After a busy day and running late for the show, I saw Holograms for the second time in the last year play in Montreal. I was pretty stoked, having followed these guys since then and really respect their music and artistic abilities.
Il Motore was the most packed I have ever seen it. I felt the intense energy between everyone as soon as I walked in.
Holograms played tracks like “A Sacred State” from their new album Forever, a Joy Division-esque inspired track. The boys sounded amazing, however I was really not happy with the strobe light that the band had lighting up the room in sequence to the music – I couldn’t see the band well at all. I saw glimpses of bassist/vocalist Andreas Lagerström and keyboardist Filip Spetze, but I couldn’t see drummer Anton Strandberg or singer/guitarist Anton Spetze at all. I think the intensity, yet shyness of this band somehow made the mysteriousness of the stage presence work in an artistic way in the long run but when I saw them play at Casa Del Popolo in October, 2012. I could see the intense stare ofAndreas as it looked like he fell into a dreamlike state to the music. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to catch very good shots of the band but our photographer did a great job nonetheless.
I became excited when they played “ABC City” off their first self titled LP. It happens to be one of my favorite tracks and they played it so well. The keys were just about perfect and they even got a moshpit going. People began dancing and getting a little crazy, which is exactly what I had hoped would happen. Following this track was another Clash inspired song, “Apostate,” then another new one “Flesh & Bone,” which shows off the strongly synthed out melodics that got me lost in a daydream. I immediately said to myself “fuck it” and went in the crowd to dance. The powerful drum hits of “Flesh & Bone” plus Anton and Andreas’ vocals complimentedthe Cure-inspired keys. I wish the sound of their voices hadn’t been distorted, but it still sounded beautiful and raw at the same time. I was overall very satisfied with the sound of the band. I purchased my own copy of Forever on vinyl for $15. There’s nothing better than listening to an album on vinyl over MP3 streams. Check out a review of the album here (will link BL review).