Isn't it weird how three rather well known names, each within their own genre, still only manage to draw about a handful of audience members? Het Bos was far from filled, perhaps half full at best, for these three acts. Was it the great evening weather? Were there a lot of other things to do? Were these styles simply too far apart?
Author & Punisher
I remember thinking, "He can use some help with songwriting". With that I mean, Author & Punisher is awesome, perhaps one of the most unique and captivating acts in the slow and heavy regions, but today his songs sound like lengthy experimentations with his machines. That sound is massive but perhaps it would be cool to do a cover or something. Imagine Author & Punisher performing a Type O Negative song, that would be the coolest thing ever. Anyway, I'm just complaining because I'm angry. Early into the gig, a sharp pain in my right foot appeared and threatened to shorten my evening. It wouldn't go away and it made standing up increasingly annoying. So I decided to enjoy the rest of this gig sitting on the bench. The short version is: this was fucking awesome. All hails to Author & Punisher.
Crash Course In Science
I'll let you in on a little secret. Somewhere in the next few days I'm publishing my review for the new Lords Of Acid album. It's not a bad album but everything I heard from Crash Course In Science was better than everything on that Lords Of Acid CD. This was absolute fun. It felt like the eighties (frankly, it looked like the eighties too, but let's not complain about that). I mean, I enjoyed this gig more than the previous two, and those were already close to "gigfection".
Yet, still, that damned foot eventually made me decide to take the shortest route home, which is a nearby tram. So after shaking a bit of butt on 'Cardboard Lamb' I left the building with both a painful grin and a bright smile on my face. It must have looked weird, judging from the looks on passersby's faces. Next time, I'll leave my foot at home and dance the night away with this massively enjoyable act and with DJ Borg.