Cancer has recently released two new songs and since a great news never comes alone, they also went on a mini Denmark tour immediately after, visiting Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen. I had the pleasure to assist to their concert at Voxhall in Aarhus, and I wasn’t disappointed. They played many (yet) unreleased tracks, lighting in me the hope to finally see coming very soon the long awaited full-length album!
Cancer live is a very special experience. The music is not necessarily easily accessible; it takes some concentration. You could say that Cancer, aka Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Kristian Finne Kristensen, are a bit the nerdy genius of the class – very quiet, a bit embarrassed even, and not especially glam, but so incredibly talented that they shut everybody up, when they finally decide to open up and show what they can. And if you can understand them, they’ll do magic. I have seen Cancer quite a few times now, and in my opinion they are one of the very few bands capable to put you in some kind of trance that instantly cleanses your head and heart, so that nothing else exists than that very moment here and now. Yep, so strong are the feelings, and they don’t need all kind of gimmicks to achieve it.
And it’s not only me. You should just try it. I had a friend attending the concert with me, who did not really know the band before. After the concert she said something that I think illustrates well the effect of Cancer’s music. It was something like: “I don’t know, I mean, I go to yoga every week to kind of meditate and relax and one concert with these guys has more effect than all the yoga classes together!”. Makes you wonder why they decided to call themselves Cancer.
Photos by Véronique Albasini