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Our gig picks this week

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“Hey guys, any good concerts this week?” You bet. As the days get darker and colder the gigs keep piling up. To help you sort out your musical priorities, we’ve come up with our recommendations for the next five days.

Wednesday, November 4

Julia Holter, Vega

Always a favourite at Here Today, Julia Holter’s latest release, Have You In My Wilderness has received universal acclaim. If your dream hangout spot is the Road House from Twin Peaks, welcome to your new musical obsession.

Thursday, November 5

The Prodigy, Tap1

Do we really need to tell you why the Prodigy are worth seeing? Weren’t you around when the video for “Firestarter” was playing everywhere? Jeez, live a little.

Shilpa Ray, Loppen

If you haven’t already shaved the top of your head and colored the remaining hair green in tribute to the Prodigy, you can opt for a more quiet evening with Shilpa Ray, who did this wonderful duet with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Friday, November 6

Chelsea Wolfe, Loppen

The dark queen of doom folk is back again with Abyss. Halloween really isn’t over till Chelsea’s passed through town.

Mercury Rev, Koncerthuset

These indie heroes of the 80s and 90s are still going strong with their newly release The Light in You.

James Chance and the Contortions, Jazzhouse

NY NO WAVE! KILL YR IDOLS! God knows how or why they are still playing, but how can you not be into a little contortion?

Saturday, November 7

Put on your best canadian tuxedo and point your Mustang south towards Amager Bio for longhaired-wonder Kurt Vile.

(If you are in Århus you will have the chance to experience Kurt Vile at Voxhall on the 4. of November.)

Kuku and Blixa Bargeld, Jazzhouse

Honestly I can’t think of many reasons why you wouldn’t want to see Blixa Bargeld doing anything, anywhere. Just the other day I watched a video of him making risotto on German tv. Worth it.

Sunday, November 8

Son Lux, Lille Vega

No one goes wild on a Sunday, so why not chill with Son Lux instead? Also, is this what people mean by chamber pop?

Thurston Moore, Store Vega

Or else head round the corner to Vega’s larger venue and check out Sonic Youth-founder Thurston Moore. Then again I haven’t read Kim Gordon’s autobiography yet so I dunno whether I’m supposed to be ok with him or not.

Patty Waters, Jazzhouse

Believe it or not, Jazzhouse does actually host jazz gigs every now and then. “Priestess of the avant-garde” should be all the endorsement this jazz innovator needs. Jazz (and did I mention jazz?)

 

INTERVIEW: Natalie Prass

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If you’ve ever thought the life of a touring musician must be glamorous, Natalie Prass will be happy to disabuse you of that notion. When we met up with her before her show at Lille Vega back in August, she sniffled through our interview thanks to allergies and a mold infestation on her tour bus.

Though clearly under the weather, she was quick to stress how happy she was to be playing in Copenhagen. “The last time we were going to play here, our airline was on strike. We missed our show. We were stuck in Dublin for 10 hours at the airport when we were touring with Ryan Adams.”

Though Prass didn’t make the show, the audience still got to hear her songs. “[Ryan] dressed in drag as me and played a whole set of my music. Ryan’s drummer is from Copenhagen, so he came out and told the whole story, so people weren’t like, ‘What?’”

Only two days into her latest European jaunt, she told us about life in Nashville, her plans for her new album, and a Simon & Garfunkel cover she’s really excited about.

Where in the US are you from?

I live in Richmond, Virginia, right now, but I lived in Nashville before I moved back to Richmond for eight and a half years. I haven’t really been to Richmond since I moved there. I moved there in January, I kind of feel like I don’t live anywhere.

Your music doesn’t have a Nashville vibe.

Oh thank you! That’s a compliment! What’s so funny, when I first recorded this record, I didn’t know what to do, just graduated college, bringing my record to a bunch of publishing companies. They were all like, “What are you doing in Nashville? You belong in New York. We can’t do anything with you.” Of course, some of them were like, “Would you want to write some country music?”

I was more into the underground scene in Nashville, which is now really thriving. I’ve always been a stay-in-my-room, do-my-own-thing kind of person anyway.

What is the underground scene like in Nashville?

House shows are really big. My friend Laura had — it was called Little Hamilton — and she rented out this warehouse space in South Nashville where there’s nothing around there and her and her artist friends made rooms in the warehouse and held these big shows. That’s where Jeff the Brotherhood got their start. The houses have names and eventually that started to catch on. “I’m going to Little Danzig tonight,” and everybody knew what that was. That doesn’t really happen that much in Nashville, so that was special.

When I first moved there, I had no friends. I knew a couple people, but they were a little bit older than me. I played everywhere I could. I did a bunch of open mic nights and writers rounds. “I live in this city and I want to play music, what do I do?” I just did everything I could for a while until I got some traction. But it took a while, because I was in college, too.

Nashville’s really competitive. Lots of really bad music there.

How does Richmond compare?

There’s not really a reason to go to Richmond. You can go to the capitol. But it’s really diverse. We’ve got VCU there, so there’s a lot of artists, lot of public murals. Nashville didn’t have any of that. It’s kind of starting to happen in East Nashville, which is the cool part of Nashville, but Richmond has a great jazz music scene. It’s just really different. There’s no industry there, so if you’re a creative person you don’t have that hanging over your head.

You’ve been on tour a lot this year.

Yeah, it’s been crazy. I was in Jenny Lewis’s band right before this. She’s still touring on The Voyager record she released, but we toured before the record was released, playing all the songs, getting in the groove for that release. Then toured up until Christmas time, then the record came out late January. That Jimmy Kimmel Show, I was like, “Yeah, just book my ticket to Richmond.” So I just flew to Richmond, stayed on my friend’s couch, looked for a place to live, then went on tour. I feel like I’m getting to that point where I’m around some mold and I get sick. It’s getting to that point where we’ve been going at it so hard, and I haven’t really stopped for the last couple years.

Natalie Prass

Does it feel like a big shift since the album came out?

Yeah, I think we’ve just been playing so much since January, that I’ve just really started discovering things that I like to do on stage. Definitely more comfortable in my body and comfortable with the thoughts I have on stage. I like to have fun now. I kind of took myself a little more seriously — I mean, I still take myself seriously, but I’m more relaxed now. It’s really important to me to just have a good time on stage and not worry about little things too much. Especially stage banter; I think I’m finally comfortable with it.

But this is like a dream come true, because being in an industry town, I started to figure out what needs to happen if you want to release a record and you want people to hear it. I just never had the proper team or resources. That’s when I recorded this record with SpaceBomb, and it was on hold, I was like, “What do I do?” and I started getting super down about everything. So it’s a dream: “Oh my gosh, I have a manager and I have a publicist and I have a great a band.” I never could afford to bring a band on the road. It’s all these things that I’ve been hoping to have are now all happening and it makes things a lot easier.

It makes a big difference. I just didn’t know what to do, me, myself. And if you are trying to play the manager role for yourself, it’s not going to do anything. My life is totally different than it was before. Even when I was in Jenny’s band, it’s totally different. I get it. I was like, “Man, I wish Jenny would hang out with us more,” but now it’s like, “No, she’s so busy.” I get it now. She has a lot to do. She has to rest. I learned a lot from that tour.

When did you actually record the album?

We started in December 2011. It’s just so funny, because I feel like this kind of music — acoustic arrangements and stuff like that —  there’s a lot of it coming out now. When we were doing this record, it felt like electronic stuff was really getting cool. Maybe it’s all meant to be. Maybe my record wasn’t supposed to come out until now. Maybe people wouldn’t have been this open to it.

Has anything changed from initial recordings?

We revisited “Christie.” We wanted to do live vocals with the live string quartet, just to make it more open sounding, more natural. But I didn’t really rewrite anything. It would be more of an ordeal to do that, because we did everything to tape, and there’s just so many tracks in each song. You can always go back, but there’s just a point where you have to be like, “It’s done.”

Natalie Prass

The string quartet is what gives it such a distinct feeling, especially “It is You.”

Tray, who’s playing guitar with me now, was the string arranger. He did all of “It is You,” that was his thing. It was so much fun, me and Tray at the piano at the studio at the Attic in Richmond, when we were doing all the pre-production; he and I just playing through it and working out the key change at the end — there’s a very subtle key change at the end — just talking through it, and how he’s a huge Frank Sinatra fan. I was just so excited, because when I wrote that song I was like, “I wish, one day, it could be like that.” Then when he sent over the Sibelius midi string arrangements, as horrible as midi strings are, it was still brilliant. That’s still one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written.

Are you working on anything new?

I am, slowly, piece by piece. Things will come to me all the time, and I’ll just record it real quickly. Then I’ll go back and work on it. Usually, how I work is I get into a cycle and I can’t stop. It’s like my writing part of my brain is turned on and I can’t stop. But it’s really hard to get into that cycle when you’re traveling. We’re going to have off in December and January, so I’m going to just write, and I can’t wait! I’m counting off the days. That’s my favorite. I like touring and playing and singing — there’s nothing like singing and playing with my band, they’re amazing — but I love writing, creating. That’s where my heart is for sure.

Have you played any of your new stuff live yet?

Just a few songs here and there, I don’t want to bore people to tears. And we don’t really have time to rehearse. Because I’m writing the song, and I’ll send it to them by email, but we won’t have time to rehearse it. But we worked out a pretty sweet cover of “The Sound of Silence” that I’m really excited about. We all kind of like that funky, 60s, swingy stuff, so it’s fun to have everybody put there taste on the songs. They’re a really good band. I only have a nine song record that’s out that people know. I have a lot of freedom right now. We mix it up, throw in random covers and new songs, I’m really taking advantage of how loose we can be right now.

So far this tour has been awesome. Besides the mold thing, but we’re figuring it out. It’s just so funny at this point. I’m like, “Oh great, things are getting better!” You’re in a van, and van touring is great, but, it’s also really hard when you have interviews or early load-ins. A lot of festivals we’re doing, we’re playing earlier in the day, the main stage but earlier, so we have to be there crazy early, so you have a shitty night, then you get up really early, and drive for hours, it just gets really tiring. So I was really excited about having a bus this time around so we can sleep while we drive. And it’s super musty and moldy, and it’s like, “Aaaaah! Almost! Almost!”

Grimes comes to Copenhagen

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Grimes

Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, will finally perform her first show in Copenhagen on the 26th of February. Since her 2012 debut, Visions, Grimes has proved to be an exciting character on the indie music scene, with Dazed and confused calling her “a pop idol from another dimension.”

Grimes is also releasing her first album since Visions later this fall. Listen to her latest track ‘REALITi’ below.

Grimes (CAN) + Hana (US)
Store VEGA, Copenhagen V
Friday 26. February 2016 at 20.00
Tickets: 260 kr. + gebyr. Link: http://bit.ly/grimeskbh
Ticket sales begin Friday 9. October at 10.00

INTERVIEW: Bob Hund at Roskilde Festival 2015

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Two years ago, Swedish indie rockers Bob Hund sold their instruments at an auction. That didn’t stop them from signing up for a set at Roskilde. We spoke to singer Thomas Öberg before the band’s Roskilde performance about where they got their instruments for the set and what kind of mischief Bob Hund is getting into after all these years.

AUDIO: First Hate – “Trojan Horse”

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It’s been a busy year for Copenhagen synth-pop duo First Hate, on the back of releasing their self-titled debut EP last September they’ve been on the road with two high profile names from the Danish music scene supporting both Trentemøller and Iceage. After several showcase concerts in the spring of 2015 they soon became one of the most hyped upcoming acts in the country and with fresh news today (September 15th) that the duo have just come out of the studio after recording their second EP, this will only add to the hype as we go into 2016. They’ve gave us a taste of things to come with new single “Trojan Horse” presumably from said EP, which is set for release spring 2016.

Along with the singles release comes live dates for a mini European tour this fall, where Soho Rezanejad will be supporting them on select dates. See the live dates below the audio.

Listen to “Trojan Horse” below:

Live tour dates:
2/10 – HELSINKI, Kuudes Linja ±
3/10 – STOCKHOLM, Solna HQ ±
7/10 – HAMBURG, Molotow
8/10 – BERLIN, Fluxbau
9/10 – PARIS, Under Club ±
11/10 – COPENHAGEN, Mayhem ±
± w/Soho Rezanejad

PREVIEW: Sunn O))), Studio 2, DR Koncerthuset

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SUNN O))) photo by Gisele Vienne

On Saturday, August 15, Studio 2 in DR Koncerthuset will likely be the loudest place in Copenhagen. If you are open to musical experiences that are a tiny bit more demanding than [insert almost any band name here], it’s also likely to be the best place to be on Saturday. Why? At sometime around 21.00 Studio 2 will start filling up with dry-ice and when the fog thickens Sunn O))) will appear. Named after a guitar amplifier Sunn – which has the logo O))) – Sunn O))) has been rumbling the underground for 16 years with their own special breed of drone metal and released six studio albums. They are also a band of many collaborations.

Last year’s unlikely yet in some ways obvious collaboration with Scott Walker made many end of year lists (including ours). The album, Soused, was released to near universal acclaim, despite virtually non-existent promotional support on the part of the creators. Scott Walker famously hasn’t performed live since 1978 and his public appearances are close to none (in a rare interview with The Quietus, he opens up about the possibility of performing Soused live, so we’re holding our breaths, however ill-advised that might be).

There are still a few tickets left at 295kr (including fees). You can buy them here. If you’re willing to risk your eardrums (though of course we recommend earplugs), it promises to be an unforgettable evening.

Listen to the new album by Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Abyss’

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First time we heard Chelsea Wolfe was at Smash! Bang! Pow!’s minifestival Wasn’t Born To Follow at Pumpehuset. We where captivated. Seeing her at Roskilde Festival earlier this year left us with no doubt: Chelsea Wolfe is a must-see performer.

Her fourth album,’Pain Is Beauty’, paved the way to a wider audience. It’s an atmospheric masterpiece that manages to appeal to both listeners of indie music as well as fans of more extreme genres. On August 7. 2015 she will be releasing her new album “Abyss”, but if you can’t wait (we certainly can’t) you can stream it below via NPR.

Chelsea Wolfe is currently touring the United States, but she will be returning to Europe this Fall. We will be first in queue when she plays Loppen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

VIDEO: Soho Rezanejad – ‘Everyday’s Another Holiday’

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In June she debuted with dark synth pop hit ‘Idolatry‘ which we learn today will be the title of her soon to be released EP, set for release on October 12th. Rezanejad has hit us with another summer anthem with the cutesy bro/sis-mance video for new single ‘Everyday’s Another Holiday’, the video was co-direct between Rezanejad and performance-artist Madeleine Kate and features in a familiar face in First Hate’s Anton Falck Gansted.

Watch the video for ‘Everyday’s Another Holiday’ below:

Catch Soho Rezanejad live this weekend at Trailerpark Festival in Copenhagen (30.07.2015 // 22:00 // Rebel Stage)

VIDEO: Shadow Age – ‘Vexed’

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Today (July 27th), Copenhagen producer Benjamin Fischermann aka Shadow Age releases his self-titled debut EP, featuring singles ‘Shutter’ and ‘Vexed’. The latter was put out no less than a week ago and today we received the video for the track. Shot in Copenhagen and co-directed by Kevin Verner and Benjamin Fischermann, it features three souls who are in separate locations across the city, found all racing for the same spiral staircase before gazing into the nothingness.

Watch the video for ‘Vexed’ below:

You can catch Shadow Age live:

30.07.2015 – Trailerpark Festival, Copenhagen
07.08.2015 – New Note Festival, Hillerød

VIDEO: Joanna Gruesome Interview at Roskilde

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Welsh indie poppers Joanna Gruesome have had a busy 2015:  They’ve released a new album, Peanut Butter, original singer Alanna Mcardle left the band, and they’ve gained two new vocalists in Kate Stonestreet and Roxy Brennan. The new line-up played their second-ever show on the Pavilion Stage at Roskilde, and they answered a few questions for us before running off to see Nicki Minaj.

Watch the video below to hear their thoughts about the new record, nudity at Roskilde, and the genres of imaginary bands with pun names:

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