Tuesday, May 26, 2015

{RECAP} milky chance

TIOJ's Kentucky Correspondent Elizabeth checked out Milky Chance -- not long after we were able to catch up with them before their show at the 9:30 Club. Check out her thoughts below!

The first time I ever heard of Milky Chance was back in June of 2014 when “Stolen Dance” came on 91.9 WFPK here in Louisville (which is, by the way, the best radio station ever… but I digress). I instantly fell in love with the way they blended electronic beats with almost Spanish sounding guitar chords. Their album Sadnecessary has been on high repeat on my Spotify ever since. Needless to say, I was very excited to see what these guys would sound like in person. Clemens Rehbein (guitar, vocals) and Philipp Dausch (percussion, synth/turntables) make up the German duo, which also tours with an additional guitarist/harmonica player. They played earlier in May at Headliners in Louisville, a venue similar to 9:30 Club but smaller, for all of you DC folks out there.

The opening band for Milky Chance was FMLYBND, a self-described electronic grunge band out of Isla Vista in SoCal. I had never listened to them before seeing them live, which is honestly what I prefer to do a lot of the time with openers, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them.

They are one of those bands that clearly has a blast doing what they do and their cover of Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” blew me away. Their sound is unique to any bands I had heard before and was great live. I would definitely recommend seeing them if you have the chance.

Milky Chance took the stage after FMLYBND and put on a great show as well. Rehbein’s vocals were on point and it was fun seeing Dausch’s setup that included turntables, synth, electronic drum pad, and a few classic cymbals and drums, all played while standing up. Their live music had more of a world beat vibe and their additional touring guitarist also played harmonica on a few songs.

Both of these made for an interesting live show because it seemed to be more of a departure from the sound of the songs on their album and had a lighter electronic sound. Milky Chance was a fun band to see live and I would definitely see them again in the future!

Overall, this show experience was great. We also had a good time before the show and between sets playing the TIOJ classic game, “Drummer Or Roadie?”… it's pretty self-explanatory how you play and it can lead to some pretty amazing commentary. Enjoy!

Thanks so much to Ewee for her recap of Milky Chance!! Up next: a photo recap of Dave Matthews Band from Andrew M.!

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