Pumpwerk in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, is by far one of the best
venues here in the north for a show like the one of THE
CRÜXSHADOWS. Anyone who already has seen them playing
live will agree that this is the perfect place for Rogues performance.
There are lots of things to climb on and to jump from. Plus, the
restaurant next door is really delicious. Even if it took quite
a while until we got our dishes so we nearly missed the start
of the opener EGO LIKENESS that evening.
~ is a talented band from America’s east
cost, the area around Baltimore. Their electronic, dark Trip-Hop
fitted quite well to the sound of the Crüxshadows.
The duo Donna Lynch (beautiful voice) and Steven Archer was just
supported by a bassist on stage, no other additional musicians.
Really impressing beside the music is the fact that Steven draws
and sells his artwork at their merchandize stand. During the Crüxshadows
gig some of his dark sketches were displayed beneath their albums.
They are definitely worth a look (or two). Their set itself was
limited to about 30 minutes, which was a pity because the audience
called for encores. So they finished with the song Isabel,
one of the songs based on a novel. Isabel is a protagonist of
Donna’s not yet published book “The Good Mothers”.
Good set just way too short.
Setlist: Second Skin, 16 Miles, Hurricane,
Aviary, Blind Arms, Hydra, Above The Soil, Isabel
kicked off their set 30 minutes later. Before the show rumours
were afloat that the gig might be delayed because the band forgot
one of the notebooks in a hotel in Düsseldorf, where they
stopped on their 30 hours trip from Portugal to Germany. Anyway,
an express courier solved that situation on time. The band itself
didn’t seem to be much exhausted after such a long journey.
As always, Rogue started the gig in the back of the hall walking
through the audience to the stage, equipped with two torches in
his hands and a wireless headset. So he climbed on every step
and machine part in this old factory building. Dancing, screaming
and joking with some blokes in the audience, always trying to
stay in touch with the crowd. He talked in German and danced with
lots of people to CRÜXSHADOWS’s songs.
As a result of Rogue’s performance one really can say the
gig took place in the hall (not on stage). Rogue was supported
by Rachel McDonnell (as always) on violin, George Bikos on guitars,
Trevor Brown on keyboards and two stage-dancers: Sarah Poulos
and Jessica Lackey (also the CRÜXSHADOWS
road manager). The gig ended with the audience dancing on stage
to the final song of the main set. 3 encores followed. Quite interesting
is that they never used a setlist for their shows. I never noticed
that before when I saw them live. The only list that exists can
be seen on the computer on stage.
Besides, the band has just released a DVD called Shadowbox
which was filmed in a huge aircraft hangar during a show at last
year's Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig. This concert is about 120
minutes and is full of all-time CRÜXSHADOWS
classics like Winterborn, Marilyn My Bitterness
and many more.
Setlist: Annabel Lee, Foreverlast, Tears,
Dragonfly, Deception, Eurydice (Don’t Follow), Helen, The
Edge Of The World, Return (Coming Home), Citadel, Winterborn (This
Sacrifice), Binary, Resist, Marilyn My Bitterness, Monsters, Go
CRÜXSHADOWS shows are amazing. It was really
a great live performance. If you have the chance to see them live,
don't miss it!