I’m amazed that just whenever I think I’m about to get bored of music some shows and new albums or tracks come around that get me all excited again.
I’ve seen some great bands lately, the most impressive ones were:
Patrick Wolf – although his show could’ve been a bit noisier. I still love his ‘Lycanthropy’ album (one of the best albums of last year, definitely) but the new one is a bit too clean and mainstreamy for my taste. Even the lyrics don’t create the same lump in my throat as for example “the childcatcher”‘s did when I first listened to it. Seeing him live I was surprised how much charisma he has. Such superyoung suffering songwriter type artists often bore me when I see them live but he managed to catch everybody’s attention.
World/Inferno Friendship Society – still among the league of the few very very good livebands on this planet, I fall in love with them again and again! I remember when I first saw them – I hated it! Too much party mood, too much circus music. But the second time around they really got me and I don’t know how many times I’ve seen them by now but there was not one single show that equalled another and not one of them disappointed me. The one show I will never forget was when I played support for them with my old band on 9/11. It already was awesome that they played at all but the show was so intense and riddled with the slickest deep dark humor. It really made me feel unbelievably glad to be alive and breathing and listening to that band. The vaudeville-anarchy revolution party squad #1 in my heart. I’m happy that they will be back end of june and play in Würzburg, Cafe Cairo.
Todd – one of the bands that formed of AmRep’s Hammerhead members and although I’m not really into their album they played a really great heavy rocking noise monster of a show. Definitely the most un-stylish band I’ve seen in a while and I mean that in an absolutely positive sense.
Hot Snakes – Songs like “10th Planet” or “Suicide Invoice” are on my all time faves list and I didn’t expect ever to get the chance to see them live. It was a pleasure to have them playing at our venue and it was a great show with confetti and a crowd that was almost exclusively made up of people who could sing with them.
Rapider Than Horsepower – Not an ounce less whimsical and energetic than on their records. Their singer makes Jack Black look like a choir boy. Awesome breathtaking liveband. The same goes for The Mae Shi. Two bands with the catchiest breaksiest ADD indiepunk around at the moment.
French Toast – Indiepop at its finest, and once more they profed me my love for 2-people-bands, they play so tight and I loved how they managed to switch instruments all the time without ever seeming pretentious. Their music is kind of a perfect mix of Dischord Rec. style posthardcore and Factory Rec. melancholy indiepop. Go see them!
Safety Scissors – a one man band electronic artist with the ugliest bass guitar ever. ;) But he plays the catchiest tunes and is a living charming proof against the prejudice that laptop artists are boring to watch live. There were many more shows I enjoyed, some for the music, some for the mood, but I don’t have the time to write more now. Just to mention a few of them: The Paperchase, Valina, R.A.M.B.O., Trend, Oiro, This Is A Call To Arms – oh, and I had the pleasure of remixing a song for This Is A Call To Arms. You can find it on their brandnew debut album. ( This Is A Call To Arms on Myspace.com