Last Saturday night we went to see the Australian band, Architecture in Helsinki, play at Bengkel in Jakarta. Though the concert was pretty empty, this didn’t stop them from putting on a high energy show.
Any band that is not afraid to do a sequenced dance is just fine by me and made me reminiscent of 80’s pop and the ultra hip dance moves of Molly Ringwald in the Breakfast Club. Well, I thought they were hip back then.
Either way, I am glad that this band made it to Jakarta and weren’t overtly discouraged by the lack of crowd. Everyone had a bounce and boogie and a bit of a singalong, some people drank too much and stumbled through the empty room occasionally tossing their friends in the air, others spent the night taking photos or texting their friends throughout the whole show to let them know what a fantastic concert they were missing. So that is all you can ask of a concert really. The crowd even clapped until the band came back for their encore which is the first time I have seen this in Jakarta. Usually the band walks off, the crowd claps for 10 seconds and then stands there waiting until the band decide they have to come out anyway to an eerily quiet crowd who may or may not want an encore. It always makes me feel very uncomfortable.
Anyway, great night. Great music. Great venue. Great dance moves.