As you’ve read already, Sunday was a pretty good day. Surprisingly good concerts by musicinas who’d stepped up and they delivered. Monday was, pretty much, the exact opposite.
But before running through highlights from ‘Day 2’, I gotta say, that yesterday was when I first realized how ridiculous the two warm-up stages look like. Countdown and Rising aren’t really working out all too well, and it’s actually a distraction of such.
Anywho, here’s reviews from what we witnessed Monday at Roskilde:
Soleima (Countdown – 15.00)
Sarah Mariegaad, also known as Soleima, truly is an upcoming act, though many still remember her from back in the days, when Flødeklinikken still ruled high school rap. This new project, Soleima, is something we expect a great deal from, and sure, we have been dancing around to ‘My Boi’ a lot.
Yesterday she didn’t manage to live up to our expectations, though, the only one on stage doing that was Rasmus Littauer on drums. He’s quite simply our favourite drummer.
Sarah Mariegaard is a really gifted singer, she’s not the songbird of her generation, but she’s got a pretty unique voice, she can dance, and she’s got charisma. The material, however, is note quite there yet – and I’m mainly talking about the lyrics here. A helping hand with that, an extra musician on stage (keys, please) and some better visuals would make Soleima a really good experience, I’m sure – and she will get there.
Shy Shy Shy (Rising – 15.30)
Love Songs, Shy Shy Shy’s release from 2016, has been quite the success, and landing that job at Rising seems fair. Both band and audience agreed on that one, and everyone looked like they had a pretty good time – except from a few of us standing in the back of the crowd.
It’s like they’ve read a book on what to do on stage, How to interact with the audience (or something like that), and decided to try every good advice during that 45 minutes show. It’s always okay to do that, and it’s okay to do something that makes the audience happy, but what about the music?
Well, it doesn’t really matter, when you’ve got a song with catchy whistling in it. That’s all the masses need, apparently. Simplicity and catchy music just works. I couldn’t help but whistling that song the rest of the day, for some reason. But it doesn’t change the fact, that I felt bored standing there in the sun.
Gundelach (Countdown – 16:30)
“All fans of artists like James Blake, Bon Iver and Nicolas Jaar, come on closer. You will dig this!”. So it says in the description, and it might be so when listening to ’em on Spotify, but a description like that brings high expectations with it; really, really high, that is.
It’s like Kai Gundelach and his companions wanted to find that specific sound you’d get from combining the above mentioned three acts, but while trying to sound like all of them, they forgot to create their own sound. Nothing really came out, and on stage you had four guys doing their best to look introvert; the drummer just looked at his computer while playing, and the other guys just had some beer and turned their backs on the audience, literally.
Having all the right equipment, looking just right and all that is nothing if you don’t care about the music you’re playing on stage. Come on, guys – you are alive and you’re playing at Roskilde. Wake up!
What a strange, strange experience at Countdown.
Jamaika (Countdown – 19:30)
Written by Julius Holst Hvarregaard.
30 minutes before the Jamaika would make his appearance on stage, the Countdown stage was filled with a lot of hip hop enthusiasts, who shared a big excitement and a lot of expectations of what was about to happen.
Jamaika was, after spending 6 month in prison, recently released and therefore the excitement for the concert were even bigger. After the two first tracks, we haven’t seen the main character Jamaika yet, some of the other Rappers from the Vejle based rap collective Force One where trying to warm up the crowd. The two rappers for sure had energy but everything else was really ordinary and to be honest, I was thinking about leaving.
When Jamaika finally arrived on stage, there was no more doubt about whether I should stay or leave. Jamaika entered the stage with such confidence and it was obvious for everyone that he was really excited about doing this show. Jamaika delivers his tracks with an extraordinary dedication and joy and it has a big effect on the crowd. He is gifted with a great voice and have great tone control and delivers an almost perfect singing performance event though he admits that he is a bit rusty after 2 days at the festival.
First Hate (Countdown – 22.30)
Funny concert, this one. I’ve always missed my chance to see these guys live, and i kind of hoped they could “save the day”. They didn’t.
First of all, it’s quite easy to see, that these guys have been listening to a lot of early Depeche Mode. At times it seemed like a Depeche Mode jam band concert, and sadly, it wasn’t really a good one.
They’re cool on stage, Joakim and Anton, and it’s with such great dancing, attitude and visuals – the problem was, though, that it didn’t sound all too well. Actually, something was really off for them, last night. The kick drum was insanely high and made it difficult to capture what the hell they were singing about. All the elements sort of disappeared.
Every now and then, they had passages that didn’t require a kick drum, which made it able for us to try and figure out how their music worked live, and to be honest, it seemed like the stuff coming from the computer on stage suffered from bad mixing-syndrome. But still, plenty of people had shown up, and most people kept dancing around and having a good time. The dancing on stage and hard hitting kick drum did that. I heard a couple of sober people saying, that the music felt claustrophobic, and that sort of sums it all up.
What a weird day at Rising and Countdown. I guess it's not easy following up on that lovely Sunday we had at Roskilde. There's a new day tomorrow, and who knows, maybe all the DR-artists can get the spirits back up where they belong?