a long, long time I had to wait to see ULVER performing
live. When a full tour got finally announced with gigs in a reachable
distance I was psyched and could hardly await that special day.
Time has come, so I took the ride down the highway towards the
club in Bochum.
was struck by a fucking migraine making this trip with all the
pains and drugs inside my head to somewhat of a quite surreal
got even amplified when :: ZWEIZZ
:: hit the stage, way too early by the way. ZWEIZZ
is the brainchild of Svein Egil Hatlevik, known for his musical
art in bands such as Dødheimsgard and Fleurety. I knew
that ZWEIZZ was doing experimental noise; I had a first
listen and thought that I’d be prepared. Musically. Visually…
well… um… anyways, when he feels well, I won’t
nag ;) But also musically ZWEIZZ is a tough go. Having
attended many of the Geräuschwelten concerts in my hometown
where I experienced quite a couple of really strange sound and
noise artists, I though hardly got any access to what ZWEIZZ
has offered here. The collage of all these effect pedals might
have been interesting, at least for musicians, but when it came
to the toilet-video-performance my face probably looked as questioning
as the other ones. By the way… did you ever get the idea
to try out how many effect pedals might fit into a toilet tank?
No? You’d be surprised… ;) Short show, not even 25
minutes, and very, very strange…
mind, more time left for :: ULVER
:: to play an extended show :) No? I thought so at
least… Toilet and pedals got removed quickly and it did
not take long till the intro heralded the beginning of something
special. Surprisingly ULVER played their entire new album
Wars Of The Roses, which is set to be released
on April 25. Vinyl lover could already buy the new album at the
merch for 20 Euro. Pointless to try to describe the music, especially
since ULVER artistically improvised in between, parts you
definitely won’t find on the record. But it made the show
to a thrilling experience. Norwegian Gothic reminded me
of Perdition City and perfectly connected to the
one and only encore Hallways Of Always. February MMX
again has somewhat of a prog Rock approach. Experimental music?
Yes, of course! Always. Just the way you know ULVER ;)
Really beautiful and touching was the narrated Stone Angels
as well as Providence. Wars Of The Roses
is such a great record.
The encore already followed 60 minutes later. With ticket prizes
at door of 30 Euro an unbalanced value for money if you ask me.
Gifted multi-instrumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan (Piano, Bass, Gitarre)
was the lively one. He could not stand or sit still any second
and called a bottle of red wine his own during the entire show.
Also the drummer acted much lively. The rest of the band more
or less disappeared behind knobs and mix- and sample desks, smoking
like chimneys. Yes, that was an awesome show. Way too short, of
course, and quite unspectacular, I expected more, though…
Setlist: February MMX, England, September IV, Norwegian
Gothic, Island, Providence, Stone Angels // Hallways Of Always