Photo by Steffen Jørgensen
This Thursday night started with two other bands performing before Yung.
First, the growing crowd was warmed up by Tears with Mikkel Holm from Yung on drums as a nice little detail.
Tears gave a moderate opening concert that seemed a bit insecure and wobbly in the beginning but more alive and relaxed towards the end. At brief occasions, I couldn’t stop myself from having flashes of ‘The Cure’ references in my head due to the lead singer’s vocal style.
The crowd seemed very satisfied with the short but up-beat pop sounding but punky tracks with the shifting deep and high pitched vocals. After a quick break of buying beers and smoking outside, the audience was ready for more.
Less Win blew quite a few eardrums from the first strokes on the guitar. The drums were fast and so were the hands of the bass and guitar player. Their sound was more dirty and higher on the scale of rough rock, which was also illustrated in the way the bass player, and occasional lead singer threw his head back spitting from excitement once in a while. All the fast tracks had a hard punk sound to them that made the crowd do small and quick jumpy moves – impossible to stand still to!
Another break made everyone buy more beers, get fresh air or just a smoke. Me and my friend was standing in the left side, just in front of the speakers (great idea!) when Yung stroke the first accord on the guitar. Mikkel Holm’s voice suddenly roared hoarsely in the mic and people came rushing to the front to get as close to the band as possible. Without any introduction, the band quickly came off as rough and very experienced as a live band.
The first sounds oozing from the scene were fast in rhythm and full of nice guitar riffs and then suddenly there was a three-second pause, where after the guys quickly moved on to the very recognisable ’God’.
Mikkel Holm lifted his red guitar up high and kept playing fully in control of what he was doing while the bass backed up the redundant words ’In my mind, in my mind’.
There were some acknowledging nods from one band member to the other, but no smiles, laughs or words. It seemed that they were all playing together in their own little world trying to incorporate the pleased and head-bobbing crowd.
The concert continued almost without any breaks or uttered words between the tracks, and when silence occurred, the band slowly stroke the guitars a couple of times as an intro to the next track.
Personally, I was completely taken away by the charismatic, purposely hoarseness of Mikkel’s voice. It makes you wonder if he ever gets soar vocal cords singing like that. He makes it all look so easy. In fact, they all did. Dedicated, serious young men, who love what they can do with instruments.
Only two songs were introduced – not with titles but instead Mikkel Holm said ‘The next two tracks are dedicated to a special family member’. The two tracks were almost connected to each other in sound as one track fluently turned into the other. As the hoarse vocals roared through the room the audience was hypnotised by the lyrics ‘Do you remember me?’ and the band’s hypnotic energy.
When Yung, near the end of the concert, played the first accords of ‘Nobody Cares’ from the ‘Alter’ album, they looked briefly at each other with a small nod and the crowd expressed their excitement with more jumps and head banging. The mood was perfect for a punk night.
The last track was filled with longer guitar riffs and the crowd took the chance to quickly down the last beer and start up a small mosh pit. Yung didn’t seem to take notice. They were all lost in the music filling the room. And so was I.
This was my first live experience with Yung, but it sure wasn’t the last. I would have loved to see them interact a bit more with each other on stage, but it is very obvious that this is their style – being caught up in the music, forgetting that they are being watched.
It wouldn’t be right to give them any less than 5 out 6 stars for a really nice and ass kicking live performance.
They looked briefly at each other with a small nod and the crowd expressed their excitement with more jumps and head banging. The mood was perfect for a punk night. (5/6)