My friends know that i have slight preference for the female voice when it comes to punk fucking rock. I also believe that genuinely there are not enough girls in front of the stage and on the stage. Hence this show was a definite must: No only where the Neighborhood Brats back in town, they also had Mobina Galore from sunny Winnipeg in tow (or where pushing them Girls ahead of them).
As a start we had Mood Change from Kiel, a trio where the female element armed the bass and the backup vocals. I guess they put themselves as Post Punk, though that label won’t mean a thing to me. They played with some twaaang but also with muffled and almost all the same main vocals.
Mood Change (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.04.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)
I somehow had immediate dislike on the vocals and as such as times they where more boring for me, though they had some nicer and instrumental sections that had the right balance of power and guitar play. No clue where they are heading for, in my sick mu-sickal mind they will need to turn to something – else they won’t be my thingy.
Next on them Brats with Jenny back from blonde to short dark hair and a look that someone in the audience identified as „…like an MMA fighter„. And they stormed into their set like this:
Back with a bang i’d say. And worth to note that somehow the sound this time round was so much better – it was hand-in-glove. And gloves is something you can imagine on Jenny, though by trade she is a Yoga-Instructor if i am not mistaken. But you rarely see a front woman that energetic, that visual and that closely playing with the audience. First class, as far as i am concerned.
Neighborhood Brats(Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.04.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)
And whilst not headlining the still put a good amount of songs out, from short blasts of CA H/C on to much more complex songs with breaks, interludes and scents of blistering surf. Guess what – i dig them!
There was just no stopping and i’d hope that their new record is just the beginning of something even slicker, even faster, even funnier – for a start the three songs are sure thing in the right territory.
Wham bam thank you boys! They blasted through an hour worth of songs in reality but it felt like 30 minutes only somehow. I desperately look forward to have them again. And some more.
Next on Mobina Galore from Canada who can claim to have invented the most fitting label for themselves: They are a self-proclaimed vocally aggressive power chord punk duo and boy that sums it up neatly, to the point. Leaving not a single doubt or room for imagination.
Mobina Galore (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.04.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)
What Dog Party are for the pop-punk corner they sure thing for the even hard and faster territory. All you need is energy, vocals, guitar and drums. You put it on stage next to each other, wire two amps and off you go. Stunning. Just frankly stunning. I do see a long list of bass players now retiring and that with a damn good reason.
Feel how they blast „Pieces of you“ down into the Hafenklang (and blow that volume up to 12 my friend):
And whilst they have that energy and vocal aggression they also have an eye for meaningful lyrics, so use this to get along and sing along:
I always knew that you'd leave first, something that good, won't last forever Now I won't see you getting older I thought I could have held your hand more My home is pieces of you, my home is pieces of you When the sun shines in my eyes I wish that they were yours, that you could see it Now you won't see me getting older, remember when you said that you'd be there Where you stood now there is her filling up my heart with every sound she makes Not a kind of substitution, every way I look, the best distraction My home is pieces of you, my home is pieces of you A CITY AWAY TOO FAR FROM YOU, HOP A PLANE, I'M ON MY WAY MOM MY LIFE HAS GONE TOO FAST, LOSING TIME, I'M ON MY WAY LEFT TOO LONG TO LATE TO BEG, PLEASE DON'T GO, I'M ON MY WAY EVERYWHERE I LOOK I SEE THAT I'M PIECES OF YOU A year gone by so fast I hold a memory so close, I stay with those I love Now you visit when I sleep where I ask you all the things I never got to So take me in your arms tonight, never let go, you're always with me My home is pieces of you, my home is pieces of you A CITY AWAY TOO FAR FROM YOU, HOP A PLANE, I'M ON MY WAY MOM MY LIFE HAS GONE TOO FAST, LOSING TIME, I'M ON MY WAY LEFT TOO LONG TO LATE TO BEG, PLEASE DON'T GO, I'M ON MY WAY EVERYWHERE I LOOK I SEE THAT I'M PIECES OF YOU You're in the walls and in the floor x3 My home is pieces of you (c) Mobina Galore - 2014
And off stage it looks like this:
After almost 40 years of seeing shows and buying records i did put myself under a more or less strict rule (to limit the hording of vinyl): Only ever buy records if a band is able to convince you down from that stage, live. Jenna and Marcia did so, specifically the guitar play made me melt. Now you please go out and see them too – they are worth it. And, yes, they are all female!
And thus the night ended with a couple of beers, some chats, a freebee record for a mate and some broad smiles. That is how a Friday night show, with a scent of female, should come around.
And yes, SHE FUCKING SHREDS!