… 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!

… tiny place, tiny stage, tiny audience…does not stop DeeCRACKS!

DeeCRACKS (Gun Club, 29.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
DeeCRACKS (Gun Club, 29.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Yesterday retro into 1973, today retro into Ramonescore – so lets say retro into 1976! DeeCRACKS from Austria relentlessly tour Europe and thus hit upon Hamburg. The only space available turned out to be the Gun Club, a tiny watering hole in St. Pauli with an equal tiny stage. And a support stint for Peach Kelli Pop, a bubblegum girl band from Canada. I think i counted 6 Austrians (besides 3 band members), 5 canadians, 2 landlords, 2 barflys and 10 people that wanted to see Peach Kelli Pop and roughly 5 that where in it for DeeCRACKS. I guess the door was not more than 25×6€ – now there is your sellout. How do you think clubs and touring bands survive in the long run? TV Money? Grants? Nope!

Ten a clock sharp DeeCRACKS blasted off and 5 seconds later broke down, as their own guitar amp had a loose socket…it became a constant throughout the show that it would break down after the opening chords! I like their records and live they where as great as on vinyl but hey Hamburg – give them a larger stage and audience please. I was so frustrated with the setting that i settled for home after their 45 minutes, watching stars. You could see Jupiter, Mercury and Mars next to other highlights…

DeeCRACKS live and loud:

Thanks boys!

… time warp into 1973 thanks to Giuda!

Indra, Hamburg 28.05.2014 ( (c) gehkacken.de)
Indra, Hamburg 28.05.2014 ( (c) gehkacken.de)

Very rarely nowadays i am really exited to see a band – Giuda from Italy where such an occasion. I missed them last time at the Indra, where barely 50 people watched them. This time round they where paired with The Guv’nors from DK and they played on the evening prior to a public holiday…well…to my surprise the Indra was still half empty. It must have been the boring „new school of danish heavy metal“ that has put people off – what other reason could there be to miss one of the only bands that truly has found a lone niche of their own and exercises true class in there?

The Guv'nors (Indra, 28.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Guv’nors (Indra, 28.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

First on where The Guv’nors and sorry my danish friends – that was not to my liking, so i did spend most of the time outside trading stories about getting old and health issues…like true old punks do.

Giuda (Indra, 28.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Giuda (Indra, 28.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Oh boy, what a difference – Giuda took the audience by storm! Every once in a while i do see bands that make me think „oh boy, i have seen something unique and maybe even the future of rock’n’roll“. The last time this hit me was when Rocket From The Crypt played the old Knust cellar at Brandstwiete in (i think) 1996, that was a raunchy show giving view (and sound) to something unique new. Same here – primed by their records i knew what i was up to but they did get it over with so much determination and true style … unbelievable!

Call it „Retro„, call it „Soundtrack of my school parties“ – just call it whatever you like. In the end it is not only a great and unpretentious show but a great, unique and true sound. Stunning. That it comes from Italy. Of all places. Just class!

And for those (and you are too many to name) who missed it, you are (lucky) bastards – here you are:

Lesson one: Instrumental Intro and the singer enters the stage from the audience!

Lesson two: keep the pace!

Lesson three: Keep a teenage rebel stance!

Lesson four: It’s rock’n’roll and football, not drugs!

Lesson five: Nod’s to those who graced the place before (at the Indra that was on 18.08.1960 and it was a rather unknown band from Liverpool)

Lesson six: Rock’n’roll and … football – score twice to be sure to win on away goals!

Lesson seven: Tell the audience to spread the words!

Thanks to Giuda and indeed thanks to Sam for putting it on. And shame for those who did let go the chance to see something unique. For once.