Saturday, October 15, 2011

Enslaved and Alcest at The Troubadour

Bands: Enslaved, Alcest, and Junius

Venue: The Troubadour; West Hollywood, CA.

Date: October 14th, 2011

Underground shows have tailed off of late here in the Los Angeles area, so it was with no surprise that the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood was sold out for the final date of the Enslaved/ Alcest tour. Never mind that the highly anticipated Ghost had to drop off of this tour before it began due to visa problems; the time was ripe for a good show of great bands forging their own paths across different genres.

The last minute replacement for Ghost was post-metal act Junius, taking over the first slot. I was walking in to the already jammed Troubadour as Junius were about midway through their short set. Not bad, but just simply not my thing. The crowd’s response was respectful, however.

I crammed myself up to the front for Alcest, appearing in Los Angeles for the first time. Alcest main man Neige was obviously well known to the crowd as Alcest’s droning, soothing set was very well received. Playing for about 45 minutes and drawing heavily from Ecailles De Lune, Alcest were very tight and focused. Near the conclusion, a number of people connected to the tour walked onto the stage dressed up in French Revolution- era wigs, and proceeded to pour wine and offer bread to the band. I couldn’t quite make out the label, but I hope that the wine was from California (probably a Napa Valley cab). The band was obviously surprised and delighted, offering a “Salut” to the crowd. While the brief toast was made, Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson also showed up on stage, dressed up as hot dogs! I’m not quite sure what that was all about, but obviously everyone was having a good time.

After a brief changeover, Enslaved came on and proceeded to treat everyone to a raucous set in celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary. Enslaved were obviously relaxed, having a good time, and, no doubt, glad that the tour was reaching its conclusion. Set highlights included “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Ruun,” and a cover of “Immigrant Song.”

Although not really my go to band of choice, I definitely hope to catch Ghost sometime soon.




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1 comment:

exilederek said...

Great write-up, but you forgot to mention the French baguettes, haha, I saw at least one hardcore fan take one home as a souvenir. The highlights for me was the cover of Immigrant Song, As Fire Swept Clean the Earth, Giants, Isa and Ground.