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Gazpacho & Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Saturday, 12th April 2014
De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, the Netherlands

Article, Video and Photos By André de Boer

Gazpacho & Se Delan

Monday, 14th April 2014
Leamington Spa Assembly, the UK

Article By Roger Trenwith and Photos By Bart-Jan van der Vorst

De Boerderij, Zoetermeer

Two years after the previous Gazpacho concert and the accompanying quadruple two-country concert review, a new album by the name of Demon recently got released with a fivefold album review, including a 10 out of 10 rating. These facts certainly raised expectations for this night…

Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Kristoffer moved from Sweden to Holland in 2003. Tonight he amazed us with his supporting act in several ways. The tranquillity and serenity of his songs and his show of course. But also mastering a flawless Dutch pronunciation and way of speech. Plus a great sense of humour. Add to this his sedate play and seamless cooperation with his three band members. And let us not forget the fact that he does all of this being a former band member of Pain of Salvation and being the younger brother of Daniel; used to play music from a slightly different corner of the progressive spectrum.

This was a high class performance and the utter silence of the audience during his songs proved that. A really impressive set.

Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Two of his little jokes are unforgettable. After some extremely quiet and meandering songs Kristoffer announces “the next song is a little more quiet”. When he announces the last song Rust and someone in the crowd yells “YAY!!” he replies with “I have a fan!”. Absolutely fitting the atmosphere of his great show.

Setlist Kristoffer Gildenlöw
Living Soil
OverWinter
Believe
Take Me Home
Callout
Story Ends
Rust
 

Gazpacho

A huge applause fills the venue after the final notes of the complete two song version of Tick Tock fade away. From the stage this applause is answered by the words “This is why I call this home”. The bond between the band and the visitors of de Boerderij has grown over the years and the knot has been tied together even more now, solely by this start of the show.

Gazpacho

After Ghost and Vulture Gazpacho plays Golem. Now Golem is a song with a meaning to me. It sort of ended their former sound that we got used and addicted to. Golem was the song on their penultimate album March Of Ghosts that marked a change, a switch to a new direction without losing their brilliant magic. A direction that is beautifully and masterly implemented on the new album Demon of which Gazpacho presented the first three tracks live consecutively, directly following Golem. No better way to enchant an audience. Chosen with care and performed that sensitive that the sequence nailed every soul present to the floor for over twenty minutes.

Taste the atmosphere yourself with this live impression video:

Without addressing band members separately, they all played more than perfect, the band must has reached its upper limits. Guitars, bass, drums, violin, keys, vocals. I can’t imagine Gazpacho playing more pervasive than this.

To finish off the set, after a number of great songs from yesteryears including the lovely Vera, Gazpacho threw in two encores with no less than three great songs. What a night, what a show, what a source of emotion, what craftsmanship, what a lot of love. There best performance ever. Tops and awe, grasping for breath with a smile from ear to ear. All around.

Gazpacho

Setlist Gazpacho
Death Room Intro
Tick Tock, Part 1
Tick Tock, Part 2
Ghost
Vulture
Golem
I've Been Walking
The Wizard of Altai Mountains
I've Been Walking (Part 2)
Winter Is Never
Dingler's Horses
Splendid Isolation
Black Lily
Vera

Upside Down
Massive Illusion

Mary Celeste
 

Leamington Spa Assembly

It has been a while since I last went to a gig on a Monday night, and the rather low turnout underlined why Mondays are not the best of nights for going out. Those who did not, or for whatever reason, could not attend this concert at this rather charming venue missed a bit of a treat.

Se Delan

First up are Se Delan, who on record are a duo comprising multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves of Crippled Black Phoenix fame, and Swedish singer Belinda Kordic, who has previously recorded as Killing Mood. On their recently released album The Fall they were joined by some of the musicians on stage tonight.

Se Delan

From left to right we have Kostas Panagiotou (out of shot, on keyboards), Justin, Belinda, Rob Al-Issa, George Heslop, and Chrissie Caulfield. Together they make a rather fine primal post-rock-Gothic noise, and the live setting shows more than a hint of Krautrock which did not seem apparent on the album, especially on The Hunt where Belinda’s declamations mix Renate Knaup and PJ Harvey.

Demure, but with a knowing eye, Belinda is a captivating stage presence, and Justin looks like a grizzled rock veteran although he tells me he likes kittens. The band get into the groove remarkably quickly considering this is their first ever gig, and leave the stage with the sparse audience wanting more. A fine start to splendid evening, and I have to say that in my many years of gig going I have never understood the punter who sits out the support act in the bar, or simply turns up late, just to see the headliners. The sizeable proportion of tonight’s audience who did just that missed out on a treat. Oh well, it’s their loss.

Setlist Se Delan
Intro
Chasing Changes
Little One
Today
Tonight
The Hunt
Dirge
On My Way
Lost Never Found
 

Gazpacho

After a short interval Gazpacho stroll out to a rousing reception from the now swelled crowd, who probably numbered somewhere between 150 and 200 in a venue that could easily hold three times that number. What we lacked in bodies we made up for in noise! The band launch straight into Tick Tock, and commence a set covering six albums, going back to 2005’s Firebird. I am not familiar with that latter album, which was represented by the second song Vulture and therefore was the only song in the setlist I’d not heard before.

One of the many things that lift this band well above the ordinary is Jan-Henrik Ohme’s fragile yet powerful vocals, and he was on good form tonight. The instrumentation adds colour and the solos are short and to the point.

Gazpacho

The new album Demon was showcased in the middle of the set, and live the already powerful narrative imagery these songs conjure is given extra levels of intensity. Perhaps I should have expected it, but the folky accordion jig in the middle of The Wizard Of Altai Mountains played on the album by Stian Cartensen was courtesy of a laptop hard drive, but any disappointment was quickly glossed over by Mikael Krømer’s evocative violin playing. Mikael is another aspect of this band that makes it stand out. His talent on the violin is there for all to see, and he switched between that, an electric mandolin and second electric guitar with an easy confidence.

I’ve Been Walking- Part 2 is my favourite song from Demon at the moment, and it is revealing new layers each time I hear it. Live it blossoms like a flower suddenly finding sun. This is Gazpacho, so obviously it is a black sun, under “a sycamore tree, as sick as can be”! The instrumentation in this song takes the band to another level, and it is only after seeing it played out in front of me that I now fully realise the skill in arrangement these unassuming chaps have.

Gazpacho

Lurking at the back of the stage is Viking warrior Kristian Torp on bass, and his partner in rhythm Lars Erik Asp on the drums. The bass is an ever present powerful rumble and Lars’ drumming is economic and nailed right down. Although he fell over his intro to Black Lily, much to the amusement of us all, including his band mates, guitarist Jon-Arne Vilbo had already made up for it elsewhere with some fine understated soloing.

Gazpacho

This last song is also another chance for Mikael to show his skill with a violin bow, joined by some fine ivory tinkling from Thomas Andersen. His other keyboard textures are the icing on the cake of this thoroughly enjoyable band. Thomas has been keeping a tour diary on the band’s Facebook page which allows us mere mortals a glimpse into life on the road, and it makes for fun reading.

Although this gig was in effect a warm up for the following night’s showcase in London, the few of us who turned up were nonetheless treated to a splendid performance.

Setlist Gazpacho
Tick Tock I & II
Vulture
Golem
I’ve Been Walking Part 1
The Wizard Of Altai Mountains
I’ve Been Walking Part 2
Winter Is Never
Splendid Isolation
Black Lily
Vera

Upside Down
Massive Illusion
Slideshow

Links
Gazpacho Official Website

Kristoffer Gildenlöw Official Website

Se Delan Official Website

Leamington Spa Assembly

De Boerderij

 


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