miss this one. After all, Cecilia::Eyes is a highly praised band on Merchants Of Air. Their 'Disappearance' album was one of the best records of 2014 and we had a very nice interview with them. So when I saw they were about to play in one of my favorite venues, Trix, I couldn't resist. I jumped on the bus, along with my wife and a friend.
When we arrived at Trix, we noticed some young (and lesser young) girls, camping in front of the venue. From conversations in the café, we learned that they were there to see Indochine on Friday. However, they've been camping on the sidewalk for days, since Tuesday to be exact. Nobody seemed to know why. Indochine must still be a huge band.
Anyway, let's talk about The Scrap Dealers for a while because actually, they deserve it. I never heard of this band before but, as you might know, I always try to see the support act(s) and I think more people should do that. It's a sign of respect towards the artists and it might be a pleasant discovery.
That is exactly what The Scrap Dealers were, a pleasant surprise. These youngsters from
Liège (Belgium) can be described as a shoegaze band at first, because that's what they were doing during the opening song, gazing at their shoes. Maybe they were a bit nervous but it was pretty funny to witness that.
Cecilia::Eyes did exactly what I suspected, enchant. As I said in the opening paragraph, I haven't been to concerts in a while. One of the reasons is that I missed the 'kick' that I used to get when I watched a band. This is partially because our government wants to regulate everything towards absolute dullness, resulting in low volume and well, a smell of fresh air on an indoor rock concert. These should smell like sweat, beer and smoke. However, I'm rambling again. Cecilia::Eyes brought the kick back, in full force.
The band opened with 'Default Descent', immediately followed by 'Lord Howe Rise'. This set the tone for what was about to become an awesome concert. The post-rock these guys create works perfectly on stage. As their dreamy sounds filled the bar, more and more people were coming in to take a look at what was happening one stage. And there was indeed something to see. At times, they incorporated a little show-element, which was pretty cool. Often post-rock shows can be static but here you could feel the pleasure and intensity they played with.