It’s pretty cool when you just want to go out on a rainy Wednesday and you actually have options. Tape was where I spent my time – among a handful of other lucky people who came out for the first European tour date from Merchandise, who brought along the equally fantastic EZTV and had a quick warm-up from local, Anders Thode. Cheap beer, American touring bands, a good little crowd and the solo debut from one of our own: solid night.
Anders Thode kicked off the night, bringing out an electric guitar and a saxophone player for half a dozen numbers for his public debut as a solo artist. Thode is better known on the local scene for being the front-man in Snaredrum and Tilebreaker – two important bands in the local indie/post-punk scene. Thodes mellow set showed off his knack for penning a dark slow-core tune – and sounding well within the wheelhouse of groups like Low and Spain. Highlights were “Are We There Yet” (a re´purposed Tilebreaker number) and “Barstool Blues” – a seriously well rendered respectful Neil Young cover. He’s showing promise of something greater as a solo artist.
EZTV have been a favorite of mine for a little while now, this was the first stop in Europe since the release of their 2nd album – “High In Place”. The New York-based trio just hit the spot with their wistful jangle – bringing in their influences ranging from Real Estate, Big Star, Teenage Fanclub and doses of classic c86 style indie. They were up beat, played us a great set, and worked the merch booth like pros. Just some good solid tunes that came off without a hitch. They were happy enough to chat and hang out – seeming to enjoy their first gig in Aarhus.
Merchandise were headliners, but frankly the act that I knew the least about, despite being a 4AD group. They plied their trade well however, and despite the small crowd – had everyone with them as they blew through a good chunk of their new album and older material. It’s a band that I can’t quite place a finger on what they sound like – but if you’re into the gothic side of Shoegaze or classic 4AD label stuff – you’re going to want to look into them. I don’t think anyone was disappointed – and despite a little jet lag that they may have mentioned on stage, I’d say they’re definitely battle ready with their set. Let’s hope they visit again so we can get some heads through the door next time.
Wednesday is a tough night to get folks out, but those who were there got a great show from three incredibly interesting acts. Tape is just a cool place to hang, the staff is really chill and it’s just the damn place to be on a night like this if you want to go see some decent music. I’ve got nothing bad to say about my night there except a mild hangover because the beer was just going down so well last night. 1st world problems eh?
American touring bands, a good little crowd and the solo debut from one of our own: solid night. Tape is just a cool place to hang, the staff is really chill and it’s just the damn place to be on a night like this if you want to go see some decent music. (4/6)