tales of Murder and Dust. This kind of music is definitely more outgoing, and creates a different atmosphere. In front of this band you have this charismatic singer, that provides a solemnly and gloomy vocal. This was in deed a great concert, and they proved just why they played at Roskilde Festival’13.
The Blue Angel Lounge (DE) – (4.5/5)
This evenings headliner was definitely an incredible experience. It was sort of the combination between the two above mentioned bands, and completed a fantastic evening at Radar. These relatively young psych-musicians have been impressing on the psych scene throughout the world, and once again the impressed with dark yet light psych, combined with an amazing vocal from frontman Nils O., this was the highlight of the evening.
Besides these bands, a new band had it’s debut concert. De Underjordiske opened the Radar concerts at psych fest friday, sadly we didn’t see enough to review the entire concert, but from what we saw, and what the people we talked with told us, they delivered a pretty good debut concert.