Photo by Morten Rygaard
Whether or not a concert is a success is always dependent on more than just main acts. This Thursday I set out to experience one of the most blooming acts on the Danish music scene, but as stated above, it’s a balancing act between main-artist, support artist, and the venue in which it all takes place.
Due to a surprising ticket-sale the concert, originally intended to take place at HeadQuarters, was moved to Train. When a concert is moved to a venue as huge as Train you always feel a little nervous about the show-up. That said, the turn-up was great, and it seemed like everyone had a good time.
Support: Chris Muñoz
First artist on stage, the only support artist this night, was the Odense-based singer-songwriter Chris Muñoz. I will make this one short because to be honest, I don’t like it – at all. With a capo on the second fret, he used his short stage-time in company with standard chords and a struggle with his voice on the high-pitch notes.
It is not that I don’t like that, but when the only reason why I am present at Train is due to one of the most talented vocalists in Denmark (Alex Vargas, red.), then it just feels wrong when the support artist struggles with exactly that.
In the end, it brought a chattering crowd and the atmosphere of the last minutes of a Dawson’s Creek episode. It just felt like the outro, which wasn’t right when I expected an intro. Therefore, due to his vocal problems on the high pitch notes, and the very basic guitar-play it simply did not suit as support to an artist that is basically marketed as the opposite.
Alex Vargas and Tommy Sheen taught us superiority
I can summarize the duo’s performance in a single sentence. Alex Vargas and Tommy Sheen proved that Danish music has a promising future, both domestic and international. With closed eyes, Alex and his magnificent voice created an almost vacuum-like room in which the crowd at Train were the only ones invited. A room where Alex is the king we all worship.
From a slow and intense opening, Alex and Tommy built up the show over time, as two shy boys who searched for a foothold in a foreign country. It not only corresponded with the tracks on the setlist but also with the heartbeat of the audience. Slowly they increased our heartbeats to a perfect level, simultaneously with intensifying the atmosphere due to a lack of oxygen. All because we all forgot how to breath while we watched their acquisition of the stage at Train.
With sing-a-long on ‘Solid Ground’, the announcement of a new EP due in January, the introduction of a brand new track, and amazing vocals and melodies, it became crystal clear from the first strum on the Fender Jaguar and Telecaster, that these guys are technicians from tip to toe. Maybe that’s why they close down and create the amazing vacuum-atmosphere.
They simply had us at hello. Alex Vargas decided to end his set all by himself on stage, which once again just showed that the duo is a living proof that Danish music has a promising future. Where the support artist quickly became the sad outro to a Dawson’s Creek episode, Alex Vargas was more like the soundtrack to an emotional Oscar winner of a movie.
Alex Vargas and Tommy Sheen proved that Danish music has a promising future, both domestic and international. (5/6)