01.05.2009. ELUVEITIE Release Party - Sounddock 14 Dietikon Switzerland
Chrigel Glanzmann’s comments on the show:
"We're happy to look back at a pretty successful show with an amazing crowd! For presenting acoustic material to a metal audience can be quite 'adventurous'. ;) But well, the crowd liked what they got and the whole evening was damn a good party. What would we want more?"
There are those bands that you just cannot get enough of. Because they're surprising, refreshing, innovative or just plain breathtaking. Eluveitie is all that at once. A surprising mix of old and new, refreshingly humble and just 'themselves' on stage, innovative in the metal scene by putting out an acoustic album right when the auctions are going towards brutality and breathtaking every single time you see them on stage.
As far as I'm concerned, I'd drive anywhere within a 500 kilometer radius for a show to get a proper dose of bagpipe metal. In fact, if I understood a single word they sang I'd even offer to jam along.
Sounds like a dream, right? Wrong. Never, I mean EVER try to drive anywhere between the Southern German border, Austria and Switzerland on an extended week end. Believe me, I've been there. TWICE. Last year it took me 6 hours to drive to Winterthur from Munich to see Norther and Turisas on Easter weekend but that obviously didn't teach me a lesson. This time it took me way over 7 hours to drive to Zurich, and another hour just asking the locals where the venue is located. Now don't blame me, I printed out a map. It's just that the Swiss sign for highways is green instead of blue, like in the rest of the world, and this is really confusing.
All this to say that, being my spontaneous self, I decided to plan this trip way ahead of time. 72 hours, at least! Well. Dietikon hu. Another thing about that town. When you drive past St Gallen, there's a city called Dietlikon. I'm not even kidding. Mistype that in your GPS and you're seriously bunked. I made it to the release party 45 minutes late. I was told that this show is a 2 hour run, where Eluveitie present their new acoustic pieces, as well as a portfolio of their favorite tunes.
Two thoughts are now rushing in my head. One practical, one of great paranoia. 'Will I still be allowed in the photo pit if I come 45 minutes late?' and 'what if they play ‘Slania's Song’ before I arrive and I miss it again?'. The answer to the first question is: yes, considering that apparently I'm a local celebrity since the lady at the door eyeballs me and says 'oh 'you're Audrey', however you want to interpret that. Second question is answered by a shattering 'yes, your favorite Eluveitie song just took the bus to neverwhere'. All this driving, so much pain.
Enough wallowing in self pity, I think it's time we focused on two things: getting the pics to turn out ok , since the acoustic set is played in near darkness, and trying to get blown away by the new tunes that I'm finally seeing live. I think my ninja concentration seminars are clearly paying off because I manage to do both. I've got my 2 cams stuffed with killer pics like a Turkey on Thanksgiving and I've managed to get shivers all over the place from Chrigel's voice. And bonus, Anna is also starring tonight as front person number two, with her intense and penetrating voice. I'd love to develop a lot more superlatives to qualify both Chrigel's singing and stage presence but I think I should try to describe the stage for you instead. Imagine a band with 8 members, playing instruments you never heard of before, like a hurdy gurdy, funky flutes and things with strings and things with horns and who-the-hell-knows-what-they-ares. It's just like the London Philharmonic got revamped by Tolkien. It's really cool, trying to figure out what the instruments do while listening to music that takes you backwards a couple thousand years. My favorite combo: eye-candy and eargasms.
People. I even tried out an instrument after the show. It's an electronic bagpipe. Man I got thrown off the hook when I found out you can make distortion with a violin but seriously, this concept takes the cake.
Oh back to the show. There was metal, there was folk, there was more metal. Great music played by amazing musicians. I think it could be that this was worth it.
Driving to Zurich: 7 hours
Gasoline: 200 Euros for the week end
Austrian Tolls: 10 Euros
Swiss tolls: 40 Swiss Francs
Getting off on one of your favorite bands again and again: priceless.