Photo: Tommy Frost
On this bitterly cold November evening in Aarhus, Voxhall laid the ground for one of the best concerts of 2013 with Local Natives as hosts.
First I want to just start with a comment, though it may be sad. With a visitor in town like Local Natives, it is sad not to see a Voxhall filled to capacity. This is where you as people of Aarhus should take the chance and experience one of the absolute heavyweights in music. In addition, the price may also be set too high, considering that Foals visited Train earlier at a much lower price. With that said the five boys, however, supplied us with one of the best and intimate concerts this year, an absolute highlight on the local music scene.
First on stage was Australian ‘Cloud Control ‘ which has received many praised words and came all the way from the summer heat to the cold north with Local Natives. Unfortunately, the audience was not so easy to get started, which may be due to all sorts of factors. All in all, it was obvious that the band possesses great talent and may well have a very promising future up ahead! Closing track ‘Scar’ did catch an otherwise tough audience though!
“if someone had told us 10 years ago that some day we’d play in Denmark’s second biggest city, I would have said…. that’s specific”
After a half-hour break, it was then the giants time to shine. As a bolt from the sky the audience gathered together and filled the bottom floor of Voxhall. Two tracks later their ‘hello’ was then send towards the audience, who even got a good Danish ‘tak’ from Kelcey Ayer behind the keyboard. The strings were struck to the classic ‘Wide Eyes‘ and jubilation spread like wildfire among the crowd!
From the first second the concert showed five happy boys, who seemed to love what they do for a living. A band that seemed to not take success for granted, but delivers every time – even if you play in little Denmark. As Kelcey Ayer pointed halfway inside the set- list “if someone had told us 10 years ago that some day we’d play in Denmark’s second biggest city, I would have said…. that’s specific”
The music was more of the type to swing rather than dance to with the characteristic drumming and harmonious vocals. In the end probably because of the fact that you are blown away by the quality of their music and stand as petrified while trying to find the hidden autotune and abundance of effects. You won’t find it. They possess the talent that many booming artists are lacking today. They move around the core of music.
With magnificent support from both light and sound technicians they turned up a power demonstration on the stage, which also featured their cover of Talking Heads ‘Warning Sign’. The track began with a slow pace and an a cappela from the four vocalists, which was quickly replaced by chords from both drums and guitar. The chords was then replaced by the mesmerizing tones from ‘Ceilings‘, the first single from the new album ‘Hummingbirds‘.
After completion, a huge applause, an encore in the form of ‘Sun Hands‘ the boys then invited the audience for a beer at the bar. This fact very well sums up the evening – authenticity and presence by one of the most talented live-bands in the world. Even at the mensroom four men invited for extra encore when ‘Wide Eyes‘ were shouted out in front of the mirrors. An absolutely fantastic evening where the only drawback may be the lack of audience on the second floor. Not a thing you can blame the bands.