… a classic night already: HH-Soundtrack edition 2015 – unpretentious punk fucking rock!

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.

Channel Rats (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Channel Rats (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

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!

Kein Hass Da (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Kein Hass Da (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

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!

The Crimes (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Crimes (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

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

Sheep on A Tree (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Sheep on A Tree (Knust Hamburg, 04.12.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

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?

… Topper vinna slaget om banden på 2015/11/28 !

It was Topper and actually Topper only that made my choice easy for a crowded Saturday: Motorhead should have been in town (but the show got canned, surprisingly not because of Lemmy being ill), Razors and Razzia graced Yacøpsae’s 25th anniversary show at the Martkhalle, OXO86 next to door at the Monkeys and a couple of more shows where combined with Adicts at the Fabrik.

But once Topper where announced as support i was „all-in“ for that date – and it was a good choice.

Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

And i was not alone, a couple of other Oldpunks where in it for Topper too, having seen the Adicts too often and luring for new and rare stuff – and Topper are rare for Hamburg, they only played the Molotov once many years ago.

From the start they where tight, all-in and – i do like that – properly dressed in a Topper stage uniform. Well done for that. And what did we get? We got best in class 77 punk rock with a scent of Clash and a dose of SLF (and, in all honesty, a lead singer that looks like the illegitimate son of Jack Burns).

Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Great stuff, including their hit single „Once a Punk, always a punk“ and they got a surprising good reception from the „under-21“ part of the audience too. And, speaking to them after the show, generally nice guys. On side sideline: The heavy Swedish ascent on the English lyrics actually works neat – broad smile on my end!

The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

And that gave way for the Adicts, now in front of an almost full house and plenty of younger fans in the front (and most of them well styled). Prior to the set Monkey did roam the Fabrik and was not shy of taking pictures with fans sans makeup – now all of them in standard stage attire.

Monkey even did remember that it was a long time ago that they played this venue in Hamburg – i can help, i was there: It was 14.03.1984 and i do remember the show as we had a couple of beers with the band prior to that show. And Toni did tape it.

The Adicts did what the Adcits do best (and quite successfully our there in the US of A): They did throw a kids party underpinned by some good tunes and some not so good tunes. Solid entertainment with a unique selling proposition. The sound was a wee bit odd (as always for me in the Fabrik, hence i do not like it there too much) and they had some amp hickups. But, ever the good entertainment machine, they worked it and kept the balls in the air (literally).

The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Was it worth it? Yes it was, for Topper and all these fancy show elements of the Adicts. And for all the friends i was able to met and talk to. Pity though that i stayed away from Booze (just one beer after the show to quench my thirst) in order to be sober for the FCSP home game next day. Given that 0:4 home loss i should have gotten rather wasted ahead of the game! Those who did are most likely the winners of the weekend … again literally!

… a surprise, a disappointment and loads of sing-a-long: a Friday night at Monkeys Music Club!

Live mu-sick is the best cure, it also works for getting yer mind focused away from the fact that me love is in hospital. So with a wee bit of a troubled mind i mad way to the Monkeys, first and foremost to see Bishops Green who yet again tour Germany.

Kick off was at 21:11 and large parts of the audience where glued to the TV in the Pub to see Footie (that other team in Hamburg on an away affair). They missed this:

It’s the Berlin Blackouts and they where quite a surprise – great kick-off into the evening. Cool and driving Punk Rock with a good judgement of style: 77, some Social D and loads of drive and melody. Plus: Stage personas! An ever smiling drummer, a solid guitar and a ramonesque Girl on Bass. And an entertainer with guitar in the center on vocals. Short, crisp and should have attracted so much more people!

Berlin Blackouts (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

A brilliant short but crisp set and by all means give that band a home in Hamburg (the singer tried smooth the audience by noting that he would move „…anytime to Hamburg but it is so hard to get an appartment here„) and then give them a bigger stage.

Next Seaside Rebels, who are somehow partly displaced Greeks now residing in London. And the bass player from Booze & Glory does sing. They kicked of rather lame:

Seaside Rebels (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Seaside Rebels (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

It is actually not uncommon – some bands work on record but on stage they disappoint. The Seaside Rebel this night where just not in tune for me and their sound was just too .. simple and boring. Only on few songs the singing and the rest of the band was in a fitting sync. Also the singer did take all the action and thus attention, it was somehow not work. Young lads though that still can grow together.

Seaside Rebels (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Seaside Rebels (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

It just did not work for me, it did not work for me mate Frosch and also i sensed it did not work so much for the now larger audience (that other team had banked an away win). For some parts of the audience, by the looks friends of the band, it did work and they had visible fun!

Next Bishops Green, the 4th time in 2 years in Hamburg – somehow that feels almost „too often“:

Bishops Green - 1 (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Bishops Green – 1 (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

They came in straight from Canada, this was the first date of their tour. From the start they where plagued with sound problem, up to the bass player almost too friendly needing to ask „… Mr. Soundman, can’t you set it back to where it was during sound check?„. So the first couple of songs i just felt something missing (guitar in my ears for example) but then they took the Monkeys in full force.

Bishops Green - 1 (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Bishops Green – 1 (Monkeys, Hamburg, 23.10.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Whilst playing some songs from their new album they also did throw in lots of old stuff; Whilst songs from the first category where musically more developed and structured the songs from the later category where just great sing- and -dance-a-long invitations to the now crowded dance floor of the Monkeys.

The longer it lasted the more i liked it. Though still somehow the sound of the guitar was too thin. But they have it all: Bass, Guitar, Drums in sync plus a great singer with a voice that differentiates him from those who below low.

And once they finished i was in a better mood and more relaxed, having a loved one in hospital is dreadful and drawing on your energy. This show injected some back and i could sport a neat hangover on Saturday when visiting her.

Friday night, 3 bands, cold cider – priceless!