The Melkweg is a great little venue, a former dairy set next to a canal within a stones throw of lots of bars and in a pretty central part of 'the Dam'. I wasn't prepared for the compulsory 10,50 Euros charge for three monthly memberships to allow us to actually get in with our tickets, but I had booked the tickets on the strength of my dutch (which is zero) so I could very well have missed the bit that said this was necessary.
The show itself was fun. My favourites such as 'Foux du Fafa', 'Robots' and 'Business Time' all sounded superb. The crowd was pretty much laughing before each of the songs began and I did get that slight feeling of over familiarity with the material, a little bit like when you've seen a comedian a few too many times and they start recycling the same jokes. Yes they are still funny but they do start to loose their edge somewhat the tenth time round. (Please cult fans - don't knock me for saying that!)
Even though FOTC released their second album 'I Told You I Was Freaky' last November, their set still relied heavily on their self titled first album. There were some instruments still unused at the end of the set which made me wonder if they either ran out of time or perhaps chickened out of playing some of their newer material. An audience member pointed out the tiny red piano at the centre of the stage hadn't been played to which Jemaine responded "we just keep that little piano on stage to make Brett look bigger".
Sure, they were a bit rusty (forgetting how some of the songs went) what with it being the first night of their tour but funny stage banter linked everything together nicely so you could easily forgive them, sometimes it's important not to take such details too seriously.
All in all, really fun evening but keen to see where FOTC take things next.
[Photo by Elger van der Wel]
In other news- things that I have grown in my garden that have now been eaten by snails while we've been away- kidney beans, courgettes, marigolds (they were only 2cm high!), sweet peas, raddishs and sunflowers. Pffft. Snails taking advantage of my absence.