Last Friday, Milky Chance
released their very much-anticipated second album, Blossom
(find our review of the album here
) and you better believe I was listening to it on repeat throughout the day. Plus, later that night, I caught Milky Chance at (le) Poisson Rouge for their album release show and it was 90-minutes of an overwhelming mutual love between the fans and the band.
There isn't a group that comes close to Milky Chance's sound. Hailing from Kassel, Germany, their sound is a blend of folk, indie-pop, and electronica with reggae and house influences. When you listen to their music, there isn't anything you can compare it to. And because of their unique sound, they've accumulated an extremely strong fan base.
The fans filled the venue from wall-to-wall. Once the lights turned off and Milky Chance walked out onto the stage, the roar from the crowd almost felt like we were in a huge stadium with thousands of people - when really, we were at the intimate LPR.
For the next hour and a half, Milky Chance played songs from Blossom
and the crowd sang along. The album wasn't even out for a full 24 hours before the show and people knew all the words to each song. They opened with "Clouds" and played the previously released "Ego" and "Doing Good" early in the show, which all were highlights. The duo, which consists of Clemens Rehbein and Phillip Dausch, were joined onstage by Antonio Greger, who assisted with vocals and performed some of the best harmonica solos I've ever witnessed. During "Peripeteia," Greger shredded on his harmonica for at least
a full minute and pretty much put everyone in a trance.
Towards the end of the show, the German alt pop duo threw in "Sadnecessary" from their debut album and of course, "Stolen Dance" for the encore - which was an obvious highlight of the night. It was refreshing to see the majority of the crowd wasn't there just
for the last song. The crowd's passion towards the duo was at an all-time high throughout the set and I'd even hear a few "I love you, Milky Chance!" screams in between songs.
Milky Chance is a unique duo all-around and you could feel the genuine appreciation Rehbein and Dausch have for the fans. They'll be on tour for a few more months and if you have the opportunity to catch a show, do it.
Also check out our interview with Milky Chance, here.