Transcendent bubbling melodies, spindly guitar riffs and heavy-lidded yet heavenly vocals roaring with naivety and youth make out Communions’ rapidly growing collection of songs. Grounded in 80s and 90s Madchester sound, Communions create tracks with persistent reverberating drums that oscillate between stargazing dreams of life on the horizon, to the bleak reality of everyday life.
Topping “album of the year” charts with nothing more than a self-titled EP, Communions are currently leaping from being a promising upcoming act, to the status of front-runners of Danish rock – a reputation gained both in their home country as well as on the international music scene. On February 10th, Frost Festival proudly presents the young Copenhagen quartet in Himmelrummet.
With that transformation in mind, life has become more than ordinary for the four young Copenhageners in Communions. Meeting in high school, brothers Martin and Mads Rehof, Jacob van Deurs Formann and Frederik Lind Köppen got together as a band in 2013. Sharing the rehearsal space Mayhem with the likes of Iceage and Lower, Communions signed to Posh Isolation for the release of debut EP Cobblestones, followed by the internationally acclaimed single “So Long Sun”/”Love Stands Still”. Since then, performances at Roskilde Festival and all over Europe have followed, making the quartet a close-knit group of effortlessly expressive live performers.
Himmelrummet, with its expansive windows and white walls, acts as a blank canvas for Communions to unfold their sound and engulf Gefion High School. Gefion itself, formerly housing the Geological Museum, is set in the midst of Copenhagen’s cultural centre, making it the ideal venue for one of the most remarkable Danish rock bands to emerge in recent years.
Jakob Kvist brings his playful and hands-on approach to lighting design to Gefion High School. Using the built-in lightboxes in Himmelrummet, where the musicians will be performing, Kvist will use light to set the scene in the white mirrored room. The entrance space to Gefion, a multi-story rotunda, will also be taken under Jakob Kvist’s artistic eye. Light and smoke will transform the grand space into a spectacular gateway to the evening’s performance. Throughout his career, Kvist’s site-specific approach works primarily with the analogue opportunities afforded by light. In 2013 he won an iBYEN award for Experience of the Year. Through the use of light filters, light fixtures and lamps, the lighting in his projects is developed so that contextual historicity and distinctive architectural characteristics are accentuated, explored, or challenged.
UPDATE: Added support – Gents
A new kind of gents is coming to town. Though their band name is classic and their instruments 80s-inspired kitsch, Gents’ music sounds brand new (in an oddly familiar way). As synths provide shining melodies on top of beats from the drum machines, Niels Fejrskov Juhl’s impressive baryton croons. The lyrics bring evocative narratives to life, on one track as a sailor searches for a lighthouse, on another as an old man recounts his life on the seven seas. With their debut EP Embrace the Future, and a wide range of live performances, Gents have marked themselves as the new boys in town.