… when an empty club gets the best out of a band: Then it must have been hard working Bonecrusher!

That was destined to be a tough Monday: First FCSP DFB-Cup away game at the Monkeys Pub, then 3 bands on a Monday evening. The we go out in round one of the cup vs. a lower league team is also destiny and so it happened. A very frustrating game and not the best entry into the proceedings.

First on The Sideburns from Sankt Petersburg and the young lads had the tough support the support spot and faced … an empty club at 20:45 with 12 people in front of the stage and some where friends of the bands. Tough.

The Sideburns (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 14.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de 2017)
The Sideburns (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 14.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de 2017)

And much to my surprise they blasted straight forward Skinhead Rock’n’Roll without to much humpty-bumpy: Actually they delivered quite a fine set and had definitely some mu-sick-al abilities.

Really sad that it was Monday and it was early. And that it was August, the month of Blackpool, pre- and post-Blackpool and general overkill on live music. A couple of more folks came later but it did not change the impression of a rather empty show, much to my frustration.

Next on The Welch Boys from sunny Boston and me mate went as far as pointing out that they are at a space where the Dropkick Murphys left it after the first LP. I am not sure on that one but sure thing they come with melody, chorus, hocks and great sing-a-long.

The Welch Boys (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 14.08.2017 (c) gehkacken,de)
The Welch Boys (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 14.08.2017 (c) gehkacken,de)

But also for them it must have been sheer frustration to play a rather empty space in front of the stage though initially they seem to put everything into it. And they have a great rooster of songs and a band that has a hockey themed record cover can’t be bad at all. Here they are gently covering The Who:

I’d love to see them in a packed Monkey, people high on Guinness, Monkeys Red or Cider and everybody moving and singing along. I think they would deserve that setting and then they would not just shut down as i had the feeling towards the end of their set.

The Welch Boys (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 14.08.2017 (c) gehkacken,de)
The Welch Boys (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 14.08.2017 (c) gehkacken,de)

I do share their frustration but that is sometimes the hardship of touring. You hit a town on the wrong day and after the potential audience already had a weekend full of live music under their belt and just choose to let go this opportunity. It is actually the F.U.’s who can claim that one on me, as i did not have the energy to see them on Sunday and make it three days in a row to be out.

An then it was time for Bonecrusher, eagerly awaited by i guess 50 odd people. And they kicked off like this:

And being kick-ass working class they did not care about how many people where there but just took off to deliver what the fans asked for: Hit by hit by hit and then some more. They were tight, together and well rehearsed and just gave a full on!

Bonecrusher (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 14.08.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

By now i guess everybody has accustomed to Bonecrusher being fronted by a different face and i hear a couple of folks mention something along the lines of „he just fits perfect“. And guess what? Folks where right.

What was even more stunning was the fact that they just did not stop, did not let go and pushed forward. And they crowned their performance with a heavy heavy interlude of two-gun duel of the guitars, inclusive of some stunning guitar wanking solos.

Wow, that indeed was kick-ass! They played until midnight and then did send people home, quite a few took advantage of the well stocked merch table from actually all three bands – mine sure thing was a Bonecrusher shirt for me love.

And whilst cup and low turnout where frustrating we were greeted outside by a stunningly calm and warm summer night (Hamburg did not have a lot of these) and i could enjoy a gentle bike ride home.

I do hope next time round the bands a re more lucky on the date and the turnout – they and the club deserve it!

… when clever plans get crushed on Saturday – then you only get to see one band: Küken hit, Gorilla Angreb miss!

Fitting live mu-sick into me weekend plans normally is a piece of cake – a „just do it“. But there is one time in the year where this needs to be carefully balanced with another obsession that me love and myself have: Watching stars. And watching meteors. And meteor showers.

Say hello to comet Swift–Tuttle and his tails of debris and to the fact that the earth rotation around the sun crosses that tail on a very predictable course. So every August, around the 12th, there is this thing called „Perseids“ and it will enable you (best with no moon and sure on a cloudless sky without light pollution) to see a lot of shooting stars.
And sure thing the best night to see them was Saturday, so all my hopes where on an early start of the show, so that i could bugger off quickly, hop into the car and drive away from the light doom that the city created.

To my dismay I found the planning of the Hafenklang and the bands to create some friction with my plans, both Küken and Gorilla Angreb where to take stage way later than planned. What also hampered the show was the fact that an early show by Swedens Baboon Show around the corner and in an open air setting was moved to later and further away at the Knust, so some people who would have enjoyed both shows in sequence would not make it.

Küken (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 12.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de 2017)
Küken (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 12.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de 2017)

Kick off was with Hamburgs own Küken and towards a rather empty space in front of the stage. So their blast of 16 songs in 26 minutes went largely into a void, though they got one of the Gorilla Angreb guys dancing. And the blast sounded like this:

Whatever you like in mu-sick you got to accept that they have found and perfected their little niche and that they have become rock solid. No frills, no cheap bargaining with the audience just blasting through the set with almost no breaks. I would think they somehow even underscore the Ramones as in their early days and that sure thing is a bonus, on all fronts.

Küken (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 12.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de 2017)
Küken (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 12.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de 2017)

And with Küken being done, i had to make a call towards stars rather than Gorilla Angreb. And luck we had, after some drive towards the north and some waiting for clouds to clear off we had a grand view and saw quite some meteors.

Moon 12.08.2017 ( (c) gehkacken.de 2017)
Moon 12.08.2017 ( (c) gehkacken.de 2017)

That moon though was quite bright, so whilst you could see a lot of stars it took away the option to see the Milky Way … but hey, that is complaining on a very high level.

Great to see Küken, sad to had to let go Gorilla Angreb and more than happy to have seen the Perseid (despite me love not being able to capture them on Photo but that is an art we still need to fully understand and learn).

Did i take the right (hard) choice? Yes, out with me love seeking stars!

Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 1.258

Zoë Beck - Die Lieferantin (Suhrkamp, 2017)
Zoë Beck – Die Lieferantin (Suhrkamp, 2017)

Gelesen: 03. – 08.08.2018, netto 318 Seiten.

Manche Bücher sind einfach gut, weil sie eine clevere Idee komplett durchspinnen. Die Lieferantin schafft das gleich doppelt: Zum einen wird durchgespielt wie Technologie (hier: Drohnen) einen etablierten Geschäftszweig (hier: Drogenhandel) bedrohen bzw. neue Strukturen schaffen. Zum anderen wird durchgesponnen wie eine winzig kleine Änderung am Fluss der Dinge ein unfassbar große Wirkung hat.

Die erste Idee ist der Krimi-Teil des Buches und der ist mit ausreichend Street-Credibility und Detail in London und Edinburgh unterwegs. Dazu wird noch ein Hauch Brexit (und, coole Idee Druxit) gereicht. Die zweite Idee macht das Buch zu einem unglaublich spannenden Nummer: Mann ließt sich quasi entlang des ripple-effects, zuerst subtil und dann ehr so mit dem großen Werkzeug (hier: Killer).

Dazu kommt dann noch eine gute Aussicht auf das Thema Drogenpolitik und Politiker und ihre … Lügen.

Klasse Buch, mehr solche Ideen bitte!

Soundtrack dazu: The Sect – Drugsville, was sonst?