Now that was a killer setting: the mighty Dwarves (though sans HeWhoCannotBeNamed) paired with the exciled russian band Svetlanas! And the setting was with some great visuals on the stage, Putin as the Kiss-like rockstar posterboy – well done for that icon!
And off they set, sans Olga who did run out to force people back in front of the stage. And when she climbed back on, she did make a stance about that motherfucker … and burned that posterboy! This is how they took residence at the Hafenklang:
Honestly, i think they frightened people. Both with their sound (a harsh hardcore) and the aggressive stance by Olga. But hey, they are aggressive, they are angry – they have been kicked out of Russia!
During the set more and more people came forward and eyed them, some with quite some strange looks but also some with a thin smile and some even starting to move.
Did i like it? Yes. It is what musick is all about: You use it as your way to let it all out. And hats off for that, also – as ever – for a girl to front a band (in a circle that is plain male predominantly).
A great set, crisp, harsh – you do not have to love it but it does deserve what has been misused as a term so often: “Respect“. And sideways: They got a great artwork, someone is creating smart visual identities for them!
Next on the Dwarves. Plenty of jokes where traded in the warm up to the show around how long will they play this time – 15 minutes? 20 minutes? You never know with these rock legends…
They took the audience by storm! They know how to play, every song fits and the audience was obviously full of fans – a lot of sing-a-long!
Blag Dahlia as ever the perfect frontman owning the audience, delivering their sex, blood and drug fused punk fuckin’ rock with the nonchalance of the self proclaimed “rock legend” that he actually is (in this little space called punk rock).
And how long did they grace Hamburg? They made it a football half, 45 minutes and off they went. And they left behind a lot off sweaty and smiling faces and by all counts – for the Dwarves it was almost a lengthy set!
For me it concluded 4 shows, 7 bands in 8 days. That’s not too bad for an April. And it got a bonus, the Hafenklang confirmed that in the running up the K-Town Hardcore Fest 2015 at Ungdomshuset (København) some of the bands will play in Hamburg – most notably No Problem from Canada. That date provides a great fixture too look out to!