20 Sep 2011

Review: Touchdown for KyteCrash at the Rotterdam Schouwburg


Questions around the acquisition of concert tickets come down to a couple of points for me these days. I suppose the first one, is it worth the price and second, how does one establish the price.    
You see some performers make you want to like them and their music. Take the Kytecrash mighty eight for instance.  You stick a bunch of highly tuned motivated guys together and you get a show you want to see again. Except this was the last concert for the group Kytecrash.  Never to be seen on stage as the Kytecrash mighty eight. Well not exactly.  
What I liked about this concert in the Rotterdam Schouwburg hall was its invitation to a sound which I had only heard on disc some weeks past. The disc was good I have to say but it was better at the hall. Much better. In fact, the experience  established the price.
KyteCrash makes its last trip to Outer Space at the Rotterdam Schouwburg Sept 13th 2011

 Trumpet players Colin Benders and Eric Vloeimans got together with  Jasper van Hulten – drums, Neils Broos and Jeroen Van Vliet on keys Guli Gudmundsson bass, Mathijn den Duijf – Dubmachin and vocalist Pax to perform what I can describe as a transport to exotic destinations courtesy of the music.
What sounded like  keys going through a Wah Wah launched the show. Soon Pax’s polished gravel voice was echoing his technique around the hall. Mysterious injections of unsuspecting rhythms solos, duets and audience participation set the ignition for space trips, galaxy observations and back home to Mexican cantinas and romantic melancholic moments.  

During one massive searing crescendo  I felt the music viewing  our chaotic world, crying out for help and understanding. As Pax said during the show “Let it happen, let it breath.”
So this is the End, my friend the End. Not if I see any of their individual names on a billboard touting an up-coming gig. I will remember these musicians as part of those guys who played the last concert in Rotterdam and are worth a visit to hear again.  Manager Eric Benders at Kytopia commented: “Colin and Eric decided to do a limited amount of shows, no matter how big a success the tour would be…. Of course, some elements of the Kytecrash sound or experience will survive although we can't possibly point out which ones.”