Efterklang to play at Minster by candlelight

Efterklang is an indie rock group from Copenhagen, Denmark, playing at halifax Minster on Friday, April 19
Efterklang is an indie rock group from Copenhagen, Denmark, playing at halifax Minster on Friday, April 19

Danish indie rock band Efterklang are the latest musicians to play at a candlelit Halifax Minster.

The trio - childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg - will bring their six-piece live band to the town next Friday, April 19.

Suppport comes from Anna Von Hausswolff.

The evening has been staged by Halifax-based music promoters Doghouse who, in addition to regular music nights at Arden Road Social Club in the town, have already organised a series of highly praised candlelit concerts at Halifax Minster.

Previous guests have included John Grant, I Am Kloot, The Unthanks, Low and Marissa Nadler.

Efterklang, who are based in Berlin, arrive in Calderdale as part of an international tour which sees them playing at venues in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris.

Last year the band went on tour to present their fourth album ‘Piramida’ with an orchestra and drummer Budgie, of Siouxsie and the Banshees, as special guest for the live shows.

The premiere at the Sydney Opera House in June was praised by Time Out and Mojo magazines.

The latter wrote : “Piramida is the sound of Efterklang’s grasp meeting their reach, of their ambition evading the pretentious, the blankly grandiose, and rewarding them with a masterpiece.”

At its release in September, the album Piramida received good reviews.

Mojo rated it four stars and said : “Despite the elegant grey-sky thinking, deep beneath the emotional permafrost, Piramida isn’t as cold as it seems”.

BBC Music said : “This see-saw, between exquisite gloom and bruised hope, is part of what makes Piramida so powerful” before concluding with: “rarely have the Serious Young Man Blues been articulated with such grace, so affectingly”.

British Fact magazine wrote : “Piramida is an abandoned mining town located deep within the Arctic Circle. It’s the setting for Efterklang’s fourth and finest album, an acutely musicianly affair employing lorry loads of classical instruments, brass, synths and what appears to be a choir of thousands broadcasting from the deep end of a fjord”.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets (£15) are available from www.doghouseuk.com or are available at £16 on the door.