Lethargy – Rote Fabrik, Zürich, 10.8.2018
About 4 years ago, when I first moved here, I went city discovering. One of my aims : to find a new record store where I would go from time to time to get some new and fresh notes into my life.
How I came upon Jamarico in the end, I don’t remember, I suspect good old web browsing and kind of knowing where the shop was. Due to the recent changes in my life, I had not done any record shopping in a while, and it was an autumn or winter evening, or maybe a gray saturday, at least that’s what my mind comes up with, when I went for it, or let’s put it this way, a perfect day to go havoc and stock up. After I got into listening to some stuff I had been looking for, I also got some recommendations from the guy behind the counter. One of these was one of his personal, favorite live acts : a live album by Fink. News to me. And I do remember instantly regretting not having been at that recent Zurich concert the record store guy went on about. The album actually was the odd one out in my pile, and for instant liking and for the sake of the record store guy’s enthusiasm, i bought it too. and ever since, I just came and still come back to that album and have been looking for going listen to Fink on a live set ever since.
When I saw that he was playing Zurich, I didn’t hesitate a minute to get a ticket. Well, I ended up buying the whole festival pass for Lethargy at the Rote Fabrik also because there might be a second act I like on a later day, and even though I was shattered after my first week at work, I took that train across the city, and wondered once more, why I did not go more often to the Rote Fabrik, this beautiful setting down by the lake.
It sure is one of these brilliant places, their Seebühne. Spot on, and yeah, the deco for the festival is just part of the magic.
The concert was one of the really good ones I’ve been to this year. It was as dense and as carrying away as that perfect live album I knew of him. The rhythms and the guys on stage, great musicians. Or, wait, were they magicians. It was a great moment in time, and yet one downside, it was far too short an act to my liking. Festival, indeed. But I really, really, really appreciated it, danced and got carried away into a present which is now in my past, but which I hopefully can get myself back into anytime in listening some more to his discs. The crowd was very appreciative and felt happy to me and I think the band had a good moment too. I know what’s going to be in my ears for a while now. And I am of course looking for the next concert by Fink – and this will hopefully be soon. We need more of you.