Hey dear music friends!
As you might have already noticed, last night was rockbladet’s anniversary party here in Stockholm in Göta Källare. We have been so many times on that venue for so many different music events. The bands that performed live were Grand Theft Culture, Smash Into Pieces and Corroded.
Smash Into Pieces
Smash into pieces is a band that we have seen twice live before, one of which was acoustic. If we could describe their music in a few words would be a rich combination of Daughtry, Shinedown, Lifehouse and 3 Doors down. I really enjoy listening to it mostly because it hides behind it this bittersweet feeling that I had through all my childhood.
There is only this thing every time we are in a live performance. You could say that most people are there to party and have a good time. We on the contrary are there for a completely different reason. We are always analyzing, exploring, observing . This is just how some minds are when it comes to music. We are constantly searching for new music sources to fill our Spotify lists as a way to keep us company through the every day reality.
And then there is this two element piece each time we watch a band live and the analyzing thoughts start hitting us hard; on the one hand you record your music, which allows you to edit it and produce it just the way you want it to. But on the other hand there is the live performances as well. It is the way to communicate with people and also the way to show your raw talent. When it is you, your band and your microphone up in there. A way to really express your true talent. Now if to some people the live performances don’t really play a crucial musical part, I would say that it can mostly be the only way to show off what you truly have in your sleeve. Each live performance can be phenomenal, or completely uninteresting. I would only add to this that it is your job as an artist or an entertainer to shine the light to it in the way you want to. If you find it correct to play your music playback and lip-sync, I will respect your vision. But this wouldn’t mean that I would support it as well.
All of this prologue comes down to a couple of things that we observed as Smash into pieces were taking off the scene; This time their performance was completely different than the last time we saw them on the exact same place. If you pay close attention to the pictures below, you will see that their performance is richer than the last time. There is more concept and more elements into it. First of all, you can clearly see the “Apocalypse DJ” on the back of the scene with a light mask on. I can assume that the S-I-P on his face is the band’s logo and it stands for S-mash I-nto P-ieces. Then there is the background graphic instillations as a front part of the Dj’s set, which was not an electronic set, but a drums’ set. You can see their logo on the screens on the right and the left of the scene, and lastly there was this thing that completely confused us. Having seen bands before performing live and putting electronic elements on their music with the special effects, but this time there was something about the sound that I particularly didn’t like nor understood. It felt at some point that the music was both being played playback from the Dj and also live from them. Another fact that caught my attention, is the fact that each time a song finished, their performance and the dj’s performance did not finish at the same time, something that made me think twice and wonder, were they really performing live? And one last thing, when Elize Ryd was on stage with them, it really sounded like they were singing on a song that was already being played from the speakers. I may be completely wrong on this one, but there were a couple of things that made me think twice. Such as the fact at some point at the end of a couple of songs there was still a guitar sound floating in the air and their hands were not up on their guitars playing. Having been around live music for more than four years now and having observed so many live acts, I think that we all can agree on the fact that at the end of the day, you don’t need to be an expert to understand or trust your ears.
Lastly, some could say that they lost the game somewhere at the execution of their idea and concept. Initially there are five band members, two guitar players, a bass player, a vocalist and a drummer. On the new concept, the drummer is the Apocalypse Dj, who is on the highest part of the scene, almost like you see a dj on an electronic set, then there is the graphic elements right in front of his set, which at some point were also playing parts of the band’s videos. Then there is the two guitar players, the bass player and the vocalist, and then there was also another DJ, with a macbook on the right of the scene where there was not really any lights, yet you could say that he stepped out of a House music dj set. Maybe there was too much going on on the scene and they made it kind of hard for the audience to keep up with what was going on. One part was the live performance, then there was the Apocalypse Dj, to whom they bowed to when they finished their act, (obviously a part of the new creative concept), then there were parts of their videos already being played on the graphics, then the band itself right in front of you, their logo and name on two other parts of the scene, and also another dj on the right of the scene.
I liked the idea of combining the DJ element into a rock-considered band, but to me, they missed the point somewhere at the follow-through of their performance creation. There is always of course space for improvement.
Feel free to take a look on the live pictures below and also feel free to let us know what you think about their performance if you were there, or their music in general if you support their work. 🙂
Corroded is a band that we had never seen live before. Last night they were the last band to perform in this beautifully made rock and roll anniversary party. If we could describe their music in a few lines it would be a full edgy pure hard rock sound. Elements of bands such as Metallica, maybe ACDC and/or Slayer.
When they came up on stage you could instantly realize that their music is going to shut the place down. I actually believe that they are much better live than any recorded song version you can find on Spotify.
Their streams there have quite a remarkable number, yet only very few of them are new material. Watching them perform live and with their fashion sense, made me think a lot like I was part of a Sons of Anarchy episode and all that there was missing was a couple of Electra Glide Harley Davidsons to complete the whole mood.
The only thing that probably shouldn’t have happened during their performance was this girl that felt like she should get up on scene with them while they were playing, push through them and not want to get off of it. A guy who was probably a technician kindly took her by the hand and pulled her down, yet this didn’t stop her and she jumped on the stage twice, while the second time didn’t even care that there were people on it who were actually performing, and she harshly pushed the guitar player named Tomas, because she felt that she wanted to crowd- swim. The technician guy tried to stop her but she didn’t even look at him and her friends actually applauded her while she jumped and crowd-swimmed. Extremely rude to interrupt a band like this when they are playing live right in front of you because you are so wasted, you don’t really understand what is happening right in front of your eyes. Some people might call it the beauty of a rock show. I would say, if we only tried a little bit to be kind to one another and especially to people who are creating a spectacle in front of you, our world would be a better place.
Feel free to take a look on the pictures below and let us know what you think about Corroded. 🙂
All in all, these were the impressions that last night left us with. At this point I really want to thank Jonas Lööw for allowing us in with our VIP passes and also for offering us tickets for our drinks.
Thank you Rockbladet and happy birthday! Many more years of rock news to come! 🙂
Have a great new week my friends, with lots of music! 🙂
Irene & Friends