One of the last festival gigs of the year, bright sunshine, and homecoming at the same time – this Skambankt show at Rått og Råde just couldn’t go wrong! I was there the whole festival (check out my report here), but the Skambankt concert was the highlight, of course.
And it seemed that I wasn’t the only one who thought like that. When I arrived at the small stage (while Band of Horses was still playing on the big one), there was already quite a crowd in front of the stage, and there were more and more people coming. Great! And the atmosphere was amazing; it was the first time at the festival that people started shouting for the next band to come out. Yay! And also throughout the concert, I was amazed by the enthusiastic and loud audience. That’s just so great to see, and Skambankt really deserve it! I was kinda happy though that I was on the side and not in the middle of the action, ’cause it seemed quite aggressive in there… and it actually ended up with a girl behind hurt because someone jumped into her back. =:-/ But it was impressive to watch the crowd! OK, at least until I saw the Kvelertak concert the next day, because the audience was even more enthusiastic and aggressive there – but Skambankt delivered the way better concert, of course. =;-)
It started with an old lady (supposedly Tollak’s grandma-in-something-like-law =;-)) coming on stage and delivering a speech that she’d gonna check out the kind of music that the youth likes to listen to now, and that people should promise (and repeat after her, of course) to behave nicely and not pee into other people’s backyards. Which of course was Skambankt’s response to the “rullatoropprør”, where elderly people had protested against the festival and called Skambankt’s music “åndelig terror” – spiritual terror. Great idea to answer this in this way! =:-)
Then Skambankt came on to the Dynasti intro, and after Dynasti they continued with Skambankt. Twice even, because Terje tripped Tollak on the first try. =;-)
As always, they got the audience going under Skambankt, everybody was screaming along. Løgnprofitør got the atmosphere up even more, and while Mantra is a bit calmer, everybody knew that one. So it continued as it started, with a really hot audience and a band that didn’t take much time to talk in between or let the audience get any rest. Next up were Vår bør, Malin, and then Slukk meg for eg brenner.
Then Skambankt decided to play a song from the new album, namely “Kaos, så inferno”, the opening track of Søvnløs. And the reaction was very positive, even though people could only know the song from some live videos or the one time it’s been played on the radio.
Next up was Tanker som mareritt, followed by O dessverre, which everybody knew again. The time was almost up already – but Terje asked whether we wanted to hear another song. And then he offered not only one more song, but two! First Me sa nei (where we had to count down from 21 in the middle), then Stormkast #1, again with a great and long solo part in between. And that was it – no time for encores, unfortunately. =:-(
Too bad, but a great concert anyway, even though they didn’t even play Alarm. I really think they’ll have to think about playing a bit longer on the next tour so that they can fit in both old and new stuff into their set! *g*
As conclusion to my festival season, it was time for another trip to Norway. More precisely to Stavanger for the Rått & Råde festival! You can find my report about the whole festival here.
The most interesting day for me at the festival was Friday. The first band on stage that day was Uncle Deadly – and since I hadn’t managed to see any solo concerts of Geir before (why does he always announce his concerts at the last second? *sigh*), I was really looking forward to that! A little downer just a few days before: At the same time when Uncle Deadly was scheduled to play at RxR, Skambankt were doing a presale and signing session downtown. Yeah, great… I mean, it wasn’t a hard decision for me to take (I had chosen to go to Stavanger instead of Tromsø because Geir was playing only in Stavanger), but I think it was a bit unfair, because it was obvious that some of the people who would have come out to see Uncle Deadly weren’t coming now because they were at the Skambankt signing. But well – their bad! =;-)
Uncle Deadly was the first band that played in the afternoon, and unfortunately, there were very few people there. Even though it was a perfect day, sunshine, warm, Friday… but most people didn’t arrive until later that evening.
Still, Uncle Deadly didn’t seem to be annoyed by the lack of spectators. They played a nice little set – it took a while until they seemed to catch on, but then it was really nice, and those people who had made it out on the festival in time really enjoyed it. Geir seemed a little insecure maybe, but not uncomfortable with the role as the front man. I was a bit curious whether it was right that he “only talks about the weather”, as people claimed on Facebook. And yep, he does. =;-) But hey, with this amazing weather that was absolutely allowed. And how should he know this kind of weather since he moved to Oslo? =;-) But naah, that was not the only thing he talked about. He also wondered about how Ozzy would pronounce Rått og Råde (well – he didn’t…), asked if a-ha fought on stage the day before, and tried to remember whether or not he had ever played soccer on the field where the stage now stood. Or at least that’s what I understood. Who knows what he actually said… =;-)
Anyway. He started out with lots of songs from Monkey Do but played a few songs from Nice for a change as well. Here’s the setlist: Be careful what you wish for, The game, I don’t mind, Songs about God, The subpoena girl, Nice for a change, Friday nights, Some call that love, Oh life, Sneakin’ up.
As I wrote, it took a few songs for the band to warm up. The sound wasn’t too good in the beginning, the guitars were out of tune (because of the sun), but it got better and better. But, to not be the blind and deaf fan – there were quite a few wrong notes and chords throughout the set, and nobody would have noticed some sheets with lyrics behind the monitors… better than “la la la” in every second song, to be honest. =;-)
All in all, the concert was really nice. I wasn’t amazed though – this might be due to the surroundings, because Uncle Deadly looked kinda “lost” on the enormous stage, with so few people in front of it. It might have been different on the second stage, or at a club show. I think Geir’s solo stuff would work better there – or maybe it’s just some really great music to listen to at home and just not made to be played live. Not sure. Would be a pity though, ’cause I think Geir could grow into that frontman position. Let’s see if he’ll get that chance. =:-)
Hmm … Somehow, Kaizers have been doing lots of things lateley that I didn’t expect at all. For example this “studio tour” with exactly four shows to cover the album costs (and not more than four shows, because the four are sufficient, even though they could have easily filled Folken twice). Or the fact that they suddenly announced playing at EuroSonic festival (does that mean they are targeting Europe again? *startingrumors*). Or that they have posted new (and in my opinion still somehow immature) songs on their website the last few weeks, so that the audience at the studio tour has a chance to listen to them beforehand. Or that they, on the day of the first concert, feed information to the media that they will not only publish ONE album in 2011, but THREE – sorry by the way that I didn’t manage to pass that information on earlier (and that I don’t really have the time to translate anything right now), but hey, at the time the news came out, I was stuck at Copenhagen Airport without internet… *gg* ... read on!
And on we go! I’ll only list up my notes here today, because there is so much to do in Oslo (I heard there’s some photo exhibition that might be worth a visit *g*, and then there’s another signing session – and who knows, maybe it’s possible to finally get hold of a CD there?), so I just don’t have any time for a “real” report. =;-)
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After just six hours of sleep I was wide awake at 8 am. I tried to go back to sleep, but that didn’t work, so I just got up really early. That was the start of a very long Sunday. After a bit to eat and some coffee I wondered what to do now. I ended up sitting with my laptop in bed, editing pictures and playing solitaire. After spending the whole morning like this, I took a long walk around Stavanger in the sun. I ended up going in circles a few times, but I had a nice time. Then I went back to the B&B for some food.
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