It felt it had been quite some time since I last had the chance to get out of my everyday grind and just attend a show somewhere. But now that I flip through the entries of this page I am suddenly aware that it hasn’t been as long as I had expected. Only three months? It felt like forever. There are just so many, what I would call, missed chances. Concerts I couldn’t go to, because they took place during the week and my work wouldn’t allow me to be out late. This one however had two reasons why I had to be there. No actually three. First, it was on a Friday evening. Second, my work schedule for the week allowed me to get enough sleep to reallz enjoy this. And third, since my ex-band was playing a hometown show I figured I just had to go.
Getting to the venue had the feeling of making a long trip to a foreign country. It’s just funny how, when you live in the city, when you’re busy you just don’t go to certain places. In my case I hadn’t crossed the river to the eastern part of Cologne in quite some time. So many new sights, it felt like a vacation, really.
Now I vaguely remember going to a show of This Will Destroy You in late 2009 (or was it 2008) and that concert being absolutely packed. That might have been because it was presented by some boring but big music magazine, but the show itself was fantastic. So I was quite surprised by the turnout at the “Gebäude 9”. Only a few people lingered outside. Okay, it was still early, but I had expected a bit more. Arktika started at around 9 pm and it’s great to see the guys moving on without me. Which I had no doubt they would, but it’s nice to know there weren’t any problems involved. They found a replacement for me instantly and everything worked out well. Standing up front the sound wasn’t as great so I went back to get some beer and just so happened to strand outside getting caught up in a conversation with a just-turned-18 student who tried to convince me he already took heroin. Well, I guess at some point you just get out of touch with the next generation. The other people turned out to be Americans to whom I had to explain that the Cologne cathedral was only finshed roughly 140 years ago. I always like the look of people when they find out about that.
This Will Destroy You weren’t the band I expected. I had been warned that with their new record, which I don’t own (yet) that their sound moved on from your normal but great soundscape instrumental shoegaze post-rock to a rather experimental sound collage noise and that was exactly what they presented. I didn’t go up front but instead listened from afar, but it was pretty much telling it all when Jürgen, Arktika‘s drummer, came out and just shook his head saying “I can’t stand this, they’ve been playing for 20 minutes now and they still haven’t used the drumset”. I had to agree, but what I was able to catch up outside sounded interesting enough to check out their new recording.
So what made this an enjoyable evening wasn’t so much the music, but seeing familiar faces again. At some point, I guess, things that used to be routine stuff just become highly enjoyable again, when you just don’t do them as often as you used to.