Collision With An Insignificant City is an important moment and snapshot into the current scene of underground Aarhus music. The original night was a Thursday under Pop Revo, where 13 different bands played in one evening at RADAR for about 10 minutes apiece. The event was curated effectively by Yung front man, Yung Shord/Mikkel Holm and included many of the bands he either played in or with over the years and friends and family (his father of course is Per Silkaer of Fossils). The night went actually very smooth and was recorded for posterity to be released as a double vinyl.
That time is upon us – the vinyl is ready, and TAPE and RADAR are each hosting full sets by all of the acts involved this Friday and Saturday. There’s no going back now.
Collision is not the first, or the last, compilation of local underground music to come out of the city of smiles. I recently dug up a compilation entitled åarhus åndergrund from about 15 years ago that featured a dozen or so of the city’s punk/garage/metal bands of the scene circa late 90s. It’s pretty dated and spotty – and only two of the bands (as far as I know) are still active – Powersolo and The Defectors. Basically, what I’m trying to say is – The punk and heavy music scene in all of it’s genre subdivisions has always been active in Aarhus – going back even to the 70s and 80s. The fact that most of the members of Collision’s artists were still in kindergarten when åndergrund was released is a tribute to the longevity of underground music in our city.
The album it’s self sounds fucking brilliant. I can vaguely remember on the night the sound being pretty tip top (as it normally is in RADAR) and again, there were absolutely no mis-steps by any of the acts that played.
Some of the performances that I didn’t quite take to on the actual concert (like Ærkenbrand, Blod and Bad Stroke) actually really come out on the album release. Blod’s mix of chill wave or synth lead post-punk on the original concert I thought felt out of place, but now it sits well on the LP. Full disclosure though – I was totally hammered at the show and therefore in need of constant bathroom breaks and nicotine – so some sets were interrupted by leaving the hall and hearing from outside. That’s life – and it was a pretty intense night for the ears and liver.
Definite highlights from the night were Narcosatanicos (who open both the record and the show), Fossils, Snaredrum, Tears and of course Yung. I mean – those are the bands that are a little more established now in town and now have records and tours under their belt – which seemed evident in their performances. There are moments (again) that shine from some of the bands I forgot about – like the trilogy of hardcore bands in the middle of the album and night: (Bad Stroke/Fright Eye/Pleasure).
Fans of the Scene will be delighted finally with material from Tears, Yung and Snaredrum – some of the more “accessible” songs on the record – you know – if you’re a casual listener. Tears have a beautiful track on here – “Drawing Lilies” and Yung play a blinding set, including “Apart” and “Don’t Cry”. Snaredrum’s “Stick To The City” and the album’s closer, Tilebreaker’s “Snow” are positively classic indie rock.
Any way you look at it – this is a great record – and a must-have for any of the fans of the bands involved. If I was coming from the outside looking in – hearing all of these bands perform live on this one night, all friends and comrades – I would be like: “holy shit – Aarhus is happening NOW”. And it is. I get to hear lots of compilations from cities that have bands on them – Collision is by fucking far the most impressive one I’ve ever come across – and god damnit – I live here and so do you – If it gets any better than this – I’ll be surprised.
Check out the event for tickets and line-up. Partout pre-sale includes a copy of the album in it’s price – and there is an extremely limited run of the record (for now) it’s self – so if you are a collector – get on it. You may not be able to score a copy of this physically after the weekend.
We’ll see you for the “reunion” Friday and Saturday – with a special after party at Sway.
Warm up to the album with the contribution from Tilebreaker:
"God dammit - I live here, and so do you - if it gets any better than this, I'll be surprised" (5,5/6)