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The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

Köln, Gebäude 9

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Köln, Gebäude 9

Esben And The Witch (13.2.2011)

Der Listenwahn kennt zum Jahresende hin ja keine Grenzen. Immer wieder gerne gesehen: Durchbruch-Bands. Für das Jahr 2011 kam dabei kaum eine Liste ohne Esben And The Witch aus. Nicht nur in ihrem Heimatland England, auch hier waren Musikfreunde entzückt bei soviel Schauer-Pop, wie man ihn zum Beispiel auf dem Haldern Pop sehen konnte. Das Debüt Violet Cries haben die Brightoner inzwischen vorgelegt – und bestanden. Jetzt also die Kür: Die erste Headliner-Tour, die auch im Gebäude 9 in Köln Stopp machte.

Doch vorher musste sich erstmal das deutsche Quartett Souls Department ins Scheinwerferlicht begeben. Eine undankbare Aufgabe. Das gilt zwar für die meisten Vorbands, in diesem Fall fragte man sich aber doch, warum Esben And The Witch eine Alternative Rockband amerikanischer Prägung als Support besorgt wurde. Die Jungs machten das Beste draus und nahmen es mit Humor.

Und machten schließlich Platz für die Nebelmaschinen, aus deren Erzeugnissen Daniel Copeman, Thomas Fisher und Rachel Davies zu entsteigen schienen. Zeit verschwendeten sie keine. Der Opener Agyria bewies auch live, dass er einer der besten Songs des Albums ist, ebenso wie das folgende Marching Song. Viel sagen brauchte das Trio nicht, schließlich sorgte das schüchern aufblitzende Lächeln auf den Gesichtern der Band, dass sie Freude hatten im vollen Gebäude 9.

Im Mittelpunkt stand neben Sängerin Rachel Davies vor allem das kleine Drumset, das zwischen den Musikern aufgebaut war. Zum Glück ist jeder von ihnen mit Sticks ausgestattet. Jeder durfte das Fell mal verprügeln oder streicheln. Jeder Schlag bedeutete ein Zittern des Saales, die Hosenbeine vibrierten, der Magen zog sich zusammen. Der Sog, der aus dieser Dynamik entstand, faszinierte bis zum Schluss. Er trug die einzelnen Songs, die manchmal wie Fragmente erscheinen mögen, zu einem großen Ganzen zusammen. Nach einer knappen Stunde war der Spuk dann leider vorbei. Einzig an der Lautstärke hatten manche Besucher dann doch was auszusetzen: Ein paar Dezibel weniger würde die Wirkung von Esben And The Witch kaum schmälern.

Photo by Angel Ceballos

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