Inside Amplifest: Bohren & Der Club of Gore

VICE Portugal wrote something earlier today about Bohren & Der Club of Gore that we must assume to be the truthful truth: what happens in the darkest night doesn’t stay there, because the German act imbues their music with it. Although Barn Owl might have something to say about it, there’s no way of getting darker than with records like Dolores and Black Earth. Bohren & Der Club of Gore’s music is truly about dying stars, light in the end of the tunnel and all kind of fading clarity. Because once they start playing, our eyes start to shut and our senses to get blurry. Gosh, are they good!

Knowing of all this, we couldn’t be more excited to have them over for Amplifest and, of course, to have a chat with Morten Gass about it:

This is your first time in Portugal, what do you expect of the Amplifest audience?

Our expectations are always and everywhere quite low. This seems to be the nature of this band. At least we hope that there will be a few die-hard people left in the hall at the end of our show.

We like surprises, but what can we expect from your show?

Well, first don’t take the word show as serious as in Las Vegas. In other words there will be no white tigers and nor a confetti rain on stage. Just like our music, it’s a very bleak performance, with minimum lightshow but big entertainment, we hope…

What band do you really want to see at Amplifest?

I do not know all the bands on the festival, therefore Six Organs of Admittance.

What records have you been listening lately?

HAARP: Husks, Beach House: bloom, BONEY M.: boonoonoonoos.

Enough about music, Amplifest is also about other arts. What have books have you been reading and what movies have you been watching lately that you want to recommend?

I’ve just laid flat with a nasty stomach and intestinal virus for the last two days and watched one half of Season two from Miami Vice. I’m really looking forward to my next flu.

Say what you have to say (and you can even point out at the Beach House record above), but there’s no way Bohren & Der Club of Gore is not about daydreaming. Or night-wakening. As long as it is dark, it is Bohren and it is Gore.

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