A few weeks ago we published the preview for the Atlantic Attraction concert on 29 January. Now it’s time for an in-depth review.
First things first: We’re impressed.
But let’s do this step by step.
For those of you who need a quick reminder on who Atlantic Attraction are:
They’re a young indie-rock band consisting of four nice guys from the Netherlands who compare themselves (and have already toured with) bands such as Kensington or Young the Giant.
They have started making music together after highschool and they’re here to show you just how many things can be done with a synthesizer.
As mentioned above, they came to Hamburg on the 29th for their concert in Maria’s Ballroom, which is in Harburg. And for those of you wondering: Yes, we did get lost on our way there – who doesn’t get lost in Harburg?
However, the venue is actually quite phenomenal.
On first entering the place it looks just like your ordinary suburban/village pub: a small, smoke-filled room with furniture that seems to have been there since the late 1970s and a handful of people who look like you could find them sitting on that same furniture every day of the week, drinking the same beer, having the same conversations with the same friendly young bartender.
But there’s a lot more to Maria’s Ballroom than that.
Firstly, there are actually three rooms in total, of which one functioned as the backstage area for the night (and let me tell you, other than the Anglarium I’ve probably never been in a more comfortable room: cosy wooden furniture, large glass cabinets full of medals from some sort of sports club and a bunch of comfy sofas), whereas the other one had an actual stage, a separate bar, cool lighting and amazing decorations (humping dogs and firebreathing neon dragons, hello?).
What I’m trying to say here is: there’s more to Harburg than meets the eye and it’s worth crossing the river every once in a while, because if you do, you might find some hidden, vastly underrated treasures such as Maria’s Ballroom.
Now, as to the real purpose of the night:
The band was incredibly nice, we got to hang out backstage with all of them, and they even drove us home when we missed the last train.
Sadly, not that many people showed up for the concert, which is a real shame, considering how great both Atlantic Attraction and their support Jan Pape Band were.
So when the support band began playing, there were only a handful of people in the room.
But let me tell you, these fellows know how to get even the smallest of audience to cooperate and feel excited, thus eventually everybody ended up chanting the chorus “Alles ist Pop“ (from the same-titled song) and dancing.
Seriously, as much as you should check out Atlantic Attraction after reading this article, you should also make sure to have a look at Jan Pape Band.
Following a small break, Atlantic Attraction then finally hit the stage, enveloping the audience in the sound of their synthesizer.
Now, we all know that there’s a big difference in listening to a bands’ record versus seeing them live and I have to admit, I’d highly suggest you try and see these four talented guys live.
Because not only does their music rock. They are also so full of energy, so full of excitement about being able to make music and play live in front of an audience, (And it doesn’t matter how big or small the audience is, they’ll give their best anyway.) that you cannot help but feel swept away.
And, according to leadsinger Kevin, this is exactly what they’re trying to achieve, as he says that what they want people to take away from their music is the feeling that it’s ‘okay to express your feelings’ and they want to achieve this by getting people to celebrate and have fun. That’s why it’s very important to them that their music is also danceable, which it is – that much I can vow for.
So even though the show-up was a bit disappointing, the evening was still a success: the bands, the audience and everyone else involved had a blast, and career-wise things are looking up for Atlantic Attraction, anyway, as they have been approached by a booker after the show.
And they deserve it: the band has already gone through quite a lot to be able to make music, including weird medical experiments, they had to submit to in order to finance their project.
(For the full interview, check the soundcloud file below)
To conclude this rant: If you weren’t there on the last Thursday this January, you have missed out, my friend.
It’s all right, though, I bet we’ll be hearing a lot more of Atlantic Attraction over the next years, as these guys are just getting started, so make sure to check them out when you get a chance.
It’s worth it, I promise.
Here’s the full interview, enjoy:
And more music:
This article was brought to you by Tamara Nehls and Sara Hanfler