My last visit to live mu-sick did throw me into 12 days of Covid isolation until i finally came out “negative”, though not really with difficult symptoms thanks to being fully vaccinated and having had my booster shot on top.
To cheer me up once allowed out again The Kids from Belgium (Belgium, Bloody Belgium) where in town. They are a beast of a party machine, playing a simple recipe of Punk’n’Roll ever since they came about in 1976 and putting out two killer records full of juvenile & catchy sing-a-long songs (deeply grounded in Rock) in 1978.
The pairing was perfect, kick-off was with Küken who defined their little niche very much in a similar way: Deconstructed and simple, though driven hard. And unique twin vocals. For them it was pretty much also a return back to stage and hopefully touring, so lets hope that they can be back at it with the success they deserve.
Küken (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.04.2022 (c) gehkacken.de 2022)
They still do what they do without too much interaction with the audience but it is the beauty of the sound that indeed speaks for itself. They even have songs with subtle & clever variations and bridges. I am still convinced that they have dug deep and uncovered gold.
I rekon i do not need to be asked for supporting statements (Küken are one of the tightest outfits i have ever seen) but i do hope that they get some bigger chances.
And whilst down at the wishing well i’d love them to take on songs from other bands (and other times) and strip them down to their style. Actually, whilst thinking, they should cover a full album. I guess i got to win in the lottery and make them advances. Whilst i try to achieve that you got to check out their output!
Without too much fuzz The Kids set themselves up and about 120 good people where eager to see them. And from the start it was the female contingent in the audience that went singing and dancing, something that was clearly visible. And indeed their simple Punk’n’Roll, nicely speeded up vs. 1978, goes direct into the legs.
I bet you them ladies love them Kids!
From the original Kids only Ludo Mariam is left, the brothers De Haes have been replaced with other gifted musicians quite some time ago. But from the first song there is loads of sing-a-long (Yes, young people know these songs from 1978), broad smiles and all-around happiness in the audience.
The Kids (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.04.2022 (c) gehkacken.de 2022)
They vary nicely between their short smashers from way back and a bit more complicated songs, they even turn to songs that are a wee bit slower and complex. But overall it was all up there in happy-land for most of the audience.
They are a bit more talkative than Küken without giving away too much. And the more they played, the more they smiled also on stage, getting into the groove and loving it.
As encore you almost all the time get a little nod from The Kids, so here is “If The Kids are united”. They also covered a Ramones song but here i need to agree with my mate Marcel (who scooted over from Amsterdamned to see this show – and a few more in Hamburg): You should not cover an early Ramones song, you got to try to cover a late one!
Never mind that ill choice of cover, with this nice sing-a-long them Kids ended a great show with two great bands. If you want their stuff go here!
Happiness on my end and with most of the folks around me. I was also able to pick up my season ticket for the Hafenklang, so i am now well prepared (vaccinated, boostered, recovered) for more shows in 2022. Bring them on!
On the way uphill for my train home i came around the back of the Hafenklang and saw these leftovers in the rain… sad view!