Inside The Whale

Boxen, Herning - 2015

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Inside The Whale is a Danish band that started their career in the early grunge-inspired ‘Nineties by playing grungy, funky, rock music. Later, they would adapt a much more pop oriented sound, and trade their funny English lyrics to mainstream oriented Danish ones, and shortly after that they disbanded.
With the fifth anniversary of the indoor stadium Boxen in Herning, Denmark, it was time for a reunion show. As they were playing together with D-A-D, and Lunah Lauridsen had a lot of nostalgia love built up for the bands early period, Metalmoments took off for the dark continent of Jutland to see how it would go.

“Holy crap, you all look good! I want to take you all home with me, it is a Saturday evening after all.”
- Marcus Winther-John (vocals/guitar)

I, who do not have a history of any kind with the band, was a bit more curious about what the band would deliver. Their show-opener did push them into a very favourable corner – after a spoken countdown, the speakers and the hall was filled with the rumbling of motorcycle engines. Shortly afterwards, the band entered, riding old and ugly mopeds that had empty milk crates strapped on at the back. Real redneck style.
So, humorous opening, followed by the good rocker That’s Life, the opening track of their debut album, In Nature’s Uniform, promised well for the show.
It would not last though. Already in the next song, the band switched over to their Danish era music, and the energy disappeared from the show like a broken soap bubble. The setlist made switches back and forth between the two eras of the band, and although highlights like Keith, The Hamster and Song From The Deep appeared, the band never managed to rise to the bar they themselves had set with the opening.

“It’s hard not to fall in love with such a beautiful bunch of people like yourselves!”
- Winther-John (vocals/guitar)

It’s not that Inside The Whale didn’t try to cater for their audience. In addition to the aforementioned opening, the half-filled Boxen was treated to not only a band that was lively moving on stage, but a lot of more or less well-working specials, like the dancing people in animal suits during Keith, The Hamster, and the large girl choir in the ending song, Hvor Er Tiden Der Ta’r Os. Heck, they even had two drummers performing with them - their original drummer, Peter Bjerrum, from the English era, and Tobias Folting from the Danish era.
Try as they might, the band never really managed to set the crowd on fire. There were parts with an ok response, like the waving arms in Song From The Deep, and the “Hey” shouts during a short jam session, but other than these brief moments, the audience seemed content on politely applauding the band between songs.
My guess? The pure and utter mediocrity of much of the material they played. It’s been said that the band first made it big after switching to Danish lyrics and their pop sound, but I simply can’t see why. Those songs are so lost for personality and anything even remotely interesting, it’s actually painful to listen to.

Maybe I lack the necessary nostalgia glasses to view this band through, or maybe, definitely, I’m just not the target audience here, but despite actually finding their first album quite enjoyable in the right mood (I haven’t really heard the second one, also in English), this show completely failed in its attempt at a serious comeback.
I don’t know if this was a one-off thing for the band, or if they plan on doing more after this, but I do know that I’m not interested either way.

Setlist (incomplete):

Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill song)
That’s Life
Kun Dig Og Mig
Song From The Deep
Keith, The Hamster
Lørdag Nat
Hvor Er Tiden Der Ta’r Os

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