Olivier Bernard (7/10)
Start 21:10 / End 21:40
The evening starts off with Olivier Bernard from France. He is the singer and plays the acoustic guitar. He’s accompanied by a bass player, a guy on a cajon and for one song a trumpet player enters the stage, too. They played together for the first time so Olivier joked about them being rehearsing actually. I did not really notice any severe issues, though. The music is folky and the singing very pleasant but all over it left a somehow harmless impression (at least compared with what was about to come…)

Jamie Collier (8/10)
Start 22:00 / End 22:40
Jamie Collier is from New Zealand and is based in Berlin for some time now. He plays a very rhythmic acoustic guitar and has a quite distinguished singing voice. He is supported by Olivier Bernard now on bass and the very same cajon player from the first set. Two singers who add some nice backing vocals to three songs enter the stage later. The music is energetic, nervous, 80s influenced (anti-)folk.

Mute Swimmer (9/10)
Start 23:00 / End 23:40
Mute Swimmer is the music project of northern English multi-(media)-artist Guy Dale. This is almost noise-rock at least compared with the other acts today. The band (Guy Dale on electric guitar, a drummer, a bass player and the trumpet player from the beginning) starts off with something that sounds like a joke on post-rock but immediately gets everybody’s attention. Guy Dale’s performance is very intense and even a bit intimidating. After the first couple of songs he demands the lights in the audience to be a bit raised so he can see people’s eyeballs and found the location to appear like ‘a library in shock’. Later he joked that most people tell him that he’s a lot less scary off-stage than on-stage. Hopefully that’s true.

James Cruickshank (8/10)
Start 23:55 / End 00:30
James Cruickshank is the second guest from the antipodes (this time Australia, though) on this evening. He is on stage alone and plays different guitars and makes good use of a looping device and some beats from tape. He plays some fifties inspired twang rock’n roll and folkier tunes and has a very nice deep voice. His performance is effortless and has great style. The definitive (even if a bit exaggerated) line of the evening: “Thanks for supporting live music! Live music is the last vestige of humanity that we have”.

All in all a (9/10) because the whole is sometimes greater than the average of its parts.

Venue: Grüner Salon
Price: 10,00€ at the door

Berlin, 21.03.2014

On Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21591457@N07/sets/72157642801199713/

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