José González and the String Theory at Philharmony Luxembourg

After seeing the 5th show in 2 years of José González and the String theory, it is finally time to review them. Unfortunately the past 4 shows i did not get around to reviewing, but were mighty fine shows nonetheless! I saw them last year in Düsseldorf in January, and then in march in Los Angeles, and twice in Berlin in November. All 4 were excellent shows, but this time around they were even better!

We headed to Philharmonie in Luxembourg a little before 8 pm on october 6th and were in our seats just in time for the start of the show. A little final soundcheck of the horns and strings, and in they went! Very slowly building up the first song with white noise from plastic bags. We had center front row seats, and i was a little concerned about possible sound issues, but it was as flawless as everywhere in the room!

Seeing them a few times gave me a pretty good idea of what we’d be in for. But as they are excellent musicians, they still managed to surprise by re-shuffling the setlist which in my opinion is now the best it has been to date! Starting a little slower with a few highlights in between moving in a crescendo to an explosive finale, which was again topped by the encore, with all musicians standing as well as all of the crowd on their feet!

The stage set up is pretty classic for an orchestra show, with José González in the middle on guitar, Nackt the conductor on his right, center ring of strings, horns on the left, and backup vocals, and keyboard on the right. The back was reserved for percussion which is manned by 3 people and is a special design and construction for the string theory, producing some spaced out electronic sounding vibes with metal sheets, and resembling everything but a classical drum kit.

Over the past year of touring it is clear that each and every musician has grown closer to the others, even tough there were a few new faces, or maybe just faces i did not recall from previous shows, it felt like they were a close knit family! Whether it is Jose slowing down, the backup vocals picking up a bit, the string players holding up their instruments to use the microphones for additional vocals, or just sitting back for a second to let something else come to the forefront, Nackt picking up a power drill, or the 3 percussionist pounding away on their setup everyone added no more and no less than was required for perfection!

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I for one am very much looking forward to their live album release which should be happening soon! And if you have not yet seen them, do yourself a favor, and go listen to them!

Blues Pills @ Blues Express 2016, Lasauvage Luxembourg

Blues Express has now been happening for a number of years, and the location is fairly unique, around 10 stages spread over 2 old mining locations. Tiny streets, and a sea of people. No direct access, and thus a logistical nightmare which was felt quite nicely at the end of the show, when the shuttle busses could just not keep up with the demand, poor planning or something unforeseen? It sure looked like something was wrong as the busses came with such irregularity, and were so overcrowded, that by the end we decided to hoof it, and from the next intersection call a cab. But still a very fun night! But now let’s get to the important part of the evening, the Blues Pills who took the Bofferding stage around 21:30, and opened their set with High Class Woman. The live power of this band is just apparent right from the start, as is their joy of being on stage and playing! All of them wearing a smile for the majority of the show! Elin was dressed in a black 1 piece and black boots which she had taken off before the first song was finished! I love when people dance barefoot and thus connect more with the world around them! A little softer ground and less pebbles in front of the stage and I’d have done the same! I think when they started, the place in front of the stage was not quite packed, but by the time I turned around again, shortly into the second song it was filling up nicely! Considering the smiles I saw on my friends’ faces, I knew they were enjoying it as much as I, and the band! The sound was not ideal for the first few songs, being fairly heavy on the bass end, and the rest being a bit drowned out, but even this did not take away from the fun, and enjoyment of this band! Blues Pills are an excellent live band, and the joy and energy you get from them, makes up for the sound troubles, but I hope they will eventually find a sound tech that is as amazing as they are, and thus make them an even better live band! Because with the exception of the crispest possible sound, they have it all, great stage presence, energy, pure power, musical talent, great songs, and not too forget, the power of Elin to front the whole thing! She is just an amazing singer, she hits the notes spot on despite whirling around the stage like a Tasmanian devil, and the ease and pleasure with which she takes command of the crowd, is breathtaking!  She just seems so natural and in her place up there it’s amazing, and she is just quite charming, in the way she speaks with the crowd.

Unfortunately I did not jot down the setlist, and did not find it online either, but it was a solid mix of old songs, a few new ones, and a couple of covers!  For me the absolute highlights were Black Smoke, Little Sun, Lady in Gold (which actually gave me goosebumps from beginning to end), Ain’t No change, Bliss (just love the Swedish version, no clue what she is singing, but it sure feels like bliss?), Astralplane, and of course Devil Man! For Devil Man which was their last regular track of the night, Elin invited the crowd to sing along, and to my surprise it actually sounded fairly loud right from the beginning, and again at the end, when she alternated a gnarly “Oh Devil Man” with the crowd. The absolute highlight of the evening for me, because it was also the biggest surprise in the setlist was their cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to love”. Elin announced the track saying that they would now play a cover that we would recognize, and it was only the second time they played it, and that she hoped they could do the song justice. Well at least in my humble opinion: FUCK YEAH! Not only did they do it justice, they made it maybe even a tad more powerful than the original, and with their rendition just blew my mind! I sure hope they’ll release a live recording of this song sometime! Just WOW! Following Somebody to love they played the aforementioned Devil Man, and then left the stage about a quarter to 11, and thus a little early. They came back under loud cheers, despite the fact that the sound guy already played some other song, and played us their version of Gypsy! I sure could have listened to them for a lot longer, but yeah it was over after this! On the good side it left us elated but yeah on the bad side, it was over. Just a mindblowing gig, and I for one look forward to seeing them again! The crowd seemed to enjoy the gig a lot overall, and there were lots of cheers, and even some dancing which is fairly rare in Luxembourg. I must have bumped into a few people, as two older gentleman, when they left demonstratively bumped into me, but you know it’s a rock show, and when you dance sometimes you touch someone.. so I just looked at the second one, and said, no problem, just peace! To which he did smile after all, so all good.

Following the Blues Pills, we walked around a bit, listening to a band here and there, but nothing was able to measure up to the performance we had just seen, so we decided to head home.. This is where the logistic chaos became apparent, it was about 12:30 so the festival was supposed to go on for another 2.5 hours, but a lot of people apparently either wanted to head home or change sites, and the busses just did not keep up.. it was so bad we even saw some fighting breaking out in one of the busses, and then decided to take the train, but this was already sold out long before the last ride at 2am.. So we just decided to get another drink and walk up hill to the next intersection and call a cab to take us back to the park and ride.  Besides this, which I imagine has to be a nightmare for the organization of the festival right from the start.. I mean get around 10-15’000 people to a festival and back by bus, on tiny streets is no easy feat, the festival is a very gnarly event, and well at least if Blues Pills play is more than worth a visit!

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Luchafer & Puscifer @ Ancienne Belgique (AB), Brussels, and @ Rockhal, Luxembourg.

Luchafer & Puscifer @ Ancienne Belgique (AB), Brussels, and @ Rockhal, Luxembourg. First of it may seem odd to review two different shows in one go, but considering that they were back to back and complemented each other, for me it’s the best way to review them. Second, in case you still plan to go see the “money shot heard around the world” tour, stop reading now, and just go see them, and go early! If you have an open mind you won’t be disappointed!

It has been 2 years since I first saw Puscifer, and since in 2014 I saw both nights of Cinquanta, I figured it was a good idea to go see them at least twice this tour as well. Considering that now on their 3rd full length album, and a myriad of other releases, Puscifer has come to Europe for the first time, I was sure that one night, would just not be enough of a fix for me. And I was right, having seen 2 nights, I still want to see more! Fortunately for me, as soon as the tour was announced, Luxembourg was included, and when Brussels was added the night before, I knew these would be the 2 shows I’d see as they were fairly convenient, and back to back with only a relatively short drive between them. And knowing that Rockhal does not always sound ideal I wanted to make sure to have the best possible experience and so Ancienne Belgique was a solid choice.

Sunday the 12th was in Brussels, and I left fairly early in the afternoon, in order to be on time. I had no idea yet what to expect, but I was sure I would not want to miss a thing, and was pretty much excited as a kid on Christmas Eve. At 8 pm sharp Luchafer took the stage, and well, they took but a moment or two to bring me into a state of confusion and questioning what the fuck is going on. Certainly not what I would expect as an opener for a concert, a Lucha wrestling feast, with the battle for the Key of something or other.  First the characters are introduced, and then the wrestling ring is revealed. The rest of the stage setup was already in place with the drums in front of the ring, a small podium with keyboards to the right of the ring, and a small podium to the left of it for bass and guitar. On the left and right of the stage there were small screens that played the commentator for the match.  And then there was 1 small stand for spectators, randomly chosen from the crowd before the show, on each side of the stage. The humor employed was excellent, that is if you’re open minded. Some people may find parts of it offensive, such as the pussy punch that turns into a submission through vagina, but I think it’s hilarious! Somewhere between comedy and an actual wrestling match, Luchafer puts on a great show, with some really gnarly moves, and some great laughs! Essentially two opposing wrestling couples, that end up being beaten by the mysterious wine guy, who ends up stealing the key. The show lasted for about 30 minutes, and was followed by a service announcement by Major Douche on the importance of reading, and what speed limit signs are for, concluding with the mission of the night being entertainment, and forbidding all types of recording! And if you’re still thinking you need to watch the show through a screen, well, you’re a dummy, and dummies got to go. I highly appreciated this rule, and the fact that it was rigorously enforced by the security team. Kudos as well to most of the crowd who just obliged, and was happy to just enjoy and experience the show. The last of Major Douche’s announcement was: and now; Puscifer, Puscifer, Puscifer! Which was followed by loud cheers!

The actual musical part of the show, although for me it’s all one show, and not to be separated began with a version of Simultaneous with a new intro by Billy D, also shown on the small screens. The gist of the speech was that even though we think we are far evolved as humans, we are essentially still capable of the same barbaric actions as our forefathers from all time. But that even though were are capable of pure barbarism, humans also hold the capacity for enormously good, selfless acts of heroism. The rendition of Simultaneous was extremely powerful, and dissipated any fear of sound problems or lack of crystal clearness right from the start. Maynard and Carina Round stood in the ring, above the band and crowd which added a sort of royal feel to their presence. Maynard wore a suit, and Lucha mask, and Carina a suit (a dress on night 2), and fortunately not hiding her beauty behind a mask!  Both voices sounded just spectacular right from the start, and it was clear why both are such highly respected musicians! Phenomenal!

Act 1: 1: Simultaneous (with Billy D evolution of Humanity talk) 2: Galileo 3: Agostina

After the first few songs, there was a short intermission where the musicians sat on the side stands, and the wrestlers took over the ring and stage again. A short video on the large screen signaled the beginning of Act 2 with a classic “ring bell” and wrestler in a pink tutu.

Act 2: 4: Vagina Mine 5: Horizons 6: The Arsonist 7: The Remedy

Another short intermission of wrestling, and off we went into act 3 with another funny video.

Act 3: 8: Life of Brian (Apparently you haven’t seen) 9: Rev 22:20 (Carina Round Version – killing it!!!) 10: Grand Canyon 11: The Rapture (Fear is a Mind Killa Mix) 12: Breathe

The last intermission was actually the shortest, but also the funniest, when they staged a mechanical cock fight and Maynard said something about him being unable to get his cock to do anything, before getting back into the music.

Act 4: 13: Toma 14: Telling Ghosts (shorter intro more powerful version) 15: Flippant (reworked much more groovy version) 16: Conditions of my Parole (vocals on megaphone – with Major Douche messages) 17: Money Shot 18: Man Overboard 19: (Cast introductions) 20: The humbling River (AB – Brussels) / Smoke and Mirrors (Rockhal – Luxembourg) 21: Autumn

The 2nd show was on Monday at the Rockhal Box in Luxembourg. It was essentially the same show, with the exception of Smoke and Mirrors being played instead of the Humbling River. And despite having seen it the night before, for me it felt everything but repetitive, if anything, having seen it the night before, made me appreciate it even more. The reason being, as now I had somewhat of an idea what was to come it was easier for me to let go and fully immerse myself in the wrestling show, and thus setting my mood even better for the rest of the evening. The first night I went by myself, and the 2nd one with friends. They all asked me how it was, but I said nothing more than it was excellent, and that no matter what, they should be inside for the start, as they were under the impression Luchafer would be some opener, and would thus have missed an integral part of the show. And I did not want to take away even the slightest bit of surprise, which turned out to be very funny for me, when I saw their dumbfounded and confused looks as it progressed. I think the fact that Lucha wrestling is not that popular in Europe made the effect of Luchafer even more intense, leaving a lot of people simply wondering “what the fuck”. But this confusion and that feeling of insecurity about what can possibly follow such an intro make the rest of the show even better, as essentially your expectations are brutally voided and thus you can actually have your mind blown even more by the band!

The stage and production area at the Rockhal are larger than at AB, so the stage setup was a little bit different as well. The drums were not on stage right away, but actually wheeled in after Luchafer, which was nice for the wrestling, as everything was more visible, but put a little break on the fluidity of the night. In Brussels, it was just quicker to get from the wrestling into the music. Not an issue, just a little difference. On the other hand the larger stage meant that things were a bit more spaced out, and this gave a more airy feel to the production at Rockhal. The AB room is also somewhat smaller, and has balconies, which gave the first night more of a packed feeling, and an additional sensation of intensity through heat. The second night the crowd was probably about the same in number, but due to the size of the venue, was a bit more spread out, which took out a bit of intensity but added the freedom of plenty of space to dance and freak out to the tunes of freaking Puscifer! Both venues had the same large screen behind the band, and the visuals throughout the entire night are somewhere between wow, mind-blowing, and funny as hell!

During act 4 there was a small break for the introduction of the evenings cast, and yeah what a cast it is! Luchafer on madness and atmosphere, Jeff Friedl on drums, Paul Barker on bass, Mahsa Zargaran from Omniflux on backing vocals, keyboards, guitars and good vibes. Mat Mitchell on Guitar. Carina Round on vocals, banjo and more. And of course Maynard James Keenan on Vocals. All of which are just great musicians, and talented showmen. But the most amazing one to me is Carina Round, her voice, and stage presence, the way she moves, the way she dances, are just an enormous part of what Puscifer is. Carina and Maynard, just make a perfect pair on stage, yin and yang, or two sides of the same coin perfectly playing off each other. Both of them just sounded incredible, and thus also kudos to the sound technician, who did an incredible job both nights, and especially at Rockhal, where many bands fail due the nature of the venue and the poor work of the sound tech. Maynard was a bit more chatty the 2nd night. Just before introducing the cast he looked at Mat and said: remember I told you I like playing in Luxembourg; this is why; (pointing at the crowd that had been cheering thunder for quite a while, actually keeping Maynard from beginning to introduce the cast.) Indeed I have rarely heard such a “small” crowd make so much noise, although in this case quite understandably, as most of them just had their minds blown.  Maynard also made reference to a joke with Jeff being the inventor of the scorpion kick, which Jeff proceeded to demonstrate, and is something like a horse kick followed by a spinning dance kick.  He also said something about Mahsa which sounded something like “Mrs. pubic…” something or other, but I am not 100% sure.. Probably another inside tour joke. He also thanked the crowd for coming out, and supporting them as they are 100% an independent production, and thus rely on the fans to be able to make their art what it is!

After the show I heard some people “complain” about the setlist wishing for a few more older songs, which I think was normal considering that Money Shot is already the 3rd album, add all the Ep’s and the fact that this was the first time in Europe, and most people here never having had the chance to see the older songs, it can be seen as a normal reaction. But everyone agreed that it had simply been mind-blowing! And that is the most important part of it all! We just got our asses kicked (both nights), and I don’t think you can find another act out in the music world today that is even comparable to Puscifer. So if you like live music, and a good show, do yourself a favor, and go see them!!!!  I for one will, and fairly likely will make it a tradition to go see them at least 2 consecutive nights.

I hope Puscifer will go on and release many more albums, and tour extensively, and I hope one day they’ll have a fan base that is open enough to let them fully express all their weirdness and madness! I think they show a lot of it already, but I am also certain that there is much more to come if we, the crowd, are able to keep up with them! So develop your ability to appreciate the unexpected, and keep on listening to Puscifer!


Hooverphonic at den Atelier 04.04.16

I hadn’t listened to any new Hooverphonic album since the President of the LSD Golf club, which is also one of my favorite Hooverphonic albums, but I had somehow lost track of them. So when I saw the show in Luxembourg announced I just got a ticket, and went without much of an expectation. And well I’ll pick up the recent albums soon as well. What a gnarly show it was! There was no opener, but none was needed, at 9pm, first the 10 piece string orchestra took the stage, followed by the rest of the band who were welcomed by loud cheers! They started off with In Wonderland, and that is exactly where they managed to take me by the third song, a totally stripped down version of Vinegar & Salt with nothing but guitar, and a few strings, sung by Litlo Tinz (I think, I suck at names), so male vocals, and it was I think the best rendition of this song that I have heard to date! Next they dove into the President of the LSD golf club release with Stranger which essentially made my evening by the fourth track. They kept on pulling out all the stops, from the most popular tracks to some lesser known ones, some presented in such new ways that you might as well have heard them for the first time, which is to me always gnarly if a band that’s been around for 20 years keeps on reinventing itself and taking their music to new levels! Further highlights for me included God’s Gift, We all float, Jackie Cane, Mad About You, 123, Sometimes, Badaboum, and You love me to Death.  The evening was characterized by a crisp sound and atmospheric light show, so kudos to their crew as well! Not an easy feat considering the relatively small size of the stage at den atelier and 17 people on stage. The vocals were along with all of the music, just mindblowing!

They essentially went through their entire career with a 24 song set (setlist below) that lasted for about 2 hours, and in my opinion could not have been any better! Well with the exception of the as usual fairly immobile crowd. Granted they cheered as if they were a few thousand in number, but they just don’t dance! The band was not very talkative with the exception of Alex Callier on bass, who was practicing his French, as his Luxembourgish is already perfect. As far as on stage feeling goes, it looked like everyone had a blast, and they even seemed to enjoy the out of tune Happy Birthday that the crowd sang for their twentieth. I for one am looking forward to seeing them again hopefully soon, and in the meantime I will catch up on listening to their releases since the President of the LSD golf club.

Setlist Hooverphonic 04.04.16 at Den Atelier

Skunk Anansie; Support Bones at Rockhal 11.02.16

Skunk Anansie were back at Rockhal last night for the 1st time since their excellent acoustic show a couple of years ago.Around 8 pm the opener Bones took the stage, and shortly after I heard the first sounds I went in to check them out, and they turned out to be the 1st opener in a long time to blow my mind. They are a trio (at least in a live setting), 2 guitars and a drum kit, and boy do these 2 ladies and a guy have a killer sound! Clever lyrics round out the package to be a great band. Unfortunately their set was only 30 minutes, but these were very enjoyable!

Skunk Anansie came on shortly after 9 and they were welcomed by a fairly loud round of applause. Skin is still the same powerhouse of a woman she has always been, hurling around the stage the entire show, crowd surfing, walking on hands, and commanding the entire venue to dance, and get down. The setlist was a great mix of old and new songs, and was well rounded out between slower songs, and the kick ass rock that Skunk Anansie calls theirs. They played for about an hour fifteen, and then came back for a 3 song encore clocking in the show around 95 minutes, which I liked a lot, but could have taken a few more songs.

The crowd was quite lively for Luxembourg, with a lot of people dancing and jumping around on occasion and the front third of the crowd pretty much dancing throughout the entire show. I started off a few meters in front of the soundboard, and ended up fairly close to stage as I had to get with the dancing crowd, just impossible to stand still when there is such powerful music blowing your mind. Unfortunately only few followed Skin’s invitation to really fuck shit up and essentially just let loose and go wild. When you look to the stage you can see 4 musicians that are just having a great time on stage, and that makes them sound even better. During the encore, Skin got the whole venue to get down, and then she started to walk through the crowd, found herself a comfortable spot, and then on the count of 3 everybody jumped up and she danced her way through the crowd back to stage, not missing a single note. She was in a great mood, as was the rest of the Band. Skin was joking with the crowd a lot, and was just fun to watch and listen to. Cass let us know that it was actually to the day the 22nd anniversary of Skunk Anansie, to which Skin added, that meant she started singing at the age of 6. Someone handed them a gift which turned out to be a print of the poster of their very first show ever, someone did their homework on this one, Kudos!  The crowd started to sing about a 12 versions of Happy Birthday at once, and luckily Skin quickly put a halt to that, and got us to start over in sync.

Overall the sound was fairly good as well, considering the show was at Rockhal Box, which is the large room sized down a bit with a curtain, so there was a bit of hall, but the sound technician managed it quite well! There is just one more thing to add, and that is: Skunk Anansie is always great to see live! I have been seeing them since the 90’s and although I have not seen every tour, to me, they sound and are as great as ever! If you have not seen them, you should go see them!

The Filthy Broke Billionaires, Support : Fox, The Majestic Unicorns from Hell @ Rockhal (Floor) 15/01/16

So this past Friday the Filthy Broke Billionaires had a show to support the release of their new EP “in god we trust, the others pay cash”. They were supported by 2 more local acts, Fox, and the Majestic Unicorns from hell. They played at the Rockhal Floor, which is the 3rd room in the Rockhal and by far its smallest, but sound wise may just be the best, as it is so small it has none of the Rockhal typical problems of too much hall and echo. Certainly a venue to be considered for smaller events and gigs! The event was stated to start at 8:30pm which due to the weather (yes winter finally swept through Luxembourg and as usual the traffic world fell apart) turned into a 9pm start when the crowd had swollen to a decent size. First up was Fox which although all of the musicians are solid craftsmen is not my cup of tea, at all, too easy listening, and too radio friendly sounding for me, but overall nice performance.

Up next were the Majestic Unicorns from Hell, which indeed were quite Majestic in their sound but did not look like Unicorns in the least. But looks don’t matter to me as long as the sounds is there, and they sure do have a solid sound! Their music is heavy, fast, and structured, providing you with plenty of hooks and rhythm changes to not become boring, all the while telling you a nice story with their sound.

The final slot was taken by the Filthy Broke Billionaires to present their 5 track EP (which I did pick up but didn’t get around to listening yet so I won’t comment on the EP). They played for about an hour which was very reasonable, and they sounded spot on, right from the start! And the crowd well warmed up by the previous 2 bands got into a good groove right away. Priscila da Costa on vocals was the star of the night with her smoky rough vocals and screams tearing through the crowd like a sword. They played every song from their EP, plus a few other that did not make the cut, but still sound great! On drums there is Spit which is quite an animal, and pounds away on his drums with ease and precision, Yves van Oekel on Bass nicely completes the rhythm section! (On bass a little bladder training is recommended though, as having to take a piss break in a 1 hour set was a bit weird,and considering it was their EP release they all looked fairly sober so we cannot blame booze.) Yacke on guitar completes their line up, and although he is the shortest of the pack he sure knows how to handle his guitar, he stands out through competence on guitar as well as a bit of a big mouth, but rounds out the sound of the Filthy Broke Billionaires nicely! Overall I'd say the filthy broke billionaires play a fairly dirty sounding Rock 'n' Roll with a touch of blues. I sure hope they captured the intensity of their live sound on the EP as well.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check them out, as they are one of the more recent and interesting up and coming bands in Luxembourg. For me this show marked my first concert of the year, and well it was a very promising start, and I look forward to many more shows!

Nine Inch Nails - May 16th at Rockhal

On May 16th 2014, Nine Inch Nails played the Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. We got to the venue quite late so we missed Cold Cave who opened for NIN, but from what I heard we did not miss all that much.  NIN took the stage at 9pm sharp, openeing with "Me, I'm not" which we saw from the back of the venue as we headed in. By the time of "Copy of A" we had found our spot a little to the left of the stage and about 10 meters back from the speaker stack which turned out to be quite a good spot as the volume was not quite loud enough, and thus was quite shaky in the back half of the room as the sound in the Rockhal is far from stunning unless it's cranked up enough. We were however in a spot that sounded quite alright, but had the usual stiff Luxembourgish crowd, but that did not keep us from dancing although I think the people around us did not quite like it, but who cares, it's a rock show, and a good one at that. So after a few menacing looks I pointed out that NIN has some really great live releases that can be peacefully watched at home, which was not a comment to well taken, but again it's a rock show.

For the first 3 songs, ("me i'm not", "copy of a" and "1'000'000" the band was standing in one line at the front of the stage, and they only showed us the drum kit for the next tracks, which were also much more powerful with the support of a real drummer, than the first 3 tracks.

By the 4th song which was "march of the pigs" I had a hard time to hold back and actually bumped into quite a few people while dancing, at the least there was 3 of us dancing so we did not get beat up.  From what I could see the only real movement in the crowd was in the very front rows, and no real moshpit to be seen anywhere, otherwise we would have moved there.   Here the power of a real drummer vs. a sampler was clearly felt. "piggy" was next, and brought the dancing down a bit as it is such a slow song, but still had more power due to the drummer than the openeing songs.  The light show was stunning and had some special lights, that were possibly designed just for them, lots of movement, and flashing lights.

The next few tracks were all accompanied by the drummer, "Survivalism", "gave up", "sanctified", and "closer" which as usual put the crowd into a mild frenzy. About halfway through the show a few more friends found us, so there was about 5 or 6 of us dancing and jumping and headbanging, which made for a bit more fun. Then the backdrop hid the drum kit away again for some of the newer tracks: "the warning", "disappointed", "came back haunted", "the great destroyer", "the day the world went away" .  Then when they went into "eraser" the drum kit came back out, and I was blown away by this hypnotic song, which has always been in my favorites.

"Wish", "only", "the hand that feeds" and a very powerful version of "head like a hole" closed out the set, at 1 hour 30 minutes sharp.  Trent came back on stage for a short encore of only "hurt".

Overall I'd say a really good show, a good mix of old and new songs. As usual very little interaction with the crowd, and a focus on the music, which is always welcome!  In the end personally I preferred their show at Rockhal a few years ago on the Wave goodbye tour, but it was a better show than the one I saw last August at Pukkelpop.  I will certainly go see them again!


The full set list can be found here:

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Notic nastic (NY/Berline) big apple pop with a gritty berlin pulse Biografie the inspiration for notic nastic stems from an unrest with the music industry and a frustration with the sleepy minds of the masses.

notic nastic encourage people to know what they support. the band is involved with various sustainable fashion projects and they live a cruelty free, vegan lifestyle.

notic nastic are sensitive little techno aliens that prefer to remain anonymous, revealing their identity purely through the music. label: publishing & sync: management:

Cuushe (JPN/Berlin) Dream Pop / Psychedelic / Ambient

Sun Glitters (LUX) Sun Glitters sound is an ocean of lush melodies, pitch-shifted vocal samples, ghostly digi-diva choirs and warm bass melodies... Biografie Sun Glitters sound is an ocean of lush melodies, pitch-shifted vocal samples, ghostly digi-diva choirs, warm bass melodies driven by alternately dense and relaxing beatwork combinations between downtempo and wonky beats.

Sun Glitters is also the love for visuals like: Vanished Moments

TMI (LUX) (Radio ARA/'Lauter Unfug) A native of tiny Luxembourg, Richard Heinemann aka T M I first heads out to Brussels, completing a Master 2 diploma in graphic design at the avant-garde Ecole de Recherche Graphique. For a summer, his path leads back to Luxembourg during which he works at one of the country’s most progressive venues: Exit07. After saving up some cash, the fresh graduate escapes again, this time to Berlin. Once there, Richard promptly finds work as an assistant at Club Transmediale (CTM), a festival at the forefront of electronic music and visual arts. In addition he works part-time at Doyoureadme, a book store specialising in art and design.

Today, the 31-year-old is back in Luxembourg where he has quickly carved out his very personal niche in the local music scene under the moniker T M I aka The Main Ingredient. This includes a residence at Rocas for their party series Upstairs/Downstairs. “I’ve known David Rocas since we were kids, we used to play soccer together” Rich recounts. He also participates in the line-up of events at Extrabold, a street-art inspired clothing and accessories store, and regularly takes over Soul Kitchen for alternate house/bass sets with his friend Fred Baus.

In his day job, Rich still works as a graphic designer, but every Saturday night from 19h00 to 20h30 he hits the Grand Duchy’s airwaves with T M I, his live radio show on Radio ARA 103,3 & 105,2MHz. The radio station’s studio is a place he knows well too – as a teenager, he used to host a hip-hop show together with his younger brother.

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