Grungy feel with balls from Violmace in my favorite rock club – 22. July 2016.
A Man From Jupiter
The young quartet from Denmark is clearly inspired by the Danish band Mew, which they proudly confessed to after the show. Both vocally and tonality, they hit those high and light voices and soft guitars, spiced up with synths. Lyric-wise we are served with darker and more elaborate songs than the inspiration, as if those aren’t out-there enough.
This is top notch progressive pop-rock – perhaps not heavy enough for the normal High Voltage crowd, but the songs are catchy and a bit psychedelic at times. I’m not sure if it was the extremely poor turnup during this supporting band’s performance, or nerves before the show, maybe even the sound in the club, but it sounded a little messy at times. Don’t get me wrong, for this type of music and for a young band like this, they did play well together. But I was still left with a kind of messy feeling about it, which is a shame. A recommendation for the band would be to work on the composition of the soundscape, because the songs themselves were well-played.
A Man From Jupiter released their debut single “What You See (Might Not Be)” in January ’16, and have just recorded their debut EP, produced by Jakob Winther (Lucas Graham/Patrick Dorgan/Alex Vargas), but no release date currently
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This is a party of five from Copenhagen. Having existed since 2009 in different incarnations, band members come and go, it seems like they have finally found where they need to be. The certainly showed a drive this evening, and this drive may have been what producers Jan Langhoff (Aqua) and Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica/Artillery) heard when they pulled Violmace into the studio, and started fine tuning their sound. I had the pleasure of interviewing the band both before and after the show, and I must confess that I had a hard time placing Violmace genre-wise. Asking the band, it turns out they agree on this. Inspiration comes from vey different places and eras – guitarist Mads Klinge pulls from the 60’s and 70’s, the new singer Jarl Jakobsen (who could be stand-in for Serj Tankian in System Of A Down, for looks alone) from grunge/Chris Cornell, the other band members (Peter Larsen on drums and Michael Hoelgaard on bass) pulls stuff in from the 80’s and 90’s. Phew….. For most bands, this is a sure path to confusion, but apparently not for Violmace. They manage to unite the best from each genre into hard rock, with an obvious grunge-like feel.
Lead guitarist Nickie Jensen (who also play with In The Fumes), showed an impressive armoury of hard riffs on his custom Les Paul, and the whole band played extremely well together. The sound was spot on, and the growing amount of audience added equally to the party. With small anecdotes from singer Jarl between songs, a duel/jam-session from the two guitarists, and a high tempo from the get-go, Violmace definetely managed to fill the stage and the entire floor. A link to their Soundcloud is provided below for your reference, but I don’t think the four songs on there does Violmace justice. They have a lot more energy than this.
So a band that play great together, manage to successfully take the best of many genres of rock, played an extremely tight set, it shouldn’t be long before they are on a label.
A talk with the band after the show, revealed that they are indeed looking for the right label to take them to the next level. So if you are a label, and you are looking for a band that play great live, take a look at Violmace.
You can feel that they live for stage performance – they play, so they can play live – and I can totally relate to that, this is how I always felt back when I played in bands.
Check out Violmace on Soundcloud: