Kent in Vega, April 23rd

This April, Kent played their only second concert following their new album release. This event took place in the excellent and intimate concert house of Vega in Copenhagen.

The contents of this entry is interesting only fans of Kent. If you have no idea who Kent is, you should probably waste your time elsewhere.

Now that only the fans are left, what’s more fanboyish than posting the tracklist of said concert. Not much, that’s what. Thus I present to you, the tracklist in all it’s glory.

Tracklist

  1. 400 Slag
  2. Kärleken Väntar
  3. Ingenting Någonsin
  4. Max 500
  5. VinterNoll2
  6. Berg & Dalvana
  7. Romeo återvänder Ensam
  8. Musik Non Stop
  9. Innan Alting Tar Slut
  10. Klåparen
  11. Palace & Main
  12. 747
  13. Extra tracks:
  14. Kevlarsjäl
  15. Den Döda Vinkeln
  16. Mannen I Den Vita Hatten (15 år Senare)

The Concert

It’s hard to communicate the exact quality of this concert, as there are many variables involved. On one hand, if I’m not mistaken this is the second (the first was April 22nd) Kent concert in 2 years. Secondly, since it was only the beginning of the tour, some instruments and sounds are certain to change while Kent gets accustomed to their new material.

That said, there were some songs that were so fantastically, eminently excellent that communicating their value in words is impossible. Hence, it makes sense that I comment on each track played.

1. 400 Slag from Du & Jag Döden (2005)

I actually expected them to open with this song. Not only because they open the album with this one, but also because the structure of the song is perfect for it. Unfortunately, this song suffered from a few things. What sounded like a strange configuration in volume turned down the drums and bass to be much lesser than the album version dictates. Furthermore, the guitarist seemed to lack practice, and jumped a little easily over passages. On the upside, there were some improvised riffs at the end of the song, that were very interesting.

2. Kärleken Väntar from Vapen & Ammunition (2002)

Jumping straight to an old classic was a good idea. The volume was correct, and they all knew their place. Very nice.

3. Ingenting Någonsin from “Kent” (Selftitled) (1995)

Much to my surprise, they jumped way back in time to their first album and played this excellent and rocking song. Well delivered.

4. Max 500 from Du & Jag Döden (2005)

Like 400 Slag, Max 500 is new material that relies heavily on synthesizers. While this song was definitely better played out than 400 Slag, it also suffered severely from too low a volume on the drums. If you know this song, I’m sure you can imagine that it loses punch with the drums toned down.

5. VinterNoll2 from FF/VinterNoll2 (Double-single) (2003)

As much a surprise as their early material, they played this straight-to-single song. It’s great, make no mistake, but in my experience Kent rarely plays B-side material (although Kent themselves do not call this song a B-side material, it is not to be found on any album, kinda like The Cure’s “Burn”). In this song, the drums play a heavy part, and considering their problems with their previous songs it surprised me that they were spot on this time. Excellent.

6. Berg & Dalvana from Hagnesta Hill (2000)

Beautiful ballad track that gained a little extra punch from being played live. Very nice.

7. Romeo Återvänder Ensam from Du & Jag Döden (2005)

This is a song I always overlook when I pick songs from the new album. When it does find it’s way into my rotation, I am reminded how much a mistake this is. It is a damn great song, and it rocked Vega when they played it. This is one of the songs that made this a good experience, despite their qualms with some of the other material.

8. Musik Non Stop from Hagnesta Hill (2000)

In an impressive display of coolness, this song was played in direct succession to the previous one. Quite simply, they slowly paced in to the new riff. Always a good song live.

9. Innan Alting Tar Slut from Isola (1997)

One of the most silent tracks from Isola, Innan Alting Tar Slut is a beautiful piece. It surprised me quite a bit to hear it played out live. It was surprisingly well executed. Many aspects were intentionally improvised. The whole watery sound it has on the album was amplified and elaborated. This changed the song quite a bit, and in a most excellent way. This is what live music is all about.

10. Klåparen from Du & Jag Döden (2005)

The very first time I listened to this song, I immediately knew it was something special. But I’ve also felt as though the guitar riff was stolen from some other song, I just haven’t been able to place it. Having heard it a thousand times since then, I can now enjoy the song, and in it’s live version it was great.

11. Palace & Main from Du & Jag Döden (2005)

On the album, this song is one of the very best. It was equally good live.

12. 747 from Isola (1997)

Any Kent fan that’s been to more than one concert will know that when 747 is played, it’s either the last song, or the “beginning of the end”. Also the case for this concert. As always, a great song.

13. Kevlarsjäl from Hagnesta Hill (2000)

A good song played well.

14. Den Döda Vinkeln from Du & Jag Döden (2005)

Now we’re talking. My personal favourite on the new album, and a candidate for “Best Song Ever”, Den Döda Vinkeln was exactly that at this concert. Fan-fuqin-tastically played. Pure hot butter.

15. Mannen I Den Vita Hatten (15 År Senare) from Du & Jag D?den (2005)

If any song can top “Den Döda Vinkeln”, it’s this song. And oh boy did it. This song is the perfect union of Swedish music heritage, rock, great melody and songwriting. It’s quite simply a rock-history pearl. No words I can write here can describe the absolute excellence of hearing this song played live. It was exquisite in such a way that if you’re truly a Kent fan reading this, you should feel an aching hole in your stomach: you missed out – bigtime.

In Conclusion

If you’ve read this far, you’ll have a much better idea as to why this concert is hard to rate. It certainly was an interesting experience, and with some great moments. Still, some of their weaker moments made long parts of the concert somewhat lesser. In other words, it was a mixed pleasure.

Still, their two closing tracks could make up for almost anything. And let’s be honest—any band that can get a crowd to sing “we’re all going to die someday” (vi ska alla engång dö) is a band that knows what it’s doing.

16 thoughts on “Kent in Vega, April 23rd”

  1. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I was listening to Musik quizzen on April 23 and they had tickets for the concert as one of the prices. This was actually the first I heard of the concert, and since I already had plans for that evening (and couldn’t get through), I just thought no more of it. This writeup, however, is the best concert writeup I’ve ever read, helps that I love the band too.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the new album, I had a gift card that I was gonna use on it, but they didn’t have it and I ended up getting B-sidor and Hagnesta Hill, not a bad trade. I still have to get Du & Jag D?den though.

  2. Joen says:

    Thanks.

    B-sidor & Hagnesta Hill are excellent albums. I particularly like CD1 of B-sidor, and the “II” versions on CD2.

    I heard about that radio show, btw. A good friend of mine knew I was going, and also tried getting tickets that way.

    As for getting Du & Jag D?den, be sure to NOT get the limited edition. Go for the most regular version you can. Trust me.

  3. AkaXakA says:

    Britney! Britney!

    But seriously: Can’t you put a mix up? I’ve never heard Kent before, but I’m intrigued by your writings about them.

  4. Joen says:

    AkaXakA,

    I’ll see what I can do 🙂

    By the way, you can always check out the music video for Max 500 – it obviously has the music from the first single of the new album.

  5. Jonas Rabbe says:

    As for getting Du & Jag D?den, be sure to NOT get the limited edition. Go for the most regular version you can. Trust me.

    why is that? I was under the impression that the limited edition was cooler somhow, but I guess not… What’s wrong with it?

  6. Joen says:

    You get a black plastic back that breaks when you open it. You think, that’s okay, cos the digipak is inside. No: a CD falls out, along with a booklet and a stack of printouts. The plastic bag is the CD case.

    Worst_LE_ever.

    In fact, if anyone who reads this will send me their non-le, I’ll gladly send you back the LE with all contents and the poster. Fortunately I haven’t broken that plastic bag yet, but it will break, at one point.

  7. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I guess I’ll just hop by Fona on my way home and add to my Kent collection then, I was holding out to find somewhere they had the LE.

  8. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Danish Kent Enthusiasts Bulletin Service

    Today (April 29) at 23.00 the program “Musikprogrammet” on DR2 has a special on Swedish rock. The talk to H?kan Hellstr?m, the Ark, and Kent (of course). Maybe worth watching.

  9. Joen says:

    Wow great timing! I’ll turn it on right now!

  10. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I missed the first 10 minutes of the program (my wife was watching a movie), and appearantly missed everything they said about Kent. When I started watching they were talking with the guys from Bob Hund (btw, what was up with his “flower”?). While it was all interesting, I had really looked forward to hearing something about Kent. Oh well…

  11. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Hah, they rerunning the show on wednesday 23.40, I guess I can stay up that late to see the first 10 minutes.

  12. Joen says:

    I missed the first 10 minutes of the program

    I’d say don’t worry about it. While I found the whole show pretty entertaining, the parts that featured Kent were fairly limited. Basically they just said they liked H?kan H?llstr?ms lyrics, and that hey had some swedish music heritage in their genes. Flesh that out to ten minutes and that’s about it. No biggie, even for a fan such as me. So if you miss it again on wednesday, don’t wory about it.

    btw, what was up with his “flower”?

    Hehe, yeah I always laugh at that. I saw Bergman Rock last year. Also there he wore such a flower. I gues the lead singer is trying to brand himself as “they guy with a flower”. Of course at he end of the show he’s pretty much danced/jumped/crowdsurfed that flower to pieces.

  13. Cool!

    Really nice review!

  14. Joen says:

    Thanks. It’s written from the perspective of a fan, so I’m sure other fans will agree 🙂

  15. Where did you stand? Me and a couple of friends stood front row in the middle/centre…

  16. Joen says:

    Where did you stand? Me and a couple of friends stood front row in the middle/centre…

    That’s where I usually stand, but this time me and my girlfriend were a bit tired, so we stood up on the ledge in the left side. Not quite the same experience, but I just didn’t have the energy.

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