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2011-02-18 DE – Muenster - Skater’s Palace

February 2011 turns out to be the most prolific one for (instrumental) Post Rock bands. After the great releases of Mogwai and …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, now Muenster-based LONG DISTANCE CALLING cap it with their third and self-titled album. As we talk business, a new album wants to be supported live and LONG DISTANCE CALLING combined the tour kick-off with the release date and made the show in our hometown to be the album release show. Much better, for this event the band had to upgrade the location twice ;) How great is that?

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I was skeptic but the Skater’s Palace was really crowded. But first it was up to :: MAYBESHEWILL :: to pioneer the audience. Hailing from Leicester MAYBESHEWILL - as it speaks for itself - is another instrumental Post Rock band with a brand album up their sleeves. Critical Distance is set to be released on March 7. The guys seemed to be a little insecure on stage but musically they blew me away. Guitar-driven melodies that creep under your skin. I have seen and heard MAYBESHEWILL for the very first time, but definitely not for the last ;)

When :: LONG DISTANCE CALLING :: got onto stage applause is much heavier, increasing after every song and at the end sort of frenetically. The fans are electrified and the band still can’t believe it. Great to see how much they are thrilled about what’s going on in front of stage. There are a few stupid assholes talking and discussing very loud during the performance and screaming in between, well, as I said… assh*s. LONG DISTANCE CALLING play the entire new album, except Middleville, which needs the presence of Armored Saints John Bush. Not that I would have had anything against it… *laugh* Too bad that I cannot have it all. What strikes is that Long Distance Calling has amore rocking approach, sounds earthier, edgier, but does not cut out quieter passages. It shines with a certain nonchalance, a spacy touch, and of course with these irresistible guitar melodies you can’t get out of your mind again. Just listen to the varied and grandiose Timebends. The encore consists of the band’s highlights from the last two records. Great release show, great tour kick-off! Facing more sold out headliner shows and seeing the press already pull out highest ratings I think nothing can go wrong anymore for this band ;)
Setlist: Into The Black Wide Open, The Figrin D'an Boogie, Invisible Giants, Timebends, Arecibo (Long Distance Calling), Beyond The Void // Fire In The Mountain, I know You, Stanley Milgram!, Aurora, The Metulsky Curse


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