Last week Friday, MRB and I went to see one of my favourite bands live in Amsterdam: Archive! I have seen them once before, many years ago (after the release of the album Noise), and since they came out with a beautiful new LP: Restriction, they are treating people all over Europe to concerts in the past and following weeks.
Archive is a large, 10 people band with a lot of diversity and dynamism in their music, toying with their approach to sound and composition, borrowing from diverse music genres to create a full-bodied sound where silence and music pay equal parts of importance. They played a multitude of newer and older songs, from You Make Me Feel of the 1999 album Take my Head to the newest releases, including the beautiful and extraordinary ballad End of Our Days. After the finished set they treated us to the most fantastic encore: Lights! I did not expect them to play an almost 20-minute song on this concert, so I was surprised and delighted to hear this live.
After the concert we went for a drink to a nearby Café-restaurant Stanislavski, part of the Stadsschouwburg – the municipal theatre of Amsterdam. It is located in a beautiful building from 1894, neo-Renaissance, very bright and tall inside, a complete opposite of what a typical Dutch ” brown bar” looks like. We had a great time before we headed off to sleep a bit before the next day.
We stayed in Amsterdam for a couple of hours to take a stroll through the old town in the rain and a dash of sunshine. I like Amsterdam, it is a wonderful city to visit and it was great to walk around the place once again.
The coming weekend will be much more running and much less party, but I wish you everyone a great time!
What are your plans for the coming weekend?