Sunday, 13 August 2017

Concert: VNV Nation w/iVardensphere (Singularity): August 12th/2017

Well, attended the VNV Nation show, here in Calgary, at Dickens Pub, this past Saturday (August 12th/2017)!

iVardensphere opened up the show with a "Singularity" set (just him on synths)! Of course, iVardensphere put on an excellent show! I really love his "Singularity" sets... just seeing him play sequences from his drum machines/synths etc.! We did get to see him perform recently at Terminus fest with Borys, but that's ok! His set was obviously different than the iV vs Borys set at Terminus, and it was a lot crunchier!! I think Scott was on for 35-40 minutes... I could completely be wrong on this... but it was a nice good, quick set! Obviously, people in the crowd were still coming down from Terminus... I'm sure many of them with post-Terminus blues, but people really wanted to dance... and seemed to be excited that a show was happening so soon after Terminus (also, it's a VNV show... so people are gonna come out anyway)!

VNV Nation took the stage as a four person live show! Obviously, Ronan at the front and three others (two as keys and one on drums in the back [Unfortunately, Mark Jackson was not on this tour with Ronan {not sure why}, but still a pretty good performance overall])! Ronan is a charismatic frontman, always engaging the audience! I love VNV! They were my first industrial show a couple of years after I came back from London, UK! They had played Edmonton the very first time I saw them! At that point in time, they were touring for the 'Futureperfect' album, and they put on an amazing show, and... the status-quo still stands... VNV always put on an amazing show! This time they were touring select small club shows (normally they play much larger venues), and they were playing select songs off the 'Automatic' and 'Empires' albums! Overall, it was an excellent show! If there is one thing I have to say about this show that isn't good, I would have to say, it seemed to be a little quiet in the bar... I feel like, if you were to compare the sound to Terminus, the PA system was much louder. This time, especially during iVardensphere's set I felt it was a little too quiet... and the sub-bass was not really punching through my chest (could also hear everyone's conversations really well, which to me is not a good thing... like I said, I should be able to feel the sub-bass punching me in the chest)! It did get a little better during VNV's set but, I still feel I shouldn't have to stand next to the PA so I could feel the sub-bass! Anyway, that's my only complaint... the performances were excellent! Had a great time with friends! Ran into some old friends that I hadn't seen in a while! And, was pretty drunk by the end of it!

P.S.: We are very lucky shit like this happens here in Calgary! It used to be... shows like this would only happen in Edmonton (they had a quite dedicated scene way back in the day), now that has changed... The only way this shit can continue to happen, is if you guys continue to support the scene! Go to these shows! Go to Terminus! Go to local goth/industrial DJ nights and support your local goth/industrial bands shows! The scene you want, is the scene you make!

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