Friday evening seems like an ideal time to spend on a concert and not just any concert. This time it was the concert of post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor. When we arrived at Tvornica, we had a chance to see a huge crowd in front of the venue, which extended all the way to the nearest traffic light. At that point it became clear that this will be one of those nearly sold out gigs. Luckily for us, Tvornica’s capacity has proven to be more than sufficient to receive such a huge crowd, so the area wasn’t overcrowded. We didn’t have to wait in line for very long, so we entered the venue rather fast. By the time we entered, the supporting act has already started.
That supporting act was Danish saxophone player Mette Rasmussen. From the moment I entered I had only one question. What the bloody hell is that? Seriously, it felt like the sound check was still going on. The fact that not too many people were in front of the stage while she was playing says a lot. It felt like she was jerking off that saxophone, nothing really was going on and that was the situation during the most of her performance. Later on, the rest of the band kicked in, but the situation wasn’t improving very much. I know it was supposed to be some sort of avant-garde music, but I really wasn’t buying it and judging by the reactions neither was the majority of the crowd. Her half an hour of performance finished just like that, with moderate ovations from the crowd. This is obviously some of some misunderstood art and maybe I’m not getting it, but for me personally it was torturous to listen to.
After that we had around 15 minutes of waiting and then the legendary Godspeed You! Black Emperor took the stage. This is clearly not a band for everyone and not many will like what they play, so this was clearly a gig for a selected crowd and it seems that Zagreb’s selected crowd consisted of nearly full Tvornica’s capacity which is rather impressive. Their songs are very long and very repetitive at times, so it is very hard to be focused the whole time. But we who were at the venue knew what we signed up for, so for us it wasn’t much of a problem. Their performance was accompanied with a cinematography projector, which showed black and white videos of buildings, planes, people and many other stuff in the background giving a performance all the more vintage feel. The songs were completely of instrumental character and they fitted very well with projections in the background, providing an overall pleasant audio-visual experience. The first half of the concert was rather repetitive, but as the set went on it got more energetic and the crowd was definitely feeling it. Even after the band finished the ovations were ever present, so it can be easily concluded that the crowd was satisfied with the performance they witnessed. As for me at times I liked it a lot, at times a little less, but I’m still happy that I’ve had a chance to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor because who knows when the next chance to see them will be.
Also great thanks go to Žedno Uho for organizing such an event and sadly this is the last event they will ever organize. It was a great ride while it lasted, but Žedno Uho will go down in history with a very fond memory judging by the reactions from this event. We who were there can be satisfied with what we saw and we will fondly cherish the memory of this great concert.