They claim not to be, thus on the 9th of April 2011, ‘The Do̷‘ clearly mastered to bring an almost unprecedented still sweet craziness to the rather calm Grand Duchy, throwing an amazingly vivid performance in the Rockhal, in front of more people than we are used to see on concerts here.
How did they do̷ it?
It was all at the same time, it was the lights, it was the wide range of instruments (or items used as such), it was the dressed up front girl, it was the movements and a great mélange of songs.
She is standing there, white shoes, graphic print leggings, a red tutu and a red cylinder, combined with red lipstick appearing weird and catchy and looking like a doll at the same time, whispering into the microphone while talking to the audience.
But once she starts singing, it is exactly what we are used to from the records, only stronger. Way stronger: A striking wide range of notes to sing, loud or quiet, sometimes whispering, sometimes laughing, or whistling.
“Both ways open Jaws”, as to read on the background-banner.
And jaw-dropping it was indeed.
A great musical mixture, an entertaining variation between energy and a break filled with just beauty or occasionally some music-entertainment à la “playground hustle”, only the choirs of little boys and girls were missing.
As if great brass instruments, exciting percussions and most extraordinarily a seashell as a flute were not enough, the band found some astonishing light effects in order to set the audience into a certain trance while disabling every form of lethargy:
A spotlight from the saxophone as well as from the bass, mirror balls creating a beautiful starry-sky-lookalike, a glow-in-dark-line here and there, certainly a well constructed performance by the French guys – which by the way were tree girls and three guys, a nice example how girls can certainly give a significant level of power to a band.
Oh yes, they did, creating an atmosphere of a contemporary fairytale – and playing with it.
Very staged but on a high level, as if the wonderful voice, the stunning guitar player and the great amount of other sounds produced merged, exploded and created a picture.
“Sweet but at the same time immensely strong”, it was said in the audience.
Evidently true, a stunning poppish entertainment. In a nice way.