Live Review: Casiokids at DC9, Washington DC – 1st October 2010

By on Tuesday, 5th October 2010 at 2:00 pm

As I was saying to a Mancunian guitarist last week, music is such a wonderful thing. It means different things to different people, and that’s perfectly okay. Same goes for music in a language that might not be your own: you might not understand the lyrics but if you can understand the sentiment and the music moves you and you enjoy it, who cares?

This seems to be the rallying cry of Norway’s Casiokids, who like Icelandic band Sigur Ros have turned their noses to the primarily English-speaking popular music market by singing in their native tongue. I forget now which publication it was (I was going to say Pitchfork but I’m really not sure) but some online publication claimed that Casiokids would never make it internationally because they sang in Norwegian. A sold-out DC9 on Friday night tells a different story. If you recall, this is the same 200-capacity club Biffy Clyro couldn’t even sell out 2 weeks ago. My argument is that DC likes to dance, and Casiokids are just the right kind of band to deliver a fun set to kick off the weekend.

I saw the band’s tiny figures far, far away on the Odeon stage on the second day of Roskilde, but I could feel the energy these Scandinavian dance mavens were giving off and everyone there was just having acres of fun. So imagine my excitement that they were going to play tiny little DC9. As can be expected from their name, their stage was filled with Casio keyboards showing varying degrees of wear but when played they were perfect. One of the main keyboard players, Ketil Kinden Endresen, had a cute little pineapple maraca. I so want one like that! Seeing it on stage even before they started, I had a feeling that this set was going to be tropical and dancey, and I was right.

It was really cute how sometimes lead singer Fredrik Øgreid Vogsborg was dedicating different songs to different groups of people. ‘Verdens største land’ (‘World’s Biggest Country’) was dedicated to the locals after he innocently and humourously asked, “is there anyone here from Washington? Yeah?” ‘Finn bikkjen!’ was so much fun – I remember hearing this at Roskilde, the crowd going absolutely mental and riding the wave of euphoria that Casiokids creates onstage. At one point they gave one girl the pineapple maraca and another was invited onstage to bang on the cowbell. Who does that? What fun.The closer, ‘Fot i hose’, is probably one you have heard if you are a sport gamer, as it was used on a FIFA video game. Just so groovy.

The only disappointment? No one showed up in bear or monkey costumes on stage, something that’s pretty much assured at Casiokids gigs. I imagine they are eager to come back here after such an amazing reception and I hope they bring their furry friends with them next time.

More photos after the cut.

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