Review: Jackie Triste & The Twentieth Century @ fluc, Vienna

KLUB MOOZAK #68 presents Jackie Triste & The Twentieth Century @ Fluc, 28.05.2014

So I went to this occasion without any expectations. Neither had I heard of Jackie Triste ever before, nor did I have an idea what he or The Twentieth Century would sound like live (Ed. Note: The Twentieth Century were supposed to have their debut last year at the Pavlov’s Dogs club night in Rhiz, but unfortunately the show was cancelled). It turned out to be a nice bargain though and the way through this stormy night should really pay off.

Jackie Triste @ fluc, Vienna

But now for the facts: Péter Szabó opened the evening with a very astonishing set from his project “Jackie Triste”. The stunning part was the fact that he merely used a strange looking metal box to produce sounds with. Depending on how he held it, stroked it, patted it or hit it, he urged the awkward thing to make a different noise. Then he would send the signals straight to some 0815- stomp boxes, looped it and merged it all together into some very heavy rhythms at some points. But these weren’t appointed to hold on long; after a short while all was noise again. Peter moved the shiny metal thingy and started to produce some other noise, which had to find its place in the established sound conglomerate. Then he would end quickly. His tracks were short and I think this was a good thing; this way I really tried to concentrate and had the chance to catch some interesting nuances and variations of the noisy sounds while they blended into to rhythmic patterns.

The Twentieth Century @ fluc, Vienna

I think “The Twentieth Century” stood in a strong contrast to Jackie Triste. I mean that in respect of the musical approach, or more exactly, in the way how the music is presented. While “Jackie Triste” seemed more like a presentation of sound experiments, “The Twentieth Century” aimed more at a cinematic experience. While the first was something to concentrate, the latter was more to contemplate. A good thing for that evening, because it was a good blowout for the mind for today. So “The Twentieth Century” started a dark and droning set and played for half an hour. The cinematic aspect was fueled by a visual (which looked a bit like the evil version of Howls Moving Castle) and spreading fog on the stage. I had the feeling that it needed some time to really get into. But fortunately there was enough time for that. And so the music was really something to close ones eyes, lean back and try to not drift too far away, because it would mean to go despairingly astray.

The Twentieth Century @ fluc, Vienna

Maybe I have eroded my very first distinction of the two acts, with giving credit to “The Twentieth Century” that I had to concentrate myself on their music too in a way. The difference is maybe that they did nothing really surprising. But that is what I liked about their show, they’ve done it really good and produced a great atmosphere for their time playing. I hope this is what they tried, because if so, it worked out really well. On the other side was Jackie Triste with his very surprising approach. It was really interesting and indeed, both acts, made lust for more.

Text: Michael Poigner
Pictures: Svetlomir Slavchev