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Incubate 2014 Sunday


A New Wave of Darkness

By now we both lost about five kilograms, grew a thick layer of callus under our feet and suffered from coffee addiction We got out of bed like two ninety year olds, dragged our bodies under the shower and got ready for the final day of Incubate 2014. So did the local pigeons. We sat down on a bench and watched the little buggers actually showering themselves. Funny thing.


This year's 'most funny bandname' award goes to Crywank. Allthough I didn't like their music, a raw singer-songwriter accompanied by a box percussionist, I can respect their enthusiasm. Acts like this give the underground scene its immense variety and a healty dose of humor.


In the V39 The Unborn said that they were Otis. They covered Beat on the Brat by the Ramones and said it was a U2 cover. Bunch of liars, extremely entertaining liars, but liars. This was fun punk, nothing more, nothing less.


Soviet Soviet is an Italian post punk project sounding like a modern day Joy Division with Muse vocals. They gave a decent performance in front of a very enthusiastic audience. We should keep an eye on this band.


On Saturday we already heard Thisquietarmy when he played at the Paradox but not very attentively, so we gladly went to see him again at the Consouling Store. Over the years Thisquietarmy has grown to one of the most important and well-known drone-ambient projects. Recently he started using programmed drums along with his typical guitar bases drones, creating a beautiful yet dark atmosphere. Just the way we like it.


More dark drones were presented by one of my favorite artists on this edition of Incubate. At the Paradox we witnessed a great performance by UK born Talvihorros (interview). This act has been on my too-see list for a very long time so it's no surprise this was one of the few concerts we saw completely. His dark, hypnotic ambient filled the venue. I, like several other spectators, closed my eyes and let the music guide me. Magnificent concert.


Baaba, a Polish jazz and electronics band, was pretty succesful in the Paradox. The even played an encore. I didn't like it. To me it sounded like messed up jazz, mixed with children's music.

Off to see Lento, another one of those doom/sludge bands that just doesn't succeed in convincing me. It was a solid, impressive performance but it still missed something.


Zaum didn't miss anything, except visibility. I loved their eastern inpsired doom metal but I couldn't see a thing in the 'Stadskelder'. So we bought a CD, got a free poster and enjoyed the luscious sounds coming from the speakers.


When we arrived at the NWE Vorst, Neon Judgement was already playing. Along with Front 242 and A Split Second they are the founders and the core of the tenacious Belgian EBM/electro scene. The set was packed with hits as Tomorrow in the Papers and the audience was dancing like crazy. You could see that both members still enjoyed playing live. But their funny notes in between the songs may have been just a little too Flemish for our Dutch friends.


Unfortunately we didn't have the chance to see Falloch and we had to skip out of the Landlôs concert because the fatigue took its toll. Our colleague Björn promised to make up for that by watching and reviewing the bands on Monday in Belgium. (read review)


We did however went to see God is an Astronaut, another incredible post rock band. They did what they did best and that's delivering an awesome concert. They played a new song for the upcoming album and we, along with the rest of the audience, were crazy about it. It was a worthy headliner for this years Incubate.


Completely exhausted we dragged ourselves back to the hotel room where we fell into a deep sleep, dreaming about next year's edition. Thank you Incubate, this edition was simply awesome.




Text: Serge

Pictures: Serge (except Meadowlake, posted with permission from Richard Lahuis)