… 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!

 

… cheerfully sad – SNFU (of sorts ?) and Mr. Chi Pig (off meth ?) provide solid night out!

It was an odd setting, SNFU with the „back from half dead“ Mr. Chi Pig (aka Kevin Quinn) were to play Hamburg. I knew it ain’t the SNFU i adored in the 80s and 90s, but still it was a date not to let go. Unfortunately they had to play Hamburg in a summer heat and during school holidays, so turnout was rather low. They where paired with two „modern“ hardcore bands from the UK, who had to face a rather empty Hafenklang.

Persplex Flash - Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.07.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
Persplex Flash – Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.07.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

Persplex Flesh turned out to be both visually and musically challenging but had something special. I did even like one song in the middle of their set, a cool blend of US Post Hardcore and whathaveyou…not too bad but sure not somethiong that i can enjoy on a record. I did capture a quick snipit though:

 

In case you want to check it out more, try this – it ain’t bad actualy:

Next on where Mob Rules from the UK and their quick sound check was Jazzcore. Then it went downhill for my liking (be it the musick or the bearded singer), so we did flee to the outside to have a beer and see Mr. Chi Pig strolling around and talking to fans.

Mob Rules - Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.07.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
Mob Rules – Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.07.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

Next thus where SNFU. I do dig Candian punk – be it Forgotten Rebels, D.O.A., NoMeansNo/Hanson Brothers, Chixdiggit, Doughboys, Propagandhi, Pointed Sticks, Night Prowler, Bishops Green and and and. And then SNFU. They where always there when US/CAN punk came into view in the early 80s and became a landmark with their first record in 1985 on BYO. And then some more and some great live shows in Hamburg. And then it went quiet and only through the movie “ Open Your Mouth and Say… Mr. Chi Pig“ in 2010 i became fully aware what happened and what route Kevin Chinn choose to go through or for a lack of better words „down“. And it was really a fully professional meth junkie homeless career. Now he is back for good (or money, don’t know), sans Teeth and Body and thus no voice left to carry the songs, especially the slower ones.

SNFU - Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.07.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
SNFU – Hafenklang, Hamburg, 28.07.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

And odd he looks. Behind his back some of the younger people made some really ill jokes – not deserved. What did we get? The musical backdrop was perfect: from song to song they became tighter and gave the impression that they are enjoying it. The only sad thing was the toothless, voiceless and skinny singer who looked like sometime … lost. That was the sad part. But the longer it went, the better it got. At the end i really enjoyed it and thought „oh my good, how great would they be if Kevin did not choose to cook his brain with meth?“.

But see and listen yourself for some sound bits (and mind you, like every great singer Kevin enters the stage from the audience!):

 

 

 

 

Did this rock? Yes it did! In the end i think around 120 people went home happy but also – if they listened carefully – they should have noted Kevin to state this was to be the last time he played Hamburg. So thanks Kevin and thanks to the 30+ rooster of SNFU over the times: 1981 to 2014 is a hell of time (it is more than half of my life) – well done. I will always dig your records!