PHOTO: Tommy Frost
Talk about a Sex Pistol revival. Not so much in the music but more in the sense that nobody in Grísalappalísa seemed to have any fucks to give. Insults were slurred at the audience along with most earnest caresses. It was steamy punk-garage rock with no compromises. Just like it’s supposed to be.
Vocalist Gunnar Ragnarsson would spend an equal amount of time dancing teasingly around on stage and trashing euphorically amongst the crowd. Twerking and grinding up a against the mic seemed to be Ragnarssons favourite moves, and let’s just say it worked with the crowd. Fellow vocalist Baldur Baldursson seemed to take a more sober approach to the performance, which balanced out their live act quite brilliantly. Definitely a band worth spending some time and money on experiencing for yourself.
Reptile Youth [4.5/5]
Don’t believe the hype. Everyone has heard it and to some extent we all believe it. Almost no one manages to live up to the buzz surrounding them. That’s the reason why a show with a band like Reptile Youth is so refreshing, it really is everything it’s talked up to be.
Lord knows I’ve seen them more times than I can count, so I thought I had a pretty good Idea of what was going to go down at Voxhall. The usual starry eyed teens with snuck-in beers in the crowd, friends and family of the band keeping to themselves at the back of the venue and the easily recognized reporters jotting down notes on their iPhones. The setting and conditions were the same as always and still this managed to be the best concert with Reptile Youth I have ever witnessed.
Vocalist Mads, walked in on stage like it was nothing but his living room and R.Y. performed an excellent ‘Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone’ with such incredible ease. This pretty much describes how well all the other songs from the album were delivered. Such a convincing and incredibly confident performance makes it made you doubt the fact that the album hasn’t just been released less than a week ago and made you believe they’ve been touring with this for ages. Fourth song turns out to be a rendition of ‘Dead End’ and the crowd is ecstatic.Those who aren’t throwing their bodies around in a rhythmic trance seem to look to their neighbour, not quite being sure whether to embrace them or fuck them up. Besides the music, this is feeling is obviously what the crowd came for.
Anyone who has ever heard of Reptile Youth knows about their wicked and sometimes violent live shows. This time though, it was kept at a surprising minimal. Mads threw himself at the crowd a couple of times but mostly let loose at his own pace on stage. The performance definitely didn’t suffer from this (some might even say it approved) but if you are sucker for musicians really loosing themselves in the moment, like me, you might have felt like you were left a little empty handed. Especially the performance of their hit ‘Speeddance’ made you realize how much they have actually changed.
But as Mads let us known in this interview (READ IT HERE) their album is a reflection of how they’ve grown and gotten older and so was their performance. They were better, it was more exciting and easier to enjoy. For a concert where the crowd was able to sing flawlessly along to every song, where everyone either wanted to be Mads or take him home and the music was at an excellent level, Me and others were left amazed and without really anything to complain about but at the same time still a bit dissatisfied. Reptile Youth 2.0 is honestly and truly great, we just need that tiny bit of time to get used to the new version.