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Live Review: Klammer – Guerrilla Gig, Yorkshire, UK, 4th September 2020
Guerrilla Gig, Yorkshire, UK - 4th September 2020
Remember live music? it’s now pretty much a distant memory for most of us as gig after gig was cancelled as the pandemic spread, eventually the venues closed their doors, then the festivals began to disappear from spring and summer leaving a huge void in 2020. For me it’s been just over seven months, the longest gap since my mid teens, since I last experienced live music up close and personal as it’s meant to be, although tonight’s secret gig by post punk act Klammer does not mean that it’s business as usual. To start with there are no tickets, this was an invite only affair, so tonight promises to be something that is needed by the band and for those of us who just need our fix, secondly there’s the location and crowd, tonight sees me heading out across the pennines to catch Klammer in a secret location with a small socially distanced crowd… it’a a concert Jim, but not as we know it.
There has been a steady stream of virtual live music available to try and fill the void, everything from bedroom acoustic performances to full band sets in an empty sports stadium have been available online, but these never quite seem to hit the spot, that’s not a criticism of the bands, it’s just that without the crowd, sticky floors, random encounters and all the other chaotic elements that make gigs memorable are absent. No matter how unusual tonight’s set up might seem at first glance I was not going to refuse the offer of live music, of course I immediately accepted the invitation and once I’d found where I left my ear plugs back at the end of January, or more accurately where the cats had hidden them, I’m braving sobriety and Friday night traffic in the hope that tonight will scratch an itch that’s become ever more insistent.
After getting lost in the suburbs of Yorkshire, and exchanging several texts with the band to find the venue, I am eventually greeted by Klammer outside the ageing Victorian building that is hosting tonight’s guerrilla gig. Yorkshire hospitality is on offer, that’s beer and crisps to the uninitiated, and a small socially distant crowd is present for a night that hopefully signifies the gradual return of live music. Klammer are playing two sets tonight, the first revisits their earlier material, from the relatively poppier singles, such as ‘Spiral Girl‘ and ‘Modern God‘, to the darker and weightier tracks such as ‘Production‘ And ‘Tonight‘. The angular driven post punk suits the intimate, but socially distant, space that sees many experiencing live music for the first time in over six months, and it instantly reminds you just how much you’ve missed it.