For a few depraved souls, the off-off venue Kaffistofan was the ultimate place to be on Airwaves Saturday. This venue was so underground it even failed to make the Airwaves off-venue schedule. This small white house on Hverfisgata used to serve free coffee to homeless people but a couple of years ago it was taken over by art students who’ve used it as a squat-slash-gallery.
Seeing that this event kept changing its starting time on Facebook its pretty lucky that I actually got to see anything at all. The crowd counted perhaps a total of twenty people (most of them moonshine drinking teenagers), many of whom apparently dispersed after the rather missable preceding performances. I just managed to catch The Dandelion Seeds, a band previously known as Kid Twist. The name change apparently came about when the band members discovered the apparent existence of a famous rapper called Kid Twist. Their new name draws from the song Dandelion Seeds by July, a British cult psych band, obviously a heavy inspiration.
When the five fresh faced youngsters came on stage something quite magical happened. These British invasion styled feedback rockers created an amazing and all-encompassing wall of noise with sixties psych-patterned videos overlaid on sixties soft porn and go go dancing projecting in the background. The gallery space turned out to be a magnificent venue, with plenty of space for the musicians and plenty of walls for the sound to resonate from. If you mix up the British blues invasion, the psych of UFO and Middle Earth with the eighties feedback world of Spacemen 3 and Loop, and stir in a hefty dose of darkwave, you’ll get The Dandelion Seeds. How’s that for a wicked recipe? The Dandelion Seeds do seem to live in their own little world of sixties psychedelia but at least they’re doing something completely different from anyone else playing Airwaves this year. They managed to create a stunning show and a sonic explosion that will be hard to forget.