Warning: This is an automatic translation from the original blog post in catalan.
All concerts this spring, the Russian Circles is more eager than I expected. Among the reputation that precedes be a devastating and a live band playing in the Bikini, also generally recognized as the best sounding room in Barcelona, things could go wrong. And the truth is that perhaps such high expectations, or perhaps because, as it is the music, and although when they announced the concert palote gave me the idea, at this particular time I throw more sounds more direct than those sounds heavy and atmospheric thing I flew head as I expected.
The Bikini is little rocker. Neither is the area where rock or entry or access rockers are nothing, and neither is inside. But lately hosts a good number of concerts quality and sound is remarkably good in general and the visibility offered their scene so high. Meets size room perfect for many types of groups. Before opening doors could feel the expectation that the visit of Russian Circles were created in Barcelona. Nobody had too clear what time doors opened and when the concert started, so more vale prevented before 8 a lot of people grouped at the gates of the long ramp Bikini.
The opening act of this tour were the trio of Seattle Aleea Helms. My scouts prior I was not particularly excited, but when I came to the stage became completely. Already started, I did not expect them to be like: a bearded guy on guitar and vocals (this maybe if you waited), a girl and a little plump little paint rocks below (and voices ) and a rather tiny little girl with miniskirt, who stood behind the battery (and some vocals) and everyone loved it almost filled the room. To me it fascinates me to see if the batteries, and in this case the girl was especially fascinating, so I took out her eyes on. It is also true that we put it easy, because the battery was in the middle of the stage, in a very prominent position. Meanwhile, they were playing songs from their three studio albums, with special attention to his latest work, “Sleepwalking Sailors” of which played at least the Opener “Pleasure Center”, “Tumescence” ” pinnipeds, “” Dodge the Lightning “and” fetus. Carcass. “. Also sounded safe “Pretty as Pie” and “Grandfather Claws” and I dare not guarantee nothing. Live among their undeniable stage presence, and his eclectic sound right, reminiscent of times Mastodon, Baroness sometimes, or Big Business, or even Godflesh or groups with doomeros setanteros girl who sings, or even a more conventional and alternative rock norantero (you should feel that they are in Seattle, of course!) are very entertaining to watch and listen. The sound accompanied the force (especially drums and bass, guitar maybe not), and I think they suit the majority of staff who started the concert quite cold, but as things progressed went cheering. Interestingly, the music stopped, the scenic spell faded and all three turned back into normal people. And even the battery fascinating, once raised his throne, was not so lovely tiny. But it was a concert that has aroused the interest to follow the career of this band.
The last time the Russian Circles came to Barcelona was a year and a half ago, presenting his latest album “Memorial”. Although this album is far from my favorite band, maybe had was when they would have had to see for the first time since at that time if the post / sludge / progressive occupied my pedestal between favorite tunes of the moment. But the personal circumstances of the moment (as a hint, my daughter is a year and a half) I was not allowed to attend. In any case, the thorn was stuck, and advertise this visit, I ran to me with my entry.
To begin, it is remarkable that a band like this touches on Bikini and although not far from complete, if you gather a lot of people more than respectable. It is true that these styles are more or less fashionable (in the no, of course), and this long strip. Just see how packed it Toundra the last couple of months.
The evil of many hipsters attracted to fashion is that people are not moving a finger during the concerts, so between that and the little rocker in the room, made the atmosphere during the concert was a bit cold. It did not help the beginning of the concert: surrounded by a generous amount of smoke, the Chicago trio stood in the middle of the scene, without moving much, but with an almost perfect visual effect. Unfortunately, the sound did not accompany the least for “Deficit”, which opened the concert, or during one of his major themes, “Carpe”, from their debut album. At times heavier and rhythmic everything sounded more or less, but when the thing was more atmospheric layers of guitar back unintelligible, and the battery was not too hard (much hype and little else). To my fellow sound technician, there was a problem with the “gates” of the battery, or not correctly configured, and opened with a much lower vibrations of the “coup”, which meant that it could be heard constant vibration of the battery, littering very sound.
This problem was fixing something as the concert progressed, but never got to be perfect, and I had a little trouble getting me. What is undeniable is that people have temazos to stop a train, and choosing the setlist was mostly very good. For its duration, only had time to play 9 songs, some of my favorites from the band, such as “309”, “Harper Lewis” (the time that I was getting closer to me in concert), “Geneva”, “Station” or “Mládek”, all you have guts to leave the ground, accompanied by “1777” and “Death Rides a Horse”, which used to close in September Everything was like a piece of music, as between subject and subject the noises continued, samplers and loops that are used widely throughout the concert. I like the layout of the battery, simple and plain, at the John Bonham. On one hand, the guitar that reminds a bit of Opeth singer, bassist and another with more hardcoretes combs, and also control a synthesizer.
Visually, the concert was perfect, with a manicured setting, and the play of light and smoke. The choice of songs too bright. But unfortunately, I did not thrill the concert. Maybe because I expected a lot, but I ended up putting in no time. And it’s a shame, because as I say, played a pilot temazos that besides love. At the end of the concert I was talking with some friends who have seen the pilot of times and they were in front. They said there had been the sound of the sea well. But perhaps it is true that it had not been the best concert they had seen her.
I would not say that either had a bad night. Maybe I was. The fact is that we did not finish Connection. We will do next time? The group like enough that there is a next time, so I’ll explain!