… 2 days, 14 bands, one nice hangover – a great Get Lost! Fest II!

Get Lost Fest II - Hafenklang, Hamburg August 2014
Get Lost! Fest II – Hafenklang, Hamburg August 2014

Last year i did miss the Get Lost! Fest due to work and other commitments and had to let go great stuff like „War goes on“, „Hex Dispensers“ and specifically „The Kids“. This time round i made every effort to attend and any effort was worth it! What did surprise me over the 2 days was how many people from abroad made it down to Hamburg and somehow that made it feel a wee bit like an in-crowd meeting…or an alternative Reeperbahn Festival? Hamburgs SxSW? As a more or less regular visitor to the Hafenklang i felt almost like being in another city – attendees from Hamburg where out crowded i’d say!

Küken - Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Küken – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Day 1 kicked off with Küken from Hamburg and they took me by surprise: A scent of wipers and great twin singing (in a literate sense). Well done and actually wasted as a starter!

The Sheiks - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Sheiks – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Next on The Sheiks (who also double as Jack Oblivions backing band) with a rather typical US type of raunchy rock’n’roll – not too bad but not my thing.

ZHOD - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
ZHOD – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Back upstairs ZHOD (Zentralheizung of Death) from Erfurt – pffff, do i like „Psychedelic Punk“? No i don’t, but at least they gave a good show and had a solid sound. 35 years ago i would have yelled „Hippy Shit“ and applauded people who would boot or botle them off the stage … so i have grown up!

Jack Oblivion - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Jack Oblivion – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Back down Jack Oblivion (backed by The Sheiks) took stage and gave his dirty blues rock version. Some people like it, i like him as an entertainer but actually not too much for the sound. But again – he does what he does extremely good!

Protokids - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Protokids – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Upstairs again and one of the „Headliners“ of the day – France’s answer to 70s UK/Irish (Good Vibrations!) Powerpoppunk. I did not know anything about them and need to confess that they have some great tunes but they where not able to get it across live as good as the songs are. Also two key factors kept them down: The drumming was bad and the bass way too loud. But the first band with a consistent stage appearance, something that i highly value! See and listen yourself below:

 

I think you get what i say was a miss, that night on that stage. But they do have something and maybe they work best on vinyl actually!

The Audacity - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Audacity – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

So Day 1 ended with The Audacity (from Fullerton, CA), who where claimed to be the hottest shit in SxSW 2013 and whom i did read below statement (which neatly turns me off):

Audacity is Orange County’s latest proof that California’s the
place to be. This fresh-faced Fullerton four piece has roots 
that stretch back to elementary school. 
That sense of lifelong camaraderie comes across in their buoyant
take on the classic power punk sound. Bouncy slacker pop is 
always an appropriate soundtrack for  a warm West Coast 
spring night.

Formed when they were only 14 years old, the members of 
Audacity connect with a musical lineage that stretches back 
about as far as their ages combined. 
The music invokes trails of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star,
as well as the best work of the Modern Lovers. Twisting in those 
influences with geographic touchstones like the Descendents and 
the Adolescents, Audacity crafts tunes that trade in hooks and 
fun amidst a rush of volume and youthful enthusiasm.

Deflowered and inspired by Anaheim’s Thee Makeout Party, 
Audacity are putting in the effort on the road to make a name 
for themselves. They’re asserting their place among power pop 
peers like Nobunny and Atlanta’s Gentleman Jesse and His Men. 
Audacity is evidence that suburban sprawl combined with a little
sun and surf can make for fantastic results.

Frank – such grand words make me almost puke! To me they are a jack of all trades, blend in punk with pop and surf and provide a great time to the audience. And indeed the audience got going for the first time that day i’d say. They had a low light though, i generally find bands suspect that find it worth to mention that they love Jesus. But sound wise they had it all and where totaly tight and excellent together. See and listen for yerself (and do not get set off by the drunk ZHOD guy trying to tell us something):

That ended Day 1 and took me home late, but thanks to my loving wife i could enjoy a long sleep!

Day 2 started even earlier (with a boat ride on the MS Hedi that i needed to skip), would last longer and would bring the Get Lost! Fest II to a high that i did not expect. And go myself a neat hangover on Sunday – perfect!

Bikes - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Bikes – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Bikes are from Berlin and they play 60’s garage rock. To me a fitting start upstairs, not my type of music but as a musical outfit almost ok (but they can do more on the look!).

Sunbather - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Sunbather – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

They where followed upstairs by Sunbather from Denmark (incl. a Hamburg based member) who did play the MS Hedi on the afternoon. Whops, first surprise – tight, fast and good sound! That did cheer me up and with quite some excitement i went downstairs to see the mighty Youth Avoiders from France.

Youth Avoiders - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Youth Avoiders – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

If you ask me hey are hot shit. The only thing that sometimes turns me down is the singing style on some songs but overall i like them. Indeed! And thus here something to digest:

 

 

 

Yes – that was a blast! From that set on i knew i was in the right place for maximum enjoyment!

The Mojomatics - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Mojomatics – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Next on upstairs a real gem and real surprise: 2 Italians with matching stage outfit (a plus, i can assure you) performing realy driving powerpop with just drums and guitar. Wow – i did not have that on the map at all!

Born Loose - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Born Loose – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

And downstairs that was followed by real cool driving AC/DC type of rock – with all the show that goes with it. Great stage outfits (only the drummer failed), great stage personas and killer sound leaving no prisoners!

Boys and Girls, by then the audience was fully engaged, enthralled and on the right track.

New Swears - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
New Swears – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Upstairs New Swears from Canada did show that they are entertainers but not necessarily a great band (at least not when drunk) but that did not stop the excitement of the day to just grow…

Protex - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Protex – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Protex from sunny Belfast where next and they are adored by all the young kids. Everybody seems to know „Don’t ring me up“ and everybody was grossed by the old men rocking it out, eg. the drummer from Youth Avoiders eyed the drummer from Protex for all their set and smiled away at his abilities at a size and age he does not yet fathom. Wow. Soundwise they started like shite, they had some hickups and chords wrong but the longer they played the better they became. Wow – well done, though it has the odd annotation of only 2 original members being in the band…the audience loved them!

The Marked Men - Get Lost Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Marked Men – Get Lost! Fest II (Hafenklang, 29.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

The final bit was delivered downstairs and it was cool to see The Marked Men setting up their gear in what felt like 10 minutes, little configuration and no soundcheck. They knew what to set their amps to and they know by heart how to play. And then they blasted the Hafenklang away. Totally. It was packed and people where jumping up and down left right and centre. A true class finishing of a true class event. Stunning!

 

 


And that ended that exercise. 14 bands, 2 days, one hangover. And a lot of smiling faces. I could not join the after show party as i had to make way home, i am a football coach in spare time and i had to coach a game on Sunday. Thanks so much for Wild Wax Shows and Hafenklang to put this on – the effort was worth it and it was a worthy event. Gimme more!

… it ain’t memory lane – they still have a lot to give!

Arrested Denial, Adolescents, The Dickies - Hafenklang 12.08.2014 ( (c) gehkacken.de 2014)
Arrested Denial, Adolescents, The Dickies – Hafenklang 12.08.2014 ( (c) gehkacken.de 2014)

It should have been a walk down memory lane but it turned out to be much more fun indeed. My business schedule took me to Manchester the week before Rebellion@Blackpool and everybody taunted me for not staying over. One of the reasons (next to spending the weekend with my love) was that i needed to be in London the week after and wanted to see my dear old friend Rudi, who on the way back from the Blackpool pilgrimage did a stopover in Hamburg before returning home to his new hometown of Perth. So i was up for Rudi, Adolescents and The Dickies – knowing that i had to fly out to London next morning. Grim outlook but nothing that could not be cured with good music, fun, friends and beer.

I did let go Arrested Denial but rather spend time talking – then it was time for the Adolescents.

Adolescents (Hafenklang, 12.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Adolescents (Hafenklang, 12.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

I do not know how many times i have seen them but it is always unpretentious and class. Sure it ain’t the Adolescents from 1980 but Steve Soto and Tony Cadena keep their thing flying with style. And energy the have, ob boy, they do have. It is sure helped by the other 3 guys in the lineup, giving them the perfect backdrop. The stage entry was yet again cool, just went on, adjusted the lights and blasted off with „No Way“:

And they carried on without a scent of slowdown. And did they stop at one point in time? not realy, they gave the impression that they wanted to play on and on and on! Finaly „Sonic Reducer“ was a well timed „farewell“ to the audience. Wow – even better than last time at Hafenklang!

Next on The Dickies and that is down memory lane: 27.11.1979 was my fist punk show ever, seeing The Dickies (whom i thought to be from England) and The Stranglers as a 15 year old kid at the Markthalle in Hamburg. The Dickes blasted the place, there is a cool tape of that show but no video – they looked like this (apparently the only video footage of that area):

The Stranglers where just hated for all the stupid reasons of „… not punk“, „… sellout“ – see below cut from a German music magazin:

The Stranglers ( (c) Sounds 1979)
The Stranglers ( (c) Sounds 1979)

But hey, 35 years later The Dickies (ok, Stan Lee and Leonard Graves Phillips plus a variety of backline) still give it a go!

The Dickies (Hafenklang, 12.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Dickies (Hafenklang, 12.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

The music has been speeded up a wee bit to fit todays listening preferences but from there they are still one of the best sing-a-long bands of all times. And yes, it is memory lane! Forgive me and my age!

The took the stage with „Paranoid“ and took Hamburg by storm:

And took no prisoners from there. Be it short („Poodle Party“) or long (my all time live favourite „If Stuart could talk (what would he say?“):


 

Also The Dickies made no stop, played for ever and encore was added to encore:


 
I lost time, enjoyed the music, talked forever and had way too many beers. But within the set was a cool gem worth to explore. The Dickies sure are known for their cover versions and there are so many stories about these. But they also played my favorite cover: „See my way“ (a song by a long forgotten UK rock band from the early 70s):

The words for this one are priceless:

i know i can't see may hand
and i can't help it if i stumble
all of those things that are sad before me
wanna see see my way

need a friend to help me through
when i'm gone pick
my body up and carry me
home take me home

see the point of watching my life
i can see it's been so wrong
climbing mountains without even looking
wanna see see my way

need a friend to help me through
when i'm gone pick
my body up and carry me
home take me home

i know i can't see may hand
and i can't help it if i stumble
all of those things that are sad before me
wanna see see my way

need a friend to help me through
when i'm gone pick
my body up and carry me
home take me home

(c) 1970 Mick Abrahams

And in it’s 1970 boring rock glory it sounds like this – live at German Beat Club TV Program … and now you do know why it has been covered:

Actualy, on record and leaving the jazzy bridge and the sax aside, it is a decend pre-hard rock song:

And, not for a reason, also the Ramones family did a cover:

And you know, fuck it – i got all the space of the world here, this is a psych-proto-metal cover version from New Zealand, dated 1971. And you exactly know why punk had to happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE1lr5HoEJI

So actualy next to be able to write this song, to give credit to this exhibit of reason why punk came about, they got their record covered designed with so much more class than bands nowadays who design for CD covers at maximum. Gatefold cover with a cool bord game on the inside. Now beat this!

BLODWYN PIG - GETTING TO THIS LP
BLODWYN PIG – GETTING TO THIS LP
BLODWYN PIG - GETTING TO THIS LP
BLODWYN PIG – GETTING TO THIS LP
Blodwyn Pig 1970
Blodwyn Pig 1970

 

I am sure my friends Alf and Wolfgang have this record in their collection, as they sport a few years more and made it through the pre-punk prog-rock area.

Humming „See my way“ did lead me home and with a late and short sleep and the „comfort flight“ next morning to London i sported a neat hangover in the office on Wednesday. Regrets? None! Even 35 years later these evenings make my day and pic’s like below will forever serve my memory!

Oldpunks having fun ( (c) gehkacken.de 2014)
Oldpunks having fun ( (c) gehkacken.de 2014)

… these NJ kids have style indeed!

Puh, it is summer in the city and the city was full of people that wanted to see the Hamburg Cruise Days and the cool blue light installations at the Hamburg Harbor. And the Hafenklang being on the harbor front gave yet again a nice mix of punks hanging out outside the Hafenklang and tourists trying to avoid them. Fun. As ever. Upstairs at Goldener Salon it started with Irish Handcufs from Regensburg and it took me only one song to dislike them as lutscher-core (and indeed i am not nice here but i was up for something different tonight!).

Irish Handcuffs (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Irish Handcuffs (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

I rather enjoyed lengthy talks about music and life as such outside. Next on No Weather Talks from Hamburg and i disliked their pop even more then the lutscher-core (though they had a female singer, something i normaly dig).

No Weather Talks (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
No Weather Talks (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Now for sure only the Night Birds could rescue this hot evening and boy they did! From start to finish they rocked the approx 120 people upstairs at the Goldener Salon and did not leave any questions.

Night Birds (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Night Birds (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

This is how i – in all  selflessness  – want it to happen: A cool drummer with a Slade T-Shirt. A Bass player that rocked his Bass. A guitar player that knows his surf. And an enigmatic singer with all signs of crazyness. Cool shit, played hot as hell. See yourself and listen up how they started the show:

And the best was yet to come: Mid set the bass broke down and whilst the technical error was researched the drums and the guitar went into a familiar tune … „Shadowy Men from A Shadowy Planet„, the signature song from the CAN comedy series „Kids in the hall“ (dating back to 1988). Now that was fucking super cool. I talked to the guitar player after the show and he was very surprised that someone not only did recognise the song but also knew the TV Show. I guess that comes with age and being over 50 plays into it. I told him to put more of that into their set, let’s see what they do!

But hey, really, if the Night Birds continue down that path of mixing California Hardcore with Surf, throw a blend of DI and JFA in, then i will buy all of their records. They are a real force and a true gem. Thanks for a great show guys!