… what a raunchy night: Adolescents matched by The Bar Stool Preachers in speed!

This was going to be a brilliant Friday night: Not only was i still on a high from the BossTones show on Tuesday but it was the Adolescents again (and ever since last years „For Steve“ show i would make any effort to see them) and a little not so well kept secret appearance of a band from … Brighton. As in United Kingdom. From that Island yonder. A band that loves Hamburg. And is loved over here.

First on and with a slightly shortened set due to the extra addition was Punktucke, the unfortunate locals. I guess they where not too happy with this but as ever had to bite that bullet. They had not more than a 1/3 filled Hafenklang in front of them but they just did not care…

Punktucke (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

A very precise and to the point set, for me deeply tied into a sound that also other bands from Hamburg do feature but with a fresh spin. They are not particularly my favorites but they got something meaningful to say, both on the mu-sick-al and lyric front.

Next on Fights & Fires from the UK. I saw them last year as support for Dag Nasty in Bremen and noted „The mu-sick to me was exactly that type of music that can’t choose what it wants to be„. This time they sported a wee bit less hair but they still came across to me as „no fish no meat„.

Fights & Fires (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Others in the audience liked them from the start, got dancing and flying (and some of those even where on the guest list, so they do have local support). One of me friends was even so convinced that after the show he took home their record. They where friendly, they where hard and they where fast. Nothing wrong, just not my sound.

And that gave way to the Adolescents and they kicked in like this:

In front of the stage the sound was almost ok but somehow on stage the musicians did struggle. It took a couple of songs, some stops, some interactions with Witte (who did sound) and the removal of a mike in the kick-drum to get the stage sound acceptable for the band. And frank, also in front of the stage it sounded better.

Adolescents - Setlist (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019)
Adolescents – Set list (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019)

They got a lengthy set list prepared and they pushed forward almost relentlessly. They definitely where not going to take any prisoners this evening and they knew that someone else would mop the ground with the audience to finish off – so they did let go!

Adolescents (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

They also traded some memories, like towards Jürgen Bitzcore (who to my surprise was in attendance) and a song long ago played for the first time in Hamburg. And they had people relentlessly dancing and singing along – to the known hits and also to the lesser known songs.

Adolescents (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

If there is one item that stood out for me then it is how tight, how fast and how energetic they where. It was thoroughly a killer set of you ask me and they never did hold back.

It was sure thing not possible to top last years show from a feelings perspective, the love & appreciation vibes last year where to heavy. But this night they topped it from a mu-sick-al perspective. Just puuuurfect!

Adolescents (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

You can see it from the many picture, loads of broad smiles and loads of fun on and off stage. And that forever makes a good gig, that simple recipe!

Whilst the Adolescents resorted from stage around midnight there was still one more fun item to enjoy: The Bar Stool Preachers had a day off in their schedule and needed a place to sleep. Hence they booked themselves into Hotel Hafenklang for a few hours and payed with some stage time.

That sunny lads from Brighton, who had all fun during the other bands, took the stage like this (in self made and highly stylish gaffa makeup):

From the first chord two items where clear: Compared to Tuesday as support for the BossTones on the big stage of the Freiheit they injected some nitro and supercharged the engine in what felt they were trying to match them Adolescents in speed.

The Bar Stool Preachers (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Maybe the just did let go? I definitely like this raunchy & speedy version of the Preachers more and it sure fitted the location and the evening so much more. And raunchy and speedy it was also with bodies flying left right & center, up to and including crashing into me mates beer.

... when Beer gets hurt the fun ends!
… when Beer gets hurt the fun ends!

Someone should have pressed that big red „STOP“ buzzer – you can’t hurt a beer glas, that is very very unfair! But the mood was fun on a Friday night out so nobody was prosecuted and me mate simply strolled back to the bar: Knock it back and ‚ave another one!

The Bar Stool Preachers (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

In record breaking time the Preachers did drive full speed ahead through their set, always at the risk of speeding. Outside they would have been fined, inside they just got love, showers of love.

They finished their set off at around 01:00 (against a 02:00 curfew backstage) and if i am not mistaken their alarm clock was set to 05:00 as they had a long drive on Saturday in front of them. Still, they put everything in and they got they audience still going – see yerself:

Wohahow – Bar Stool Preachers. Full. Stop. Thanks lads for the surprise addition and the extra umpf, the extra speed and the extra fun.

I was thoroughly done after a long day and took the gentle uphill stroll home through a peaceful and quiet city with almost no traffic. Just over at the docks, some folks still did the good old hammer work.

... strolling home through the empty streets and the docks never sleep!
… strolling home through the empty streets and the docks never sleep!

The Adolescents had it a wee bit easier, their last date on this EU Tour was Berlin on Saturday and then back home. In this form they can come back every year (and every year i will put a little memory in … For Steve!).

… what a perfect debut album: Nasser Hund launch their LP!

Whilst i did get to see the record earlier, the formal record release party for the Nasser Hund debut album sure thing was the day where i was going to buy it. No matter what! The date was long awaited and thus the elderly Punk Rock connoisseurs from Hamburg did pack the Hafenklang upstairs. Yet again one of the „i know everyone in the audience“ evenings.

Fun moment on my short stroll down to the Hafenklang was bumping into the Adolescents, who used the band apartment to stay over before continuing on to their first EU date in Denmark. I tried to encourage them to show up later for Nasser Hund but i think they ran for food and did not make it (at least i did not note them later on).

To warm (and charm) people up Sixteen Again took the support slot. Sixteen Again? What is that? A kiddy band? Nope – Sixteen Again are a long contemplated idea by Helge (of Jam Today fame) to only play … Buzzcocks. And since the sad passing of Pete Shelley this is even more a very valid tribute.

So with the words of Pete here is the outline:

Feeling like I'm almost sixteen again
Layin' 'round doing nothing like all my friends
Play it cool don't get angry count up to ten
Just like I was sixteen again
Everybody gets the lowdown right from the start
Everybody gets the showdown right from the heart
But that's all that's on the menu and life's a la carte
I don't know

Things in life are not played for keeps
If it makes you happy it'll make you weep
And if you want some more practical advice
If you can't think once then don't think twice
'Cause things won't seem so nice
You'll wish you were sixteen again
Oh no

Feeling rather strange when you're sixteen again
Things don't seem the same the past is so plain
This future is our future this time's not a game
This time you're sixteen again

Always on your own when there's nobody else
Asking myself would I be someone else
But after all life's only death's recompense
I don't know

Things in life are not played for keeps
If it makes you happy it'll make you weep
And if you want some more practical advice
If you can't think once then don't think twice
'Cause things won't seem so nice
You'll wish you were sixteen again
Oh no

Look at me here I am for your eyes
Mirrored proof of what you recognize
I know I never will feel quite like you
And I know you won't treat me right till I do
But at least we'll know it's true
That we're sixteen again
Oh no

Feeling rather strange when you're sixteen again
Things don't seem the same the past is so plain
This future is our future this time's not a game
This time you're sixteen again

Always on your own when there's nobody else
Asking myself would I be someone else
But after all life's only death's recompense
I don't know

Look at me here I am for your eyes
Mirrored proof of love's suicide
I know I never will feel quite like you
And I know you won't treat me right till I do
But at least we'll know it's true
That we're sixteen again
Oh no

Sixteen again
Sixteen again

(Pete Shelley © Universal Music Publishing Group)

I guess that one was true for many in the audience, i would be bang right back in 1980 when Stiff Little Fingers played the Markthalle for my 16th birthday.

Sixteen Again (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 14.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

And that is Nic, Helge, Ingo and Koshi and they devote themselves to the times of perfect Power-Pop, when love songs did matter for young punk rockers. From the vast œuvre  of the Buzzcocks they made a short but fine selection for their first live appearance.

Sixteen Again - Setlist (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 14.06.2019)
Sixteen Again – Setlist (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 14.06.2019)

You could sense some nervousness on stage and within the audience at the start but with the 3rd song already they had convinced the audience (and themselves). Promises is indeed not an easy song by Messrs Diggle & Shelley to master  but here it comes in all beauty (and remember it dates back to 1978):

If you, like myself, have the urge to sing-a-long, here is your chance:

Ah, loving you is easy, you are on my side
We play the game strictly to our rules
We led the field, a love affair
Which made all other lovers fools

Oh
How can you ever let me down? (how)
How can you ever let me down? (how) 
How can you ever let me down?
These promises are made for us (oh-oh)

We promised that we'd always have time for each other
Whenever I needed you'd be there
We promised to be true, there'd be no other
We promised that for ever we would care

Oh
How can you ever let me down? (how)
How can you ever let me down? (how)
How can you ever let me down?
These promises are made for us (oh-oh)

We had to change
Oh, but you stayed the same
You wouldn't change
Oh, what a shame

'Cause loving you's not easy, you're not on my side
We play a game with two sets of rules
We lead the field in a love affair
Ah, strictly meant for fools

Oh
Why did you ever let me down? (now)
Why did you ever let me down? (now)
Why did you ever let me down?
Those promises were made for us (oh-oh)

You never have any time for me
Whenever I need you, you're not there
You've never been true and it's plain to see
The fact is you never really cared

Oh
Why did you ever let me down? (now)
Why did you ever let me down? (now)
Why did you ever let me down?
Those promises we made for us (oh-oh)

(Steve Diggle / Pete Shelley - © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.)

Deal! And with every song that followed the audience took more and more over the singing, up to the point where Helge noted that he got a line wrong (and the audience right). Perfect entertainment! Let’s hope that this set gives them the confidence to do more – i’d love to see more, i’d love to see them even more outgoing!

For Nasser Hund it left an enthusiastic audience, eager to get them and the songs from their record. And this is how they kicked off:

In my book this is down as a near perfect pop song: Drive, great lyrics with a near perfect rhyme (take „Sie haben ihren Eltern nie verziehen, sie lächeln nur auf Fotografien„) , some great surprising chords and … 2 minutes long. If that ain’t get them radio play, what else would?

And for sure they have more of that quality, like this one on friendship:

Great stuff, hard hitting and every chord, every beat and every hook by the bass in it’s place. You can see that Jan, Kay and Arne all made their peace with mu-sick: They just write and play because they love it. And that emits from both the stage and the record.

Nasser Hund (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 14.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

But it is not only short and crisp songs they do, they can also do more complex and longer stuff, just like this one: Nasser Hund play Nasser Hund for you:

They got like 20 songs done with great applause from the audience, who more and more got into the groove, singing and dancing. And generally being joyful (though one attendant choose to be an outsider).

... pure enjoyment in front of the stage!
… pure enjoyment in front of the stage!

And after the 20 songs came encores and a repeat. And as the audience was still not fully satisfied it Arne decided to throw in a song from one of this other ventures (and that gives a full circle back to Sixteen Again, the desire to find love and the start of the evening):

Power-Pop sing-a-long yet again. Class.

I can only urge you dear reader to now go out (or online) to get this record. A great DIY debut LP, perfectly styled and available now!

Nasser Hund - Gute Idee (Loxi Poloxi L-P 001, 2019)
Nasser Hund – Gute Idee (Loxi Poloxi L-P 001, 2019)

If your local record dealer does not have it – taunt him! If you reside off site then check Sounds Of Subterrania or Copasetic Mailorder to get it.

I guess the lot had more fun at the Hafenklang, i had to sneak out and meet some old work mates from London for some chatting and some serious alcohol at my favorite (local) bar. I was home at 03:00 and well loaded but with a broad smile on my face. And by now the record has spun twice on my player (and the 2nd copy i bought is in the mail as a gift to a person outside Hamburg).

Great night, great bands and great friends around me. Can it be any better? Nope, #thereaintnuthinbetterthanlivemusic!

… opvarmning til K-Town Hardcore fest: DIY H/C regler!

I was happy as a fuck that the K-Town warm-up tradition this year was revived in a bigger setting, with bands from both Americas (North and South) and bands from the grim North (Sweden and Finland) making a short detour via sunny Hamburg en-route to the K-Town H/C Fest at Ungdomshuset in K-Town.

K-Town warm-up (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019)
K-Town warm-up (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019)

The Hafenklang was able to use both stages, so that even with 6 Bands it should be a swift changeover and not too much waiting time between the fun.

Downstairs Abuso from Bogota kicked off the proceeding. The poster dubbed them UK82 but i guess that was even correct on some of the songs…

Great that both string workers did sing, though they did not move a lot. But energy came down from the stage but unfortunately due to an early start to an rather empty main room.

Abuso (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

They had little interaction with the audience but seemed to take what they do serious. My thingy? No quite but check them out for yerself.

Upstairs Machine Gun continued with much more modern sounds from much more north in the Americas:

I am not sure if the label Straight H/C Punk was a fitting one but they added speed, speed and … speed. Great fast guitar and a solid back line.

Machine Gun (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

They got something and on top the best dressed person in the audience and on stage, here he was drumming and sporting a Huvudtvätt T-Shirt. Great Philly Hardcore and a short but very crisp set.

Downstairs the southern part of the Americas continued, Amenazas took the main stage and emptied their weapons onto the audience, leaving bullets on stage…

... bullet belt galore!
… bullet belt galore!

… ups, there went my fantasy astray. They pushed their Noisy D-Beat Galore up on the audience and they did that very convincingly. The powerful singer remained in the pit and occasionally was joined by the bass.

They claim „Nuestro ruido es Memoria“ (Our noise is memory) and what does stick is both the energetic singing and the guitar, that actually provides the noisy soundscapes.

Amenazas (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Yet again not my thingy buth thanks to the short and powerful bursts absolutely worthwhile.

Loose Nukes continued upstairs and they where the secret stars, at least by some friends of mine and some people who where going to go to K-Town on the weekend. So let’s check them out:

On bass the best dressed person in the audience and on stage again, redressed to sport a Swart Framtid T-Shirt. Not sure on what budget these guys travel but if he continues to sport 3-4 cool bands every day he must have a large back pack!

Loose Nukes (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

He got some competition though from his guitar player, a Social Unrest T-Shirt for sure is also quality. The where fast (boy where they fast) and the singer provided high pitch singing (without the little chances to make out lyrics). Chatting to him after the show he seemed a cool bloke and well into strange Japanese H/C like me mate Frosch: They traded tales on said mu-sick for hours…

Go and check them out, my friends did not lie! It was dubbed HC Punk-as-Fuck and that may well be the right thing:

By now the Hafenklang was filled a wee bit better but far from packed, which actually is a low moment: There most likely will not be another setting like this within the year, with a great variety of DIY Hardcore. Really sad that so few actually did go for it.

Fredag Den 13:e continued downstairs and from the first visuals and the first chords i knew i was up for something different:

ScandiCrustPunk from sunny Gothenburg, capital of the beautiful Västra Götaland County. Yet a new label for my mu-sick-al cupboard. They not only came with full control on they instruments and a near perfect sound but also … with hair. Plenty of hair. And then facial hair (note: if you are regular reader than you know that this results normally into downgrading).

Fredag Den 13:e (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

For my humble self that hair paired with a metal undertow of the sound was both offending and perfect fit in one go. What they do they do extremely well and their sound – like or not – was indeed pushing the audience (and by now the floor was well filled) like nothing else this evening.

Would i buy a record of them? Nope. Would i see them again: Yes. Would i go an extra mile to see them – most likely not. But here and now, it worked for me (much to my surprise). For my accompanying friends it was too much of a metal experience.

Back upstairs and against the running order a wee bit late some Helsingforce took the stage (after battling on the drive with their battered little car taking 4 guys and equipment to Hamburg):

Rest In Piss hail from Helsinki, capital of the reigning Hockey World Champion. The poster for the show had them down as Hardcore Punk’n’Roll and from all the style nicks handed down via that poster it was the one most off. To me there was not H/C at all.

Rest In Poss (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 13.06.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

To much hair again and guitars strapped a little bit high to the waist. But sound wise they mimic’ed them Swedes: Very professional use of the instruments and very tight together. And given that it should have had a wee bit of dirty rock’n’roll sleaze it was just a wee bit too nice, to polished. Their 2015 EP sounds much more dirty!

And whoops – 6 bands done with only little breaks in between. Perfect setting and a great kaleidoscope into current DIY H/C. It is most likely time that i do a pilgrimage to K-Town Hardcore Fest. Some of this years line up you can check out here:

For this Thursday evening it was the best thing to happen – no more but also no less. Now make an effort for 2020 Hamburg!