09/14/16 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CORead More
09/16/16 Rickshaw Shop - San Francisco, CA
09/17/16 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
09/18/16 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
10/03/16 Mojo Club, Hamburg (DE)
10/04/16 Gebaude 9, Cologne (DE)
10/05/16 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels (BE)
10/07/16 Kranhalle, Munchen (DE)
10/09/16 Bogan F, Zurich (CH)
10/11/16 Dr Koncerthuset, Copenhagen (DK)
10/12/16 Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)
11/01/16 Heaven, London (UK)
12/11/16 Nobel Peace Prize Concert - Oslo (NO)
Opening the show was local band three-piece Verskotzi, playing a 30-min set of indie-synth pop music. The band was named after its singer Joey Verskotzi, who is always handsomely dressed. We previously caught the band when they opened up for Joy Formidable last October 2015.
Now that Highasakite is the headliner, they’re given the length of time to play a full show, without compromises. Most of the band also dressed in gold lamé clothing... in keeping with a ‘gold’ theme.
The thing to know is that this band is that they’re used to playing much bigger stages, particularly massive music festivals (just recently: Parkenfestivalen, Øya Festival, and Latitude Festival)... so they have synchronized light umbrella/reflective backdrops and a big dance sound (especially when the French Horn comes out!). Seeing the entire band barely fitting on stage with all the light equipment ... well it was just a little too overkill for the tiny 7th Street Entry. Clearly, they should be on a bigger stage.
Singer Ingrid Helene Håvik hardly stood still, constantly dancing throughout their set. Since we’ve seen her dance on a roomier stage, I felt that the cramp small area she had in the center restricted her crazier dance moves.
After announcing ‘Since Last Wednesday’ as their last song, the crowd grew anxious for the encore. Instead of actually going off the stage, the band decided to not leave when the lights were turned off. Then, in near silence, a single word, “Lover...” was spoken. Immediately the crowd cheered as the band continued to play their finale, ‘Lover, Where Do You Live?’
Funny enough, the middle of the song, when Ingrid sings “Lover, where do you live?”, a fan in the audience answered, “Minneapolis!”
Highasakite’s Camp Echo is out now on Propeller Records / Universal Music.
Highasakite at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (12 September 2016)