Yesterday I went to see Kylesa and Torche at the Hafenklang club down at the Elbe river. The weather was awesome and the summer air so pleasant outside, people gathering in the streets by the river chillin'...time to take a sonic beating in a weed-ridden club that the crowd turned into a sauna in no time. It was well worth it. Having seen Torche last year already (then still a 4 piece, now down to a trio) and having experienced first harnd that 'veeeery loud' is not equal to 'veeeeery good' I got suspicious at the entrance where free earplugs were offered. It turned out I got scared for no reason, the sound was good and not too loud. First band of the evening was 'Shitstorm', some grind outfit, mainly consistsing of 2/3 Torche and I think someone from Kylesa too. Seemed like a not-too-serious fun project of those guys, although they even have records out.
Torche (Torche MySpace) played a great set, and they enjoyed themselves big time, much better than the last time I saw them. The 2nd guitar was not missed in the live setting, and the band was really tight. Often only known for their slow and sludgy side they showed they can also play fast and furious.
Kylesa (Kylesa MySpace) headlined, and the sound became a bit more muddy, partially attributed to the addition of a 2nd guitar and the full 2nd drumset to the PA sound...anyway, after the more straight riff oriented rock of Torche, the more doomy and sometimes even prog-rock like songs were less accessible, at least to someone who is unfamiliar with their output. It was a pleasure to watch and I don't mean just their guitarist Laura. She's a phenomenon, I have no clue how she can outscream her fellow frontmen...including growls that make your toenails curl up. With excitement, let me add that. I found a good picture of her rocking:
I would have included pictures of her bandmates too, but they are just not half as sightly...sorry guys. They played a good mixture from their last album and older stuff, one of the encores was Pink Floyd's Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.
Anyway, a great evening and a great band combination, go see them if you have the chance.