Kaikoo Popwave Festival 2012

This saturday, april 21, I got to the Kaikoo Popwave 2012 festival around 1:30PM and the last concert officially ended at 8:30. I left earlier, not finding any music suiting my taste around 8.

I obviously missed the second day; missed a chance to discover 20 new bands.

However here is what I witnessed.

An alternative music festival located on a parking lot in a deserted area (industrial?), precisely on the territory of the Museum of Maritime Science.

A festival well guarded: lots of staff hired to ask people to raise their arms in order to show the bracelets they would get after purchasing their ticket; a festival with iron fences to keep people from getting “lost” on-stage/near the artists.

A festival showing alternative music but with rather high security constraints:  crowd surfers were pulled out (often, by their legs) by security guards, very aware of who was to be excluded from the concert. Moshing, on the other hand, seemed tolerated, since the crowd was rather friendly…. with itself.

In this [alternative music] festival, lots of violent and loud music; but the entrance fee for children under 8 being nil, there were many kids hanging around their parents, dancing in front of the (loud) speakers; baby carriages all around, with infants sleeping….

Now for the music.


unexpected, unknown to me yet refreshing and enjoyable. Responding crowd, demonstrative attitudes on stage but not really pretentious musicians. Precise, violent music, generating some early-afternoon moshing.



Japanese Hip Hop at its best? I would not know, since I was not very attracted to the flow of these lads. Then again, let’s give them a chance:




Some partying music to which I was not sensitive, yet which I could not condemn. Here is a non-votive hint to find this guy:



One of the reasons of my being here, clearly; although I had forgotten about the girl band concept, I remembered it while discovering it was totally transgressed. I had not heard their music for a few years, and the integration of  traditional instruments was a most pleasant surprise.

Mystical, sometimes caricatural, perhaps the sound balance could have favored the traditional drums a bit more…. compared to the 2 guitars playing simple tunes. But I think the talent of the derbuka player, as well as that of the frame drum player, were questionable. I cannot say the same about their performance on this strange instrument reminding me of gamelan, the indonesian collective hammer based melodic-harmonic marvel.

Watch this video as a whole, or skip to 5-6 minutes to see what it becomes if you get bored.


The same  Eye as the guy who plays in Boredoms, friend of Zorn and so? Yes yes. But maybe not as experimental as I would have expected. Rather mainstream, perhaps demagogic even? I would throw the stone harder if I had not, in the end, enjoyed the show (though I was unable to capture any really interesting part).


Another reason for my presence. A reason to live! Great show; third time in 7 years I saw them so I guess I could say something like: they keep it up really nice. And they do, although the concert lasted not much more than 30 minutes. No very well-known songs, lots of pure hardcore stuff… They were clearly playing for an audience which knows their genre, which maybe was not the case in France (with Cheval de Frise, they played in an “experimental” context).


I was just hanging out there. After the end of a lame electro show (which displayed great sub-bass waves though), these guys arrive and everybody goes totally mad. I could feel they had some experience of the stage, and here you go, total mayhem for about 40 minutes.



It said “Ninja Tunes”, so I went. And it was pleasurable as hell to hear something as refined as this after the violence of the last few concerts. After a while the concert turned into pimped dance-hall beats, the tempo never changing did not help but, in a way, it was possible to concentrate on dancing. And listen to small changes. Or something like that.



It made me leave the festival. Presomptuous music, shit keyboards played with a jazzy intention; good drummer but so much pathos….. impossible after the rest. Fuck these guys.


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