|Alice (SLAY Radio
DJ): It is not easy to describe what it is like
to hear C64 remixes live, you just had to have been there.
This cosy club in Copenhagen for one night hosted more
retro-fanatics than I could ever had hoped for, and I
loved it! I got to see Rob Hubbard, the unassuming god
of both originals and remixes. Mark Knight with his purple
hat, playing the violin like he had sold his soul, just
as I wanted it to be. Axes Denied from Finland, suprisingly
young and suprisingly super. Visa Röster, very tight
as usual and their analogue scrolling message made out
of cardboard was just in my taste, like pixels for real
or touchable digitals. SID'80s were even better than I
was expecting and PPOT wrapped it all up and managed on
the whole to present a very good event. Since this was
the first time for me, I have nothing to compare it with
but it had to be good, since I was smiling the entire
time, jumping up and down to Bomb Jack, Giana Sisters,
even the wildcard Leisure Suit Larry. From the heart,
thank you, all who where there, and all who made it happen,
for making this night super extra special fun. And special
thanks to Boz who got me a ticket and convinced me this
was something I would appriciate. =)
Andrew 'Merman' Fisher
It was a long trip for me to get to the CRC, but definitely
worth every minute. Visa Roster unveiled some excellent
new tracks, along with their 2nd C64 CD. No Sofia this
time, but the standout moment was the "scrolly message".
The C64Mafia (Makke & DHS) popped up for one song as well.
Axes Denied put on a good show, helped by the bubbles
& balloons in Bubble Bobble. Good to hear a new band,
although sound problems did hamper them. Rob Hubbard and
Mark Knight played a similar set to the one they did for
Back in Time Lite, topped off with some funny moments
from Mark. The "surprise" – Press Play on Tape and
Jon Hare playing the Cannon Fodder tune on game controllers
– was superbly executed and a real highlight. You
had to be there. Stuck In D'80s coped without Ben Daglish,
and really rocked. Think Twice 3 was awesome in the way
it built up. All the musicians played their hearts out.
The headliners, PPOT, played a great set. It's hard to
pick out the best song, because they were all good. The
encore of 3 songs with Rob Hubbard (for Nemesis the Warlock),
and Rob and Mark Knight for Thrust and Monty on the Run,
was a fantastic end to the live music. It's the little
touches that I'll remember. The C64 screenshots pasted
round the room. Isabella Rosendorf's amazing retro paintings
(www.c64art.com). Meeting up with the performers and some
good friends. Johannes' slow-motion kung-fu and white
headband. And most of all another succesful retro event
that I was glad to be part of.
Boz: Well, CRC'05 has
been and gone, but it won't disappear from memory. What
a fantastic event! Four bands, and a song from C64Mafia,
playing live in front of upwards of 300 people. The atmosphere
of the place was great. The PA system was OK, if not a
little too quiet towards the back of the building. This
was, however, because of technical reasons (feedback and
the like), and when you have a room full of people, that
kills a lot of the sound too. Starting off was Visa Röster,
who came on stage to the intro of Commando (one of the
tunes from their new CD) and performed a pop-band dance-routine
while singing; a great way to start the main proceedings.
Axes Denied were excellent, too – I had only heard
a couple of recorded tunes that they had done, but when
they play live they play very well indeed – and
they don't just stick to C64 tunes. We were treated to
Super Mario Brothers, for instance. Then up was SID'80s,
who I have to say are my personal favourites. Spellbound
gets me every time, and I wasn't disappointed. Even with
the unfortunate no-show of Ben, the band filled the gaps
and peformed a tight, accoustically perfect set. And then
our hosts were on. PPOT have got their set down to a fine
art, playing great music and adding a bit of performance
flair to some of the songs. The main addition to their
set this year was Cannon Fodder, where they used console
joypads, dancemats and other peripherals to play the music.
What a novel idea, and looked brilliant! Jeroen Tel finished
off the proceedings with an hour set of music. Unfortunately
a lot of people left at this stage. I stayed behind in
the lounge so I could hear some great music going on.
So, overall... what can I say? Bring on CRC'06 is the
best way of putting it!
Abbott: I was very impressed at how PPOT organised
and ran the event, and the acts all performed magnificently.
Favourite moment had to be seeing Soren do Das Gamer again.
CRC2005 has been a bomb: all the known band outperformed
what they did in previous concerts. And, the new entry,
Axess Denied, showed to be a great addition to the scene.
Their Turrican 2 cover simply rocks! It has been really
great to meet all the friends from the scene, and we had
some great times togheter, both outside and inside CRC.
I definitely hope there will be another retroconcert,
maybe in a bigger venue and in summertime.
Drax/Maniacs of Noise:
Nice compositions, cool performances... Bad sound!!! Really
bad. Oh, I almost forgot... nice people. Meeting Rob Hubbard
and talking to him and having a picture taking with him
is my best memory from the event. Meeting Jeroen Tel and
Rick Hoekman was nice too, and of course a special thanks
to Slammer who let us stay at his place. Thanks Mads!
Johannes Lindén/Visa Röster:
Thanks all you guys for a teriffic concert evening. Once
again! The last time in London sept 2004 sure also was
a very speciall experience. To me it is a bit of a mystery
this sub culture exists and are as dedicated as is it.
If I would have known this 15 years ago I would never
had sold my own C64. To most of you that must seem like
blaspheme, but what can I say. I was young and stupid.
However, I love the music, the dedication and the spirit.
And every now and then I feel like getting a C64 of my
own (if one can) and play some of the old games and listen
to the original music. Because it is good music. It was
quite something to meet Rob Hubbard (I actually got his
autograph), the man behind most of this music. Another
thing I won't forget is that I actually didn't become
that dizzy of the IRL-scroll text as I feared. Thanks
PPOT, Axes Denied, SID'80s, Rob Hubbard and everybody
present for a magnificent evning. Hope to see you again
The best memory, as always, was meeting "the people".
I'd for example never met DHS and Drax before. Always
fun to meet new people, but almost more fun to hook up
with "the gang" again. There's always such a great atmosphere
and everyone are glad to see each other. A little extra
bonus during the Friday was to take part of the Danish
julebryg-premier! Best concert memory will have to be
Axes Denied. They impressed me, and seeing them on stage
was a little extra fun as I'd never heard them live before.
OctaveSounds: i had a
great experience meeting new and old people from the scene
watching bands play tracks from the c64 and various other
machines by sid80's,visa roster,acess denied and of course
press play on tape who did a great job of organising the
event my only setback about the event was the loudness
of the music as if you were at the back of the room you
couldnt hear very well so you neede to be at the front
of the stage to be able to hear them properly has the
room was quite narrow which probably was why they had
to keep it at a certain volume so they wouldnt get feedback
on the speakers but everything else was superb with a
bar very nearby (very handy) ;) and a shop to get all
your grubby hands on all the cd's at the c64audio shop.
Pex 'Mahoney' Tufvesson/Visa
Röster: This time, Visa Röster did more
of a show compared to London last year, and I think the
pub crowd really liked that. We also sold a lot of copies
of our new CD, "READY. Vocally too". I had a
really good time, and I really hope there will be a Copenhagen
Retro Weekend 2006 later on. With so many great performers
and such a nice city, the dull autumn just wasn't dull
anymore! Thanks to Press Play on Tape, you did a terrific
job in arranging this event!
Team/The Ancients: The expectations had been high
ever since I ordered the ticket. We came early and was
somewhere in a bar, and didn't really know where the entrance
was, so me and Yaemon took a stroll to find out. We barged
in a door, and there was Visa Röster and PPOT, talking
quietly. As Theo/PPOT saw us, he immediately hushed us
out and told us where to go. Then we were at the entrance,
and out the door comes Andreas Wallström. It was then
that my thought started to go to the people I was about
to meet. I know almost everyone from the scene, and I
always look forward to seeing them again. Once inside,
I immediately ran into Jeroen Tel and Rob Hubbard. As
it's the first time I see Rob in real life, I had no clue
what to say, so I just said hi and shook his hand and
told him who and why I am here. He didn't talk back to
me, becoz some lamer came and interrupted the whole thing.
Well, then I soon ran into the other guys I know, and
the first beer was ordered. Talked to Chris Abbott and
Then the concert started, and Visa Röster was even better
than the last time I saw them. Top moment: when Visa Röster
performed the oldskool scroller, with Johannes spinning!
Unfortunately the soundmixer wasn't set right at first,
the sound was horrible. During the next acts it got better
though. My favourite is Karin Öjehagen – she pushes
all the buttons in me that you possibly can :-) I was
very positively surprised about the Axes Denied performance.
They really had a good substance! Then I moved to the
front and stayed there the rest of the time. Rob and Mark
Knight's performance was feeling very intimate. I was
happily surprised to find that Rob played far better than
on the Brighton event. Best thing by Rob: a new tune that
he made for a Disney game. It's the first new tune by
Rob I hear in 16 years, but it has his real personal style
in it! The talent hasn't gotten old!! :-)
My favourite performer of the evening was SID'80s. Marcel
Donne is the rock of solid performance himself, Andreas
Wallström keep the members to the beat, Joh Hare has an
awesome stance when he plays, I sometimes thought he would
fall over. Madfiddler is the embodyment of music itself.
When he plays, his whole body is jerking and dancing.
Awesome fiddle sounds!! And that new bassplayer really
know his stuff!! Highlight: when introducing the members
of SID'80s – Andreas did a drumsolo, that I've never
heard anything like it before. Top stuff: Paperboy and
Deflektor!!!!!! As they played Rasputin, I danced to the
beat. As the beat kept going faster and faster, so did
I!!!! I don't care if people think I'm crazy, I just went
wild!! As PPOT went on stage, I went back to where Chris
and Kenz was selling CD's, and there I got a good long
talk with Jon Hare. My feet hurt like hell, so I had to
sit down. Jon asked me what I thought of his guitar solos.
I loved them, but he only believed half of me :) I went
back up front, and totally jammed into the ending act:
Monty on the Run. During the whole event, I was able to
talk to all I know, so I don't feel I missed anyone.
As Jeroen Tel spanked his sid mixes into the air, I danced
and tranced, for as long as my legs could bear it. :)
Thank Jeroen! Now, please release that stuff!!! At the
very end, I went with my friends to the night club, but
that was a big bust, so we very quickly went outside,
heading home. Here the last person I talked to, was Andreas
again. I can just say: looking forward to the next event,
Rob Hubbard: Yes it was
a very enjoyeable night. I think most people enjoyed it.
I was left thinking about a lot of issues though. I believe
that some people expected something more like hardcore
retro – SID tunes with beats or remixes. I did get
some hassle from people about what we played, but on the
whole it was successful.
Slaygon/SLAY Radio: As
I've been to all the events so far, except the one in
Germany, I was looking forward to this since I know what
I will be getting. It was great meeting all the performers
again, and Jeroen Tel for the first time! Had time to
meet a few of the regular listeners of SLAY Radio aswell,
which was good! The broadcast from the event went beyond
expectation, considering the trouble we had even getting
online. Many thanks to all staffers for the effort they
put in! See you at the next event!
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