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Lust for Youth “Compassion” Release Party, Sigurdsgade, 02.04.16

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Although primarily conceived and promoted as a release party for Lust for Youth’s new album Compassion, the event that took place at Sigurdsgade on Saturday was much more than what could have easily been a headliner concert with support acts thrown in to fill the lineup. Actually, as the evening wore on, the most important performance casually turned into the least memorable one. But let’s start at the beginning.

The “Ny Dansk Romantik” duo Rosen & Spyddet had the ever-unrewarding task of opening another band’s big night. Fortunately they were wise enough to regard this as an opportunity – and promptly took it! It’s probably safe to assume that a good deal of the early-bird audience was not acquainted with their work, and (as always) some preferred to chat at the bar rather than to engage with music. But all those who cared to listen quickly found themselves enchanted by the duo’s soothing melodies. Rosen & Spyddet presented the recently released Drengen Ved Brystet as well as material from their beautiful 2015 album Fortuna, using warm synths and gentle beats to create a dreamy atmosphere moving you to a different place and time.

While setting up their gear, members of Orphan Ann brought some flowers to arrange on the floor. The Morrisey-invoking gesture couldn’t have been more misleading though, as the flowers were soon overshadowed by chains. Unlike the lush ambience from the romantics playing before them, lulling the audience into daydream is about the last thing Orphan Ann wanted to do. Their brief but intense performance amped up the volume and increased the ferocity of what many expected to be a benign synth-pop event. Those of us who don’t mind a little disruption and/or challenge found plenty to appreciate in the Swedish duo’s blend of concert and performance art driven by harsh electronics, rallying cries and narration in Russian.

After two gorgeous and demanding performances, it was easy to forget the reason why most people came in the first place. As the venue started to fill up, it seemed like the intimate underground gathering was over and all of a sudden it was time to party. Having previously shared the bill and/or label with the opening acts, Lust for Youth have clearly had a hand in the lineup selection. The decision to have what is very much an experimental band performing before their polished synth-pop, as well as the music they make with their solo projects, makes it impossible to write Lust for Youth off as some incidentally talented poseurs – no matter how much they sometimes tried to go for precisely that image.

It is debatable whether an album release party is intended for the band and their friends to simply have fun, or if it’s supposed to be the band’s night to shine, and the experience of Lust for Youth’s Saturday concert would probably depend on your view on this. Having seen them perform elsewhere, I know this was far from the best they can do, and surely they know it too. Considering the technical issues that marked the entire first part of their performance, it’s somewhat understandable that things didn’t run smoothly and that the band was visibly annoyed. However, while Fischer and Rahbek made sure that the music continued properly blasting regardless of the issues, Norrvide seemed as if he couldn’t be bothered to sing, turning his usual fittingly deadpan delivery into careless shouts and sneers.

Sure, Lust for Youth’s anthemic synth-pop hooks still sound powerful over the PA, but on this particular occasion, it was kind of difficult to care. They should nonetheless get praise for putting together such a daring lineup, and for providing two amazing acts with a chance to gain some new fans.

 

PHOTOS: Roskilde Festival 2015

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Bob Hund

Photo by Morten Krogh
Photo by Morten Krogh

Communions

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Ratking

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Noel Gallagher

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

The War On Drugs

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Father John Misty

Father John Misty (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Photo by Morten Krogh

St Vincent

St. Vincent (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Photo by Morten Krogh

Foxygen

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Perfume Genius

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Lust For Youth

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Pallbearer

Pallbearer (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Photo by Morten Krogh

Hot Chip

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Ought

Ought (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Photo by Morten Krogh

Fat White Family

Fat White Family (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Photo by Morten Krogh

Pharmakon

Photo by Morten Krogh
Photo by Morten Krogh

The Tallest Man On Earth

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Run The Jewels

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Kendrick Lamar

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Goat

Goat (photo Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Photo by Morten Krogh

Nils Frahm

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Deafheaven

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Paul McCartney

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Photo by Tom Spray

Jamie xx

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Photo by Tom Spray

Africa Express

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Photo by Tom Spray

PHOTOS: Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 2

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Father John Misty

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

 

Father John Misty (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Father John Misty (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Father John Misty (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Father John Misty (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Father John Misty (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Father John Misty (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)

St. Vincent

St. Vincent (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
St. Vincent (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
St. Vincent (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
St. Vincent (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
St. Vincent (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
St. Vincent (Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)

Foxygen

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Perfume Genius

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Lust For Youth

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Pallbearer

Pallbearer (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Pallbearer (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Pallbearer (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Pallbearer (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)

Hot Chip

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

 

Photo by Tom Spray
Photo by Tom Spray

Ought

Ought (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Ought (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Ought (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Ought (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)

Fat White Family

Fat White Family (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Fat White Family (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)

 

Fat White Family (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Fat White Family (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)

Pharmakon

Pharmakon (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Pharmakon (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Pharmakon (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)
Pharmakon (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh)

 

VIDEO: Lust For Youth – “New Boys”

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Lust For Youth have shared a video for their single “New Boys” from their third album International (Scared Bones Records).  The video was directed by Frederik Valentin and shows all the youthful surroundings of a day in the life of a young boy.

Watch the video for “New Boys” below:

LIVE REVIEW: Wasn’t Born to Follow, Pumpehuset, 09.08.2014

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Perfect Pussy (photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh / mortenkrogh.com)

Wasn’t Born to Follow, a celebration of all things progressively out-of-step in music, took over a day at Pumpehuset with a strangely diverse but suitable line-up. An earlier, free portion of the day included a set from the Garden, a duo consisting of drummer an bassist, invoking a goth image, playing stuttering punk, with the exception of a hip-hop interlude. The pair tumbled around the stage pulling ridiculous faces, often shouting absurd lyrics about rainbows. It’s intentionally ridiculous, but undeniably entertaining, if for the wrong reasons.

After a break for some rock ‘n’ roll bingo, the main portion of the event begins with Chelsea Wolfe. She walks on stage to a drone of bowed bass and viola, which immediately silences for her to perform a wordless vocal loop. She’s an enigmatic performer, a single muttering of “thanks” is her only audience interaction, but she’s still mesmerizing. There are minimalist moments when the noise breaks, when her guitar is prevalent, when keyboards provide atmosphere, but it slides back into droning for her departure from the stage. It’s also necessary to mention that her drummer is incredible. There are times when you’d swear it was a preprogrammed track if you weren’t watching him play. Even then, there’s a cognitive dissonance.

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Chelsea Wolfe (Photo: Morten Aagaard Krogh)

There’s a huge shift in pace to Big Ups, a New York hardcore punk band bringing a completely different kind of noise. In between songs their singer talks about how excited they are to be playing the show and makes self deprecating comments about the band’s technical skills. While they do embody certain DIY ethos, they are also more tuneful than an amateur hardcore band, and at least embrace dynamics between the singer’s quiet, half-talk singing style and his full on screaming. It’s youthful and angsty and satisfying in the way that sets that expend their performer’s energy are.

Compare that with the youthful energy of Canadian indie rockers Ought, who end up being the most pleasant surprise of the evening. They play bouncy, jangling pop music, delivered by a singer affecting Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes while he moon walks in his socked feet. While his bandmates serenely bob up and down, he’s flailing his arms around and breaking the strings on his guitar, and then on the guitar he kept in reserve in case he breaks any strings.

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Ought (photo: Morten Aagaard Krogh)

Alternating between the two stages at Pumpehuset, there are times when the main room feels too big, and other, such as when Lust For Youth play, that the smaller stage feels way too small. The space is packed for the Danish representatives of the evening, and there are a lot of familiar faces dancing along to their dreamy, New Wave-inspired set. Everyone is swaying into one another, and in the moment it feels like they should be in the other room. But everything runs to schedule with enough time in between to get a drink, so there isn’t much to complain about.

Back upstairs for Perfect Pussy, the room is mostly empty for the DC-inspired punk group. Singer Meredith Graves channels no one as much as Henry Rollins, straining her voice and her muscles, and posing a very real threat of a boot to the face to those down in front. Any of ideas of having seen energy or flailing limbs in the course of the evening are completely mistaken when compared to Grave’s wild kicks and lunges across the stage. The problem, however, is that for all of her straining, her voice cannot be heard over the crunch and drone of her bandmates. Even when she asks the sound man for more vocals, there’s no improvement. It’s a shame, but a technical problems aside, there is the feeling that those who skipped this set really missed out.

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VIDEO: Lust For Youth – “Illume”

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A couple of weeks ago Lust For Youth released new single “Epoetin Alfa” along with details of their third album International. Yesterday, they shared a video (directed by Cali Thornhill Dewitt) for their track “Illume” which sees the duo strolling around the Americas in white tuxedos while a cowboy watches on. International will be released June 10th on Scared Bones Records.

Watch the video for “Illume” below:

Posh Isolation record store w/Loke Rahbek (Lust For Youth/Vår/Croatian Amor)

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Situated on Blågårdsgade in Nørrebro is the record store Posh Isolation run by its owner Loke Rahbek (Lust For Youth/Vår/Croatian Amor). The store is the base for the Copenhagen record label run under the same name, who in their short life span have released records from the likes of Communions, Lust For Youth, Yen Towers, Croatian Amor and a collection of bands from the same scene including Age Coin, Vår, White Void and more.

Here Today’s Ivan Boll met with Rahbek ahead of his appearance at this years CPH PIX where he’s scored the soundtrack for 1921’s silent movie The Phantom Carriage by Swedish directer Victor Sjöström. The film is based on Selma Lagerlöf’s novel Körkarlen which following the death of lead character, David Holm, he’s confronted by all the people whose lives he’s destroyed over the years, including his wife who is caught between love and obsession.

The Phantom Carriage screens on Saturday 12th April at the Grand Teatret in Copenhagen with Loke Rahbek performing the soundtrack live. Buy tickets, HERE

Photo by Ivan Boll

Loke Rahbek

Loke Rahbek

Loke Rahbek

Loke Rahbek

 

AUDIO: Lust For Youth – “Epoetin Alfa”

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Lust For Youth have shared new single “Epoetin Alfa” from their forth album International which is set for release June 10th on Sacred Bones Records.

Listen to “Epoetin Alfa” below:

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