Thursday night, HeadQuarters hosted a fine display of alternative electro music. Though both bands- Copenhagen’s Darkness Falls and local boys Keep Camping– feed on inspiration from the same era of 80s synth music, they offer themselves as fine examples of just how diverse this genre can be. The 80s will always be with us in the world of music, this will never change, so when a band come along and offer something new to a genre that is so saturated in today’s musical climate, well then, you have to take your hat off to that. Keep Camping, I applaud you.
Undergoing somewhat of a transition, Keep Camping started their set with the sound they’re most famously known for; they call it “Folk Clubbing” but after a couple of songs, they dropped the folk and made their way into a sound more recognisable by the presence of droning synths and drum samples. One thing remained throughout this on stage transition, the art of song writing; with each new song being as engaging and catchy as the last, there simply were no fillers in this performance. If it wasn’t one of their many double layered rhythms keeping your ears nicely nourished, then it was an instrumental hook or a theatrical vocal part. A solid performance from another one of Aarhus’ gems, be sure to check them out if you haven’t already. Keep Camping (4/6)
With the bar set so high, the night’s headliners were going to have to offer something real good for them to take the crown for the night. Unfortunately, for them, they dropped just below the mark. Alluding more to the darker corners of the 80s synth pop genre, there is no denying that Darkness Falls are a well-polished and well-practised band, but I just can’t help thinking that they’ve simply given themselves to a sound that has been repeated time and time again. They lacked a little creative energy, there is nothing new or original to their sound. Perhaps they can take something away from playing locals Keep Camping, this being that originality pays off.
All in all, a good night. Shout out to HeadQuarters, they played their part in the gigs success. The sound for the gig was awesome, potentially one of the best sounding music venues of their size that I’ve encountered. Once again, Aarhus has proved that it’s the place for producing Danish musical gems.
"Darkness Falls are a well-polished and well-practised band, but I just can’t help thinking that they’ve simply given themselves to a sound that has been repeated time and time again."