This is a site where I will post reviews of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and concerts. I have been writing music reviews on and off since 1984. I ran a heavy metal fanzine from 1984-1988 called Metal Madness and have been a staff writer for Aural Innovations for many years. I have also contributed to Chrohinga Well (RIP), Bad Acid (RIP), Lowcut (RIP), Roadburn and a number of other zines as well.
I arrived early to help the organiser Kasper, with the multitrack recording of
the bands. The sound guy was very cool and helpful and the group Tau was doing
some soundchecking at the time. IT was quite cold and after a while I realized
were actually inside a large freezer! The venue is a place where 100’s of pig
carcasses were probably hanging many years ago…
I set up the hard disc recorder and all seem to be ok. Jürgen (from Holland),
Sabine and I went out to get something to eat at Warpigs. We had some BBQ and a
really nice beer. The Bearvertown Neck Oil IPA is so excellent..When we got back, the Kungens Män guys had
arrived and were soundchecking. I had to make some new tracks as now we needed
to use 24 tracks as the sound man had spread the channels out he was using,
even though the total was only about 14.
Kungens Män started on time at 18:50
and played a 40min set of 3 tracks. The first two were quite spacey and the
last one was more heavy and like the stuff they played in Stockholm with ØSC
the weekend before. Really nice guys and great set and sound. Only about 30
people saw them play though. They had the new record for sale and it looked
cool. I had no money to buy it though.
up was TAU, a duo from Germany of
one guy from Ireland (?) and a percussionist from Venezuela.They were really nice people. I chatted some
with them.The guitar player played an
acoustic that sounded like an electric guitar with the effects. He played with
synth (MS2000) looping, and really experimented. It was quite organic some how
and they took you to some different place. They seemed to get more and more
intense. I guess about 45 people were here now.
new Danish band called Wizards of Love
was next and there were quite a few people for this band.Someone described as like Jesus and Mary
Chain but they were more slick and people said they sounded like Oasis. I did
not like them at all. The opening track the was just the guitar player with a
very cool sound and singing with some basic drums and that was pretty
interesting but then it was like mainstream 80s rock music. Nothing to do with
psychedelic rock at all.
Wizards of Love
UK band, the Telescopes was next.
They were apparently started in the later 80s but everyone in the band except
the one guitar player were for sure born in the 90s!! They were not hanging out
at the festival at all as I never heard people speaking with an English accent.
When their time was up, they emerged from the basement and took too long to set
up and played over time as well, which was annoying but what a hell of a noise
did they make. Very wild and the singer and both guitar players spent a good
amount of time playing out in the middle of the audience. They played about an
hour of wild noise rock with the occasional vocal or screams. No guitar solos,
just a lot of guitar torture. It was far out…
last band of the night was a US band called Myrrors. I had never heard them and this was the first of two shows
they will play at the festival. I spoke to them briefly and they were very nice
people.They only got to play for about
45mins due to the 01:00 curfew and the Telescopes taking too long. The band had
two guitars, bass, drums and violin, which often did not sound like a violin at
all. The band had a lot of effects pedals. Some of it was cool but often a bit
too dreamy and floating and each track ended with the same sort of dynamic and
intense build up. I quite liked them though.
was a great first night with a lot of diverse bands and only one that did not
really fit at all.Sadly, there were
issues with the electricity supply (dips in power) that were affecting the hard
disc recorder and the light guys computer and the soundguys outboard gear. I
hope they can solve that tomorrow. We only had partial recordings from most of
arrived about 5mins after 18 and ET
Tumanson was already started. I rushed to set up the hard disc recorder
again and managed to get most of his set. He was great as usual. Very
passionate performer of raw, nasty, real blues music. Deep from the soul of
Iceland! I enjoyed that a lot and there were about 30 people here.
next couple of bands were not that interesting at all. Keine Fear for Flanger. This was not really my thing. Two guitar
and drums One guy playing a 60s psych guitar sound and the other more normal
strummed guitar. There were more people today and the guy doing the visuals was
mixing in some movies into it and it looked really cool.
Fuji Dream was just a guy playing
guitar and singing along to programmed stuff on a computer. We were very bored
with this and it was not my kind of music and not psychedelic. Not that many people showed a lot of interest. There were also not that many people yet, perhaps 40. They had closed the door today so it was much warmer inside despite being colder outside.
had changed the order around so the Portuguese band, 10,000 Rusos would end the
night and The Myrrors would play
earlier.The Myrrors were awesome. They
played like 2 long jammed out tracks. The audience and everyone, even the band
was high from their great performance.Wow.. Hard disc recorder was working well today so only a few mins of
Fuji dream was missed so far.
Moth were a Danish band that sounded
like the CURE or Lords of the New Church. A goth like band with a total 80s
sound but not original at all. They had a cool look and a very thin synthesizer
player with both male and female vocals.The young people liked them, so that was good.
Yohowa put on a very intense
concert but it was not really what I like that much but they had a good crowd
and people were into it. We sort of got sucked in it after hanging out with our
Finnish friends who some how manage to get you to drink more than you should!!!
10,000 Rusos were really nice guys and
we had a chat with them outside. I did not get to see at the Reverence Festival
this summer, where they played.Anyway,
there were a three piece with a drummer that sings. He plays this sort of
snare, floor tom rhythm much of the time while he and the bass player drive the
music hard and this left a lot of space for the guitar player to just freak out
and make a lot of crazy noise at times and at other times, a more riffs. They
were really good to build up to near climaxes but they never climaxed which was
strange and disappointing. I just wanted them to go into a great guitar solo so
many times when they had pushed it to a quite intense moment and then they
never did. We were right in the front and enjoyed the show a lot… The Myrrors
stole the show today though. Wow. They were great.
lot of people with headaches today as we all stumbled home at like 2:30. It was fun though..... The
snow was very intense when we packed up the car with the gear and merch. Very
nasty, cold and windy with a mix of rain and huge snowflakes. Very wet!!
arrived about 17:25 and Spellbound
Suntable were soundchecking and there were already about 20 people in the
place.They started about 15mins late. I
quite liked the opening space track but then the 80s pad synths kicked in and I
lost interest pretty fast. Very 80s synth pop very slight psych, I would stay..
Very Mainstream.The singing and synths
especially. Neither guitar players really played any solos and one also played
some keyboards.People enjoyed them. The
visuals were great..
Red Lama, who played at the last
psych fest was next. This band has a really great singer and quite cool grooves
and vibe. Reminds me of the 80s Cult somehow but with dual guitars, keyboards
and a djembe player. Virtually no guitar solos though, which was a pity. They
had their own sound guy and he seem to not care that you hear the guitars as
they were both way too low compared to the drums and voice. Massive bass sound which
was good for the groove. I enjoyed them.
Agusa was next. They have played
at nearly all the Copenhagen psych event. It was great to see the guys and talk
about our gig together in Athens. Such cool and nice people.Chino (3AM, La ira de Dios) and his wife had
arrived and it was really great to talk and meet him again after all these
years… Anyway,.. Agusa had great sound after they sorted out the flute issues.
They played a cool show but they were very unhappy with the stage sound. It was
an omen for ØSC later.. Great concert.
multitrack recorder seem to be working well today, so far, but this would not
be the fate..
3AM was next and Chino was very
slow setting up and took more time than Red Lama!His set was mostly like high energy 80s
electro stuff with programmed drums and other stuff and he plays guitar and
sings over the top.Some people loved it
and quite a few hated it.. He really divided the audience. His last song was a
Suicide cover song.The multitracks
froze and we only got the last track.
up was a Swedish band called Dead
Vibrations. They were a young good looking four piece with a female drummer
and a lot of energy.They had a lot of
energy and put a lot into their performance but musically you could hardly tell
one song from the next and besides using a few effects pedals to make it a bit
more psychedelic, it was mainly just noisy rock and roll with a lot of attitude
and no guitar solos..People liked their
short 30min set.
Øresund Space Collective, my band was next and we
had a lot to set up. I have no idea how long it took to set up and we could not
get the sound right. Monitor situation and the electronic percussion stuff was
a mess. No one could hear him and the first half of the show the guitar players
could not hear each other and Mogens and I were having the synths going in and
out and I had some serious issues with my modular making noise and I could not
sort it out as the sound was a mess..We
played a very intense show though and people really liked it. Jacob, a new
guitar player was awesome.. Very cool… It was well received and many people
said we were the best band and we saved this day from being quite lame… Listen to the show below and you an decide... Sadly, our multitrack recording was fucked...