The Notwist at Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR (July 3, 2014)
Fans of the German art pop/experimental rock band, The Notwist, rejoiced earlier this with the announcement of Close to the Glass - the first studio (non-soundtrack) album since 2008's beloved The Devil, You + Me. The trio, aided by two additional musicians wowed the Portland crowd at Wonder Ballroom. It was relatively an intimate affair for the medium-sized venue but pre-Independence Day fireworks went off on stage and below; die-hard fans ranging from an entranced man who could not stop flexing every joint and muscle through the whole set to a group who lit up their lighters, they welcomed the return of The Notwist with a tidal wave of enthusiasm. The players gently eased us into their intricate universe where even Wii remote controls served as an extension of their musical expression, building up to a climax of cacophony, scratching the surface of their quasi-metal days. The Notwist are a rare band who are able to craft a beautiful precision in the studio and translate it into an enthralling live experience, without relying on stage props.
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