Photos By Armando Gallardo, Words By Julie Espinosa
Scandinavia has given us IKEA, one of the happiest places of Earth- according to a UN report in 2013, Fjords, the home of Lego and other fantastic things. On Tuesday it also gave DC9 concertgoers one of the most extraordinary experiences of electro-pop they have ever experienced, all for 10 bucks. This is more proof that all good things continue to come from Scandinavia.
Lemaitre took the stage to a floor packed with hell-raising and excited youngsters whose aim appeared to be becoming one continuous mass of pulsing fandom. The crowd, mostly folks in their early 20s, made it clear from the first song that they knew the lyrics to the band’s entire set. This certainly surprised lead singer and master synthesizer, Ulrik Denizou Lund, who found himself chuckling while he held the mic out for the crowd to continue his electro-opera.
The band immersed themselves in their own electro-sound, while the theatrics were left to the ticket holders who sang the words as if they were a life manifesto. Over the course of the evening, Lemaitre moved from song to song without missing a beat, which kept the adrenaline and euphoria rolling. The band brought the matches, the crowd got the gasoline and suddenly DC9 was on fire, song after song.
Lemaitre’s sound has been compared with Daft Punk’s, but just a bit more poppier and with some Royksopp-like sounds mixed in, with a vocalist who strangely sounds like a more energetic Daniel Johnston. It works, specially with the build-and-release format on which electro thrives.
Accompanying Lund’s vocals and synths was Ketil Jansen, whose mastery of guitar licks mixed with all kinds of pedals and music samples, makes Lemaitre a band worth checking out. The two were joined by a drummer on stage, whose style changed over time. It was a bit difficult to know who was playing what as the duo kept their hands and feet busy throughout the progression of the songs.
As Lund started to thank the crowd for coming to see them, they responded with the familiar “One more song, one more song.” To the surprise of the attendees Jansen took the mic, for the first time during the concert, to state that unfortunately they actually had no more songs prepared which was followed by sighs from the crowd.
Despite the lack of any more music to play, the band still didn’t disappoint and headed into the crowd to mingle and talk to the fans who were more than eager to take a selfie or two with them.
LeMaitre’s concert expressed a mentality consistent with their single releases, which can be downloaded for free: Give them what they want for cheap and let the music do the talking, others will follow.