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Monster Truck, General Midnight - An intimate setting suits this band very well
 After attending Speedfast last year, it wasn’t a question whether I should go to the headline show by Monster Truck or not. The band has been touring as a main support for Slash this year (a show we have also reviewed), but came to a smaller venue for their own headline show. Today they brought local legends General Midnight with them.

The first band had just started when I walked in. They played really tightly and it was good to see that some people came especially to see General Midnight. This local band had a lot of fun on stage and seemed to love the attention. The crowd enjoyed itself as well, but for most people the music served as a background while they were talking to their friends. Some friends of the band were present as well, they stood mostly in front of the crowd. For me, the highlight was the use of a kazoo, which isn’t played often enough in my opinion. This performance didn’t really have a downside.

It’s quite normal for a band to do a sound check after a performance. Monster Truck didn’t seem to care: they just entered the stage, plugged in their guitar and bass, hit one note, and started playing their first song of the evening. From this very first song it was clear that the band wanted to have a good time and share it with the crowd. They told the crowd that it felt amazing to play in such a small venue, because they only play larger shows at the moment while touring with Slash and Miles Kennedy. They felt more at home here, which was noticeable as well. During songs like “Old Train” the band showed what they stand for and how to carry this out. My personal favourite is “Sweet Mountain River”, but then again, every song by this amazing band is good. Another positive note is that they mentioned that after this tour, the band will write and record their second full-length album.

Although the sound wasn’t perfect throughout the whole set, the band was, and although the show didn’t sell out and the venue was quite small, the crowd loved it. The whole set seemed like a huge jam session. The band had fun, it seemed like they improvised sometimes, and they showed that they know how to play together. This was combined with the ambience of a small pub where everybody enjoys their beers, enjoys the music, and talks to their friends. It was an awesome night and the band truly showed that they know how to play and how to entertain.