Review Antitainment w/ Tragic Vision in Goettingen September 2, 2009
When David and me arrived in Göttingen at dusk on Wednesday, we were instantly greeted by scratchworks that radiated a leftish political activism, a revolutionary notion that was last seen in Germany in the late 60s of the 20th century – or on Labor Day May 1 each year since 1987.
Anyway, this leftist cloud, filled with an atmosphere of fomenting tension followed us up to the location where Antitainment would have been performing later on with such an amount of awesomeness that even Captain Awesome would’ve been speechless . But let me get back to the chronology of events. The arrival at the club was stereotyped. So I moved through an alley of leftwingers and their four-footed status symbols. Lastly, the interior of the location completed the aformentioned character.
Nevertheless I diged this atmosphere, and with the Hardcore version of Ernie and Bert in my back, I awaited the opener of this evening: Supporting act Tragic Vision. And what can I say – I was quite stoked about their performance. Not only that their sound presented themselves as naturally committed to a genre I’d couch in terms as post-hardcore, their lyrics also did their part. By intermingling some tales of interpersonal tragedies with slight shades of ideas about society, Tragic Vision ended up by singing about the moments in life where your mindset rises above the everyday thoughts, breaking out to reflect happenings and decisions in days gone by and choices to be made down the road. All this in accordance to their album title “Living on Borrowed Times”. The songs were amplified by always raspy voices and dynamic arrangements of slow-melodic and rough kick-ass parts. Just to give you an idea of what the sound was like: As Simon mentioned, the drummer’s voice sounded like the vocals of Hot Water Music.
Some of you might ask “Why the heck was he able to listen to the lyrics so carefully that he opines to know what they were singing about?” Well, besides the fact that a right away bought album did it’s part, there’s yet another reason. As fond as me, David and Simon were of Tragic Vision, as petrified was the rest of the audience. It was like the band would have played against a wall of boredom.
A picture that immediately changed when Antitainment entered the stage. Well, all I can say about their performance is that they easily pulled off the task to tear down the afore-noted wall of silence. They transformed the crowd into an off-leashed tangled mass of freaks, letting them mash wildly like…you know…off-leashed…fighting dogs…closing the article’s circle…that kinda stuff. Just an awesome gig, no more words needed (and at hand). A non-existing picture of me being all of a sweat would visualize this, but, let’s be honest, nobody wants to see that at all.