Another Hard and Smart Oi! show at the Indra (the place the Beatles played first when they came to Hamburg) and with Argy Bargy it had a real headliner i was looking for (because they have some great records out).
First on where Last Seen Laughing, they hail from Denmark and they play a rather simple sort of Streetpunk/Oi! – not bad, not extraordinary but with loads of energy and some fun too. As ever with support bands, they had to warm up the audience but did not really fully connect. To a certain extend not their fault, but hey, that’s the endeveaours of the support stint, ain’t it? See yerself:
Next on and much awaited Argy Bargy. And from the Intro on you knew this was up for some serious fun and some real driving hardcore Oi!:
Loads of energy, loads of good songs with actualy diverse styles – they know they punk history and roots and they can play up to it. And they have the backline to produce a great sound and they have a singer who can push the audience. And the people finally got moving!
I’d say „hit by hit“, allthough they did resort to covering Cock Sparrer and Sham 69, which was great sing-a-long stuff for sure but actualy not needed: their own songs have enough power! So here are two more – sing along!
here’s the other
Another worthy night at the Indra with a small but neat show. Next on at the Indra are Giuda from Italy, i am looking forward to see these retro-Glam-Slade-Punk-Italian-something-special!!!
Ever since „Best hung carrot in the fridge“ made it into my vinyl collection i dig Chixdiggit. They never claimed fame, they never claimed a particular standpoint other then putting forward some great tunes, hooks and sing-along-lines. The have graced Hamburg quite often and i think they never played to a particular large crowd – really strange. This time round upstairs at the Hafenklang it was a mere 50 people that graced them…
Up first where Holly Would Surrender from Hamburg and their only purpose was … to supply Chixdiggit the back-line. In front of them a huge empty space most likely made them feel quite odd. I do not like their sound, for my liking too much a lightweight US „Pop Punk“ copy of eg. Blink-182 but it must have been hard to be diminished that way. But, funny, they even had a groupie singing and filming along…
Chixdiggit came late, quickly set themselves up and …
Just smart, and indeed a professional rock band. And it went on and on, KJ just outsmarted the audience with lots of fun talking and engagement. Entertaining!
Time flies by, the audience decides on the songs (ok, more or less), KJ entertains us with the story of Stephanie, who actually did buy the first ever T-Shirt of the band back in Calgary and now lives in Hamburg (and serves good food at Mamalicous) and sure was in the audience. Tears everyone!
In the end they finished off with my fav hockey song, so i am all geared up for next week when i play hockey again (and hopefully get to avoid the puck and do not attract new stitch marks).
Lovely weekday evening indeed.
And for those who do not dig hockey – here is Gerry Cheevers (a real hero in the rink)!
Now that is friday as neat as a friday could be: Fended off working all week in London and returned early on wednesday, finished early in home office on friday and off to the pub accross the street from the home ground. got to see a manic 2:2 (incl. lead and comeback) and hurried myself after the final whistle over to the Indra.
First on where On The Job from Karslkrona (that’s in beautiful southern Sweden) and they did their best to entertain an audience that clearly was out there to see Bishops Green, rather.
As such it was rather quiet during their set, only their own Karlskrona Bootboys made some noise…
But sometimes Chris was all alone out there on the front it felt.
And how does that sound? Listen up, Skinhead!
Next on Bishops Green, their records clearly got people enthusiastic and all geared up for the show, you could sense people deeply wanting them to be live as exiting as on vinyl.
And they kicked off taking no prisoners and being a great and tight 4 piece band and from the inital setting had all the street credibility posers never can obtain.
Was the crowd somehow reserved vs. our sevenska vänner it got fully erected upon Bishops Green…in the literal and visual sense…
They just have this little extra, the musically gifted and tight the back line provides the perfect backdrop for Greg Huff, who is a funny mix of a shy and nimble full frontal force singer bathing in the audience. Cool. Loved their show.
And hell, what an unpretentious stage entry! See and listen yerself!