The German band And One performed a great show in Tel Aviv. I had little expectations from an electronic band from the 80s, but their style and their engagement with the the audience was wonderful, and I’m truly waiting for their next promised visit in 2009.
Picture credit: Jasmine.
The 80s were a dark period in music. The “dark 80s” style is even darker! It always amazes me that 80s song are still written nowadays. Morrissey, which will perform in Israel this summer, is one of the only great artists that emerged from the 80s.
But last Friday, Jasmine took me to And One’s concert in the Barby club. Three hours late of schedule (which is late also for a middle eastern country), they guys were on stage, and I enjoyed every minute, despite the lack of guitars on stage.
The only musical instruments that were used were two synthesizers, played by Chris Ruiz and Gio van Oli. They were responsible for all the sound. For someone who plays the guitar occasionally, and likes the sound of live music, this was weird, but that’s part of the genre, and they sure know how to make the people dance.
You can see here their hit “Sometimes”:
Steve Naghavi, the lead singer, sure has style. Dressed in a 3-part suit, and running all over the stage, he gave a great performance. I knew only a small portion of their repertoire, but enjoyed the act very much.
Apart from the band’s hits, they made cover versions of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, The Cure and a few more hits (from the 80s, naturally). Most of the songs were in English, whilst some were in German. The singer made his homework, and spoke various words in Hebrew with the enthusiastic crowd. He also promised to come back next year…