Hooray, as a positive side effect of trading my noisy office for Claus’ desk in Berlin while my boss recovers from surgery, I got to see the wonderful Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, again! While the band looked a bit tired when we saw them at their gig in a tiny club in December, they were in much better shape this time around. And they were playing a much larger hall as well.
As a local radio station had apparently pushed the gig quite a bit, I was a bit scared we wouldn’t get tickets at first but a quick trip to a travel agency in the afternoon sorted that for good – tickets for myself, Jean and Thomas. When we arrived, their support band, Dr. Dog played. And while they looked a bit freaky at first – including all the key elements from freaky beards, to freaky woolen hats to insane sunglasses – they played really well. Good music. I really like support bands being good!
Then Clap Your Hands Say Yeah came on. They looked exactly like they did in December. The singer occasionally having the stare of the guy on Scrubs, the bassist/keyboarder looking quite similar to my friend Nico (haven’t seen him for a while) and being the only bandmember to smile while playing, the other bassist/keyboarder and guitarists looking rather similar (and like one of the cooks in I Kina Spiser de Hunde) and the drummer wore a T-Shirt which was quite cool (but the words on which I forgot).
Oh, and they played their music. They did so much more energetically than the other time and it was fantastic. The fact that we easily ended up enjoying the show in the second row only helped that. And the fact that the crowd was in a good mood to go with the music this time helped even more. And the fact that the crowd absolutely loved my favourite song,
Child Stars Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood topped things off. They also played a few songs which aren’t on the album, including Satan Said Dance which I already enjoyed in December and some Dylan or very Dylanesque song they played together with Dr. Dog in their final encore. A great way to end a gig.
It seemed that everybody enjoyed the gig very much. Me and my friends did for sure. So off we went to buy some T-Shirts, record for those who hadn’t got it and so on. And then when I picked up my coat, my friends spontaneously decided to get the LP autographed by the band and quite simply walked backstage tracking half of the band down and then finding the rest in other places in the club. They were very relaxed and cool and I still hate my friends for just doing this without me…
i noticed the drummer’s t-shirt too, it said “nuh uh”. it really was a deadly gig. hooray!
Thanks for the nuh uh reminder.
A fantastic gig indeed!