South Tanks, Tate Modern, London, 3. 3. 2017, with Wolfgang Tillmans (voc.) and Kyle Combs, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Tim Knapp, Jay Pluck und Tom Roach, 4:45 min
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On March 3, 2017 Tillmans performed with his band Fragile in celebration of his retrospective at the London Tate Modern. As prelude to a week of concerts organized by the artist, Fragile gave, as part of their contribution, two samples of their versatile repertoire.
To begin with, a cover of the leftist Sacropop classic Anderes Osterlied, recorded in 1970 by the Peter-Janssens-Ensemble. To a lean, catchy guitar riff Tillmans pronounced in semi-inflammatory, inflected verse, in which liberation theology and calls for revolution are closely related: »that would sit well with masters of the world / if justice were to come only in the afterlife…« In contrast was the drone-like song Naïve Me, which, written in 2016, focuses on Brexit, which nearly nobody thought was possible. Tillmans inflected speech turns in on itself and begins, if only shortly, to turn in a circle – »naïve me – me naïve.« Meanwhile the five-person band spouts ominous plumes of sound, till the struggle against helplessness flows into the conclusive ending: »How did we get into this shit?«