Photo by Sebastian Danmark
Mendoza takes the stage very unexpectedly after a nice upwarming dj-set, that had an abrupt end – and when she appeared on that stage, the little crowd came rushing towards her while cheering for her just for entering. It’s the first time for her playing most of these songs for a crowd, and she seemed excited and happy.
Mendoza and her two co-acts on stage starts off with a deep and heavy, slow beat in ’Keep Me Above You’ and people starts swaying from side to side. She’s wearing a dirty and tight S&M body stocking, black gothic makeup, and a rockin’ leather jacket with studs all over, reflecting the dark and mysterious artist she is. And she pulls it off pretty badass, in my opinion.
She connects with the audience very well, by talking to us with an attempted Aarhus dialect in between this song and the next, and the local people cheers as she says ’It’s so great to see you all, and to be here tonight! You’re all so niiiice’ (I er så deeeeejliiiii allesammen).
Mendoza goes on with the next song, ’Game Changer’, where her impressive, strong voice varies from high pitched to low vibrant tones. Exactly like she sounds on her new EP ’Continuous Metamorphosis’. It must have been an easy job to make the recordings, when she actually sounds likes this live with no help from auto tune or other digitalised adjustments on her voice. She demonstrates herself as a very skilled vocalist sounding as good live as anywhere else.
The songs playing in the beginning of this concert are all new, but nonetheless, people seem to like it!
Despite her small size, she easily fills the stage with her presents, going deep in her knees, twisting her body from side to side to the rhythm of the chorus to ’Buy Me Boy’. This track vibrates through the room with deep bass sounds that make your beer bottles tremble in people’s hands or locked in their armpits so their hands are free and ready to applaud Mendoza after the end of the track.
”Doesn’t it just sound great live?! I think so!”… and she continues: ”Okay, I’m gonna play the single for the EP now. Hope you guys can sing along”, and her speak turns into the vocals of ’True Meaning of Cruel’. People start dancing instead of just swaying, and it seems like they know this song better than the others, just as Mendoza hoped.
The crowd starts cheering when she talks to them in between the songs: ” You guys are goddamn nice. I think my suit is too tight tonight, ’cause it’s really difficult to dance”, and she laughs, the crowd laughs as well.
Still smiling and with a strong presence, she plays the more energetic and upbeat ’Chemicals’ and finishes the row of her EP songs with the slow and sensitive ’Raindrops’ a.k.a. ’Stativsangen’ as she calls it. The mood is cosy and happy, and people constantly await her next words followed by beats.
She spoils the audience with her own version of ‘The Bad Touch’ by ’Bloodhound Gang’ as a delicious little Mendoza surprise, while she wriggles the cord from the microphone in her hands in an energetic and mesmerizing dance.
“Damn I love this song – both the original, and this version. Cheers everyone! It only gets even better from here!’ she says with an attempting Aarhus dialect, that kinda’ sounds humorously Funen. But people like her for trying it.
The beats turn into the ones from ‘Houdini’ and then the very well-known ‘Love Druggie’ that keeps the crowd dancing, jumping and wanting more. She goes of stage smiling and thanking a crowd that could have been bigger this night, but who gave her the attention and musical love she deserves. A very well played but short concert with an artist that leaves the crowd happy and ready to take on the night with a great and up beat start.
The perfect pre-party to something big, you might say. The concert just left the place with a buzzing energized mood that takes a while to shake off.
It was very obvious that she gave her audience the concert they hoped for! The only thing wrong with this concert was that she could easily have entertained us for longer.
"The perfect pre-party to something big, you might say. The concert just left the place with a buzzing energized mood that takes a while to shake off." (4,5/6)