This gig was the last leg of the Dutch club tour. Band and fans were ready to celebrate. One thing stood out. The fans of De Staat are on average young. The result was that in the loud, pounding songs a moshpit was created that filled up fast.This was the main difference with the afternoon show at Werfpop in 2012. In the thick mud most people sort of gaped at what was going on. Here everyone was there for De Staat and showed it.
Another very special item is that guitarist Vedran Mircetic plays the role of the bass player in most bands. He doesn't move at all. Only to change guitars. While bass player Jop van Summeren plays a role in the festivities in singing and moving around a lot. His bass synthesizer gives De Staat elements of the way Soulwax presents itself live. De Staat has four extrovert presenters and one interested in playing only. The extroverts certainly include drummer Tim van Delft, who never misses a cue to be part of the fun. The final solo was special also. Keyboard and guitar player, rapper and singer Rocco Hueting plays a car horn solo in the final song. I had seen this before, but it remains something special to see. Finally, Torre Florim, the lead man of De Staat, is growing into the-larger-than-life personality a front man needs to be on stage. Charisma is growing here.
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