Intergalactic Lovers – In Concert at Haldern Pop Festival – August 14, 2015 – West German Radio –
Intergalactic Lovers in concert this week. One of my favorite of the recent crop of bands, not enough can be said about just how intoxicating and superb the voice of Lara Chedraoui is and how evocative everything swirls into place.
This concert comes from their show at the Haldern Pop Festival in Germany on August 14, 2015 and was recorded by WDR, the German radio network. The Belgian band have been making serious inroads to a fan base since getting started in 2008. They are on Warners in Belgium, but not in the U.S. – and that is completely baffling. Even more baffling, they haven’t done anything resembling a tour, or even sporadic appearances here in the States – also baffling. This is a band that stands out and really needs the universal exposure, even if they were an opening act – this is a band that is simply too good to ignore and I cannot imagine them anything less than hugely popular over here. My two cents.
For everyone who complains about the relative dearth of new and interesting music in the current climate, I have to say there is so much more happening than mainstream media would lead you to believe. For one thing, the notion that bands are hampered by their country of origin (i.e. not singing English) is totally false now. Every song Intergalactic Lovers did in this Haldern set was in English – this is a trend that’s been going on well over 20 years now. And yet, there’s this stigma that somehow renders them inaccessible to English speaking audiences – crazy.
I’ve run a few concerts from Intgalactic Lovers in recent years – the response has always been favorable. Audiences are captivated by Lara’s voice – and the warmth and precision the band displays as a whole is enthusiastically received.
They haven’t done anything since late last year. I am hoping their label decides it’s a good idea to do even an exploratory venture to SXSW next year or a similar showcase, just to make the audience aware of just how good this band is and just how much everyone is missing.
I suppose it’s up to you to hit the play button and decide for yourself. I would check out their website and invest in any one or all three of their albums. They could use your support and you could use their music – seems like a fair exchange.