… farewell „Old Erwin“!

Farwell Erwin „Old Erwin“ Lieske (17.09.1962 – 29.07.2019)

This time it is just silent appreciation for someone that was an all-time asset of the Hamburg Punk scene and at least for me was always up there, on stage.

Running order at the Knust (thanks for hosting).

Erwin was with us all night, at the side of the stage.

Kinche: 

Kinche (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Hake (Guitar, Vocals), Britta (Vocals)

 

Early Birds:

Nessi (Guitar), (Drums), Schulze (Vocals), Bernhard (Bass)

Early Birds (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Spitfire Stevens:

Spitfire Stevens (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Luke (Guitar, Vocals), Jan (Drums), Doc (Bass), Timothy (Guitar)

Nasser Hund:

Jan (Guitar, Vocals), Arne (Bass, Vocals), Kai (Drums)

Nasser Hund (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Rudi with some very personal words:

Kotzbrocken:

Arne with a little story about his first bass and how that bass did meet Old Erwin:

 

Kotzbrocken - 1 (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019)
Kotzbrocken  (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 pic by Schaub – thanks)

Rudi (Guitar, Vocals), Meng (Drums), Votzer (Vocals), Arne (Bass)

The song „Aggressivität und 220 Volt“ was the first ever song „Old Erwin“ did write for his first band Kotzbrocken, somewhere in 1978. Needles to say that they played it without rehearsing a single minute.

C³I:

C³I (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Rudi (Guitar), Jens (Drums), Arne (Bass, Guitar)

„Old Erwin“ – Last ever song of the Phantastix:

Unreleased video of a song by Erwin intended for the never completed Schwabe tribute LP. 

Razors:

Intro banner for Erwin that was shown at the last St. Pauli home game.

Razors (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Witte (Guitar), Gott (Drums), Danker (Vocals), Christiane (Bass)

Note: Never to be repeated cover of Phantastix „Das Herz von St. Pauli“

Razors (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Thanks to all who made this possible, thanks to all who took care of Erwin personally and thanks to all those attending and celebrated Erwin.

Special thanks to those who had the deep and personal conversations about losses, death and how to deal with it with my humble self. Much appreciated!

Farewell Old Erwin!

… the fate of a rainy Monday: Small turnout but big smiles – young guns with retro party sound and old lads with new unique sound!

Some times rainy Mondays in March can be … dull. Boring. Not really getting you out. But then you realise it’s the Cyanide Pills in town, definitely one of the most powerful retro party machines, supported by Hamburgs C³I, who are coming with a unique sound.

And then you just take the stroll down to the Hafenklang … and realise that a handful of friends did the same but in total only like 38 people turned up. Damn.

Kick-off was on time and at 21:02 C³I took the stage, faced the empty room and … took it like this:

Tough start and the hardship of the support (yet again). But C³I are in it for long enough to force their way through it and got into the groove. If there is one thing than it is indeed their distinct and unique sound that makes people listen – i would not be able to pinpoint what it is but it makes people interested.

C³I (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 20.03.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

The only item that did not work out this time was the sound, the vocals for my liking where too thin. This was specifically bad as some of singing nicely contrasts the hooklines (and maybe that is one of the unique secrets). The more songs they played, the more pleasure it was and the more recognition they got from the few attending. And the finished it off with this one:

C³I – make sure you get their 2017 LP, it is a worthy effort!

Next on them Pills and it is always great to see them take the stage as they for years now have their unique stage personas including their distinct white leather jackets and other looks. You will be able to to identify them anywhere, no matter what. And they kicked off like this:

Back with a bang to Hamburg i’d say with no strings attached. Despite the small turnout they went into it full throttle. And acted out on their stage personas without giving to much of the idea of just acting – they are the real thing indeed.

Frank, they are just one perfect retro-machine with songs so well crafted that you just want to listen, listen and then some more!

Cyanide Pills (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 20.03.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

And they are down to earth and they do listen to their audience. As such words of the recent passing of one of our mates made it to them and they dedicated on song to Toni, in loving memory:

Thanks for that Cyanide Pills that was much appreciated. By now they had people smiling and even some dancing away with broad smiles. And they delivered their set with full energy and then even gave us some more.

And then even another one, as thank you for coming out on a miserable rainy Monday evening.

And within 45 minutes and some overtime they where done. Quick and efficient. I’d wish next time round they come back in summer and on a Friday. And then some serious party business to start.

The real thanks go out for those attending and thus still making it a worthwhile evening, both for the audience and for the bands. And that is what it is about.

… HH-Soundtrack 2016 and the fate of the missing audience (and an too ambitious venue)!

The 2nd edition of the HH-Soundtrack event was in some ways a fun copy of the previous: Same bands, same problems. This time round it was supposed to be the record release party of the Channel Rats but their brand new DIY CD did not make it in time to Hamburg – a quite some people looked forward to it (like last year to the Platzangst LP, now almost an urban legend).

HH-SOUNDTRACK 2016
HH-SOUNDTRACK 2016

C³I kicked off early and towards an almost empty Knust. A mere 50 people i’d say, half of them band members of the other acts. Damn, not a good start. But good to see them back and with a great outlook for their own LP, slated for release on 28.01.2017 (with a show at the Störtebeker).

C³I (Knust, Hamburg, 09.12.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

Dominated by the unique bass play from Arne they pushed ahead and both transformed songs from the 80s and new material into a great sound. From all the bands to play most likely the most gifted ones and sure thing with a unique proposition.

And whilst they had their 2014 single on display on the stage it was Heiko Hamster who made an effort to stroll with a box of singles through the audience and force them upon the small crowd for an even smaller amount. DIY taken to the max i’d say – and it is a worthy effort that should sit in yer collection mate!

Next the supposed headliner, who dodged this duty most likely for a reason. And they kicked off like this:

That’s the original version, they have also now added a more rock’n’roll themed version to their set – that 2016 version is less of a blast and more of a rhythm. In the running up to their recording sessions for the CD they have practised a lot and have tightened their set – some songs where near perfect.

Channel Rats (Knust, Hamburg, 09.12.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

On the other hand it seemed that drummer Dennis was eager to speed things up so much that Andreas would not be able to follow with the vocals. With that style they destroyed a couple of songs and actually created a lot of question marks in the audience (not more than 100 by now).

Channel Rats Setlist (Knust, Hamburg, 09.12.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Channel Rats Setlist (Knust, Hamburg, 09.12.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

And from the ashes of such mishaps (or on purpose jokes, who knows) they where able to come back with another new song in near perfect sound …

Done! Now we all look forward to the CD release, i am led to believe that they have spend a lot of time perfecting their songs and sound on it. Let’s see …

And that gave way to Sheep On A Tree, who now have played a couple of times over the year and done so with quite a variation of quality. They took the stage like this:

The sound to me was not the best and somehow there was a missing „umppff“ in the stomach … don’t know if that was down to the sound operators of the Knust (normally very gifted) or the amp settings on the stage.

Sheep On A Tree (Knust, Hamburg, 09.12.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

Sheep On A Tree made a crisp tour through their repertoire and did not bother too much with audience participation, i guess because it looked quite empty from up there. So just like during the Channel Rats set Hake decided to have a go at a song in the audience, thus luring the people closer.

By now the whole show did run late, people had already left and it was for the outsiders (on two counts: Daily Thompson where from far and their style was to be far out against the others too) to finish the Soundtrack 2016 off:

I had no clue what lay ahead for me with them but by the looks of the band members i guessed „Saint Vitus“ and that seemed not too far off.

Daily Thompson (Knust, Hamburg, 09.12.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

But they had a hard time – an almost empty space and an audience that only in parts where interested in their style. I too gave in at 01:00 and strolled home, it was a hard week with work travel and a show on Wednesday already, so i was not able to bite it down. Also them set as the end was somehow wrong – the line-up should have been Sheep’s staring, then Daily T, then C³I and then them Rats including handing out CD’s. But whom am i against the grim reality of HH-Soundtrack 2016?

Will there be a 2017 edition?

HH SOUNDTRACK 2016
HH SOUNDTRACK 2016