… cropped hair and hard hitting retro rock’n’roll made my Friday the 13th!

Another Friday night out at the Monkeys, another night for some unpretentious rock’n’roll.

The fun was that i was out with a mate whilst our wife’s decided to stay at our home, cook some great food and enjoy the Friday without us. So i left home for me mate when his wife arrived and came home late in the night only to hand her the taxi in which me mate was waiting – never had that setting and really had a laugh! At the Monkeys this time round one of the hottest new shits was waiting: The Suede Razors from the US of A had all the records collectors excited with their chain of great 7″s, so i thought it would be a rather full house and a lot of eager people to see them.

Wrong thinking, they are still a niche i guess.

The night started off with Last Crusade from the UK who, from all i could make out, are a rather new band too.

Last Crusade (Monkeys, 13.03.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Last Crusade (Monkeys, 13.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

I think they fitted the bill with Suede Razors well, they play something unique too – a blend of old punk (as in 1977), harsh OI! (as in 1982) and they do also throw some hardcore elements in. They where though hampered by some technical issues and the lacked stage presence and persona, so they did not really get the rather small crowd in motion. But they got their share of applause for all the effort, at least. And in between they actually had some lovely chords.

Next on Jenny Woo, in her solo acoustic setting. Large banner, small girl and a strong voice.

Jenny Woo (Monkeys, 13.03.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Jenny Woo (Monkeys, 13.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

I do like her stuff but i do like it more with a band and an electrically distorted guitar. But she does what she does extremely well, always with a smile and against many odd voices from odd parts of the skinhead scene – and it takes a hell of stamina to get on the stage just with an acoustic guitar and use your voice as the stage presence!

Finally the Suede Razors and from the start (an intro sans the singer) it was a different league: You could sense that they all had their share of experience in other bands and that they all where quite gifted in terms of handling their instruments. And tight together. Very tight. From the moment the singer entered the stage you knew it was to be a unique and joyful experience of rock’n’roll with a scent of Aussie thrown in (and that was late 70s AC/DC and/or Rose Tattoo i guess).

Suede Razors (Monkeys, 13.03.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Suede Razors (Monkeys, 13.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Singer Darrel not only has the belly but also the voice and guitar, bass and drums provide the perfect backdrop. Items worth to note: Tongue-in-check vocals and stage presence by all. Good chatting with the audience and all items i’d like to see covered covered, up to and including 3 points for “anyone’s team” on the weekend. Puuuurrfect (though it did not happen in the end – the 3 points at home).

Did they live up to the quality of their singles? Yes they did and i guess they took the audience by storm. It was a bit like Giuda – people did not fully know what to expect and where positively surprised. For myself i was happy bunny all over: Out with mates, a pint of Guinness in me hand and some driving skinhead rock’n’roll. There is little that can beat that setting, so much better then say the TV Program on Friday 13th.

Thanks to the bands and thanks as ever to those who made it to support them at a cool new place for live musick. Love it.


… coitus interruptus with a monkey!

Grand opening of Sam’s new venture (with improved facilities since the Crack show) and somehow i managed to perform a vasovagal collaps, so the show ended in a coitus interruptus. Thanks (i owe you some drinks) to some around i was lifted, got a glass of water and then hailed a taxi to take a quick checkup in the hospital around the corner from home. No issues, “you have the blood data of an 18 year old” the doctor told me – i guess a blatant lie!

Big Banders (Monkeys, 28.02.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Big Banders (Monkeys, 28.02.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

I did see most of the Big Banders, Hamburgs rather large Ska 9 piece. The stage sure was too small for them, they where packed way too tight to be able to groove.

Due to my blackout i missed Hamburgs other Ramones cover band, the Melones. Thanks to Luke here is a pic:

Melones (Monkeys, 28.02.2015 (c) Luke Stevens)
Melones (Monkeys, 28.02.2015 (c) Luke Stevens)

What’s the net result: Great place with more great shows lined up, i guess i will need to split my time between Hafenklang and Monkeys now (and throw in the odd other place). Bonus for the Monkeys: Guinness from the tap! Else the evening was 2nd hand, damn. People told me it was a great evening – i tend to believe them!

… a new club full of old boys and girls, The Crack and a time warp!

It’s been a while since a new club has opened it’s doors in Hamburg – Monkeys (residing where the 3rd incarnation of the kir once graced Hamburg Altona) provides high hopes for the future and already has quite some good shows announced. Official opening will be later in February (28th actually) but construction almost finished and The Crack and Last Rough Cause where on their way to Oberhausen, so a pit stop in Hamburg made utmost sense.

Last Rough Cause (Monkeys Hamburg, 13.02.2015)
Last Rough Cause (Monkeys Hamburg, 13.02.2015)

First on Last Rough Cause and they had to play a rather empty space in front of the stage. I like some of their songs and they have some good tunes but somehow on stage that night they never “energized” themselves or the audience – at least my feeling. Also too slow for my liking and too shy as stage personas. They do work on record – on stage they did not work for me that night. But hey, at least the first band ever on that stage!

Next on The Crack and by now approximately 100 gurls and lads, mostly of age, graced the place that i guess will be able to hold 300 people (though maybe only 200 will be able to be in front of the stage).

And they kicked off with “Nag Nag Nag” and from the stage personas where quite the opposite of Last Rough Cause: Fun, action and “tongue in check”. Sure thing they had the audience going from 0 to 100 within minutes.

The Crack (Monkeys Hamburg, 13.02.2014)
The Crack (Monkeys Hamburg, 13.02.2014)

Early on in the 80s they has some softer edges but all of that has now been superseded with a wee bit of Sladeness and some more speed (as it serves most bands today). But they had fun, interacted with the audience and some oldpunks really get going. Great to see! And sure thing they ended the setlist with their number one hit, a song that both serves and haunts them i guess:

No doubt, that is what people wanted to hear. And sing-a-long to. And putting their hands up in the air. And time warp themselves back into youth and into the 80s. And do not care wether the all chords where right. But hey, who gives a fuck!

With that The Crack decided to play on and re-do “My World” but have the audience sing.

The Crack Encore (Monkeys Hamburg, 13.02.2015)
The Crack Encore (Monkeys Hamburg, 13.02.2015)

And so a fun evening in a new place ended. Looking forward for a full club and other great bands in future…

Bonus fun detail:

... this is my ... worls?
… this is my … worls?