Just recently, we brought a review of the debut album, ‘flac’, from Sekuoia. One of the most impressive albums we’ve been listening to for quite some time now, and it has – quite simply – been on repeat ever since. Yesterday, Sekuoia took the stage at Stakladen and kicked off his tour around Europe.
Patrick, Simon, and Søren opened with Rak and Rayanne, and from the very first note, the weirdest thing happened; the crowd in Stakladen decided, collectively, to move towards the stage. They weren’t told to – they just did it. Haven’t seen that in a while.
There’s something different about these guys today, and it’s difficult to figure out what it really is. I think they seem more complete, this time, as if the new album brought along some changes as well as a performance on a higher level; the fourth track being played, ‘Rituals’, an old hit, made the crowd go crazy – but only for a moment, as most people figured, that the new stuff is simply better. It’s sort of where the concert switched from an incredible start to a more-than-okay, and a tiny bit schizophrenic, middle.
A couple of songs later, Marc Roland of Kentaur takes the stage. Now four guys on stage (quick math), Patrick, Simon, Søren, and Marc had the audience exactly where they wanted them; in front of them, dancing. It was the live performance I’d hoped it would be, maybe even more than that, and I still mean, that this is where we have Danish musicians doing something on a high, international level.
Throughout the set, we’re presented with the awesome material from ‘flac’ as well as several “oldies”; songs such as ‘Waves’, ‘Somewhere’ and ‘Evenings’ – and though ‘Evenings’ is welcomed with open arms by the audience, it’s the last song, ‘Bashed’, that takes all the attention. In my review of the album I wrote the following about this song:
”Imagine listening to Bashed at a festival stage at two or three in the morning, and you’re at that stage where you either jump around or go home – then this song’s on. After that, you’ll be good for a couple of more hours before hitting the bed.”
Well, it did exactly that at Stakladen yesterday, and after a long day, that was exactly what I needed. For some reason, and for not even a second, the sound disappeared; an obvious technical problem, but with the atmosphere at Stakladen, we kind of just agreed on seeing it as a rehearsed pause for effect.
The hype is definitely there, for the three guys on stage, which, as it does, brings high expectations with it. I couldn’t quite figure out, though, whether or not they had technical issues on stage, or just didn’t seem prepared. Either way, a weak start.
Every now and then, you could hear and sense the potential both in performance and material, but there’s still a lot of work to be done if they want to reach that level it requires in order to make a breakthrough. For instance, if you want to appear like you’re not interested, the typical “post-punk” inspired thing, well, it requires material that can carry it; material the makes up for the lack of stage presence. That wasn’t the case yesterday, but I have a feeling that it will be in the future for this band
Sekuoia follows up on his debut album with a solid performance at Staklden, kicking off his tour in style. The new material is impressive live, and bringing Marc Roland along is never a bad thing. (4.5/6)