Many comebacks tend to provide rather a nostalgic or even sad perspective on something that will never return. There are however exceptions that prove the rule. Gaia Mesiah returned with its own verve and perhaps even greater energy than before. There were goose bumps at Fléda on Wednesday both among the audience and on stage.
Gaia Mesiah interrupted their promising career when quite young, and so their return to the concert stage is a long way from leaving the impression of a search for lost youth. Josh and the girls do not look like they have aged at all. Last year’s first swallow has definitely led to spring. And so six or respectively nine years after the last joint concert it is looking like a regular return. (Ed.: in 2008 Marka Rybin left and in 2011 the group as a whole ended).
A completely full Fléda had to wait another thirty minutes after the advertised start at eight thirty, but everything went into overdrive on the stroke of nine. The original line-up (made up of Kateřina Pelíšková alias Santa Morella - guitar, Miša M. – drums, Marka Rybin - vocals and their “Australian brother” Josh Stewart - bass guitar) took up their instruments and served up their old hits without mercy or any kind of sentiment. Colour was added to the set list with the new Sílu!, which should be a promise that this really is not just a momentary return. With this song Marka herself complained that when she sees the video on YouTube it does not have the right feel. One can only agree! Gaia Mesiah is definitely among those bands that should be heard live. It can only be captured on a recording perhaps, according to Marka, by Rick Rubin (the American producer of among others Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and System of a Down), so we will have to see how it all develops in that direction.
We will have to wait a bit for a new disc and so for the time being we will “have to be content” with the albums Gaia Mesiah, Ocean and Alpha Female. Their legendary songs have definitely not gone out of date (whether musically or thematically) and all of Fléda sang along with them once more after all these years. Essentially the group did not leave out one of their cult hits from Gaia Mesiah, Legulize Marihuana, Alpha Female, Blueberry day, Ocean all the way through to the encores Maňana and San Pedro, where everything built up to the grand closing chorus. And when we sang in unison “Už mě vítá hvězdný reggae, modrý blues a Boží chór, lásko, přibal Jamese Browna, feels like knockin’ on heaven’s door…” the whole evening could only end with the song Happy People. The cycle had closed.
Even though Fléda was quite full, stagediving, which the music of Gaia Mesiah certainly matches, did not look like a reasonable decision. However at the end one fan did not see it that way and dared the crowd, which in the end carried her above their heads halfway down the hall. The playful mood continued also after the concert. Although it was a working day, the crowd did not disperse immediately and partied on under DJ Cliché. A successful evening, as it should be, and as the legend of Gaia Mesiah deserves. To briefly and concisely summarise the interview … a voice from the audience: “Beautiful work!!!”, and from Marka Rybin: “Thankyou, thankyou, that’s the way we like it!”.
Intro: I just need
Where Are You My Hero (Alpha Female 2007)
Apocalypse 5 (Gaia Mesiah 2003, Ocean 2005)
Granny (Gaia Mesiah 2003)
Gaia Mesiah (Gaia Mesiah 2003, Ocean 2005)
I Believe in U (Alpha Female 2007)
Legulize Marihuana (Gaia Mesiah 2003, Ocean 2005)
Alpha Female (Alpha Female 2007)
Black Bridge (Ocean 2005)
I’m the Boss of Me (Alpha Female 2007)
White man (Gaia Mesiah 2003)
Tasty (Ocean 2005)
Reservation (Ocean 2005)
Blueberry day (Ocean 2005)
Ocean (Gaia Mesiah 2003, Ocean 2005)
More Warriors (Alpha Female 2007)
Maňana (Ocean 2005)
Journey to Ixtlan (Ocean 2005)
San Pedro (Ocean 2005)
Happy People (Gaia Mesiah 2003)