the “dark side of the Sneaker Pimps", are on tour in
Germany. What to expect? Definitely a concert of a special kind.
Less a real band but rather a piece of art mixed of music and
visual conception, IAMX show impressively that
also an electronic band can present a grandiose and powerful show.
was founded 2003 by mastermind and singer of the Sneaker Pimps
Chris Corner. First planned as a short-lived solo project, IAMX
now takes more and more room and develops to Corner’s main
project. IAMX is not really a band, or in Corners
own words: “It’s an act”. New Musical Express
and Q-Magazine celebrate IAMX as the “next
big thing”. And I guess in a year from now on, the Kulturfabrik
might be too small for the band.
the evening was :: WARREN
SUICIDE :: for Berlin, which were totally
unknown to me. The show started with a mind-blowing noise coming
out from the machines and a megaphone. Somehow you feel reminded
of a mixture of Einstürzende Neubauten and Atari Teenage
Riot. There was not more necessary than pushing drums, a guitar
and a notebook to pull the audience on their side. The whole band
was in a good mood and they really impressed with a powerful performing.
WARREN SUICIDE was the perfect opener for IAMX.
30 minutes WARREN SUICIDE left the stage (under
loud applause by the audience) to make room for the headline for
the evening IAMX.
I had to miss IAMX at Bochum Total in July 2006
but lots of my friends told me the even at daylight the show of
IAMX is extraordinary and I was very curious.
But what happened was for beyond my expectations. The performance
in Krefeld was extraordinary. Not only for the audience but also
for the band because they played about 100 minutes instead of
planned 70 minutes.
past ten the event :: IAMX
:: begun. When the beamer started to project pictures
to the screen, the band entered the stage. Last to enter the stage
was Chris Corner dressed in black in kind of a tight suit and
a black hat – as thin as a rake (he reminded me very much
of David Bowie during the Glass-Spiders-Tour). But you felt it
from the very first second: If someone belongs onto a stage, it’s
definitely Chris Corner. This man is an entertainer who is able
to deal with his audience very well. The show started with the
title track for the current album – The Alternative.
But The Alternative was only the beginning and Chris
Corner continued with highlights. Followed up by Kiss &
Swallow, the title track of the first album and Bring
Me Back A Dog. As a first, personal highlight Chris introduced
The Negative Sex as the fourth song of the set.
a start it was time for some more relaxing songs: Song Of
Imaginary Beings and This Will Make You Love Again.
While Chris Corner usually plays his keyboard passages with his
back turned to the audience, he changed to the keyboard of his
female band mate and played some kind of acoustic version together
with her while the rest of the band had left the stage. The song
was one of the highlights of the whole show and it really gave
you the chills.
The next three
songs – Mercy, Sailor and Skin Vision
– were taken from the debut album Kiss &
Swallow. Mercy is a calm and poppy song,
but never boring at all. The following Sailor is rougher
and more edged, while Skin Vision could also have been
found on the latest Sneaker Pimps album. The remaining two songs
of the main set – the dynamic Nightlife and the
recent single release and ear candy piece Spit It Out
– were taken from the current album.
After a short
break it was time for the first encore. They started with I
Like Pretending and followed by After Every Party I Die,
which described the evening very well. The band left the stage
again but returned very quickly for the final three songs starting
with You Stick It In Me – sung by female voice
and Chris presenting the song with a slightly gay intention what
could bring a smile to your face. During Missile, Chris
reached his vocal climax. You felt that he lived that song. Last
but not least, Your Joy Is My Low ended the evening.
Chris’ voice was just perfect during the whole show –
it sounded powerful, strong, soft, tragic, and a bit feminine
– just how the songs demanded it. An extra touch was added
by the female vocals of the pretty keyboard player.
second encore, the show was reduced to the max for Missile
and just the lyrics of the song were projected to the screen.
After this song, Chris surprisingly left the band while his band
mates started the last song. But he returned very fast to present
the final song Your Joy Is My Low and released a very
satisfied audience afterwards. After the show, you could hear
lots of compliments everywhere.
Setlist: Intro, The Alternative, Kiss &
Swallow, Bring Me Back A Dog, The Negative Sex, President, Song
Of Imaginary Beings, This Will Make You Love Again, Mercy, Sailor,
Skin Vision, Nightlife, Spit It Out // I Like Pretending, After
Every Party I Die // You Stick It In Me, Missile // Your Joy Is