Part of the fabulous Future Days series, Jochen Arbeit’s show at HBC on Saturday, January 28th was a noise generated industrial dream.
Opening for Arbeit were Berlin love children Mueran Humanos (previously). This is the fourth time I’ve seen the duo and while seeing them so repeatedly has been unintentional on my part, it’s been cool to have witnessed them evolve on stage over the past year. They are a musical Bonnie and Clyde – when they play they seem constantly on the brink of “something.” Will they fight? Will they make out? Will they storm dizzyingly into the audience? Using voice, bass guitar, keys and a myriad of synths and FX, they sweat and swagger through their intense, dark electronic songs.
German legend Jochen Arbeit of Einstuerzende Neubauten played an hypnotic set of droning guitar noise accompanied by Berlin based Schneider TM. Together they played a set ranging from delicate to violent, transporting me to another universe somewhere between dream and waking state, one which I emerged from only after the audience was applauding and the band was in front of me taking bows. Mesmerizing.
Words, Images & Video: Tristen Bakker