It seems Octave Lissner has it all. The looks, the charms, the smiles but most of all the performing quality and the songs. Lissner played the small hall of Paradiso and managed to fill it quite satisfactorily. With just a drumkit, bass and acoustic guitar on stage I wondered how Lissner would recreate his sound as it contains a piano regularly. On the other hand I was pleasantly surprised to see a band setting. I could have imagined him playing solo.
The doubting of the recreation of the sound lasted exactly half a song. Not a second did my mind wonder towards a keyboard of some sort. The power the trio showed, Octave, bass player Pierre and drummer Tiss, was fantastic. Even though I had the idea that in some songs they were still finding their way together, it never made an iota difference on the end result. Always full of swing, soul, power and conviction. The three blended rhythmically and melodically.
The good news is that his upcoming songs are so promising. It may well be that 'Silent Rage' was the best song played that evening. And it may be two years before I hear it again.
If someone can get him on the radio and in a TV show of some sort here, a breakthrough ought to be within reach. As I wrote already, Octave Lissner seems to have it all. Including the only thing that really matters to me: the music. "Did you like the show?", I was asked afterwards. "You should be big in a few years time", I answered. With a big smile Octave answered: "We'll see".
You can listen to and buy four songs from 'Wildflower' here:
P.S. 18 June 2018: And now with a nice afterparty film clip. See if you can spot me there.