“Magique!” With a smile Malajube comment their powerful impromptu performance. The Montreal-based band is the first non-English, non-German-singing act we got to work with. And indeed the list of internationally popular Indie-rock bands that do not perform in English is small. Yet it seems that Malajube have never been really hindered by this. For all those who don’t understand what Julien is singing about springtails (“Les collemboles“) or being reported missing (“Porté Disparu”), there is still the music to talk to them. So even though Malajube have a good connection to Montreal’s francophone scene, their music “doesn’t have any center to the Quebec cultural folkloric”, as keyboardist/vocalist Thomas explained once. In the light of catchy tunes and a vivid performance that really let the spark jump across, language discussion is made redundant.
Small but mighty. Countless petite-scheduled acts with big potentials have played the intimate setting of B72 since its start in 1998. Some of them – like Calexico or Tocotronic – have grown huge since their early performance at B72, some of them played here even though they are popular enough to fill larger venues – Zoot Woman, Bodi Bill or Malajube – and then there is the rest of bands that is meant to operate on small-scale till the end of their days. It is the mixture of pastime on one evening and exciting discoveries on another that makes you study the B72 programme. While the weekend crowd, that is partying to “Going Underground” or “Alternative Saturday Night”, is homogenously young, there is enough diversity during the rest of the week. Located in the eponymous railway arches 72-73 at Hernalser Gürtel and opened daily from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., B72 moreover belongs to the good pop-in-for-a-beer-places along this busy road.