The 1,500-plus fans were stomping and shouting for more. It was WhoMadeWho's last concert of 2012, a special Christmas performance to end an incredible year.
The band had already ripped through tracks like 'Inside World', ‘Never had the Time', and 'Running Man' from their latest album, Brighter.
So when Tomas Høffding, Jeppe Kjellberg and Tomas Barfod launched into ‘Every Minute Alone’ from their 2011 mini-album, Knee Deep, the floor literally began hopping at Copenhagen’s iconic Vega concert hall.
It was one of the highlights of the night – and the year 2012 – which saw the Copenhagen-based trio releaseBrighter to rave reviews, tour intensively around the globe and build their fan base.
The Vega performance was also proof the band had come a long way since critics and fellow musicians began championing WhoMadeWho’s self-titled debut back in ‘05. Clubbers on Europe’s scene took notice of them as they shared the bill with the likes of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk and in ‘07 opening Benacassim as a (literally) last minute stand in for a British nu-rave entered the stage in skeleton outfits with the words: “Hello, we’re the Klaxons! From Denmark!”
It might have been around that time that NME wrote: “What would happen if WhoMadeWho got serious?”
Although the band’s concerts have always been an anarchic house party of sorts, the Brighter tour saw the band take on new colors and depth, silencing the critics who pigeonholed them as a mere punk-funk band.
The beginning of this year the band members retreated to their individual laptops and meeting up in the studio to cook up new sounds. Good vibes and abundant inspiration are making work a pleasure, they say.
“We’re still working in the same club-inspired land- and soundscape,” explains Tomas Barfod, the man behind the beats and drums. “Right now, the hard part is actually choosing which of the good songs won’t make the cut.”
Bass player and co-vocalist Tomas Høffding adds: “This time around, we’re going to fill the road a bit more. Think less pimped Mini and more posh Rolls Royce.”
And although the new songs will see the band working on a more guitar oriented, almost romantic, musical landscape, old fans of the band should not worry too much: Guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg, who shares vocal duties with Tomas H., reveals that the band have been working on “more guitar-oriented, almost romantic musical landscapes”.
“At the same time, our love for German techno is still present,” says Jeppe Kjellberg, guitarist and co-vocalist: “Right now I don’t know where we’ll end, but I’m certain it will be a fun place.”
That’s a teaser that seems to open the door to more questions. So while WhoMadeWho may lack a question mark in their name, 2013 could be the year where they add a exclamation mark.
The new album is set for release March, 2014.
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