Photo: Johanne Teglgård Olsen
I clearly remember their concert at this years SPOT festival. The hall was filled to capacity, but the sound unfortunately teased the boys a little. After several years of absence from the stage they were off again with nothing close to an easy start. Despite that, the boys pulled it home and received 3/6 stars from Gaffa, and 4.5/6 from the audience. Kissaway Trail had once again kicked their name into the mind of the listeners. Yesterday it was time for the boys’ first headliner in Aarhus since they were reduced to a trio and released their third album BREACH.
After all it turned out that on a bitingly cold Friday night in Aarhus, Nørrebro was still a warm place to be. We ended up going from the concert with both t-shirts and a poster .. enough said!
Woven Blush [2.5/5]
As the first name on stage was local Woven Blush. Here they supported the crowd with a creamy mix of all kinds of guitar effects. It is quite clear that the youngsters are talented, but they lacked strongly with authenticity and presence. That they seemed extra nervous can’t be blamed, but personally I ended up felling that I stood at a high school at one of the countless high school parties where the local band was invited. Their lyrics were ultra simple and almost absent, which was a shame for a leadsinger who can actually sing. Whether it was the effects that made him sing, or his voice can’t still be answered, but a word of advice to the youngsters would be that the balance between text and music has to be adjusted.
Kissaway Trail [4.5/5]
With the first stroke on the guitar strings the entire crowd at Radar were invited all the way across Storebælt to Nørrebro. Although the break between support band Woven Blush and Kissaway Trail brought some cold back to the venue, you suddenly find yourself in a tremendously heat inside the small venue. With 4 microphones Thomas and Søren sung to such an extent that the audience gaped more than danced. Despite the fact that the boys play rock music that feed both legs and arms, they were inviting you into a dreamy world with their choice of guitar effects and treble drums. Whether Hasse is diagnosed with ADHD or not is hard to say, but we experienced a band that seemed more than happy to be back on stage. I still don’t understand how Søren and Thomas can sing like they did, but it was good!
Radar isn’t one of the largest venues in the country, but when a band like Kissaway Trail goes on stage it’s definitely only an advantage. The whole concert quickly seemed like an intimate release of their new album. A fantastic record which indeed has been met with rave reviews from all angles. The intimacy was only reinforced by a band who empathizes 100% with their music and the moment. Radar was showcasing a band that played with the audience, as if we were part of their family. As an extra gift was served an old classic ‘Smoother + Evil = Hurt’ which brought high jubilations among the crowd. Only thing left to say is that although there was bitingly cold in Aarhus, there was an indescribable warmth in Nørrebro on a night where both to the fact that they were back on stage, the release of BREACH and Springsteen was celebrated.