by Hessam on May 5, 2008 Tweet
After his debut on Irish soil in Whelans in December last year, the Swedish king of Indie pop, Jens Lekman, is returning to Dublin, this time with full band to play the Village venue on Sunday 25 May. Having seen him on stage twice, once with and once without the band, I cannot say which one I preferred more. Alone on stage he is the centre of attention and plays more on his charm and witty style which really pulls in the crowd throughout the show. But with the band there is whole other show on offer; he is then able to take on songs which are not possible to perform alone with nothing but a guitar and a sampling box. Did I forget to mention that his band consists of almost entirely female musicians?
I took this picture of Jens playing on the parking lot
outside Inkonst in Malmö, Sweden
Part of Jens’ appeal is his humble appearance and friendly approach. I will see him again live at ATP in two weeks, before his gig in Dublin. At the end of his last concert in Dublin he told the crowd that he was permanently moving to Melbourne and would probably stop playing for a while, so I’m pretty happy to catch him as long as he is around this part of the world. Do not miss it!