3/1/2015 by Rebeka Kónya
Back from their two-month long winter-vacation, the freshly rested Carbonfools raised the roof and our spirits to the highest, combining the audience’s favorite songs from both the newest and previous albums at their first concert of 2015.
For this year’s season-opening concert on February 28 The Carbonfools returned to Buda’s famous (but greedy) Barba Negra Music Club. Unlike almost exactly two years before, this time there was no one-hour delay, and the guys took the stage little after 10 p.m., following Drum and DJ’s “lukewarm-up” act.
The Hungarian electro-rock band opened their performance with “Call You” from their brand new album, entitled Carbonbliss, which was released at the beginning of last December. I was secretly hoping that Steve’s hurdy-gurdy would stay in the instrument line-up of all future gigs, but its presence during “Call You” at the album-release party seems to have been a special, one-time occasion. The song was, nevertheless, a great starter, representing the melancholy-toned half of Carbonbliss, but already making our feet move with its upbeat rhythm. The second song was “Like Kids,” an interesting surprise for me since my ears had gotten used to listening to the new album in its entirety over and over again. The guys shook it up and took me back to the world of their second youngest album, Carbonsweet, but they also called my attention to the similarity between the moods of the first two songs. After all that gloominess, they started to ease up the tension a little with the more hopeful and well-known “Closer,” leading us right onto the comic and ironic “Chocolate Factory.” Next came the “Easter Song” in keeping with the hopeful streak.
Things really started to get interesting when Balázs introduced the next song as an old favorite. Hardcore fans went crazy when “The Line” started. Newer and older, expert and inexperienced fans alike were delighted to hear the good ol’ “Clublights” next, and the crowd sang along as a unified whole. Then we calmed down and rested a little with the acoustic “Freckles” and Milán’s unmissable bass solo. After this little breather, it was time to go crazy again to “Birthday.” We returned to the new album with the next song called “Peter,” and continued with “Czechoslovakian Disco.” Meanwhile Balázs kept inquiringly examining the crowd, trying to determine how well we know the new lyrics, or maybe just attempting to feel all the smiles. “Give It To Me” closed the “new album section,” with a solo from Titusz and some interactive singing.
Then came the real innovation. The idea, like so many creative endeavors of the band, popped out of DJ Titusz’s head to perform a little mesh-up from popular Carbon-songs that have similar rhythm, this way seizing the opportunity to play more hits during the show. The unique mix included portions of the long missed “Mountains,” or as the concert-going crowd has come to know it, “Indián,” “Bag of Candy,” “Donkey,” “Keep on Waitin’,” “Opened Doors,” and concluded with “Black Rainbow.” I think this technique was also beneficial because only the beginnings and refrains of these songs had to be performed, which, let’s be honest, we are all the most familiar with. This spared Balázs the trouble of having to remember all the verses and was a great opportunity for the crowd to sing along.
Watch the performance of “Peter” here!
By that time, the gig was getting menacingly close to its end, so “Hideaway” had to appear, and it did, with the familiar insertion of a very relaxed cover of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Finally, all hell broke loose during “Pony.” Balázs got rid of his shirt and offered an opportunity for the audience to let go of all their frustrations by prompting them to scream at the top of their lungs. And to conclude it all, the encore consisted of the long-absent “So Tuff” and the ever-present “Sunset.”
All in all, I am delighted to say that the gig at Barba Negra was an excellent kick-off for the new concert-season, representing all the many sides of The Carbonfools with a remarkably colorful assortment of all their best and most beloved songs so far.
Anyone interested in what these fools cook up for next time, can get informed about the upcoming gigs on their Facebook page.
More photos here.