Efterklang are a danish group comprising of three childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen & Rasmus Stolberg and are currently touring with Martyn Heyne (piano, guitar, vocal), Tatu Rönkkö (drums) and Katinka Fogh Vindelev (piano, vocal). Efterklang played in Dublin quite recently in Meeting House Square as part of the Fringe Festival last year. It was one of those gigs where everyone that went to it raved about it, and those that didn’t were filled with regrets! Sadly, I was one of those that didn’t see them, so this was a chance to put the record straight.
The band came on stage a little earlier than expected at 9, which may have caught a number of audience members by surprise. The 6 piece band lead by the man in the white suit, Casper Clausen settled in for an evening of slow and powerful music. While there are guitars in their work, the emphasis is on keyboards and synths for the most part, as well as the layered vocals from Casper and Katinka. The subtle images projected onto a screen at the back of the stage and impressive light show added to the experience.
Casper said that he visited ‘the Temple Bar’ as a student at the age of 17, and spent the entire evening trying to find a night club called the Kitchen. A noble pursuit for a man of that age, but something he never achieved on that occasion. After some members of the audience shouted up its new name, ‘the Liquor rooms’, the destination for the after show party seemed to have been decided.
At another point, Casper brought forth a massive fan, which they admitted to inadvertently stealing from their gig in Cork the day before. It seems to have found its way into their baggage during their exit from Cork, and the image of a dancer lacking one fan was brought to mind. Still, Casper seemed to be delighted with it, and made a gift of it to a young woman near the stage.
This was a slow and lovely set that worked through their last three albums, and showed the variety of sounds they’ve created. One of the most interesting things about the band, is the amount of musicians that seem to love their work, which says a lot for the skill and complexity of what they do. They left the stage just before 10.30 to a huge ovation from the audience. Whether this will be another night that will be raved about for years to come, we’ll have to wait and see…