PRSC HQ, 27th May | Photo: Sam Wisternoff
Vena Cava frontwoman and our former cover star Christelle Atenstaedt is launching Hverir, the debut EP from her solo project Twin, with a special show at Bristol’s PRSC HQ. The venue has been specially decorated with glitter, flowers and maple leaves in anticipation of an evening of ethereal beauty.
A handpicked line-up sees supporting sets from both the hypnotic drone of Bristol based Italian Burl and the lovely haunting slow-core of Bridget Hayden. For tonight’s Twin performance Christelle Atenstaedt is joined by Deej Dharwhal and Guy Metcalfe of Thought Forms who add bass, drums and keys in order to recreate Hverir for a live setting. Opening with the ten minute plus ‘Messiah’ the trio get set for an evening spent recreating the EP in it’s entirety.
As Hverir was inspired by the idea of Iceland, projections of ice-capped mountains form a backdrop to the performance going along perfectly with the music’s glacial feel. There is also a strong comparison to be made to the more ambient moments of Icelandic band Sigur Ros especially on tracks such as the haunting ‘Viola Sororia’ and the hypnotic ‘Traum’.
Twin is a departure from the grunge of Vena Cava and shows a completely different side to Atenstaedt’s musical personality. The only glimpse of her other band is the rocking conclusion of ‘Asteria’ which provides a finale for both the EP and tonight’s live show. There is no point in having a solo project which is the same as your already existing band and Twin is a welcome addition to the Vena Cava frontwoman’s ouvre and to the music scene in general.
Check out the performance of ‘Messiah’ below: