From the Archives: A full Vibracrunch 3 report (by 12. September 2001)

It was surely one hell of a fine day. On Saturday 11th of August Crunchy Frog presented a bill of 13 superb artist from Denmark, Sweden and USA.
The weather turned out to be OK, the crowd was growing all day and the Swedish beer was cold and kept on coming – and the music was startling: mean and crazy from Angus & Graves and James Kochalcka, moving and moody from Wynona, Glorybox and Rhonda Harris, oisy and poetic from Diefenbach, Hell On Wheels and Thau, and groovy as hell from David & The Citizens, The Mopeds and Superheroes.

The third edition of the annual Vibracrunch one day festival included not one, but two stages: the big tent stage and the small and cozy lounge stage. Local heroes David & The Citizens kicked the day to a funky start on the big one, and the good people of Malmö started pouring into the VC3-site.

Among the musical peaks was Quit Your Dayjob, who spanked the ears of the audience with their focused and punked up in-your-face electro/guitar tunes.
And the theatrical rubber show Angus & Graves introduced their own performance in both Swedish, Danish and English wearing elaborate swimming gear. They performed a show that made believe that there is still new musical ground to be explored. Saturday Frank thrilled people with their Waits-garage sounds and the “ethnic” Glorybox (US/DK/N) gave a perfect evidence of why they are so popular in the Benelux.  Denmarks best post rock band Diefenbach kicked up the volume on the guitars, Rhonda Harris took them down again and delivered (as usual) a great and intense concert. The newcomer Moonbabies (who was quite unknown to at least the Danish part of the audience) was an interesting new aquaintance.

Copenhagen based country rockers Wynona seduced us all with their melodic indie country. And when James Kochalcka played his second show at Vibracrunch3 on the big stage, people where wise to all the tricks: the dino choreography, the Swedish (!) heavy rocker Ozzy Osbourne and best of all: James’ funky magic finger (his dink!). Whenever this crazy American visits Europe he gains a larger and larger crowd of fans. Among these are Hell on Wheels who – despite the fact that they played earlier on the same day at the Arvika Festival – insisted on driving to Malmö to play and – more important – to hail and enjoy mr. James Kochalcka Superstar. As usual the HoW-liveshow was startling and excellent, and they gained many Danish fans as well.

A most amputated version of THAU – only 2 fourth of the band played under the name “AU” – gave a world premiere of songs from their new album “All It Takes Is Everything” (out September 10th) accompanied by recorded drums, strings and organs. Though the dimminutive band explained the absence of brothers Nalna and Yebo with a “double tour of Europe” (Roffe and Fzat playes northern Europe, Yebo and Nalna the southern part), which would double the income of this lazy band. But that explanation was ruined when Yebo entered the stage and sang the last song of the gig and received great applause by the audience.

Day turned into night before The Mopeds played one of their best shows ever, supported by Patrik “Muso” “Paddy” “Bas Morgansen” Bartosch of Eggstone and a thrilling brass section – which of course meant a kick ass sax solo, you didn’t think was even legal these days. Mopeds presnted a long string of hits and included recent radio favourites “Dina Tried Her Silverbow”, “The Right to Be Unfunky” and “Steppin’ On Fire”.

As the big crescendo of the day superheroes was flown in from sunny France to play a gig of extraordinary show quality. Lead singer Thomas Troelsen showed his more devilish sides spitting, spacing out and putting his hands all over his 1,5 meter body – where everybodies eyes could see! The show was recorded by the Swedish National Radio (P3) and is to be heard later this year – as well as Rhonda Harris and Glorybox, which both as well ended on national tape.

Whoa, it’s hard to sum up such a smashingly happy day of thrills, chills and high quality music. VibraCrunch3 was indeed a great success, and we have received nothing but praise by the fans and participants. What we still need, though, is some more pictures from the concerts to post on this very page. As you see we have a limited supply as of now.

Looking forward to next year!


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