photos by Zach Dilgard
The Danish bands Efterklang and Slaraffenland passed through NYC to play Knitting Factory on Wednesday night (May 28, 2008).
Slaraffenland played first and was joined on stage by Efterklang’s drummer for a few songs (see below for why). Efterklang played last and was joined by all of Slaraffenland during the encore. That put around 13 or 14 people total on stage at the end of the show, including….. Christopher Taylor from Grizzly Bear who got to show off his skills on the tambourine. Casper Clausen of Efterklang said that every time they see Christopher, he gives them some haircuts.
Live, Slaraffenland are pretty fascinating to watch, as all the members sing and play at least two instruments… often within the same song. The guitarist played the oboe; the percussionist played a variety of woodwinds; the bassist also played flute; and the keyboardist / sampler was often seen with a trombone. I’m sure the drummer also was a multi-instrumentalist but he was absent at Knitting Factory — a new father, he had to leave the tour early for daddy duty.
He follows that by saying that Efterklang….
were a little too affected for my tastes, both musically (a lot more precious and grandiose) and visually (they band wore turn-of-the-century garb, including those weird golf/riding pants that are baggy at the thigh and tight through the calf).
Ray went to the CT show and said Efterkland “was a truly hypnotic experience”. More pictures from Knitting Factory below….