… when the turnout is friends only: Razors and Spunk Vulcano & The Eruptions on a rather empty night!

In October Dirt Box Disco and Wonk Unit packed the Monkeys and provided utmost fun to the Hamburg lot. The same lot was expected to show up on this lovely Friday, both because it was TGIF and it was Spunk Vulcano and his band (and Spunk is the main force behind all songwriting in DBD i was told).

On top it was the first home appearance for Christane as the stand-in for Erwin with the Razors. But all of that did not lure people down to the Monkeys – i guess it was a mere 75 people who showed up, including some who looked like they had tried the sold out Talco show at the Fabrik 300 meters up the road and did not get a ticket.

First on Razors and with the big burden of Old Erwin still in battle with the big fucking C, something that everybody wishes him well for. Damn fucking C. For him Christiane freed herself up from Gerd duties despite the fact that Gerd had another headlining gig the next day. Was the feel different? Sound wise not but sure thing there where more smiles on stage. And the chorus vocals with a female scent fitted surprisingly well.

Razors (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 23.03.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

The Razors most likely had the better end of the small turnout, as they could claim nearly 100% of the audience as friends. And that is how they took it and did not give in to shorten the set. Whilst all their hit’s provided enough sing-a-long it was again their David Bowie adaption that did send shivers down everyone spine, aptly introduced by Klaus:

And whilst that would have ended the set under normal conditions them Razors had a surprise for Spunk – they had rehearsed a Dirt Box Disco sing-a-long and invited Spunk onto the stage for the encore. And that provided just great fun to all concerned – be it the Razors, be it the lot in front of the stage or be it them Eruptions, who smiled away on the side in front of the stage.

Here it is, in all beauty, as a one time beauty:

That was just perfect and a neat hats off to Dirt Box and Spunk.

Next on Spunk Vulcano, who we all now, and The Eruptions. Them Eruptions looked young and sported more the American way of Punk – both from a visual but also from a sound. So those who feared a DBD-Clone where proven wrong.

It was the same amount of fun in the lyrics (through hard to make out) and it was a different kind of mu-sick-al energy coming down from the stage.

Spunk Vulcano & The Eruptions (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 23.03.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

Still, the lot had fun and even a Spunk clone made it into the audience and kept dancing away. Was it as entertaining as Dirt Box Disco? Mhhh, for me not. And i can not even make out why. But what i do know is that leaving that equation aside this was another case of why live mu-sick is to be preferred: I may not buy their records but sure thing i am going to see them live. And it sounded like this youth, listen up:

Spunk finished just short before midnight, leaving some time to have another one for the road with friends and planning more for the weekend.

And those plans where needed, as there was a triple-crown to win: Next to this show the Saturday awaited the lot with Gerd (pushing a show into their busy stadium schedule to make up for the missed Christmas show) and the option for the tripple crown: The Haermorrhoids and DeeCracks (Viennas finest) would grace the Molotow in an after-midnight show. I counted 6 people (including my humble self) that gave into the urge to win that triple crown!

… small crowd enthusiasm: Trench and Komintern Sect at the Monkeys!

It’s been a while: Work, a near death experience (men flu) and a not so great rooster had me away from live mu-sick for January but that had to stop. And the best to stop it was a band that had been a secret love for ample of years, so the return of Komintern Sect was a date not to be missed.

Paired with them Frenchies was Trench, who invented a neat lable for themselves: „Rough Øresund Streetpunk“ as in 2 ex-Lost Warning members from sunny Malmö paired with two danish (?) guys. And apparently not a single show under their belt. But hey, was Hamburg not anyway the place where bands strike fame on their initial years?

And that’s how they sounded like: Energy, power and a great way of twin vocals between the singer and the guitar player. Actually that one thing made them stick with me big time – i loved their short (7 songs) but tight set to the max.

Trench (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 09.02.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

And i was not the only one, the rather spare crowd at the Monkeys gave quite some attention to Trench and cheered them up a wee bit more than usual for a support band. Best moment was when Trench had completed their set and listened in awe to the audience cheering „the whole set again, the whole set again“ upon disclosing that they could not do an encore due to the lack of more songs.

Whilst initially they suggest to the audience that they could choose a random number between 1 and 7 to select the encore song a slight grasp of commerciality made them choose one of the songs that will be on their debut EP on Contra Records . And i can assure you that Riot has all the hit potential to make that record sell – listen up youth for that encore:

Wow – that was a stunning set by a fresh band, i am looking forward to more. If they can stick to it and if they can capitalise their unique twin singing then they shall be a force beyond that bridge area.

Next on Komintern Sect and unfortunately the audience did not really grow by magic – only those who were glued to the bar or smoking in the pub earlier added to the numbers. Konintern Sect hail from Orléans, a french dwelling that can happily claim to have been conquered and destroyed by Julius Caesar in 52 BC – as long Komintern Sect seem to be around in the French scene and have well aged (despite that little belly growing on Carl).

What is worth to note is that they took a flight to Hamburg just to play this single date and most likely to enjoy the weekend in Hamburg. That is indeed humble and is just another praise for that little hut called Monkeys out there in Altona (the danish part of Hamburg, just another history lesson for you lot).

Komintern Sect (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 09.02.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

They took the stage and whilst on borrowed backline from Trench they had the sound just puuuurrrfect from the first chord. Melody, dual guitars and drive (without speeding). And on top Carl, commanding the audience and moving a wee bit more on stage than Alf, who fronted Trench. And they had all of these clever sing-a-long refrains that even the German audience could enter into in an attempt to break the language barrier:

Yes, they where great. They even sounded better than the last time i saw them in Hamburg and me and me mates thoroughly enjoyed their set. I think after a long long mu-sick-al path they have found that little niche that fits them and gives them the positive feedback they deserve.

Komintern Sect (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 09.02.2018) (c) gehkacken.de)

And no set of them is complete without that song to come, one of the signature songs of French punk (and most likely the setting stone for the French Streetpunk and Oi! scene). And indeed that was another smasher that had the crowd on sing-a-long mode and dancing.

So here is „Pour La Gloire“ (although Komintern Sect no longer need to seek fame, they have it!):

And as it is just a great song here is how it looked like back in 1983, pushed down from the stage by Camera Silens:

(I gotta show it because i love those visuals in the video to the max).

Komintern Sect did beat Trench on songs, they had 17 in their portfolio and they where pressed by the Hamburg lot to play some yet again – there was no stopping in encore requests and cheers.

And thus me and me mates where in a jolly good mood, got fuelled by some more booze and had more chats and drinks before resorting home in a perfect TGIF mode.

Great show but definitely a turnout too small. It was frickin‘ cold in Hamburg but that is not a valid reason to not show up. But those who did gave all their best to cheer two great set’s by two willing and able bands. And that’s how it should be.

Are ticket collectors pretentious arseholes?
Are ticket collectors pretentious arseholes?

… love at first sight: Hamburg, Dirt Box Disco and Wonk Unit. And now all beer is gone from the Monkeys!

That was a perfect setting: A Friday, two bands who are favourites of the Hamburg Blackpool pilgrims and the outlook of a fun evening at one of the fun places in Hamburg.

The Monkeys should have been sold out but wasn’t, but that did not stop the good vibes: everybody had space and everybody had like half of the audience as buddies and knew the rest from sight. It was to be an evening of friends and with friends and and evening of thirst. Thirst for beer, thirst for booze and thirst for good entertainment. And entertainment the lot got, a lot!

First on Wonk Unit, a band that has been the talk of town recently and that people, who saw them live, described as „killer“. So many people where eager and i guess to much surprise of the band (and me) a lot of people where able to sing-a-long to Wonk Unit.

Wonk Unit (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 20.10.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

From the first chord onward it was pure fun with loads of interaction between band and audience. I would not dare to push a singular label on them – they are very versatile and they do so much more than just clean cut fun punk fucking rock. In essence i think they distilled a very tight UK „we are the lads“ sound that branches out into other spaces too (for the sake of having a laugh and having a say).

Here is on of their beauties, their ode to Lewisham:

Wok Unit took the lot by storm and the lot was dancing, singing and smiling. A lot of smiling actually. The moments i liked best where when the singer moved left and pushed the rather shy guitar player into the middle and to the front. First he did not like it but later he started to smile too.

Wonk Unit Appreciation (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 20.10.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)
Wonk Unit Appreciation (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 20.10.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)

Sold, and i am god damn sold on Wonk Unit too. And a band that sells T-Shirts with „I love my vagina“ for sure needs all the love (‚cause they won’t sell a lot of T-Shirts). I’d say they can come back whenever they want, Hamburg will have the red carpet rolled out for them. And some more.

More beer, more chats and bang the first chords from the stage – Dirt Box Disco took the brand new stage of the Monkeys with only a short changeover and they knew they where up to even more love and appreciation by the lot.

Dirt Box Disco (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 20.10.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

For me it was a wee bit special, the last time they graced the Monkeys i was only a couple of miles away but in hospital, due to an emergency gall bladder removal. And thus missed them, dearly actually, though i was flying high on heavy painkillers and thus only had little bad feelings about missing them. But those who came by the hospital later told of a raunchy show and great fun.

Whilst back then my life was shit (for a split second) theirs forever is … fun:

And that fun down from the stage was echoed as every single song was a sing-a-long for the Hamburg lot, most of them Blackpool Pilgrim and thus Dirt Box connoisseurs for quite some time.

And in every single break it was the Hamburg lot who gave a loud and cheerful hooray to this Dirt Box Day until finally the band gave in and recorded it, so that they could wank to it back home. And in return gave the thirsty lot the final steer of the evening – to get fuckin‘ wasted:

And boy, i live to tell you, the lot got wasted later on!

But for now the lot stayed in front of the stage, fists in the air, dancing, singing and having a fun time. When it comes to good clean fun then Dirt Box Disco are right there, fuelling your energy and bringing on that one smile that cements itself right in yer face.

Dirt Box Disco Appreciation (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 20.10.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)
Dirt Box Disco Appreciation (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 20.10.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)

Finally it was time to end the set and the set was ended with the lot on stage and getting a full return of the appreciation – it was fucking Dirt Box Day:

Great stuff and frank i even liked Wonk Unit better simply because they paired the great British loudmouth attitude with so much more variable sound whereas Dirt Boy Disco,  at least to my ears, came across well polished and more on a singular sound. But that is complaining on a very very high level and almost feels like being a stupid bum.

It was fun and it took off into the wee of the morning. I was home at 02:00 and knackered (and hungover next day) but the lot drained all liquid (and everything looking like liquid) from the club. The Monkeys crew had to do a thorough clean up on Saturday and had to replenish all beer stocks.

Legend has it that both band have now been contracted as house bands, so the fun will continue. Thanks to all there – that was a killer night!