… The Briefs are back, so party on Hamburg!

People got quite exited when word came around that The Briefs are back for good and will hit Hamburg during their short Winter 2018 Tour in Europe. Back in the early 2000’s they spat out 5 great long players and endless singles (about 12 if i have my greedy record collector asshole memories right) and where the #1 party machine live. And thus folks where keen to see if that party just continues.

Support was for Spit Pink from sunny Recklinghausen. The last time i saw them was last years „Burn down the Baum“ at the Knust and my verdict was rather harsh. This time round tried to stay in front of the stage throughout their set and did manage that (for most of the time).

Spit Pink (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 11.12.2018 (c) gehkacken.de)

At times their songs have great licks, great chords and ear pleasing songwriting – only to not sustain that throughout the whole song. They are still „too much rock infused punk“ to me though they do nothing wrong per se. It just is slightly off what pleases my single minded mu-sick-al ear.

And with that the well packed Monkeys eagerly awaited The Briefs. Whilst they setup the gear an agitated Briefs fan tried to add a missing song (at least according to his tastes) to the setlist, only to be turned down by the stage hand and the bass player with rude words: „Please don’t do that, that ain’t no good„…

The Briefs - Setlist (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 11.12.2018)
The Briefs – Setlist (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 11.12.2018)

… but it did not stop The Briefs to do a professional stage entry with an instrumental intro and storming into Stuck On You:

Yep, they are back and they still know how to throw a good party. And they had a packed dance floor with a lot of enthusiastic fans singing along. They even got the stage fuse going (or someone put beer into a socket, who knows) and had a temporarily shutdown (including leaving the stage).

The Briefs (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 11.12.2018 (c) gehkacken.de)

The had a rooster of many hits lined up and if not mistaken they played both songs from their brand new 2018 single. And that made everybody thirsty for the 2019 to come record, by the looks that will be just another one to be added to the collection.

Also worth to note the high number of female fans in the front, whilst they kept their sun glasses on it looked like they are not only a boys party band but also something for them girls – which in hindsight anyway is the best setting. Shows with bullying males only out for physical accidents are dead boring and shows where everybody at the front happily dances away are simply the best.

The Briefs (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 11.12.2018 (c) gehkacken.de)

And the last song prior to some encores was from the Angry Samoans – Todd Killings made the audience (or better, the card game producing part of the audience) go ape shit:

Spot on that is where them Briefs get the party credibility from: The mix of 1977 punk rock and high speed US punk elements. Rarely a band had that mix that much perfected. As such it is great pleasure that they record again and that they come out and play again. And if not mistaken this was just a trial run across Europe: With the new record in tow they seem to plan an much longer tour in 2019.

Great turnout for a cold Tuesday evening and great fun emitted from the stage. Two birthdays in the audience. A couple of pints. No hangover next day at work. Nice one.

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