Grand opening of Sam’s new venture (with improved facilities since the Crack show) and somehow i managed to perform a vasovagal collaps, so the show ended in a coitus interruptus. Thanks (i owe you some drinks) to some around i was lifted, got a glass of water and then hailed a taxi to take a quick checkup in the hospital around the corner from home. No issues, „you have the blood data of an 18 year old“ the doctor told me – i guess a blatant lie!
I did see most of the Big Banders, Hamburgs rather large Ska 9 piece. The stage sure was too small for them, they where packed way too tight to be able to groove.
Due to my blackout i missed Hamburgs other Ramones cover band, the Melones. Thanks to Luke here is a pic:
What’s the net result: Great place with more great shows lined up, i guess i will need to split my time between Hafenklang and Monkeys now (and throw in the odd other place). Bonus for the Monkeys: Guinness from the tap! Else the evening was 2nd hand, damn. People told me it was a great evening – i tend to believe them!
It’s been a while since a new club has opened it’s doors in Hamburg – Monkeys (residing where the 3rd incarnation of the kir once graced Hamburg Altona) provides high hopes for the future and already has quite some good shows announced. Official opening will be later in February (28th actually) but construction almost finished and The Crack and Last Rough Cause where on their way to Oberhausen, so a pit stop in Hamburg made utmost sense.
First on Last Rough Cause and they had to play a rather empty space in front of the stage. I like some of their songs and they have some good tunes but somehow on stage that night they never „energized“ themselves or the audience – at least my feeling. Also too slow for my liking and too shy as stage personas. They do work on record – on stage they did not work for me that night. But hey, at least the first band ever on that stage!
Next on The Crack and by now approximately 100 gurls and lads, mostly of age, graced the place that i guess will be able to hold 300 people (though maybe only 200 will be able to be in front of the stage).
And they kicked off with „Nag Nag Nag“ and from the stage personas where quite the opposite of Last Rough Cause: Fun, action and „tongue in check“. Sure thing they had the audience going from 0 to 100 within minutes.
Early on in the 80s they has some softer edges but all of that has now been superseded with a wee bit of Sladeness and some more speed (as it serves most bands today). But they had fun, interacted with the audience and some oldpunks really get going. Great to see! And sure thing they ended the setlist with their number one hit, a song that both serves and haunts them i guess:
No doubt, that is what people wanted to hear. And sing-a-long to. And putting their hands up in the air. And time warp themselves back into youth and into the 80s. And do not care wether the all chords where right. But hey, who gives a fuck!
With that The Crack decided to play on and re-do „My World“ but have the audience sing.
And so a fun evening in a new place ended. Looking forward for a full club and other great bands in future…
1992 is a precious year for my humble self, it is the year i met my (to be) wife. Whilst that is the best that ever happened to me there are other moments of falling in love too – 1992 was also the year i saw a young NYHC band for the first time … Sick Of It All! They have been a constant love (as much as me to-be wife) since then and, one of these magic win-win situations, me love aka me wife also digs Sick Of It All and can be seen quite often sporting a SIOA T-Shirt. They belong to a few number of bands where at least i try to see every show in Hamburg and luckily they are still around and going strong.
This time round they came as headliner for the „Persistence 2015“ Tour, for my licking a rather strange and marketing driven setting of 7 bands crossing left and right the hardcore genre. As i can not stand festivals normally and sure not a show that starts at 18:00 on a Friday we choose to let go the inital bands – sorry Broken Teeth (Manchester HC), All For Nothing (Rotterdamn Hardcore), Turnstile (Baltimore/DC HC) and Rykers (Kassel HC) as over 50 you do not have the stamina anymore for such a long trip…
Thanks to the god order on running order we arrived to the last chords of Rykers and squeezed us into a backed and wet venure – sold out and average age „young“. But hey, thats a matter of fact.
First on for us thus was Walls Of Jericho (from Detroit), i’d say Metalcore and a friendly girl on vocals that impressed with dog-barking voice and power-lifting biceps. Not my favorite type of musick but what they do they do well.
Next Ignite (from OC County) and by and large they are disappointing – i think i now why i did let go all of their records since 1995. Again, it is what they like and they seem to give their energy into it but sound wise it is not what i dig. Some of the faster and harder songs in good chords remind of Dag Nasty, but that is later Dag Nasty and even that is too soft for me.
And that did lead to the headliner. From NYC. Last time they played this place (2 years ago?) they did not sell enough tickets and where thrown into the cellar (the place below the big hall is called „Kaiserkeller“) where we and about 150 people enjoyed them close, F2F and on a small stage in best club atmosphere. Very joyful, very oldschool and almost 2 hours of fun.
What can i say – they played for an hour, they made a nice tour through their Œuvre and they gave the kids old and new stuff with excellent sound and stage setting. Their recipe is simple: Unpretentious and Integer. I guess that is what they still follow, be on a big stage as a headliner, be it on a side stage at Wacken or be it on a small stage in a small country in Europe. And, frank, the kids dig it and i dig it. But i will feel more home if the next show is a smaller setting, less bands and maybe less people.
But you can not have everything to your liking, so i am a happy bunny as i got to marry the girl i felt in love with in 1992. And was never disappointed!