Friday 7th February 2014
Albert Hall, Manchester
For those who don’t know, Moderat are the thinking persons equivalent to Swedish House Mafia. A super group bringing together the collective talents of Modeselektor and Apparat, Moderat started life in 2002 and although it took them nearly 7 years to release a full album after the release of their first EP, they have always managed to sustain success.
October 2013 saw the release of ‘II’ and they are currently about a third of the way through a European tour, which will see them take in more than 11 countries. They probably won’t stop off at a more surreal venue than the Albert Hall during their entire trip and there certainly can’t be that many grade 2 listed chapels that double up as gig venues in Europe. The stain glass windows and horseshoe shaped balcony provide a wonderfully eerie setting for music.
The haunting lyrics of songs like Let in the Light and Therapy were absolutely perfect for the mood of an atmospheric Albert Hall and couple this with the brashness and influence of Sebastian Szary (Modeselektor), this was clearly a show for an audience who had come to dance.
Apparat’s vocals and deconstructed beats mean that there is enough volume to their songs to ensure that they are both meaningful, while at the same time remain electronically orientated. Classic tracks like Rusty Nails and New Error were given outings much to the pleasure of the older part of the crowd.
It’s hard to pigeon hole Moderat to an exact genre of music because of the style of band that they are. What is clear however, is that as a group, the forward thinking nature of 12 years is still relevant today and along with a new album and a new generation of fans, it should mean that they remain on top of their game for the foreseeable future.
Review by Joe Alexander
Images courtesy of Sebastian Matthes