London ICA (12 days ago)
Brussels-London: 2×370km on the Eurostar
This was 12 days ago already, memories aren’t as fresh as they should, but still… Two goodies first: the totally brilliant cover of Assault on Magnus, and the great, noisy Sun Ra.
Took the train in Brussels at 17.01, arrived in London just 1h30 later, got lost on the way to the Generator (cool industrial hostel), had to take a shower and change shirts because once there, I realised my stupid cat had pissed on my laptop backpack, so that the ugly smell I’d noticed before was, well, me. Which means I arrived at the ICA during Cold Sun, having missed Pocket Revolution. That felt a little weird, a bit like popping by to see old friends playing - a delusional impression, as I’m just a crazy fan
ICA: cool venue. It’s located on the Mall, next to Trafalgar Square, in that big Victorian building that connects to the arch in front of the Nelson Column. Not the highly modern building I’d been expecting from an “institute of contemporary arts”. The concert room itself was small, I’d say it could hold 600 people, and despite being sold out, there was plenty of room to stand comfortably. The sound was rather rough, and I think that’s good for a band like dEUS, makes the rock songs even rockier
The concert…. errrrh… bit hard to recall precise memories after two weeks. So I’ll just quote myself from the forum:
«yup. great gig. great atmosphere. LOUD sound. sun ra was indeed the obvious high of the show, best rendition i’ve heard so far! wanted to upload the mp3, but stupid pc at the hostel is so old it doesn’t have usb. pfffft.
other highlights: little arithmetics, which got a wild cheer from the crowd, instant street (ditto - this is the country of pop), and bad timing, which was greatly noisy.
stephen olsdal from placebo was there, i took a stupid fan pic of him and klaas. with flash on. god. how pathetic :)»
The wild cheer stuff then:
And that celebrity pic:
Now, I have to say I was extremely tired from the 3 dEUS gigs I’d seen in Holland the week before, I’d been driving more than 1500km and working in the morning, and going out during the weekend, so I just snapped in London. Felt like going through a haze, and I was acting pretty much like I was drunk and disconnected. So, instead of playing it casually cool with the Placebo guy, or merely leaving him alone, I said hello when he was talking with Klaas and asked if I could take a picture - with the flash on, in a typical amateurish way. You can see that Klaas is saying something to Stephen - that was along the lines of “oh, he’s our webmaster, pretty harmless” or something like that. God.
Ah well - setlist then.
dEUS - ICA, London, 13.09.2005
01 Pocket Revolution
02 Cold Sun of Circumstance
04 Little Arithmetics
05 What We Talk About
06 Fell Off The Floor, Man
07 Stop/Start Nature
08 Instant Street
09 If You Don’t Get What You Want
10 The Magic Hour
11 7 Days, 7 Weeks
14 Theme From Turnpike
15 Assault On Magnus (mp3)
16 Bad Timing
18 The Real Sugar
19 Sun Ra (mp3)
20 Suds & Soda