… a small K-Town warm-up with a small turnout!

Over the last years the K-Town Warm-up was quite a sizeable effort at the Hafenklang, this year it was cut back to a small and intimate setting. Though when i arrived at the Hafenklang i had the initial fear that i was going to be surprised by a large something, given the huge nightliner in front of the doors…

K-Town Shuttle?
K-Town Shuttle?

But that was wrong – it was going to be two bands only and it was going to be empty. Not sure if it was the competition (Lillingtons in Bremen, Beatsticks at the Rote Flora and a few other items) or just the unknown bands.

But unknown is the trigger, at least for me. How can i judge what music to listen to or what records to buy if i do not check out new bands? First on where Idiota Civilizzato from Berlin (and some other places) and they came just in time for the show.

Idiota Civilizzato (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 14.06.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

They sound like great US inspired Italian Hardcore from the mid-80s and they do sound almost perfect in that vein. Push, drive, speed and dual guitars. The vocals must have been in Italian, as i could not make out any theme. And they pushed their set in a stoic manner towards the rather empty space in front of them.

Besides Project Youth there where about 15 paying customers and that does not really drive enthusiasm but i have to give credit to them – they where relentless. How did it sound? Listen up youth:

Next on Project Youth from Istanbul (Turkey) and i think so far i have not yet seen a band from Byzantium so i was very interested to see and hear. It was a wee bit a surprise (and in hindsight not really) to get to see and hear a band that was fully engulfed into 80s UK punk.

Project Youth (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 14.06.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

And their sound indeed was more Punk Rock than H/C, had some melodies and their singer tried to be a wee bit of an entertainer, an art really lost on the few people this night. They where pretty much like a well oiled engine, pushing out their songs and mixing English and Turkish language. And they did engage a bit more with the audience.

Their sound is pretty much summed up with this Blitz cover, i guess their finest moment that night.

As for Idiota Civilizzato they would have benefited from a few more people, a bit more enthusiasm in front of the stage and generally „more“ (of everything). I think in a different setting they will be well received, lets see if they make it back to Hamburg on a different occasion.

As you lot where not there, check out both bands on Bandcamp:

I went home not really satisfied (though indeed with some new mu-sick-al experience) and sincerely hope that next year K-Town Warm-Up at the Hafenklang is again a bigger variety and a bigger exposure for bands travelling to DK.

And the real thing over this weekend was in København!

… not lagging behind at all: Hysterese are most likely an advanced system producing chords!

The Hafenklang has a good routine to fill the empty void after the weekend, they allow for small shows on a Monday with a donation only door price. Sometimes they get pennies (literally) – sometime they get big bucks (to be shared with the band). What they always get is the surprise of the number of people (and the surprise of the various types of people who just can’t fathom that donation means donation of their choice) and the surprise of what the band puts in.

On this hot Hamburg evening it was the return of Hysterese, who are around since 2011 but have not been back to Hamburg since 2016. And i saw them only once in 2014 but was forever glued onto their sound. And given the sunny weather, that fact that the Hafenklang is just a short stroll down the street and given that i faced two weeks off from work it was sure a booked show. And a big surprise that actually plenty of folks made way to see them: It wasn’t packed but it was well attended, so hopefully a good share for the band.

Hysterese (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.05.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

Over the years they got their sound perfected and also put a unique visual identity onto the stage: Guitar left & right, Bass center and with the back to the audience. And – as a professional musican in the audience noted – driven by a precision drummer. That topped with large amps provided the perfect setup for a good bulldozing and that is what Hysterese did:

Burst of high energy punk with both feet down into both H/C, Punk and scents of pop. And sure thing the added bonus of dual guitars and dual male/female vocals, that is such a positive addition to sound that i’d wish more bands would dare to try that (no, i won’t stop preaching the added value of the female contingent on stage).

They barraged through a short set (i’d recon 12 songs) with most songs clocking in above 2 minutes and well below 3 minutes, so in the range of the perfect pop song. They did not interact with the audience a lot, they concentrated on the sweaty task of pushing our chord after chord.

Hysterese (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.05.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

I am fixed in my brain on certain songs, they trigger a little spark that goes off and tells me „…listen up mate, this is a perfect song!„. Hysterese are one of the few German bands that have set that spark off, it is their – at least to my account – top hit from their first album:

And sure thing that little beauty came right down from the stage, full power and with brilliant guitar play. Listen up youth and sing-a-long:

i can't see 
i can't breathe 
start to eat 
strengthens me 

headlocked when i come round 
that's such an awkward pressure 
forced to some trojan properties 

i can move 
brightens up 
now i'm full 
ate you up

credits : Hysterese, released July 20, 2013 - all rights reserved

Done, sold, just fucking great. As ever, i wonder how they would grace if they are paired with something bigger on a bigger stage. They got the capability, they got the chords and they got the beauty to assemble it all well.

The internet (damn internet, never forgets) praises their new record just like this:

These fellas are quite known not only in Europe (but also) worldwide. They released and worked together with labels like Search For Fame, Kidnap, Sabotage or Taken By Surprise. 

Their new third s/t album is a little step out of the long portland-music-shadow into the world of popy tunes. But stop: its still Hysterese, their own twin singing of Helen and Mortitz, shouting their lines like gunfire at each other, their superb guitar-melodies, the stakkato riffing and their precise, machine-like drumming. 

On their new record, you may find between all these Hysterese trademarks some tiny tiny sparkling pop-diamonds, which suits 'em good. If you dig the sadness of The Wipers, the explosivness of old Descendents records and the hits and melodies of your fav Ramones songs, i guess you will dig this little piece of Punk Rock as well.

And to that extend here is one beauty from said record, recorded at Rama Studio – no overdubs – 100% Live one take! Get it on!

Did i note i am sold on them? And because i nowadays tend to buy records only at shows and ideally from the band i took the „all three LP’s for 35€“ offer and threw away the download code – these beauties are to be put under the needle rather!

And next time round? Next time round i expect me mate Thomas to donate more (he was noted down in the big book of generous moods) and i expect even more people to show up – Hysterese are worth it.


… when SHE just FUCKING SHREDS: A perfect friday night with a scent of female!

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 „Spend my day“ 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 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


You're in the walls and in the floor x3
My home is pieces of you

(c) Mobina Galore - 2014)

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.