Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Korpiklaani @ JAXX 12/17/2011

Decided it was a great idea to go see Korpiklaani after getting back from Texas on that Wednesday. Like right after I got off the plane I headed to Jaxx to meet Milla for dinner and the show.

Got there kind of early, but we wanted to see Arkona and I was already in VA. We went to get some Pizza at the place across the way. It was pretty good, and we had leftovers. We headed to Jaxx, got tix and heard Polkadot Cadaver who were already playing their set. They, IMO were rubbish. The best song they did was a cover of Billie Jean...and even then...

As the opener was playing, we moved the back bar area and stood around. There was no bartender back there, and there was a guy with a Wintersun hoodie, so we had to ask him WTF he got it from. During this, we notice a police officer in some heavy tac gear come in. Not too surprising, but it didn't seem that rowdy. Then 6 other officers follow after him. WTF is going on?

They make their way to the half of the bar back room that is clear, and some blond girl is in the corner now, talking with them. I suspect it is some sort of  assault ... then we notice a bottle of bud light being dusted and some samples and photos are taken from it. The dude in the Wintersun shirt thinks it has to do with underage drinking. They eventually clear out and the old dude who works there is PISSED. Needless to say bar service has stopped for the time being. We were more concerned if the show would be canceled or not.


Milla introduced to some friends that happened to be there too. At about this point I notice some guy with dreads and a beard like that one guy from Korpiklaani. And I flash him the horns and ask for a picture. He obliges with some broken English, he was very nice. I think Milla said something to him in Finnish which he seemed to understand.

Eventually Arkona comes on, and people start to mosh. But the music, IMO is not that heavy. Its not bad, but its not stuff I'd think people would/should be moshing to. But they do. On every song. sheesh. They sound good, different instruments produce a unique sound. But I'm not fully convinced of this moshing madness. All the way from Russia tho. I buy one of their CDs, might as well try to help them out, right? And then we get a picture with one of the band members.Also got a Korpiklaani CD too.

The annoying thing is that there is some smallerish guy who must have been a wrestler who, along with a shirtless drunk bald guy, and a tall dude in a kilt are running the pit. And this include running at each other and impacting on the shoulder. On like most songs.

Korpiklaani finally comes on and they sound a bit muddy. Energetic, but muddy. The sound clears up a bit, but I think their frontman has been drinking or its the Engrish. Either way, he is rambling about something between most songs. The songs themselves sound very good and the crowd is still full of energy (but seems like less moshing than during Arkona). I enter the pit a couple times, even.

Near the middle, Milla and I and her friend are in some ridiculous formation and then I am sideswiped by someone and we all fall, my head def hit the cold hard Jaxx floor. I am a bit furious and def make that known to the short dude who is the 'head of the pit. Then I realize the first rule- don't be a douche, people get banged up in the pit. So we make amends and we get back to the show.

The small guy and the drunk guy tangle up a lot more times, and the small guy basically puts some wrestling holds on another guy and SLAMs him (almost a suplex) to the ground! The small guy and drunk guy charge either other and the drunk guy gets out of the way, in an epic trolling. Hilarious.

Overall a good show, but def more moshing than I expected/cared for. Also was very tired from being on the plane. UGH. Setlist is from saetlist.fm form the GA show the night before. I really only know/can pronounce a handful of their songs. But they def played Iron Fist, Tequila, Korpiklaani, Beer Beer, and Vodka.

Setlist:

    • Hunting Song
    • Päät pois tai hirteen
    • Cottages and Saunas
    • Tuoppi oltta
    • Journey Man
    • Juodaan viinaa
    • Lonkkaluut
    • Vaarinpolkka
    • Vodka
    • Wooden Pints
    • Iron Fist (Motörhead cover)
    • Tequila
    • Beer Beer
    • Yoik Jonne Järvelä
    • Kipumylly
    • Korpiklaani
    • Ii lea voibmi 

    Pictures