It was a big name that took the stage last night at Train, no doubt. And you could feel the anticipation and the excitement when entering the venue. A lot of people had made their way, and on this night, Train proved how the venue matches all sorts of genres. Just last week I went there to hear death metal, and on this night, the place had this incredible Berlin club vibe.
It didn’t take them long to get the people going, that’s for sure – from the very beginning the audience were dancing and sending snapchats of themselves dancing in the light coming from the stage.
At NorthSide last year, this Icelandic collective brought three people on stage; one producer and two singers. On this night, they were only two – starting with the producer being all by him self on the stage to get the party started. After a couple of songs, the singer entered the stage – and my God he entered with style – as if the atmosphere just lifted by his very presence and charisma.
Now, if you’re just a tiny bit aware of their history, or know their music, you’d know that their music is a tiny bit similar to Hercules And Love Affair when live, just more experimental and … crooked, in some way. But when you’re making these huge build ups, it requires a strong, powerful vocal, and that wasn’t quite there yesterday at Train.
Throughout the concert, there was a tendency of loosing the audience every now and then. When the music got a bit too quiet, many of the people among the audience couldn’t quite deal with going from the artistic build ups to the 90’s bass filling up the room. And it was as if the connection between the audience and the guys on stage seemed better without vocals. A bit rough, I know, but that seemed to be the case.
Basically it’s because dancing like in the 90’s is still a thing, and that the bass really made an impact. GusGus delivered tasteful set, it’s experimental, it’s challenging, and it’s good – but two things could’ve made the experience better;
First, Another member on stage would’ve made it less of a typical ‘producer + singer’ experience – and a more “live” experience – and finally, less light on the audience would’ve created a darker Berlin – vibe which would’ve gone well with the music. But hey, I really enjoyed listening to and witnessing these guys!
GusGus is a big deal. They're set is tasteful, yet everyone can take part in it - but yesterday at Train, it would've been a better experience with another member on stage. Simply to create more of a live experience. And hey, apparently 90's bass and dancing is still at thing! (3.5/6)