The Year in Review: The top 10 gigs of 2013 in Denmark
1) Sigur Ros, Roskilde Festival, July 6
I didn’t see Sigur Ros, I experienced Sigur Ros. The Icelander’s music is some of the purest, soul-searching music you will find for miles around; a trance-like journey that rekindles deep-hidden fond memories with an edifying caress that no other band can muster. Sigur Ros were shamanic at their show at Roskilde.
2) Charles Bradley & his extraordinaires, Lille Vega, June 17
The Screaming Eagle of Soul rocked Denmark to its core on his encore at Lille Vega this year. For a man in his sixties who only just rocketed to fame, Bradley’s teary, nervy, sweaty, emotional soul trip is the story of a man who made it in America, after decades of bad luck and strife. James Brown would be proud.
3) Crystal Castles, Store Vega, March 2
Crystal Castles pulled off a seismic show at Store Vega towards the end of the winter, a chaotic, cathartic experience that saw lead singer Alice Glass crowd surf her way to what looked like the middle of the audience at Store Vega. I have never seen anything like it before or since
4) Modeselektor, Store Vega, Feb 14
Berlin’s Modeselektor have been making music since the wall came down a good while ago. As driven today as they were back then, the electronic duo are a symbol of the German capital and frontrunners in the world of electronic music. Props for their party-starting credentials and props to Vega for a very well organised show (which included an ‘artist chat’ session in ideal bar).
Chinese Man, Roskilde Festival, July 4
French turntablists Chinese man were on cue at their show at Roskilde Festival, taking the audience on a journey through dubstep, drum & bass, hip hop and everything in between with a prowess that made it seem as if the genre of turntablism has been around since the dawn of time. Witty, daring and exceedingly cool.
BEST OF THE REST
Shantel & The Bucovina Orchestra, Lille Vega, Nov 28
Reptile Youth, Lille Vega, March 8,
Of Monsters and Men, Roskilde Festival, July 5
Tame Impala, Store Vega, Aug 9
Animal Collective, Roskilde Festival, July 4
Stor Vega 5 out 6 stars
Australian psychedelic dream rockers Tame Impala were on top form at their concert at Stor Vega last night. The Perth-based band are known for their eccentric forays into the hazy territory of psychedelic rock music, and having seen them perform last night, I can safely assert that this is one band that sounds just as good, if not better, live, a rarity in the modern day music climate.
Tame Impala went on stage to a sold-out, sweaty Stor Vega, under a backdrop of trippy visuals criss-crossing the stage in the shades of numerous colours. Guided by talismanic lead singer Kevin Parker, who went on stage barefoot, Tame Impala looked comfortable and at ease from the start, playing with a gentle, assured nature that enchanted more than it entertained. Signature track ‘Elephant’ was one of the first of many anthemic tunes of the evening, a night that traverssed elements of contemplative, dreamy content and jovial, unaccented moments alike.
Smooth transitions in between songs, particularly at the beginning of the show added a tinge of sophistication to the performance, which took on the feel of a live set rather than an incongruous mish-mash of songs strung flimsily together for the hell of it, as is the case with many concerts today. Further credit is due to frontman Kevin Parker, whose outside-the-box musicianship saw him use effect pedals connected to his guitar to good effect; creating symphony-esque layers of complex musical arrangements that danced harmoniously together, each verse adding a new dimension into the complex equation.
Adding to the experimental feel to things, the Australian quintet turned their backs on the audience midway through the show and strummed in synchrony with live visuals that were mimicking their quirky guitar plucks, gracefully slapping yet another touch of finesse to their performance.
Capping things off was one of the best stage exits i’ve seen; Tame Impala went off stage to the sound of a hollow drone vibrating in the background, before one of the band members came back with a torch, amidst wolf-like howls and encouragement from an audience that had hitherto been drab and boring (so kudos must be given to the one person brave enough to hold a lighter in the air during the show.)
One long encore later and Tame Impala left as they had came, exiting humbly, with the class and confidence of musicians comfortable in their element, flag bearers of the modern psychedelic rock movement.