YouYouYou opened proceedings at Pumpethuset’s Byhaven stage, when they played a free double concert in the venue’s cosy backyard last Friday, 25. July. The band’s chill brand of atmospheric electro-pop was the perfect cooling remedy to the laid back crowd, who were sipping cold beers in the beautifully warm Copenhagen sun. Singer and songwriter Rasmus Poulsen roused his band mates with an impressively soulful vocal performance. He climbed all over the stage, at one point ascending a nearby table, much to the delight/surprise of onlookers. The highlight came with the icy single „Trust No One”. With a blend of The XX’s drum minimalism and melodies not out of place on the pop charts, YouYouYou demanded the crowd’s attention.
By the time Fitness Figures popped onto stage, there was a sizeable throng of people gathered around the Byhaven stage. An obvious top button fastened, patterned shirt policy was in effect, causing much envy in this reviewer. Quite a sonic departure from YouYouYou, Fitness Figures mined 80′s hallmarks without irony. Featuring sparkly analogue synths and monotone vocal lines, the tracks would happily settle on a Duran Duran cut. This is not to detract from Fitness Figures sound, there is a definite Scandinavian twist on the well tread 80′s themes. The sounds are all there, the breezy arpeggiated keyboards and slap bass; the difference comes in the well constructed songs. The more contemporary (read: interesting) chord progressions inject a real sense of urgency into their sound. That, and they have a saxophone, adding a unique element to Fitness Figure’s considerably deep character.
Both promising bands were utterly satisfying, perfectly soundtracking the sleepy Copenhagen summer evening.
As mentioned before in our little guide about Danish Spring and Summer events you shouldn’t miss, Pumpehuset is putting on some excellent free concerts this summer. Check out the Facebook event for the Byhaven stage HERE.
Photos by Nick McKinlay