Electric Guitars @ Kulturhuset Viften, Rødovre (DK)

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ELECTRIC GUITARS / MINUS ONE

Date: 08th February, 2018
Venue: Kulturhuset Viften
Tickets: 200DKK (€26/$33)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I tried to check whether the show featured and opening act or not but couldn't find anything online. It sure wasn't well-communicated as asking at the entrance the response was yes, there is an opener! Who? Uuuuhm...

Good though was that MINUS ONE introduced themselves in a very nice way. But, for the first few seconds of their set they really managed to tick every parameter in music that makes me turn away. Massive backtracks, modern Rock with a Grunge feel and a bit of hipster clothing. The Cypriot guys possessed a lot of skills though and after the first blast had settled it all turned into something really decent. It normally does when the musicianship is as high as it was for MINUS ONE.

I thought it was a little strange though that they were here playing and nothing posted about it. Apparently MINUS ONE were recording an album with Søren Andersen at the moment. Then it made perfect sense, first it clarified the reason why they were there and also how this turned out more of a showcase gig than anything else. But yes, style-wise it was that modern Rock, luckily without all the pre-recorded buzz to disturb the music for most of the time. And, what a voice Andreas Kapatais has! It was very clear but also very powerful and with that nice rasp. I think they only did three of their own songs before wrapping up with the QUEEN classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Of all covers I've ever heard live, that one is the worst slaughtered one of all; every time. And I was afraid that all the backtracks would come back in the vocal-dominated midsection. For the first one or two lines Andreas actually seemed a bit insecure and struggled to hit the notes with the power shown in the previous songs. But then, wow... It all sounded fantastic and he nailed the rest in a flawless way. And, the big surprise then, the midsection had gotten a makeover and was instrumental, played on guitars, bass and drums. Extremely cool and absolutely perfectly performed. With this trick the song was saved, nothing to complain about here.

MINUS ONE did a great impression on me, in general I really liked it all. Perhaps not a perfect match for my taste but the way they played it's just to praise them. They came as a great surprise and heated up the place in a very good way this else rather chilly evening.

MINUS ONE

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Minus One @ Kulturhuset Viften,, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Minus One @ Kulturhuset Viften,, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Minus One @ Kulturhuset Viften,, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Minus One @ Kulturhuset Viften,, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Minus One @ Kulturhuset Viften,, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I was really looking forward to seeing ELECTRIC GUITARS on their own show. Having them open for DEEP PURPLE just teased my appetite. It was a good show, of course but it was still a short opening slot at that time. I had no idea what they would do this time, how long they would play and so on. The entrance at Kulturhuset Viften filled up nicely before the doors to the venue opened. It seemed like the place was smaller compared to my last visit though. But it was all good, the space fitted everyone nicely and as it got a little cramped in the middle which made the intensity of the crowd support rise the longer into the set it got.

I really like the concept with Søren Andersen and Mika Vandborg taking turns at the lead microphone, it increases the variation in their music. Both are very good vocalists which Søren got to show off in opening “Rock'n'Roll Radio”, and then Mika for “False Flag Operation”, but none of them have any special character in their voices. Which became clear when (yes, here too) Michael Bastholm Dahl (ARTILLERY) took over for “Headless Chicken”. The song, on record sung by Jesper Binzer from D.A.D. Michael's energy on stage is crazy, he's all over the place and damn he can sing. It all sounded fantastic and the stage actually felt very small as he got onboard.

But, before that one, my favorite from ELECTRIC GUITARS latest release “Rock 'n' Roll Radio”, the über heavy “Back To You”. I love the lead-heavy riff, it still holds a lot of melody and fines but gnaws and grinds through the song. The slow beat allows a little whaling in the vocal line too which makes it even better. And then, after that one, Mr. Bastholm came out and stirred things up. The majority of the set was from that new album. I like “String Fever” too but was satisfied with the few songs featured from that album. I much rather hear songs as “Lucy Glow” even if  “White Flag” and “Running Out Of Time” which ended the set are very good. But there's something with the melody and nature of “Lucy Glow” that sticks like glue. The song stuck after the DEEP PURPLE gig and it sure got stuck here as well.

Mr. Bastholm showed up once more for the encores and now it was time for the DEEP PURPLE classic “Stormbringer”. A rather massive piece to sing but it sure sounded awesome. Søren announced that he will take time off from other commitments to join Glenn Hughes for his DEEP PURPLE stint now during the spring and summer. With this performance of “Stormbringer” I can't really wait until I get to hear it with Glenn again.

The crescendo in the end of the song brought both Søren and Mika down on the stage, laying flat on their backs. And that's another thing. ELECTRIC GUITARS is basically a pure, standard Rock show. But there are a few things (apart from the oversized amps) that makes them stand out and it all becomes joyful and amusing to watch. The floor thing is just one example. It adds something outside of the fabulous musical performance. The show ended with “Swagman”, another from “Rock 'n' Roll Radio” and to my surprise I realized the show clocked in on almost 90 minutes. I didn't expect that and it certainly didn't feel like it. Which only can mean it was a very good show.

ELECTRIC GUITARS setlist:

01. “Rock 'n' roll Radio”
02. “False Flag Operation”
03. “Stay Under The Radar”
04. “Day Off”
05. “Splinter”
06. “Back To You”
07. “Headless Chicken”
08. “Man From Outer Space”
09. “The Thinner The Eyebrow The Crazier The Woman”
10. “Lucy Glow”
11. “White Flag”
12. “Running Out Of Time
13. “Stormbringer”
14. “Swagman”

ELECTRIC GUITARS

Electric Guitars @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Electric Guitars @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Electric Guitars @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Electric Guitars @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Electric Guitars @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
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