Had a very short night after the Thursday-edition of Platosonic and Eurosonic Air editing photos for FileUnder, but the festival was only half way, so Friday afternoon we headed back to Groningen for lots more music.
We got to the Coffee Company when Jennie Abrahamson was about to start. The place was starting to fill up with people who’d also woken up enough for their second or third day of music. And there’s so much fantastic music coming Scandinavia (even though Ireland is the country of interest this year). Jennie -from sweden- has a terrific voice and good songs and I think she’d do great in De Spieghel later in the evening.
Knowing I had to see the next act at the Coffee Company I took a bit of a risk and dashed over to Plato for what was to blow all that remained of sleep well away from me. Honningbarna is the name of an amazing Norwegian band that blends a punk attitude with metal-riffs and I love it! Fronted by a neatly dressed singer/cello-player that goes berserk as soon as the song hits of. Short songs as they should be and full of raw aggression.
Now I was lucky to be able to make it back to the front of the Coffee Company for the next gig as I would never have been able to forgive myself it I’d missed the gig of Philco Fiction, another Norwegian band, but that is where the similarities end. They came highly recommended from some friends and so I was looking forward to finally seeing them. Still looking a bit weary from the trip their set was absolutely wonderful, but I suspect that it was oh-so-much better with their evening gig in Het Kruithuis (according to the FileUnder-review that gig actually was one of the highlights of this Eurosonic edition). I’ll get a second chance this weekend when I’ll see them in a full set in the Groninger Museum.
But for now Platosonic was still in progress and I hoped to see Matthew & The Atlas again. I saw them at Take Root last year and thought them to be one of the best acts on that festival. Unfortunately they didn’t make it and so the next act of Plato went on a bit early. And though I quite liked London based Veronica Falls (there’d be queue’s of over an hour and a half outside the venue for their gig that night) it seemed a bit static now. It’s one of the problems with having the Platosonic-festival in daytime with acts just arriving, still being tired I guess.
Back to the Coffee Company for the last time today for a Dutch act. Gerhardt sounds great, a good new popband with an interesting style. Will probably see them a few more times on the various festivals.
The last thing I really wanted to see in the Platosonic-sets today was The Black Atlantic, actually from Groningen. Their previous album ‘Reverence For Fallen Trees’ is fantastic and with a new EP on the way (Darkling, I Listen) the band is back and I hope to see a full gig of them soon. This sounds so good already.