… oldpunks like it simple: a twang, a sing-a-long and a chorus – and plenty of fun! Undefeated so far!

Whilst Thursday was devoted to explore new sounds and see new bands, Saturday was something more traditional and turned out to be equal fun, though with a setting of an average age quite above the K-Town Warm-up.

The Mad Moiselles (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Mad Moiselles (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

A surprise slot was down for The Mad Moiselles from Hagen and they where plagued manyfold: The audience rather boozed and mingled in the pub, they where singled out by one audience member as ‚… god, they all somehow look ugly‘ and in reply someone else made a firm statement as in ‚… i lived for 4 month in Hagen, it is ugly and they all look strange there‘. In other words the troops where not up for them but they still delivered some good 1976 styled punk rock with an emphasis on „76“ and „Rock“ (not unexpected for a band that sported Thin Lizzy and Downliners Sect T-Shirts).

Gerd (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Gerd (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Next Hamburgs own Gerd and the fun element of the evening sure was there, all the classic hits that Gerd did write 38 years ago where served and good interaction with the willing audience was ensured.

Gerd (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Gerd (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

I guess it is called the home advantage, where 80% of the audience knows one or more members of the band on stage. Sometimes musicians are lucky!

And people got carried away, dancing and singing along and demanding Gerd’s 1967 smash hit – and once served celebrated it with fireworks.

Gerd (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Gerd (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

That done it was time for the headliners. Two brothers on strings and a drummer. The most simple setup but also the most welcome recipe for winning. As in over the audience. See how they lured people out of the pub and back onto the dancefloor…

And sure thing the audience knew what was being served: Mid paced melodic punk, with great vocals and choruses and sure melodic hooks. And all of that served precise. To the point. No nonsense.

Guitar Gangsters (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Guitar Gangsters (Monkeys Music Club Hamburg, 20.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

They are around for such a long time and they get their show across to small and large audience with a smile and with an eye for detail: For those who read here on a regular basis it is known that i do like consistent stage attire with something special. The Guitar Gangsters did get a 9 out of 10, their hidden gem was 3 ties – in Black, Red and Gold (from right to left) and thus the german flag. Nice hat off to the country where they constantly enjoy success!

And by the end they had everyone singing and moving, just a few barflies took it easier. How to sum them up? ‚Critically underrated for years‚ makes a good line. They are in it for the fun and they serve it with a smile. Well done lads!

As they where so great and they never had a hit on MTV here are more pic on heavy rotation:

And as ever thanks for those who turned up, supported the bands and supported that little gem hidden away in Altona. Love it. Love my pint of black gold too – where else can i have that and see great bands?

… 6 Bands, 10€ and great surprises paired with best in class hardcore: K-Town warm up was a blast!

A bargain. Nothing more and nothing less. And an early, daylight plagued start. But where else would you get 6 bands for only 10€? Hamburg nicely lay en route to København aka K-Town and the massive K-Town Hardcore Fest at the famous Ungdomshuset. The Hafenklang made a nice effort to persuade some bands to do a stop-over, much appreciated indeed.

Arriving on time just ahead of the start the outlook was grim, more band members than paying audience. In the end some 100 odd folks where around, definitely a too low turn out for some great bands.

Maailmanloppu - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Maailmanloppu – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

First on Maailmanloppu (that is Apocalypse for all you being ignorant of the mighty finnish language) and they took the stage with energetic and fast paced hardcore and the angry vocals it deserves. In finnish though, so no clue what they where complaining about.

Bam. Bam. Bam. Done. Me mate directly marched to the merchandising and got all the 7″ and LP’s they had. They where a big surprise to me too i have to admit – setting aside the language they where classy US Hardcore material by all accounts.

Lapinpolthajat - Hafenklang, Hamburg 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Lapinpolthajat – Hafenklang, Hamburg 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

It kept my finnish language capabilities busy with the next band (Lapinpolthajat, something with Lapland and Politics is my wild guess), as much as the sound engineer tried to communicate with them in non-finnish (that steered some blank faces on the stage). And it got more melodic but kept the pace and the harshness. Just great stuff, delivered by an outfit that could not be stranger (in terms of the different personas and styles).

By now there where a couple of more people, in front of the stage and also now on the stage. All the way from Singarpore (or சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசு) came Daily Ritual and they crowed the stage with 3 guitar players and a massive wall of sound as a result.

Daily Ritual - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18-.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Daily Ritual – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18-.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

They sure looked different and they sure got a different sound. And pleasant that sound was, great guitar play and rather soft dual singing. They have their niche and they create something unique in that – a worthy setup for K-Town Hardcore Fest!

And they where the first band that actually did make an effort to connect to the audience with more than a single word. Again, they where a surprise and the next mate went to the merch to get the LP. Deal! Half time that was and it already felt like something special, like a small youth center show in the early 80s (though today’s bands generally have better abilities i need to confess).

Eu's Arse - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Eu’s Arse – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

Ups, next on some Italians that clearly rather had my age (50+) then the other bands. They formed in 1981 and they did play the mid-80s metalcore that Italy got famous for back then. I did not like it back then and i do not like it now, so did spend time outside chatting – actually like many others.

Orden Mundial - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
Orden Mundial – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

Back inside it was time for Orden Mundial (or World Order, for those who did let go the spanish class) and boy where they different. If there was a price to be won for unique sound (the guitar player played through two amps left and right on the stage) and unique singing (the tall singer yelled at the audience with a very angry stare) they where by far the winner. I was not really thrilled by their sound but it definitely had the aura of something unique. Muchachos bien hecho!

No Problem - Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de
No Problem – Hafenklang Hamburg, 18.06.2015 (c) gehkacken.de

No Problem. To be honest they where the reason for being down at the Hafenklang. I missed their raunchy show on the MS-Hedi (a small tourist boat in the harbor that is being used for live shows whilst cruising the river Elbe) last year and people assured me that i missed something big time – they take no prisoners (to the extend that the captain had to stop the cruise to order order ….).

And where Maailmanloppu started No Problem took off and the ‚bam-bam-bam‘ was multiplied by 10. Wow. Stunning. Fast. Precise. Energetic. And the singer the loose cannon that makes a difference. When he was not playing guitar next to singing he did throw himself into the audience, no matter what.

Gosh. Punk-fucking-rock served at breakneck speed and with true style, from Canada. The only disappointment was that they did not play that one song that i do love so much (but the internet allows me to insert it anyway, turn it up fucking loud).

And there was no slowdown and there where indeed no prisoners. And there was also the sure thing that they deserve a larger space, a bigger audience and even more success. They simply got it all right. Word.

6 Bands. 10€. Loads of Merch. And you where not there. Why? The next time such a great package get’s served please get you ass up and show up. Thank you. And thanks to all 6 bands for giving Hamburg the opportunity and og nu nyde Kopenhagen og killt det på Ungdomshouset!

White Noise … eh, Whitehouse hardcore noise as in 1984!

I would not necessarily touch them with a barge pole these days but back then this noise was punk as fuck, as all sounds, visuals and offenses that did annoy people. History by now …

(b/w picture on top of this article by (c) Tom Meyer – Whitehouse live at Markthalle, Hamburg)