Live Review: Casiokids with Hundred Visions at DC9, Washington, DC – 17th October 2011

By on Thursday, 20th October 2011 at 2:00 pm

The last appearance of Casiokids at Washington’s DC9 was 1 year, 2 weeks and 3 days of their gig this month at the same venue. However, unlike the 2010 show here that was helped considerably by Liberation Dance Party’s promised open bar and the gig happening on a Friday night, this one was on a Monday, and from what I could tell, it wasn’t heavily advertised either. I was worried that DC wasn’t going to make a good showing but thankfully, my fears were put to rest from the first song the spirited Norwegians played.

Casiokids didn’t have an opener as a Liberation Dance Party headliner the last time, but on this occasion, they brought with them Hundred Visions, a band that despite its name was surprisingly neither a dream pop nor psych rock band. That’s the odd thing about this group. They’re from Austin, Texas, but they sound like an amalgamation of indie rock and country, with an occasional funky bass line thrown in (that threw me for a loop). At the beginning they seemed quite tentative, not sure how the DC crowd would react to them. But then they soon got into a groove, with singer/guitarist Ben Maddox jumping up and down as if he were We Are Scientists’ Keith Murray or Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. Guitarist Johnny Krueger, with his black baseball cap, looked more Limp Bizkit than the rest of the band who were dressed vaguely indie, but the way he was playing his guitar…like whoa. I didn’t think any band could successfully warm up a crowd for a headliner like Casiokids, but they did their job admirably.

The word ‘energetic’ isn’t sufficient to describe Casiokids’ set. That would be putting it far too mildly. Considering they’d just hopped off a plane from Bergen via Frankfurt and Newark just hours before, they weren’t showing any signs of flagging. As soon as I saw the famed pineapple maraca, I knew we were in for a good show, regardless of it being a Monday night. In a shock move, they just released ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’, their new album, here in North America, Norway and Japan (what do you mean Europe gets this album in January 2012, months later? Really?) and this DC show was the first live American airing of the new material. ‘Det haster!’, the Moshi Moshi single we offered up as a free MP3 of the Day 2 weeks ago, was brilliant, as was ‘London Zoo’, the song which Ketil Kinden Endresen commented that they hoped they would be able to perform at the London Olympics next year. Dare to dream, eh?

The last song though was the icing on the cake: ‘Fot i hose’, the song appeared on FIFA 10 that made them globally known, was extended, with everyone in the front row offered some kind of percussion while everyone in the club kicked up their heels. Unfortunately, with camera in hand, your faithful editor never managed a hand on the proferred pineapple but you can’t have everything, can you… And while the show was nowhere near as rammed as their last show in our fair city, it didn’t matter. Well done, Washington, you showed yet again that this city should be considered alongside DC and LA as a tour stop that is completely viable for dance bands. And of course well done, Casiokids. They still sing in Norwegian and that’s no barrier at all to the multi-coloured dance party they bring wherever they go.

After the cut: set list.

Casiokids Set List
Det haster!
Gront lys i alle ledd
Golden Years
Olympiske Leker
Verdens storste Land
London Zoo
Finn bikkjen!
Fot i hose

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