Folk/Antifolk-time in the neat “Schokoladen”! Basically I just went there to see Dufus one more time... but the supporting act Amy Rude was a pleasant surprise. She and her band played Country Folk with a bit of a sad flavour. All of her songs were very catchy and had an inviting sound, and there wasn't a single one of them that I disliked. Really soothing, goodnight-kissing feelgood stuff.
Spending time watching her band was quite funny, though. While the bassist constantly looked like he had to carry the weight of the entire world (maybe even the whole universe) on his shoulders, the drummer did the most glorious gurning (probably even without ever noticing it) and pulled hilarious grimaces throughout the whole show. So thought the guy who sat somewhat in front of me... and shot photos of him the whole time. *lol*
When their set was over, I began to feel a little sorry for Amy, though. Even though the audience seemed to be a lot into her music during the performance, there were just three people checking her out when she sold her CDs and goodies. And those three were me, the friend I went with to the show... and some random guy. It was quite depressing to see that happen, really. :-/ Especially when it was so undeserved.
But anyway, Dufus were a lot of fun. Even though only the singer Seth appeared on stage... or maybe because of that. He was just backed by his acoustic guitar, but he had the energy and enthusiasm for about 10 people, if not even more. I mean... he rocked his guitar so hard that no less than three (!) strings broke over the course of the evening. *lol*
I have to say though, that I was a tad disappointed that he didn't play more songs that I was familiar with (and which I really wanted to hear), but I can't say that mattered all that much because the new material was quite good as well. I find it really astounding how he manges to write highly complex songs which have many twists and multiple refrains but always remains accessible and very listenable. It was fun throughout... and so seemed to think the audience. But that was also because Seth was pulling it into the performance all the time and there was a lot of interaction. He made it sing parts of Fire (with hilarious instructions like “You are the firemen. But you're not just simply firemen, you're also perverts!”) and even had something of a song roulette. He asked for picking a number between 1 and 65, than checked his papers and sang a song from that list. *lol*
In the end he even gave two encores and just had to stop because time went out... and when he went to the CDs 'n goodies-table afterwards, he didn't suffer from the same problem that Amy did. Quite the contrary, actually. I wasn't there the whole time, but from what it seemed he could sell most of what he got.
Ah well, I still don't get why the band still remains a little obscure and never got the recognition like... well, The Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis and what else there is. But well... Maybe some day... Some time...