Recently Birth of Joy and the Mysterons, two bands based in the Netherlands but with international potential, played in De Helling in Utrecht.
Although both bands can be placed in the psychedelic rock spectrum, both bands can also be seen as groovy opposites.
Opening the gig were the Mysterons, with neat, dreamy vibes from songs originated from the nameless EP that came out last year. While mainly relying on impressive organ skills and thin vocals, the Mysterons managed to work up to the upcoming heavier rock of Birth of Joy, by presenting their new and very promising single 'Mellow Guru', that will be on their upcoming debut album that will be released April 2nd.
This final song, which ended in a proper rock jamsession, prepared the crowd quite well for the raw guitar noise Birth of Joy were about to bring to the stage. Combining this with heavy drum and gong work and deep organsounds, the band presented their new album 'Get Well'. However, the rock elements seem to be dosed more with calmer but also oppressive jams in between in comparison with the band's first album 'Make Things Happen'. This dark oppression is especially tangible in the song 'Numb' from the new album.
Even if the new album 'Get Well' might sound like Birth of Joy is heading in a more general rock 'n roll direction with a only a slight hint of the psychedelic, the way they manage to stretch their songs and keep their raw energy on stage defenitely makes it worth seeing the band play live, maybe even more than just once.