The Eclectic Moniker bring summer to Denmark

Hand me a tequila sunrise, put me on a plane and take me to Trinidad. Right now. I’m ready. Let’s go. Sarah Murphy reviews The Eclectic Moniker.

Photo by Nicholas McKinlay

Review by Sarah Murphy

The Eclectic Moniker took centre stage at the Scandinavian Congress Centre last night belting out the most unexpected mix of indie rock, made for radio pop hits and calypso love songs.

You may have been forgiven for thinking it was a sizzling hot summer’s night and that you would find yourself a nice hammock ready to be lulled to sleep by the crashing crystal clear waves, following the gig.

Taking inspiration from a list of destinations as varied as the band members themselves, this musical collective from Odense was certainly a welcomed surprise amongst a headlining lineup which appeared to be a little too much on the heavy rock side.

If SPOT festival has confirmed one thing it is that the Danes are slightly shy when it comes to getting their groove on and letting the music transport them. If there was ever a band to get them shaking their tail feathers, The Eclectic Moniker is it and boy oh boy did the crowd let loose.

If SPOT festival has confirmed one thing it is that the Danes are slightly shy when it comes to getting their groove on and letting the music transport them

Front man and songwriter Frederik Vedersø was a delight to see work the stage. If you didn’t fall in love with his rugged Scandinavian good looks you would have most definitely felt the need to take him home to meet your parents – this is one front man whos rock-ready exterior is contrasted by a soft natured and gentle disposition that beams from the stage. Donning a seriously impressive beard that would put any self respected Viking to shame, Vedersø has a voice that is easy on the ears.

Not to mention he is possibly the only person you could ever imagine who is able to somehow pull off a triangle (yes that’s right – the musical instrument) hanging from his earlobe.

Speaking of sexy; I’m not sure whether it was the festival atmosphere and the audience were feeling the effects of a few too many beers or if they were warmed up and ready to go following Go Go Berlin’s hard hitting, ridiculously sexy rock set but something was certainly in the air. I think a few of the audience member’s may have misunderstood the terms and conditions of the Do it for Denmark Campaign. Lets just say there was a lot of close contact and lip locking obstructing our view to the stage.

I think a few of the audience member’s may have misunderstood the terms and conditions of the Do it for Denmark Campaign.

If you are feeling a little depressed after realizing that the Friday’s sunshine may have been a bit of a tease rather then a taste of what’s to come then blow up the paddling pool, wrap on those sunglasses and blast some of The Eclectic Moniker’s sundrenched tune. Who says you can’t have a summery Sunday during a grey Danish weekend –  maybe just don’t expect to work on that golden tan of yours.

Sarah Murphy is a journalist visiting from New Zealand. She has previously worked for nationwide publication Express Magazine. She has a keen interest in community, collaborative art. You can follow her on Twitter, @whereivewalked.