Photo by Rasmus Sleimann Nielsen
What a night it was at Radar. One day, one venue, five bands; and, as promised, that was exactly what we needed, you just didn’t know it.
I’d done my research before going in, but, obviously, I knew some of the bands better, and some of them I didn’t know at ALL. Quite refreshing going in and not knowing what to expect; listening to bands at home and seeing them perform can be extremely different. But…. it seemed they all tried their best, last night, to put on a show.
That was my first live-experience with the band, in spite having been listening to their first two singles like a true fanboy. The five-piece band had taken quite the awkward formation on stage, which seemed a tiny bit disturbing at first, but ended up having this sense of intimacy and informal approach.
About the music; these guys really know how to write songs, and Tobias on the drums is nothing but amazing – some of the sound was a bit off at the beginning, though, and I’m pretty sure it was the vocal – that they might not have found the right level and the right ingredients for it before going in. It got way better during the concert and ended up almost phenomenal.
It was an alright turn-up to this first act of the day, and we were all entertained with great songs, where details and hooks have been cared for. A song like ‘Paranomia’ might be one of the best new songs I’ve heard this year, and it turns out, that it’s quite the song live as well; it seemed faster than usual, but the bass is pure sex and the vocal is just where it’s supposed to be.
They still have a lot of work ahead, as most new bands do, but there’s no reason not to give their all to this project. They play like a real band, and there’s so much talent.
Quite an unknown act to this writer, and then again, not really; we all know (and love) Christian Hjelm. This was, despite having released an EP back in September, only their second concert! Doesn’t seem like it, though; Christian and Sara have really found each other, as if they were two siblings having played together since early childhood.
They entertain with impressive and touching songs, and their vocals go together as white bread and nutella. But it seems like it’s a bit of bad match with this event. I chose to watch most of the concert seated, and I could easily imagine going in for a seated concert with these guys – but not as a part of a night with five acts, where some of the acts requires a few beers.
Moving around at Radar, I tried to see if people shared that opinion – and quite a few did. They took their time in between songs, as they didn’t have all that material, according to Christian Hjelm, and that made it difficult for them to maintain members of the audience attention. Those who kept focused got themselves a wonderful concert.
My first encounter with these guys was at Radar back in 2012, at Spot Festival. That might have been my first live-experience with an all instrumental band, actually. Anyway, I’ve been following these guys ever since, but haven’t seen them live for quite some time.
I must say, they’ve come a long way, and it’s nothing but impressive, that these three guys on stage can fill up the room with a huge soundscape like that. We’re thrown post-rock-ish music in our faces, with loads of details, creativity and, well, balls. Instead of comparing them to the likes of Mogwai, which is quite unfair to most bands, I had a similar experience with Electric Eye at the same venue a couple of years back. We’re simply blown away, and there’s no BS.
There was a moment during the concert, where you could think that it got a kind of jam-vibe, and that is not what you want from these guys. You want them to take your hand at lead you through the concert. And that’s the thing about music like this, where there’s no vocal; it can get a bit tiring, if you, as a member of the audience, aren’t being taking care of. That never really happened at this concert.
Not unlike a previous experience at RECession Festival in 2014, Total Heels chose to take the floor at Radar and make it their stage. It sort of broke the flow a bit, which was kind of refreshing, if you ask me.
The four-piece Copenhagen act have, from what I heard, done this before at Pop Revo with great success, and it feels like it was a success yesterday as well. At least, it feels like the audience agreed that it was a pretty good idea.
The music is raw and dirty, not unlike a Sleaford Mods thing – just with more people on stage and less British, but you know. And I guess that’s what we needed after three really different concerts. The thing is, though, that it’s kind of ‘seen before’. I mean, they never really impressed me all that much – and what made this concert something else was the fact that they chose the floor, it wasn’t the music.
These guys are definitely entertaining and it’s great fun to seem them live, but it’s as if we need something extra from Total Heels.
Didn’t know anything about this band, at all. I’d heard some songs, and that was pretty much it – apparently, though, the band members have been playing quite a bit with african musicians and from that created this norwegian-african-rock.
There aren’t as many listeners left, but those still standing are going absolutely crazy to this band. Including me. It might be the afro-rock that makes it impossible not to move your body, I don’t know, but it really, really works – I must say.
I’ve thought of ways to describe this band, and I guess the right thing is calling it a norwegian WhoMadeWho/Powersolo mash-up. You get the picture, right? And with these two bands you go to the concerts because you know the tracks, and you know what they’re capable of live – that wasn’t necessary here.
And bringing members from Total Heels and Yune on stage adds something to the fun, no doubt. That sort of thing is always welcomed at a festival; it doesn’t always improve the music, but it’s good fun. This was, no doubt, the perfect ending to a great night at Radar.
A truly great evening at Radar and RECession Festival, who gave us 5 interesting and very different acts. (4.5/6)