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The Invitation 2005 pre press session

When? 11 September 2004
Where? Gavere
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Allow me to look back on the Invitation 2004 first. There, Elusive’s performance really swept me off my feet. Although only a handful of people were present, the band delivered an outstanding and passionate performance and really connected with the audience. I was rather satisfied with the review I wrote afterwards, but since I wrote it in Dutch, I will repeat the gist of it in this article.
In fact, the following message, which you can read on their website, says it all:
Hey, this is Elusive.
A “modest” rock band......without scientists!
No need to reinvent dynamite,
it works perfectly well.
The aim is to use it.......BIGTIME!
They are modest, they have a great sense of humour, they are no pioneers, but they are damn good! They’ve obviously listened to the Sisters of Mercy and they are not trying to cover that up. Everything about them reminds me of the Sisters: the music they play, the way they look, … even the five-pointed star they use as their logo! But the thing is –it’s difficult for me to admit– they are better than the Sisters. Jan K. Barkved has an excellent voice (understatement!) and, unlike Andrew Eldritch, he lives up to the expectations when playing live.

Enough about the distant past now; back to more recent times. In Gavere, Elusive gave an excellent performance again. However, the atmosphere was slightly different than in “het Kuipke”. Especially during the first few songs, the band seemed somewhat less enthusiastic. Well, Jan probably just didn’t feel like chatting and joking too much. As a result, it took me a bit longer to feel that connection again, but still, they won me over again. They’re just the kind of band that manages to blend straightforward rock music, truly excellent vocals, and powerful, catchy melodies, while staying their sympathetic selves all along.

After the show, they largely compensated for not being that talkative on stage by mingling with the audience for the rest of the evening, checking out the other bands and, like they did on stage, just having a good time, a couple of beers and a good smoke. By the way, compared to some of the other bands we saw that evening, they actually were very talkative during the show, come to think of it.

So, if you are one of those people who managed to miss Elusive twice, I’d strongly advise you to check them out at the Invitation 2005. It might be your last chance to see them in Belgium. Don’t miss it!


Setlist

1. Last night, 2. Tomorrow gone, 3. Run away, 4. Lonely Satellite, 5. Gemini, 6. Louise, 7. Asylum, 8. Shadowdance, 9. The great silence, 10. The circle never ends, 11. Susannah

 

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Plastic

Plastic

Granted, they played somewhat early, but for me, the Plastic gig surely was the highlight of the evening in Gavere!

Just before they went on stage, front man Matthes had a chat with us. Quite a sympathetic bloke! He was visibly a bit disappointed with the small crowd, especially because he was still relishing the memory of a big enthusiastic crowd at the Infest Festival in Bradford, but he assured us that he’d do the best he could to have everyone jumping around. He kept his promise, that’s for sure! Plastic’s energetic Electronic Body Music is in no way inferior to that of, let’s say, Icon of Coil or Assemblage 23. Plastic really has some excellent tracks, such as “Das Licht”, from their first album and “Home”, “Lies” and “Will you care”, from their second album. They got me dancing right from the start!

They weren’t spared of technical problems, however. Drummer Tanja Reinhardt’s facial expression seemed to indicate that something wasn’t quite ok. I didn’t notice a thing, so it can’t have been too bad. A bit later, during “Closed eyes”, Matthes’ microphone failed. Not in the least nonplussed, he kept on shouting without a mike, unfortunately in vain, for even in the front row we didn’t hear a word. Anyway, the problem was soon solved. He handled it well, not being pissed off like others would, but turning it into a joke and being his sympathetic self. I think Matthes has great stage presence and really succeeds in connecting with the crowd. At one point, he even jumped off stage and disappeared among the audience, at another, he offered a few of his cups of beer to the audience. What a shame that we were standing on the other side (I would’ve offered the cup to my boyfriend of course! ;-) ).

They’d planned to play the Human League cover “Being boiled” as an encore, but they played it as their last song, thus leaving room for quite another type of encore. At first, half of the audience thought Plastic was actually playing a song by the Belgium dance act “Sylver”, but it turned out to be a Lasgo cover called “Something”. One thing’s for sure: they managed to transform this ultra commercial dance track into a cool and hip EBM track! Now, why doesn’t that surprise me? I'm already looking forward to seeing them back!

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Ikon

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Kirlian Camera

Kirlian Camera
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