Live Gig Blue Shell - Cologne

Twin Atlantic and Zen Zebra

Pukkelpop Festival 2011 - 18.08.2011 - Hasselt, Belgien(Jan/22/2012) TWIN ATLANTIC are touring once again to promote their still recent debut record “Free”, which they have released last year. Once again they stop at Cologne’s Blue Shell. Last year there were about 50 or 60 people attending to their show, this time it is maybe 150 or 160 fans. The Scottish alt-rockers chose ZEN ZEBRA as their support act for their German tour dates.

ZEN ZEBRA from Leipzig, Germany are delivering alternative rock/emo which is close to the sound of EMERY or THURSDAY during the “Full Collapse”/”War All The Time”-era. The crowd seems to be unfamiliar with the group but during the German’s set people seem to get into it. Most of their songs are quite good and at the end of their set they get more than just friendly applause.

Unterwegs in - © sumnersgraphicsinc - Fotolia.comAfter half an hour of break and soundcheck finally TWIN ATLANTIC are making their way through the crowd to get to the stage. They start their gig with ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’ taken off their debut record “Free”. But it takes some song until there is some movement within the crowd which ignores the great ‘Eight Days’ but enjoys ‘Where Is Light? Where Is Laughter?’, tonight’s first song which is featured on their “Vivarium” EP.
The fans are more interested in the band’s stuff taken from “Vivarium” than the “Free”-songs. Somehow they are right, the older tunes are better and got more drive but the new ones are good as well. But during their whole set it is obvious that there are too many breaks within the songs. They should reduce this with the next record for some breaks do not fit that well into the song structures.

The Scotts are delivering a real good show tonight, even if they seem to be hungover and tired from the last shows. I have seen the guys at last year’s Pukkelpop festival and this was by means their best gig so far. Nevertheless TWIN ATLANTIC play for more than 60 minutes and entertain their crowd all of the time, so it is hard to say that this was not a quite good show.

Text by © by Sebastian Berning