Melby, Kindsight

Hafen 2, Offenbach am Main Mo, 29. Mai 2023

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29. Mai 2023 - 16:00
Doors at 15:30
Hafen 2, Nordring 129, 63067 Offenbach am Main, Deutschland
About the event

Ein Nachmittag mit zwei Bands: Kindsight ab 16 Uhr, Melby ab 17.15 Uhr.

Eintritt 10 Euro im Vorverkauf und an der Tageskasse.


Im September 2019 spielten Melby das letzte Mal im Hafen 2 - das Folge-Konzert im März 2020 fiel bereits der Pandemie zum Opfer. Im Herbst 2022 erschien das neue Album Looks Like A Map, das uns vorkommt wie ein Quantensprung des Psych-Pop-Quartetts aus Stockholm - unglaublich tolle Songwriting-Ideen, das mittlerweile perfektionierte Zusammenspiel der MusikerInnen, und noch dazu ein gewieftes Artwork mitsamt überaus gelungenen Videos zu den Auskopplungen Hammers und Old Life - wir freuen uns tierisch auf ein Wiedersehen!

Things I Do When I'm Alone

Human (live: Sofar Stockholm)



On a first, careless, listen, Stockholm four-piece Melby might seem like a charming, fun little jangle-pop band. Pay a little more attention however, and you’ll find their waters run a lot deeper than that. The band (Matilda Wiezell, Are Engen Steinsholm, David Jehrlander and Teo Jernkvist) have all the flash and sparkle of your favourite indie band, but add an ability to touch moods and feelings with a meaning beyond most of their peers. Their guitars, drums and synths rattle, roll and flicker around each other, all held together by the soul-shiver in Wiezell’s vocals, to make immaculate little guitar-pop gems, equally dusted with sadness and sugar.

Melby started life in a house in Stockholm, where three of their future members, Steinsholm, Jehrlander and Wiezell, found themselves living together in a commune. Having ended up in the same boat, and all being musicians, they decided to start a band. Steinsholm and Wiezell had dabbled in folk music before, but now they all decided they wanted to embark on something a bit more electric, with a bit more muscle, and so they recruited drummer Jernkvist, and Melby was born. A couple of shows in their hometown drew plenty of attention, and they signed up with Swedish indie-rock connoisseur label Rama Lama Records. In 2016 they debuted with the willowy, open-hearted psych-pop single “Human” in 2016, and never looked back. 

Melby’s debut album None Of This Makes Me Worry was released in 2019, and earned praise from Clash and The Line Of Best Fit, as well as culture magazine Nöjesguiden in Sweden (“they’ve achieved the perfect combination [...] of pop and indie meets folk and psych”). It took them on tour in Scandinavia, Germany and the UK, and bagged them bookings at prestigious showcase festivals like Norway’s by:Larm and Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. Now after a couple of years of beavering away, they’re back with the follow-up Looks Like A Map

Finding comfort in a sea of uncertainty might be a good way to describe Looks Like A Map. The album sounds like a band expanding their range and reaching for the new – they retain their gift for glittering melodies, but the music here is less structured, less restricted than that they’ve made before, constantly shapeshifting and morphing, and embracing a psychedelic fluidity where nothing feels set in stone. It captures Melby at a moment where they’re growing as people and as a band, expanding the reach of their sonic horizons, and taking in deeper and heavier themes, trying to find a home in an often-alienating world. The music they made around that has a little touch of sorcery around it, sometimes soft as smoke, sometimes woozy and dream-blurred, sometimes crashing and explosive. But even through all that evolution, the heart and the soul have remained the same, and Looks Like A Mapstill has that Melby-feeling, of a band who put all of themselves into everything they make. It’s a new high for the band, and one that hints at even bigger things to come. 


"Verträumter Indierock aus Dänemark, der fuzzy Gitarrensound mit viel Gespür für eingängige Melodien kombiniert. Das ganz besondere Etwas verdanken Kindsight jedoch der betörenden Stimme von Leadsängerin Nina Hyldgaard Rasmussen, die an Dream-Pop-Ikone Hope Sandoval ebenso erinnert wie an Dolores O'Riordan von The Cranberries oder Molly Rankin von Alvvays. Vor allem die beiden Alben der letztgenannten Band sind recht offensichtliche Referenzen für Kindsights Klangkosmos aus Jangle-Pop-Gitarren und leicht kindlichem Gesang mit gleichzeitig fröhlicher, als auch melancholisch anmutender Atmosphäre.

Den gutgelaunten Power-Poprocker "Party time" würden sicher auch Chrissie Hynde und ihre Pretenders bei einer Feier auflegen, und wenn Rasmussen in diesem Song über flirrende Gitarren die Zeile "I know exactly what I'm doing" singt, ist man durchaus geneigt, ihr zu glauben. Die Tatsache, dass Kindsight allerdings auch die ruhigeren Momente beherrschen, beweisen die spartanisch instrumentierte und mit glockenhellem Gesang vorgetragene Balladenminiatur "Panic juice" oder der säuselnde Folk von "Laughing wood". Der beste Song des Albums ist jedoch der unwiderstehliche Ohrwurm "Sun is always in my eyes", der mit seiner Mischung aus Dream Pop und Shoegaze der Neunzigerjahre sowie dem charmanten Duettgesang mit Gitarrist Søren Svensson in Bridge und Refrain brilliert und dabei bittersüße, nostalgische Erinnerungen an Teenagersommertage evoziert. Ähnlich melancholiegetränkte Liebespfeile schießt "Don't you grow up" ins Herz der Zuhörenden und klingt dabei so, als ob Robert Smith einen Song von The Bangles produziert hätte. Kindsights Debütalbum liefert mit seiner charmant-unverstellten Fröhlichkeit, bei der die Abgründe der Melancholie jedoch immer bereits mitschwingen, einen wunderbaren Soundtrack für den anbrechenden Frühling. Ganz ungelogen." Text: Michael Albi für

Kindsight sind Nina Hyldgaard Rasmussen (vocals, guitar), Anders Prip (bass), Søren Svensson (guitar), Johannes Jacobsen (drums) und spielen zum ersten Mal im Hafen 2.

Danish four-piece Kindsight make music that draws from 80’s and 90’s alternative rock and combines it with the shimmering Scandinavian pop that the region has become so renowned for, resulting in a sound that is both fuzzy and melodic in equal measure.

In 2022, the band released their debut LP via Rama Lama Records to praise such as "your new favourite band". Titled "Swedish Punk", it's an album packed with charming and infectiously catchy noise-jangle-pop melodies full of exuberant optimism and coming-of-age tales inspired by acts such as Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Snail Mail and Big Thief.

Atop jangling guitars, Nina Rasmussen’s distinctive voice dances somewhere between that of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and Alvvays’ Molly Rankin, leaving the listener renched in the nostalgic optimism of summers gone by. There’s not a single song that would feel out of place in an 00’s independent movie. The band possess an unmistakable talent for crafting disarmingly buoyant yet achingly nostlagic indie-rock songs based on the everyday.

The band have recently released new stand alone singles "Madhouse Breakout Multitool" and  "Love You Baby All The Time" and are currently working on their sophomore record.

"Kindsight might just be your new favourite band." - For The Rabbits

”They seriously have the opportunity to be emerge as everybody’s favorite discovery of 2022” - The Revue

"For a debut single, it’s impressive how at home in their sound Kindsight are – every part of “Who Are You” is tuned and polished into a little gem of a song." The Line of Best Fit

"We are feeling warm things for this band and would like to hear more please" - Loud Women

"It’s catchy, nostalgic and downright enjoyable." - Indie Midlands

Sun Is Always in My Eyes

Queen of Cowboys (live im Studio)

Love You Baby All the Time (audio)