v1.0 - festival at Kolingsborg, Stockholm - March 12, 2004
weekend we saw the birth of a new festival here in Stockholm. Static is
an indoor one-day festival with a focus on synthpop.
I arrived just in time to see Moulin Noir climb the tiny second stage.
I haven’t heard much of his material before, but Anders Wikholm
did a very good job backed by members of Run Level Zero and Malaise. The
new songs he performed sounded promising, and made the crowd – albeit
small – get into it. After
visiting the bar to get myself some much-needed fluid, Alice In Videoland
was hitting the main stage. As usual they made a fun show, with lots of
action. Toril is a terrific front woman.
There was a bit of confusion with the schedule, since it had been changed
recently before the event, and I really can’t understand why there
never are any schedules to read at indoor festivals? Just print out some
big A3 posters, and put them where people can see them. Anyway, I found
Universal Poplab playing at the small stage, and their cute synthpop seemed
to work for the audience. They’re so sweet they even handed out
Statemachine played a solid set, and I must say that their version of
“Paint It Black” works wonders live. No surprises though,
as the Stockholm dark synthpop band played a lot of songs from their latest
album. After this, the shock of the night was about to take place. Mobile
Homes was supposed to play at the small stage, but instead we got an all-electronic
set with unknown songs. It sounded very Kraftwerkish, but with a more
techno ambient flavour to it. Very nice indeed. Afterwards, I learned
this was their new electronic side project Sapporo '72! After the mediocre
Mobile Homes guitar pop EP last fall, this initiative is welcomed.
Nasa is a Swedish pop band that was in the charts in the eighties, but
their comeback album “Remembering the Future” was certainly
not a big hit. They played live here for the first time in five years,
and I really must say they’re not my cup of tea. The programming
skills of the two members are incredible, but where are the songs? The
singing sounded really bad on occasion as well, adding to further disappointment.
I was swept away by a friend to the small stage instead, where Code 64
was playing. They are newcomers and play… well, futurepop, I guess.
For such a new band, they have a great stage presence, and the crowd was
wild. Their catchy songs raised the temperature in the room, making it
a sauna-like experience.
the moment we had all been waiting for was at hand. Karl Bartos entered
the main stage to much rejoicing, and played a long list of Kraftwerk
hits mixed with solo material. He focused on the poppier numbers, and
kept them pretty short. The crowd couldn’t get enough, and even
though the three people on stage didn’t do much, it was a great
between the live acts, several DJ’s played, including Client A and
Client B from Client. The two cute girls seemed to have a lot of fun playing
music, dancing around in the booth, and they had a very nice play list.
I need to do some research and find out exactly what they were playing.
I was a bit apprehensive about a festival at the Kolingsborg venue, since
it’s not that big, and the PA:s are usually poor. There were some
audio problems this night too, but it all went pretty well, and I hope
this will become a yearly event for us synthpop fans.