Johnossi concert review - Bygget Åre
John Engelbert and Oskar Bonde play Johnossis first gig of 2011 this windy evening in a relatively calm Åre.
Bygget is a small nightclub/restaurant in central Åre (Swedens most exclusive ski resort) and my first impression of the premises is much like "Woah, is Johnossi really going to play here tonight?". I've only seen Johnossi perform outside on large arena stages before so this was quite an new experience for me. Even though it's a small stage I think this is the kind of gigs that John and Oskar prefer. Here they really can deliver their high class energetic rock-flow the way they want to, as an confident and laidback duo.
Just like their 2010 setlist they open up with Mavericks, a perfect opening song with it's tempo rising through the whole song until the solo, when it all explodes into pieces and leaving the crowd completley warmed up for the rest of the concert. Right after Mavericks John pauses a second to tell us a story. The story is about how he used to go up to Åre with his parents for skiing and that he used to run around along the corridors of Bygget while his parents were dining in the restaurant, and now hes back with nostalgia crawling up his spine.
When John covers a part of The End by The Doors between two songs it feels like time stops for a second and a sudden spark of energy blasted out in the room. This sudden spark is something that has been bubbeling beneath the surface the whole time while writing the Mavericks album and tonight, finally after "three weeks asleep" as John said he had been during christmas, it finally exploded.
In comparison to their former albums Johnossi and All they Ever Wanted, Mavericks feels like an attempt to grow up and that they have a will to write wider music. So the energetic spark made the seed of maturity bloom. It was distinct on stage because after this John wouldn't stop jumping around on stage and the whole concert room followed and contributed to an unbelievable sweat-fest. Even the classical pretend-to-end trick wasn't more than a minute long and John bursted out from backstage and almost ripped the guitar from the technician.
The concert ends with the duo crowd surfing and well back on stage John just laid down to seize the moment while returning oxygen to his lungs aroused with adrenaline.
Much talk about John but even though they are just two, he is the one standing out. Oskar is as usual a bit dreamy and absent during the whole performance.