Yesterday night I was in my first concert here in Warsaw from A Place to Bury Strangers. These guys are probably the loudest band I've ever seen and I think they are one of the most exciting bands of this century. It's truly a sonic experience to see them. Something similar to seeing My Bloody Valentine live a few years ago. This was my third time and I'm getting more and more addicted to the kind of inner peace I feel while being literally invaded by that wall of distortion, loud guitars and raw energy.
They really like to push the limits of sound and it gets really loud. It was really funny to see people covering their ears or simply leaving the crowd. You can't just go and see APTBS. You have to know what you are going for and bring earplugs. Otherwise you are going to suffer, suffer badly! I don't think most people can actually enjoy that kind of sound but when you do, the sound takes your to higher levels of perception. I think once I read an interview with Oliver Ackermann, the band's leader, where he was saying something about that. About how loudness makes him feel somehow in peace. Or something like that.
This time I managed to speak with him before the concert as he was hanging out in the bar. One of the things about small venues and non mainstream bands is that you get to have access to the artists and interact with them. He seems a very fascinating character, very down to earth. At some point he told me "I like when things go crazy" so if you see people are not moving, start pushing them"! LOL! I was actually surrounded by people enjoying the concert so there was a lot of energy coming back and forth from the stage. The band never says a word to the crowd, they just come, blast shit up and leave. I really had a great time and I look forward to see them again.
The concert took place in a nice bar/club called Klub Hydrozagadka which is located in Praga district here in Warsaw. When I told some people I was going there, they all kinda of scared me saying that that district was very violent and that I shouldn't be walking in there alone, that Warsaw can get dangerous and that Polish people like to fight when they get drunk. I admit that for one second I even considered not going. Afterall, I just arrived in the city a couple of days ago and the thought of being involved in some rough situation all by myself wasn't so pleasing . But I made some online research and discovered that things changed over the past years and that a lot of artists and alternative people moved there. I also thought that fear should never prevent me from doing anything and especially in this case, I would never let it prevent me to go and see a concert. As I kind of predicted, Praga district (or at least the part i was in) became now some kind of "hipsterville" and seems totally harmeless. But it's interesting to see (I read that too), that for most of people in Warsaw, crossing the Vistula river to Praga during the night is off limits. I actually immediately felt like those are the places I want to discover during my stay here. Or at least until the first time I will be beaten by some big and drunk polish dudes!
I guess that's it for now here on the eastern front. It's been sunny early in the mornings so I am taking the chance to go for a run and discover the city! The world out there is strange these days (or maybe it has been for a long time already) but I am feeling well and safe from all the darkness surrounding our pre-apocalyptic lives. Been reading some interesting stuff and I'm continuing with my path. I don't know where I'm going but I will go all the way.