I have to admit i was biased – i had my eye on The Bar Stool Preachers for a couple of month and did pledge for the crowd funding of their first single (though it did not arrive at me home yet) and thus had a wee bit of a jump start when the date for this show was announced. Thanks to Mr. Christian Schaub this was made possible: A young band from Brighton, with high hopes but not yet an output and not really a lot of songs, came over to Hamburg and Berlin for their first away shows.
It was a Thursday evening, a band with no name – so a mere 70 folks followed Christian’s invite. I tried to tell everybody „this is hot shit“ but only convinced a hand full of friends to join. And what did they get?
Outsch. What was that? Did i fall into a trap? Did their videos not look and sound so much more professional? But before i could get too much worried they provided a quite good reason: The camper outside the Monkeys was actually theirs and it took them a whoopin‘ 14 hours from the UK to Hamburg. And to get here they got up at 3 in the mornin‘. OK Lads, excuse granted! But how do they sound if they got into the groove?
That did sound so much better. So what did we get? Obviously a loudmouth on vocals, a bass player fronting, two guitars playing perfectly and a keyboarder that a female member of the audience taunted as „…see his looks, he is a serial killer„. I would not think so but hey, you never know. There is a Henry in all of us! Besides that they gave an energetic show, overcame technical issues and got themselves and the audience into the mood.
And in the end it was love. The band loved the audience, the club and those around did either love them or at least started to get their feet moving a wee bit. And that is the sound of The Bar Stool Preachers: A lot of ska, some pop and all served with a speed and a punch that makes it worth. As some one in the audience pointed out after the show – this might be last time you see them for 7€ and in front of only 70 people. They just might hit it bigger in the UK, sure thing in the pop circut. But with street credibility.
And after 45 minutes they even came back and played an encore, yet again their signature song „Bar Stool Preacher“:
Christian was happy as a fuck, the band was smiling and did sell a couple of singles. And they took residence in the Monkeys pub until 03:30, when Sam did throw them out. So with 24 hours on tour they managed to perform a great show in Hamburg. Next stop was to be the St. Pauli home game on Friday, playing the Kraken thereafter (i needed to let go but people assured me they killed it again!) and then hauling over to Berlin to play a record day appearance and a 30 minute slot at the Punk & Disorderly Festival.
I recon it’ll take them home 20 hours and they will be knackered. Hope they all have to work on Monday, because they will be worn out to the max! But hey, that is the hardship of rock’n’roll! Good luck lads!
nb: You miss a drummer listed above? As ever they do not get the limelight and are only there to provide a largely invisible backdrop for the sound. Most of them are actually quite happy that way!