A pretty interesting package of musicians and bands stopped at the 013 in Tilburg on this sunny summer evening in May. German post-rockers, or is it more prog rock, Long Distance Calling are on tour to promote their fabulous new album "Trips".
After having played several shows in Germany the band was supposed to play a show in Paris, followed by Tilburg and four UK gigs. Unfortunatelly the Paris show had to be cancelled due to technical problems with the tour bus, but luckily things could have been repaired and Long Distance Calling plus the support acts arrived in time at the great venue in Brabant.
Eventhough Long Distance Calling has been the main act, the evening started in one or another way with the presence of the band too. It was singer/guitarist Petter Carlsen, in the meantime also singer of the Long Distance Calling, who kicked-off this evening. It was a very silent and beautiful beginning of a great night. Carlsen filled the room with his voice and a gently singing guitar, playing some of the tunes of his solo material, partly with support from sixstringer David Jordan.
After having heard these silent tunes it was time for some more noisy stuff. And we could face a continuation of the Norwegian pattern since Rendezvous Point from Kristianstad, Norway was next. The five-piece played a set of appr. half an hour, a period that was full of energetic prog metal. The guys did a good job even though I must say that some of the material missed a bit of a flow. Anyhow, Rendezvous Point enjoyed the time being on stage, spread a good vibe and warmed-up the fans for the headliner: Long Distance Calling.
The guys from Muenster had a great start with the opener of their current album "Trips". "Getaway", the instrumental that perfectly combines 80's synth rock with modern post-rock, was well chosen. Even though more people could have joined the concert (all you guys who haven't been there missed something that night), there was an immediate high level of energy in the room since the fans got what they came for. It's Long Distance Calling's ability, by having many instrumentals in their setlist, showing all the musical virtuosity, while still keeping their live show (and records) exciting for a wider audience. The guys from Muenster are far away from endless solo escapades only showing what each of the musicians can do on their instruments. The guys embed their musical capabilities in songs that are complex and straight-forward, both in one.
The sound of the band got even more exciting by adding vocals to some of the tracks. This meant for the Tilburg-show another 'welcoming' to Petter Carlson. His interpretation of tunes like 'Rewind" and "Middleville" was fantastic and with the energy being included in these tracks they felt almost like a kind of counterpart to the silent sounds of Carlesen's solo performance. Not to forget that those moments have been the ones with three guitarists on stage, something that added to the density of Long Distance Calling's sound.
The band ignited a 90 minutes fireworks that was infectious and impressive. Massive riffs and a dense sound filled the 013, esp. when the guys started "Trauma" with this brutal Rammstein-like guitar sound. It was a pleasure to be part of this event. Fans have been very enthusiastic and it seemed like everybody, including myself, enjoyed every single minute of the show.
Long Distance Calling is one of these bands that merges complexity and 'easy to grasp' in an almost perfect way, something they have proven again in Tilburg on this summerly evening in May. And again, to all the ones who missed the show for whatever reason: Be there the next time when this quartert/quinet comes back the Holland.
- Arecibo (Long Distance Calling
- Invisible Giants
- Welcome Change
- Black Paper Planes
- The Very Last Day
- Metulsky Curse Revisited
- Beyond the Void (Encore)
Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands