On October 29th, I watched Austra live in Heimathafen Neukölln. Both of their 2-nights-in-a-row Berlin gigs were ‘ausverkauft’, i mean sold-out! Doesn’t take a genius to guess that they are much anticipated here.
I watched my beloved Austra in March at SXSW, where there’s no adaquate backline and the atmosphere itself is ‘soulles’ so that one doesn’t count. This time it’s going to be right. So I came early and find a good spot on the front row.
Before Austra, the Parisienne electro-duo Opale, consisting of two skinny brunette girls was on the stage. They performed with their electronical stuff, synth, base guitar and voice in front of the crowd who was there for Austra and to be honest they had this “we’re on the stage for the first time in our lives and we hate it” look on their faces. Their performance lasted about 30 minutes and even though I actually liked the music and though they would look on the stage, I didn’t enjoyed their performance at all. I even didn’t take any pictures of them becuase they weren’t interacting at all. They were very introvert (not in a good sense) and their body language said ‘we don’t know what we’re doing up there’. All the audience felt was ‘something might go wrong’ and we were tense. Maybe it’s because they’re a newly formed band and they have the heavy burden of touring with such a great band like Austra, I really don’t know.
You might stream their debut album L’incandescent on Deezer. I actually think it’s good! But as I said, the performance was quite boring.
After the 30 minute opening act and a quick set change the very much anticipated Austra were finally on stage. Katie, who named the band after her middle-name went in front of the keys and mic with her platform shoes vintage dress.
Dorian, quite cosy with his torn tanktop and workout trousers, took his base guitar, Maya sat in front of the drums with her white glasses and beautiful Ryan, who accompanies the bands at live acts, went behind the table with socks on his feet, neon hot-pants, really blonde short hair and wearing lipstick and they began performing.
Besides their uniqe-selves and their attitude, half-transparent paper japanese umbrellas, lit by colorful lights were part of their stage decor.I always had a thing for bands from Canada and Austra has been one of the reasons of this special interest of mine.You really should check out Austra if you’re in to electronic and vocal music. They are a good example of their genre: http://www.deezer.com/artist/984734
Katie’s unique voice and singing, where you can tell her opera-background and love of classical music, moves you and takes you beyond of just dancing to good beat. It actually makes you close your eyes and dream of other worlds, with goosebumps.
As the audience most of us were focused on the stage more than dancing, until ‘Lose it’. Then we lost it. They performed Beat & The Pulse right afterwards -which is a very special song to me- and went off the stage. Of course noone had enogh and we clapped hard for 2 encores!
Austra took its place among the bands I love even more after seeing them live. One of the most important reasons for that is the combination of live acoustic drums with electronical music. Most of the audience kept their eyes on Katie and Ryan but I couldn’t keep my eyes off Maya, who was amazingly good. She’s my new idol now.
The reason that the performance was more ‘alive’ than the records itself and had soul for me was Maya’s touche and her beautifully toned kick, snare and symballs.
They didn’t left audience’s cheers unretured and went back on stage 2 times and ended their 2 nights in a row sold-out Berlin performances. They will be performing in my hometown İstanbul at a very beautiful venue, Salon IKSV, make sure you get to see them if you’re in town. http://www.saloniksv.com/tr/etkinlik/365/austra
foals @ huxley’s neue welt, berlin
foals @ huxley’s neue welt, berlin
On October 29th, I watched Austra live in Heimathafen Neukölln. Both of their 2-nights-in-a-row Berlin gigs were ‘ausverkauft’, i mean sold-out! Doesn’t take a genius to guess that they are...