Like last autumn, Emma Ruth Rundle has embarked on a European tour with her full band, and this was to be her last in support of her most recent album On Dark Horses before heading to the studio. Unlike last fall though, she didn’t make a stop in Copenhagen, but no matter – here’s a special edition gallery from her show in Vienna at Arena:
She ends this tour tomorrow in Karlsruhe, Germany and will be opening for Cult of Luna along with Intronaut on a run of dates in February and March in North America. Here’s to hoping she’ll be back on the continent next year in support of the new album.
Deafheaven once again paid a visit to Copenhagen in late September, this time as part of a co-headlining tour with Touche Amore. New songs – “Black Brick” and “Deflector,” respectively – highlighted both bands’ energetic sets. Here’s what it looked like:
The tour will conclude in Porto on 13 October. Deafheaven will continue on to Asia for an eight-show run in November, while Touche Amore will embark on a month-long tour of the US with La Dispute in November and December. Special thanks to Deafheaven’s PR team for the chance to photograph the show.
The gallery from Deafheaven’s show in Copenhagen last year can be found here.
Uniform played a solo show in Malmo, Sweden last week, and I made the journey across the Oresund bridge to photograph them. Here’s the gallery:
Uniform released their most recent album The Long Walk last summer and will follow up their current European tour with a North American tour in August and September.
Jaye Jayle returned to Copenhagen to perform a solo show at Loppen this past weekend. Here’s the gallery from their Easter Sunday performance:
Their second album, No Trail and Other Unholy Paths
, was released last year. Their European tour wraps up on May 4th.
Surfbort took the stage at Huset a couple of weeks ago with support from local bands Angry Skeletons and Girlcrush. Here’s what it looked like:
Surfbort will be back in Europe this summer. Thanks to their PR for letting me photograph the show.
Back in December I headed over to London to catch Iceage’s last show of 2018, which also included a spate of talented opening acts. Here’s what it looked like:
I also had the chance to hold a short conversation with Iceage’s scenographers Dicki Lakha and Christian Friedlander after the show:
Tell me about the backdrop.
DL: It’s a reference to the album cover. I tried to make an effect almost like a mirror with the shiny silver background, and then it’s fluid latex on top that is colored with liquid colors
Why fluid latex?
DL: I was working with fluid latex on another project and I was really in love with the material. It’s like skin. From afar it’s not that evident, but it has this nice effect of something more organic and tactile and layered rather than printed. I felt personally that fluid latex has this human body-like quality. This was also kind of a test because we didn’t know exactly what the venue was like and we had to fit everything in our luggage.
CF: The band had a lot of trust to say, “you do whatever, we trust you.” The curtains are old curtains from the royal theater in Copenhagen, so they’re actually from the 50’s and 60’s and we used them for something totally different. I originally did textile design before doing stage design so it’s an old love to work with textiles. It seems that working with textiles can give a contrast to this kind of music. The band is very theatrical. They’re not afraid of theater, they know theater, all their parents come from theater – they’re actors and such – so it’s probably the most theatrically-aware band that I know. They’re quite open to this and they know what we do, and it’s nice to have a project that’s ongoing, because we’ve been doing a lot of experimentation with stuff that is specifically made for them. I think the next show in Copenhagen will be more like this. But it’s incredible that this curtain with the logo, it’s made from material that’s 50, 60 years old and it’s lasted 140 concerts.
That is pretty impressive.
CF: It’s pretty impressive. They had plenty more stuff that they lost along the tour. But it’s the perfect band to work with.
Iceage are playing their hometown Copenhagen once again on 1 March at Vega.
I headed down to Berlin to catch Single Mothers on their latest tour of Europe in support of Drug Church. Here’s the gallery:
The band released their surprise third LP Through A Wall in September of last year. They will next go on a headlining tour of the US in March and will return to Europe in July on a run of dates that will include a performance as part of the 2000trees Festival in the UK.