Neubauten, Fryshuset, Stockholm - March 20, 2004
and photos by: Karin Martinsson
Bargeld was in top-shape, a dildo was used as an extra guitar-effect and
the stage was crowded with home-made instruments in true Neubauten-style.
But still there was something missing, and the band did never really get
any contact with the 1 500 strong audience.
How come? It is difficult to tell,
but I think that many in the audience,
myself included, was hoping for some
sort of balance between new and old
pieces. And that is not too much to
ask for from a band that has been
active for almost 25 years and that
doesn't tour each and every year.
But of course their new album just
A bare-foot Blixa and his band-members
did their very best to flirt with
the audience. Blixa is one of the
most chatty singers I have seen on
an "industrial" stage, sharing
anecdotes and talking about the sound
problems some of the instruments (based
on two compressors and some pipes)
created. And then we had Blixa’s
screams every now and then, which
probably can wake up the dead.
Still, I have to say that Einstürzende Neubauten is a band that should
be enjoyed live. There is always something going on on stage, like a dildo
giving a sound-effect to the guitar strings and a man running around on
the stage with empty oil-thumps.
And of course there were some moments
when I was in the heaven that only
Neubauten can create; take for instance
the song “Die Befindlichkeit
des Landes” from the record
“Silence Is Sexy”. With
heavy bass and a theatrical performance
with a lot of planted silence it really
made me shiver with pleasure. The
same with “Haus der Lüge”,
which was played in the middle.
Otherwise, to a great extent, the
playlist consisted of songs from the
latest albums. I would also like to
thank the band for two extra-extra
numbers. They discovered that they
actually had a fewminutes left before
they had to leave stage – and
we got to hear “Alles”,
one of my personal favourites, as
those of you not present – don't cry. The spectacle was legally
recorded and a number of records were on sale immediately after the concert.