Amatorski and Captain Oats in De Oosterpoort
One of the most interesting names of Eurosonic this year was without a doubt Amatorski. Playing a set in Plato on Platosonic and a gig later that evening in a venue somewhere I regrettably missed them both, but the name stuck and the EP and album (TBC) that they have out sound just about perfect. So seeing them return to De Oosterpoort for a regular gig made me as happy as can be.
The gig was held in the Binnenzaal, a very small hall on De Oosterpoort, making the setting much more intimate. Perfect for Amatorski. The evening was opened by Pieter Dewulf as Captain Oats. A great musician, very fragile and coming over as very shy but with a great sense of humour. He played a great set and it’s a shame he didn’t have any EP’s or albums on him.
And where Captain Oats sounded fragile, Amatorski very much more so. But what an immensely beautiful concert. The band is very polite, the way I mostly know Belgian bands to be with a very cute, amiable Inne Eysermans on keys, but I must absolutely also mention Christophe Claeys who ingeniously plays his drums. That wasn’t only fascinating to hear, but also to see. The only problem of the concert was that is was way to short, but for the rest I have no complaints at all. Not even that Inne forgot the lyrics halfway through the song they played as an encore. Even then the band was pure joy to behold.