Oh boy, that was a show! First set to celebrate the release of the long awaited and 32 years overdue Platzangst record it turned into just a different show because Platzangst could neither play nor was their record finished. Then C³I needed to call it off due to serious health problem (all the best Arne!) so that the rooster somehow came about by luck.
What took the stage instead: A new version of the reformed Channel Rats, transporting both their 1980s punk into these days plus new songs. Kein Hass Da, Hamburgs very special Bad Brains in German cover band. The Crimes, also reformed and with Kent Nielsen (Master of the Ukulele). And, to round it off, Sheep on A Tree watered everyone’s mouth.
Kick off was with the Channel Rats and their new backline (drums, bass) gave them the much needed drive. A great set of new and old songs played with some rigor and, as Bodo stated, “what used to be 3:00 songs now turned into 2:20 blasts”.
They have added some more stage appearance and seem more comfortable on stage. If they continue down that path and keep the pace then actually they are well back on the map.
Channel Rats (Knust, Hamburg 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
See them blasting through “Geisterstunde” as the encore (and Bodo wanking the axe big time):
Next on where Kein Hass Da, the cover band that really ain’t a cover band. They took good mu-sick (Bad Brains) and gave it a great new meaning – new words in German. And just in case you know how different a word flow in German to English is you also then know how difficult it is to actually make that work!
Karl was the ever talkative front man and the band recreating the best of the Bad Brains sound (including the odd reggae tune). Fond memories on my side to that infamous Bad Brains show on 20.05.1983 in Bremen that had endless fights between Hamburg and Bremen punks.
At the Knust and with relaxed oldpunks on stage and in front of the stage there was no risk of those atrocities and Karl could even roam the audience…
Kein Hass Da (Knust, Hamburg 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Whatever you feel about “covering” you might want to re-think upon experiencing them live – the sheer joy by which they transform something old into something new and meaningful is just great. Go see:
Just great! By now the Knust should have been … let’s say at least “half full” but i think it was not. There is space for i guess 450+ people and i would guess not more than 100something where around.
Next The Crimes, yet again something into a different direction – we had Punk Rock (Channel Rats), Hardcore (Kein Hass Da) and with The Crimes we now get a dose of Garage Punk. Hamburg can be versatile, against all predictions!
They got an A+ for stage appearance (all dressed in black with suits) but somehow Kent as the singer felt like “not fitting”. I imagine their raunchy garage punk paired with a manic singer who fronts (in all sense of that word) but i got bass and guitar standing front and Kent remaining more to the back in the middle.
The Crimes (Knust, Hamburg 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
So for me and some others it was the “dull” moment of the day respective night but who am i to ask for all bands of such a setting to be 100% fits for my rather single minded liking? Make your own choice, here is The Crime live and loud:
I think by now it was way after 1:00 in the night and the audience has gotten “thinner”, “lighter” or “scarce” – it was just too fuckin’ late!
On came the Sheep on A Tree and what did they do? They waited for the sound man, they waited for the lights to go off and then they took it on:
Singing, songwriting and stage presence – paired with the ability to actually play the songs in perfect tune: That makes a great band and an even greater live band.
That’s the classic hit from the first Schmuddelkinder Compilation from 1993 – no dust and no smell on it! Classic! Followed suit with they Hamburg hymn from the same record.
Just lovely and so many memories.And that was that other undertone that Friday at the Knust: The loving memory towards those off sick and those gone forever. Every single band made and effort into that direction and me and others in the audience
And as a 25+ years vehicle sure Sheep on A Tree have had their fair share of ups’n’down but that does not stop them to make it just a great show with loads of energy!
Sheep on A Tree (Knust, Hamburg 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
And for myself i got carried away and taped more songs, including their final encore “Walfänger” (a song by Hake’s other vehicle “Art of Tin Toys”) that finished as late as 02:15 in the night (and with most of the audience already gone, unfortunately).
First their ode to Diane:
Next they went crazy:
And the final final effort with Heiko joining on stage:
Wow – just stunning! And a long evening with good friends ended late but in hope that this will be repeated on an annual basis – just like the after Christmas show by The Razors at the same location. Great people, great bands and a long evening!
nb: Extra bonus – i have vinyl records from all bands (even a Channel Rats / R.A.F.Gier split signed by Stickel!) but from Kein Hass Da. Who is brave enough and dares a release now?