Frank Zappa once said, “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” And upon reflection of my Friday night at Pop Revo, this quote seemed to perfectly sum up the previous night’s experience. The key to Pop Revo, I believe, is open-mindedness. Overall, what was achieved last night was an incredible display of how diversely beautiful music can be.
After shamefully missing these local boys when they supported Jungle back in March, I feared that I would never get another chance to see the allusive band the Londoners praised so highly. Thankfully, last night offered me an opportunity for redemption. These lot deserve every last bit of praise thrown their way. Everyone loves a bit of smooth R&B, there is no denying it…perhaps you just don’t expect to find it in the form of five Danish youngsters. Nonetheless, they’ve got the groove and they sure as hell delivered it.
Remember the little spiel about open-mindedness? Well, this is where it comes in handy. While I don’t have much experience with Dean’s style of music, nor am I a huge fan of being left semi-blind after an onslaught of strobe induced torture. I think, I think I get it. His music and on stage charisma entwined to create an aura of control and authority. As weird as it may sound, this is truly what is felt like. I don’t think a single person at the show will ever forget the experience Dean created for them last night. Though it was physically uncomfortable at times, it possessed a strange beauty.
A million miles from the sounds of Dean Blunt, up next was Copenhagen’s Thulebasen. Just off the back of their Japan tour last month, I’m sure it was a delight for them to be playing back on home soil for Denmark’s finest. Combining crunching guitar sounds with vocals echoed to the high heavens Thulebasen offer a unique taste of experimental rock built on a solid rhythm foundation.
These guys totally blew the roof off of Voxhall last night! God damn they were good. They’ve got the psychedelic sound in the pocket. Not to mention, they know a thing or two about how to write a huge chorus. Some interesting costumes just made it all the more entertaining: LED finger rings, face paint (for the singer) and a drummer sporting the interesting choice of LED light covered spandex. I’ll say no more.
After the release of This World Is Not Enough earlier this year, this was one of the sets I was most eagerly awaiting. As Iceage frontman Elias Bender’s side project, it was no surprise to see Radar packed. It seems everything this dude touches turns to gold. Yesterday’s show was everything you come to expect from Elias, that’s forgetting the inevitable hair sweeping and pouting glares aimed at the crowd. His lyrics touch upon dark internal thoughts and what seem like repressed memories; while, his mumbled vocals worked powerfully with the orchestra strings and saxophone to disturb and engage the crowd. Yes, disturb is a good thing.
Rounding off the night were a band I’ve followed for a while now but never had the opportunity to see. While their 60’s rock inspired music sounded just how I would have imagined it to in a live setting, I was nowhere near prepared for the bizarrely wonderful stage show they put on for Aarhus last night. At times, I forget where and what exactly I was doing as songs were patched together by little skits totally worthy of Oscar nominations (yes, my tongue is totally in cheek). Though I could imagine some people found this awfully cringey at times, it was pure fun! It’s a very rare sight to see a performer putting absolutely everything they have into a show. Absolutely awesome ending to a night of hugely diverse and talented musicians. Pop Revo are doing it just how all festivals should.