… we have build a better tomorrow, the youth of the past was indeed the tool!

I dig bands where girls sing and i do love it when all the Hamburg Oldpunks come to a show just after having returned from Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. The visit by The Avengers was a thus a treat, with an icing that was me old mate Rudi – he now lives in sunny Perth but does the trip to Rebellion and Hamburg more or less every other year.

I guess same logic for The Avengers – being invited to Rebellion meant they could pack some UK shows prior to Blackpool and some German dates after.

I’llness (rumor has it the deadly waters of Blackpool are accountable) did rob the audience of Plastic Propaganda as the support, so it was early doors and late start … and that only ever allowed to talk and talk (and being sweet talked again around „next year, 20 years Rebellion and 40 years Punk – come on, join the pilgramage„).

The Avengers kicked off with what people thought was a mellow version of „Cheap Tragedies“ but in real it was the original thing – listen to Rat Music for Rat People Volume 1 (you greedy record collector scum):

They also played lesser known songs – a nod that i do like. Here is „Desperation„:

But sure they provided the audience with some sing-a-long (fist in the air):

Way to quickly it ended and left not only myself behind a wee bit drawn apart. Same as with their last show in Hamburg two or three years ago somehow bass/drums and guitar/vocals are not „as one“. Bass and drums are hitting hard and driving forward, guitar and vocals somehow are mellow – the sum of the two somehow is add odds.

The Avengers (Hafenklang, 13.08.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

All in all an ok show and a solid stage performance but it was missing some kicks. But then – still big time thanks to The Avengers for coming over and actually being super friendly (whilst on stage and after the show). That had style.

I continued to enjoy talking and i enjoyed a subway ride home with 2/4 of Die Knallschoten (something not done after a show for about 30 odd years – Rudi now lives far away down under and Biber is busy in research and scholarship at Hamburg University).

Der Biber, Rudi Krawall (2/4 of Die Knallschoten in 2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Der Biber, Rudi Krawall (2/4 of Die Knallschoten in 2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Fun fact: Another 1/4 of Die Knallschoten was in attendance of the show too – singer Kayan. So what did we miss: Drummer Pizza for sure! Else it might have been a surprise Die Knallschoten reunion…grabbing instruments and trashing out a single song on stage would have been a unique experience!

And The Avengers? Forever icons with me, be it the looks of young Penelope back in 1978 in SF or be it the songs (and that is lyrics and sound). Just class.

… 6 Bands, 10€ and great surprises paired with best in class hardcore: K-Town warm up was a blast!

A bargain. Nothing more and nothing less. And an early, daylight plagued start. But where else would you get 6 bands for only 10€? Hamburg nicely lay en route to København aka K-Town and the massive K-Town Hardcore Fest at the famous Ungdomshuset. The Hafenklang made a nice effort to persuade some bands to do a stop-over, much appreciated indeed.

Arriving on time just ahead of the start the outlook was grim, more band members than paying audience. In the end some 100 odd folks where around, definitely a too low turn out for some great bands.

Maailmanloppu - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Maailmanloppu – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

First on Maailmanloppu (that is Apocalypse for all you being ignorant of the mighty finnish language) and they took the stage with energetic and fast paced hardcore and the angry vocals it deserves. In finnish though, so no clue what they where complaining about.

Bam. Bam. Bam. Done. Me mate directly marched to the merchandising and got all the 7″ and LP’s they had. They where a big surprise to me too i have to admit – setting aside the language they where classy US Hardcore material by all accounts.

Lapinpolthajat - Hafenklang, Hamburg 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Lapinpolthajat – Hafenklang, Hamburg 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

It kept my finnish language capabilities busy with the next band (Lapinpolthajat, something with Lapland and Politics is my wild guess), as much as the sound engineer tried to communicate with them in non-finnish (that steered some blank faces on the stage). And it got more melodic but kept the pace and the harshness. Just great stuff, delivered by an outfit that could not be stranger (in terms of the different personas and styles).

By now there where a couple of more people, in front of the stage and also now on the stage. All the way from Singarpore (or சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசு) came Daily Ritual and they crowed the stage with 3 guitar players and a massive wall of sound as a result.

Daily Ritual - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18-.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Daily Ritual – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18-.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

They sure looked different and they sure got a different sound. And pleasant that sound was, great guitar play and rather soft dual singing. They have their niche and they create something unique in that – a worthy setup for K-Town Hardcore Fest!

And they where the first band that actually did make an effort to connect to the audience with more than a single word. Again, they where a surprise and the next mate went to the merch to get the LP. Deal! Half time that was and it already felt like something special, like a small youth center show in the early 80s (though today’s bands generally have better abilities i need to confess).

Eu's Arse - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Eu’s Arse – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

Ups, next on some Italians that clearly rather had my age (50+) then the other bands. They formed in 1981 and they did play the mid-80s metalcore that Italy got famous for back then. I did not like it back then and i do not like it now, so did spend time outside chatting – actually like many others.

Orden Mundial - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Orden Mundial – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

Back inside it was time for Orden Mundial (or World Order, for those who did let go the spanish class) and boy where they different. If there was a price to be won for unique sound (the guitar player played through two amps left and right on the stage) and unique singing (the tall singer yelled at the audience with a very angry stare) they where by far the winner. I was not really thrilled by their sound but it definitely had the aura of something unique. Muchachos bien hecho!

No Problem - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
No Problem – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

No Problem. To be honest they where the reason for being down at the Hafenklang. I missed their raunchy show on the MS-Hedi (a small tourist boat in the harbor that is being used for live shows whilst cruising the river Elbe) last year and people assured me that i missed something big time – they take no prisoners (to the extend that the captain had to stop the cruise to order order ….).

And where Maailmanloppu started No Problem took off and the ‚bam-bam-bam‘ was multiplied by 10. Wow. Stunning. Fast. Precise. Energetic. And the singer the loose cannon that makes a difference. When he was not playing guitar next to singing he did throw himself into the audience, no matter what.

Gosh. Punk-fucking-rock served at breakneck speed and with true style, from Canada. The only disappointment was that they did not play that one song that i do love so much (but the internet allows me to insert it anyway, turn it up fucking loud).

And there was no slowdown and there where indeed no prisoners. And there was also the sure thing that they deserve a larger space, a bigger audience and even more success. They simply got it all right. Word.

6 Bands. 10€. Loads of Merch. And you where not there. Why? The next time such a great package get’s served please get you ass up and show up. Thank you. And thanks to all 6 bands for giving Hamburg the opportunity and og nu nyde Kopenhagen og killt det på Ungdomshouset!

… burn motherfucker, burn (and the sluts of the US of A blast it away)!

Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Now that was a killer setting: the mighty Dwarves (though sans HeWhoCannotBeNamed) paired with the exciled russian band Svetlanas! And the setting was with some great visuals on the stage, Putin as the Kiss-like rockstar posterboy – well done for that icon!

Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

And off they set, sans Olga who did run out to force people back in front of the stage. And when she climbed back on, she did make a stance about that motherfucker … and burned that posterboy! This is how they took residence at the Hafenklang:

Honestly, i think they frightened people. Both with their sound (a harsh hardcore) and the aggressive stance by Olga. But hey, they are aggressive, they are angry – they have been kicked out of Russia!

Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

During the set more and more people came forward and eyed them, some with quite some strange looks but also some with a thin smile and some even starting to move.

Did i like it? Yes. It is what musick is all about: You use it as your way to let it all out. And hats off for that, also – as ever – for a girl to front a band (in a circle that is plain male predominantly).

Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Svetlanas (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

A great set, crisp, harsh – you do not have to love it but it does deserve what has been misused as a term so often: „Respect„. And sideways: They got a great artwork, someone is creating smart visual identities for them!

Next on the Dwarves. Plenty of jokes where traded in the warm up to the show around how long will they play this time – 15 minutes? 20 minutes? You never know with these rock legends…

They took the audience by storm! They know how to play, every song fits and the audience was obviously full of fans – a lot of sing-a-long!

Dwarves (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Dwarves (Hafenklang, 24.04.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Blag Dahlia as ever the perfect frontman owning the audience, delivering their sex, blood and drug fused punk fuckin‘ rock with the nonchalance of the self proclaimed „rock legend“ that he actually is (in this little space called punk rock).

And how long did they grace Hamburg? They made it a football half, 45 minutes and off they went. And they left behind a lot off sweaty and smiling faces and by all counts – for the Dwarves it was almost a lengthy set!

For me it concluded 4 shows, 7 bands in 8 days. That’s not too bad for an April. And it got a bonus, the Hafenklang confirmed that in the running up the K-Town Hardcore Fest 2015 at Ungdomshuset (København) some of the bands will play in Hamburg – most notably No Problem from Canada. That date provides a great fixture too look out to!