Byscenen/Trondheim

25.03.2017 Janove (Byscenen, Trondheim)

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

To be perfectly honest: I didn’t expect much from Janove’s solo concert. I mean, I like the album and there are some awesome songs on there (and a few that I don’t notice at all, which means they are pretty much made for skipping …), but from the live clips and photos I’d seen, I feared that the concert would feel quite a bit like “Kaizers wannabe”. Of course Janove is/was a big part of Kaizers, but he IS not Kaizers. And I was dreading to see him act like he was, just with another band …

And I mean, just look at that other band: An eccentric piano/keyboard guy (wearing a cape instead of a gas mask, duh), a guitar player that moves exactly like Hellraizer, a drummer with a hat (where have we seen that before, hmm?), and a bass player that – at least in some photos – looks like an older version of Killmaster with a beard. No wonder I went into the concert rather skeptical …

The first surprise was the audience: Way older than the average Kaizers audience. Maybe that was due to the fact that the concert was at Byscenen, not at Samfundet, where most other Kaizers concerts in Trondheim had taken place. Or maybe … well, I guess we’ve all grown four years older since the last Kaizers concerts, right?

The concert started with a rather weird intro – no idea what it was, and it just sounded strange and didn’t really fit anything. But “Aldri la de tro de er bedre enn deg” was a nice song to start the show with, as it has a long-ish intro where Janove could make the audience wait for him. =;-)

And then the next surprise: The audience actually KNEW the song! And not only this one, but all of them, and they were singing along! Okay, at least in the front they were. The live video that Janove posted during the show suggests that the people in the back were the typical Trønder-audience – chatting away even during the songs. *grr* But nope, not in the front, there people were really into what was happening. And rightfully so, because it was a lot of fun!

It didn’t feel like Kaizers wannabe. Of course the songs have a Kaizers feel to them, no question about it. But the show is more focused on groove than rock, more dancing and less jumping. So it is a different thing, which is really good – and even though I personally am much more on the rock/punk/jump/pogo side, I enjoyed the concert a lot. The only two songs that disappointed me a bit were my favorites from the album, the fast ones: Both “Trixing & fixing” and “Me vokser aldri opp” were fun live, but not as fun as they could have been. It felt like they kinda “softened up” Trixing & fixing – making it more groovy, true, but this killed the energy a bit. And while this was not the case for “Me vokser aldri opp” and it was played with all the energy I had hoped for, Janove wasn’t moving. Micke from Sweden at the keyboards was jumping around like crazy, but not the frontman … And just to make it clear: Those songs were still great. It’s just a little disappointing to know that they COULD have been not only great, but absolutely fantastic. Yes, sorry, my bar is high for Janove … =;-)

Another thing that struck me was that this is really a one man show. The band is there, you see them, but the only one you might notice once in a while is Micke from Sweden. Otherwise it’s just Janove. Which makes perfect sense of course, because it is his solo thing. And it’s another point where his solo show is different from Kaizers.

There wasn’t a lot of talking in between the songs, just very short announcements, but of course Janove was animating the audience to clap and sing along right from the start, and then in pretty much every song. Which worked really well! Except maybe at the end of Perler & svin, where the melody seemed a bit too complicated. =;-)

And one final remark: The light show was awesome! =:-) You can see a little bit of it in the videos I streamed on Facebook (I siget, Regnbuen treffer oss ikkje lenger, Spinner for deg, Et hjerte som sloss), but that doesn’t give it justice. It was great!

Here’s the full setlist:

  1. Aldri la de tro de er bedre enn deg
  2. I siget
  3. Marlene
  4. Regnbuen treffer oss ikkje lenger
  5. Mine siste berømte ord
  6. Om me går ned
  7. Spinner for deg
  8. Trixing & fixing
  9. I natt blir du fri
  10. Me vokser aldri opp
  11. Et hjerte som sloss
  12. Perler & svin
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  13. Verden går til helvete, tralala
  14. Vår uendelige sang

April 2015 – Seigmen, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg & Cloroform (Trondheim)

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Quite a few concerts again in the last two weeks! And all quite fun, which means I should write at least a few words. Especially considering that there aren’t really any other concerts on my calendar until the summer festivals!

18.04.2014 – Seigmen (Byscenen)

First up were Seigmen at Byscenen. They left quite an impression after their concert at Verket festival last year, so I didn’t wait to get my ticket for their concert in Trondheim. Actually, I was quite surprised that it took a few weeks to sell out the show! I had expected a few hours, if not minutes …

The concert was fun, but not as energetic and enthusiastic as I had hoped for. I guess that was partly due to the audience being pretty quiet and laid-back – that kind of made sense considering the show wasn’t sold out right away, so there weren’t only the “hardcore fans” there. But it was also due to the band. The music and the energy during the songs were great, but in the breaks, we didn’t really get anything but “Do you feel alright?” and “Can you be louder than Bergen???” Not very creative.

Still, a good concert, and in nice company, so it was a really fun night.

22.04.2015 – Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg (Blæst)

I had wondered for a while if I should get a ticket for that concert or not. In the middle of the week? Would I find anyone who’d like to come along? Basically a cover band, even though the drummer is a REAL Ramone? Would it be any fun?

But then I decided that I definitely didn’t want to miss out on that concert, because: Ramones. I mean, R.A.M.O.N.E.S! At least as close as you can get to a Ramones concert nowadays. I did not find anyone who wanted to come along (shitty taste in music, you Trondheimers!!), but it was a middle-of-the-week concert anyway, so that wasn’t a big deal. What was worse was that the concert started with an hour delay, which meant waiting around first and not being done until after midnight, on a Wednesday …

Still, the concert was awesome! First up were Sugar Louise from Trondheim, and they were a lot of fun. Conveniently, they had brought their own fans, which of course was great to warm up the audience.

Not that the Ramones (short for “Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg”, of course 😉 ) would have needed it – people were jumping and hopping and singing and moshing from the first second anyway, and that was just awesome. Great atmosphere! And while I really enjoyed the concert, I gotta say that I was a bit disappointed by the singer – maybe he just meant to be “in character”, but he seemed completely stoned on stage. No idea if he was; I would guess no and that he was just pretending, but come on … I’d rather hear good singing than think I’m at a real Ramones concert. It took me quite a while to figure out what song “Psycho groupie” was … oh, you mean “Psycho therapy”?!

But again, the audience was totally into it, and that was what made the concert so much fun. And of course hearing all the old songs, and pretending I was at a real Ramones concert. 😉

30.04.2015 – Cloroform (Blæst)

And finally: Cloroform! I’ve seen them before of course, so I knew what I was into. And for that concert, I did not hesitate with getting my ticket! I was quite shocked though when I got an email about three weeks before the show that went out to everyone who had gotten tickets already, to inform them that they had reduced the ticket price and we would get some money back. That of course wasn’t what shocked me, and the fact that all ticket buyers were on the TO: list instead of the BCC: list shocked me only slightly compared to the fact that there were exactly NINE addresses on the list. 😮

Gosh, would it really be all empty?! It pretty much looked like it when I arrived, and it only filled up slightly during the support band. I started expecting the worst, but it got much better until Cloroform came on stage!

I was a bit skeptical during the first songs – wow, this was really weird. I remembered the last concerts as much more fun and much less strange … at least after the first few songs. And exactly the same happened again. Cloroform needed a few songs to warm up, but then they really got going and the concert turned out amazing. Not much movement in the crowd, unfortunately, but it was obvious that people enjoyed themselves. An awesome concert, with all the good old songs I know and like. And I only know and like two or three albums, to be honest, so they picked just the right ones! 🙂

So now there aren’t really any concerts on my list until summer – and I still haven’t picked my festivals yet. There will be two in Germany for sure, but I’m quite undecided about festivals in Norway yet. Steinkjer might be an option, and then maybe one or two where Skambankt are playing … maybe Brønnøysund? Hmm, I think I should start planning soon! 🙂

10.10.2014 Skambankt (Byscenen, Trondheim)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

I think I can get used to that … vorspiel at home, then half an hour stroll down to the center and Byscenen for the Skambankt concert! =:-D

I was really curious how the concert would turn out. I had seen the setlist of the earlier concerts of the tour, and it looked really … interesting. =;-) Starting out with Kald kald natt? No Slukk meg? But some really old songs back in the set?

Also, the concert was far from sold out, just like the concert in Oslo the day before – no surprise if there’s basically no promotion for the concert and the dates aren’t even announced until just before the tour starts … And if there’s just a few people at a concert, you won’t have a great atmosphere. =:-/

Luckily, it turned out it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. We arrived just before Skambankt were about to go on stage, and Byscenen looked crowded. OK, some parts were tarped off, but the room seemed filled. Yay! The atmosphere turned out to be pretty good – no comparison to Samfundet in March, but people were into the concert, moving, singing along, and randomly being reprimanded by the security for dancing. *rolleyes*

As expected, Skambankt started with Kald kald natt – hmm. Not sure if that works so well. I think it’s just too calm and slow to start off the concert, even though the intro with the choir is pretty cool. What I loved though was using Anonyme hatere as first song of the encores – that worked just perfectly! Better than to start of with that song. And they need to start the concert somehow, so I guess Kald kald natt is as good as any song. =;-)

I just LOVED the old songs they included in the set – Desertør, Alarm, and Bak låste dører. It’s been a while since I last heard them live, and I didn’t even realize I’d missed them. But oh yes, I had!! Even though Alarm is a bit tricky because you have to suddenly turn invisible in the middle of the song to prevent being dragged up on stage to count in. =;-) Seemed like the whole audience managed to do that this time, ’cause they didn’t take up anyone. *g* Terje just started the song up again – catching Børge by surprise, so they had to try again.

I had a little “no, come on, they are NOT doing this” moment after Voodoo when they suddenly started playing something that sounded tremendously like … Født på ny. OK, it turned out to be the Vår bør intro, so I guess my mind was just playing tricks on me, ’cause I’ve never heard the similarity before. Even though it would have been ridiculously funny if they had actually played Født på ny. *g*

There was hardly any talk or any “special” interaction apart from screaming Hey and Oh and singing and counting down from 18, so there’s not much more to report here. Skambankt played a tight concert without breaks and pauses. Great fun, awesome seeing them again, and we all got a good dose of rock!

Here’s the full setlist:

  • Kald kald natt
  • Skambankt
  • O dessverre
  • Me sa nei
  • Dynasti
  • Desertør
  • Bak låste dører
  • Alarm
  • Voodoo
  • Vår bør
  • Sort blod
  • Malin
  • Mantra
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  • Anonyme hatere
  • Stormkast #1