Saint Vitus @ Loppen, København (DK)

SAINT VITUS / MOS GENERATOR

Date: 28th March, 2013
Venue: Loppen
Ticket: 140DKK (€19 /$24)
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Photos: Erika Wallberg


It’s always exciting to visit the infamous Christiania in Copenhagen, the area celebrates 40 years in business this year and even if it is more tidy these days, the Hippie era can absolutely still be felt in the neighborhood. This was only my second visit to the (in)famous Loppen and the first time watching both MOS GENERATOR and SAINT VITUS.

The place was still filling up when MOS GENRATOR entered the stage but the area right in front of the stage filled at least fairly fast. And I would like to give MOS GENERATOR credit for that. It is quite rare that bands playing a mix of Stoner and Rock ’n’ Roll shows up with the skills and drive MOS GENERATOR did. I would place MOS GENERATOR’s music in the middle of the “Deliverance” era of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, a bit of real old School as CREAM and a bit of desert Rock in the veins of KYUSS. However, it appeared heavier live than on the record and that’s only a benefit for me. And MOS GENERATOR were very impressive live and the musicianship of the trio was phenomenal: Rock hard drums, a bass that fills the void of the rhythm guitars during the solos, and I should not forget that Tony Reed’s awesome bluesy guitar playing.

What I really liked was the variances in MOS GENERATORS music; it was all from full speed ahead to more slow-groove “Lonely One Kenobi” for example. Unfortunately I forgotten the title of most tracks but towards the end of the show someone in the crowd shouted Long JamTony replied “you never know, it might be one of those nights”. And of course the wish was fulfilled. The coming song was ended with a very intensive instrumental part. And a band that pulls something like this off, how can that fail! Not in my world. MOS GENERATOR ended their set with the great “This Is The Gift Of Nature”. Even if it probably isn’t much new about this band’s music, they sure are special because there are not many bands in this genre who pulls off filth and skills at the same time.

MOS GENERATOR

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I actually thought SAINT VITUS would have it hard to top what MOS GENERATOR did on stage. But sometimes magic happens and anything a band does will be just awesome. I must say it felt that MOS GENERATOR worked harder to get the crowd going than SAINT VITUS but of course, SAINT VITUS have their history to rely on. At this point the stage are was completely packed and people really went nuts as soon as the first note sounded out of Dave Chandler’s guitar. At first Dave seemed a bit pissed off, mainly just stomping around at his spot of the stage. Right after the amazing “Look Behind You” he suddenly seemed to wake up, took on the microphone and introduced SAINT VITUS latest release “Lillie: F65” and the opening track of the same, “Let Them Fall”. Even if the concert was very good up until now, this was still a turn for something even better.

It’s very fascinating to experience an event like this one. Frankly, SAINT VITUS’ music is fairly simple but the groove was still really good due to, of course, Henry Vasquez who’s a very dynamic and powerful drummer, but also due to bass player Mark Adams. And of course, there’s some sort of magic around Wino; he really doesn’t have to do much to be really cool. And this is the magic, when you’ve reached the status where you don’t have to do very much but still generate this drive and intensity. And the show actually caught up in intensity the longer in it went. From “Waste Of Time” and “White Stallion” and on, everything just went step by step upwards for each song.

SAINT VITUS ended their main set with “Thirsty And Miserable” and after a very short break, Henry the drummer came back on stage and introduced the band while they were walking back up. Wino was introduced as the ‘Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla’ and looked, either a little bother or amused by the label, but he was smiling at least. SAINT VITUS offered two more songs that evening; first was the fantastic “Dying Inside” and for me this was the jewel of the show. I really love this track and to get it straight in your face (again, no 105dB limit in Denmark) was great. Then, “Born To Late” ended the show. It is very rare when I actually get more energy to see a band play. But this really was one of those moments.

So, with two fantastic bands on stage this really was a great evening. I never expected it to be this good but I think this will be hard to beat in the future.

SAINT VITUS setlist:

01. “Blessed Night”
02. “I Bleed Black”
03. “War Is Our Destiny”
04. “Look Behind You”
05. “Let Them Fall”
06. “The Bleeding Ground”
07. “Patra (Petra)”
08. “The Troll”
09. “Waste Of Time”
10. “White Stallions”
11. “Thirsty And Miserable”
12. “Dying Inside”
13. “Born Too Late”

SAINT VITUS

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