… what a raunchy night: Adolescents matched by The Bar Stool Preachers in speed!

This was going to be a brilliant Friday night: Not only was i still on a high from the BossTones show on Tuesday but it was the Adolescents again (and ever since last years „For Steve“ show i would make any effort to see them) and a little not so well kept secret appearance of a band from … Brighton. As in United Kingdom. From that Island yonder. A band that loves Hamburg. And is loved over here.

First on and with a slightly shortened set due to the extra addition was Punktucke, the unfortunate locals. I guess they where not too happy with this but as ever had to bite that bullet. They had not more than a 1/3 filled Hafenklang in front of them but they just did not care…

Punktucke (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

A very precise and to the point set, for me deeply tied into a sound that also other bands from Hamburg do feature but with a fresh spin. They are not particularly my favorites but they got something meaningful to say, both on the mu-sick-al and lyric front.

Next on Fights & Fires from the UK. I saw them last year as support for Dag Nasty in Bremen and noted „The mu-sick to me was exactly that type of music that can’t choose what it wants to be„. This time they sported a wee bit less hair but they still came across to me as „no fish no meat„.

Fights & Fires (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Others in the audience liked them from the start, got dancing and flying (and some of those even where on the guest list, so they do have local support). One of me friends was even so convinced that after the show he took home their record. They where friendly, they where hard and they where fast. Nothing wrong, just not my sound.

And that gave way to the Adolescents and they kicked in like this:

In front of the stage the sound was almost ok but somehow on stage the musicians did struggle. It took a couple of songs, some stops, some interactions with Witte (who did sound) and the removal of a mike in the kick-drum to get the stage sound acceptable for the band. And frank, also in front of the stage it sounded better.

Adolescents - Setlist (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019)
Adolescents – Set list (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019)

They got a lengthy set list prepared and they pushed forward almost relentlessly. They definitely where not going to take any prisoners this evening and they knew that someone else would mop the ground with the audience to finish off – so they did let go!

Adolescents (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

They also traded some memories, like towards Jürgen Bitzcore (who to my surprise was in attendance) and a song long ago played for the first time in Hamburg. And they had people relentlessly dancing and singing along – to the known hits and also to the lesser known songs.

Adolescents (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

If there is one item that stood out for me then it is how tight, how fast and how energetic they where. It was thoroughly a killer set of you ask me and they never did hold back.

It was sure thing not possible to top last years show from a feelings perspective, the love & appreciation vibes last year where to heavy. But this night they topped it from a mu-sick-al perspective. Just puuuurfect!

Adolescents (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

You can see it from the many picture, loads of broad smiles and loads of fun on and off stage. And that forever makes a good gig, that simple recipe!

Whilst the Adolescents resorted from stage around midnight there was still one more fun item to enjoy: The Bar Stool Preachers had a day off in their schedule and needed a place to sleep. Hence they booked themselves into Hotel Hafenklang for a few hours and payed with some stage time.

That sunny lads from Brighton, who had all fun during the other bands, took the stage like this (in self made and highly stylish gaffa makeup):

From the first chord two items where clear: Compared to Tuesday as support for the BossTones on the big stage of the Freiheit they injected some nitro and supercharged the engine in what felt they were trying to match them Adolescents in speed.

The Bar Stool Preachers (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Maybe the just did let go? I definitely like this raunchy & speedy version of the Preachers more and it sure fitted the location and the evening so much more. And raunchy and speedy it was also with bodies flying left right & center, up to and including crashing into me mates beer.

... when Beer gets hurt the fun ends!
… when Beer gets hurt the fun ends!

Someone should have pressed that big red „STOP“ buzzer – you can’t hurt a beer glas, that is very very unfair! But the mood was fun on a Friday night out so nobody was prosecuted and me mate simply strolled back to the bar: Knock it back and ‚ave another one!

The Bar Stool Preachers (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 05.07.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

In record breaking time the Preachers did drive full speed ahead through their set, always at the risk of speeding. Outside they would have been fined, inside they just got love, showers of love.

They finished their set off at around 01:00 (against a 02:00 curfew backstage) and if i am not mistaken their alarm clock was set to 05:00 as they had a long drive on Saturday in front of them. Still, they put everything in and they got they audience still going – see yerself:

Wohahow – Bar Stool Preachers. Full. Stop. Thanks lads for the surprise addition and the extra umpf, the extra speed and the extra fun.

I was thoroughly done after a long day and took the gentle uphill stroll home through a peaceful and quiet city with almost no traffic. Just over at the docks, some folks still did the good old hammer work.

... strolling home through the empty streets and the docks never sleep!
… strolling home through the empty streets and the docks never sleep!

The Adolescents had it a wee bit easier, their last date on this EU Tour was Berlin on Saturday and then back home. In this form they can come back every year (and every year i will put a little memory in … For Steve!).

… the return of the away crew: Hamburg does Dag Nasty (at Bremen, of all places)!

As i have not done this for a shitload of years i felt an uncontrollable urge to go back to away game circuit when it comes to shows. Actually being located in beautiful Hamburg makes you lazy as it gives you unlimited advantage of many clubs and many shows, as eventually most of the travelling bands hit our shores.

Not so Dag Nasty on this short burst into Europe and as such the Punk Rock Hamburg connoisseurs took on an away trip thanks to me mate TKO, who provided some group ticket matching service via email.

Hamburg Inter City Firm (Bremen, 03.11.2018)
Hamburg Inter City Firm (Bremen, 03.11.2018)

2/3 of the Hamburg lot took the train from Hamburg and safely arrived ahead of time in Bremen. To my surprise noise levels during the ride where moderate and alcohol consumption secretive. What surprised me most was the sheer fact that our group tickets (giving every member a damn cheap 8€ ride back and forth) where actually never checked.

At Bremen central station we where not only greeted by masses of people attending the local fun fair (at different levels of enjoyment and drunkenness) but also the local football team made an effort of pissing off the black-white-n-blue part of our troops.

We did let go the fun fair and circumvented the area to get to the Schlachthof. It was supposed to be an early show, so a quick beer outside and then into the club.

It was fond memories for me, in the 80’s i saw a number of shows there,  including the great Bremen vs. Hamburg fight show (aka Bad Brains 1983), the first Toy Dolls tour (bypassing Hamburg) and a large number of smaller shows at other places in Bremen eg. Buchstraße. The place now looks much more shiny, much more polished and technically up to date.

What has not changed is the rather large stage (in terms of width) that is fronted by a too small dancing area before the ascent of the terraces happens – something that was to hit one of the Hamburg lot later (but luckily he was back home ok after an ER medical intervention).

On time and way too early Fights & Fires from sunny Worcester (UK) took the stage and played towards no more than 100 people i guess. If you are a regular reader then look at the pics and guess my view…

Fights & Fires (Schlachthof, Bremen, 03.11.2018 (c) gehkacken.de)

… indeed to much facial hair and too much long hair. The mu-sick to me was exactly that type of music that can’t choose what it wants to be. The way it was done was very professional, good sound, good breaks, on time leads etc – all to the  point that it felt more professional than say … human. Or natural.

Someone next to me tucked a lable „Nu-Metal“ on them, no clue what cupboard that comes from but it somehow seems to sum it up. Not really a perfect match with Dag Nasty and nothing that meant a thing to me (but as ever, you need to see all bands because there may be surprises).

Go and check them out for you dare.

Next on Dag Nasty and by now we had maybe 250 people in attendance – hard for me to guess. About 50+ folks where from Hamburg but still in total a way too small number for such a great band. And a great band they are: Brian, Shawn, Colin and Roger are back at where Dag Nasty started in 1985 and are less the polished and pop infused one they graduated to later (which, as a matter of fact, i still dig too).

Dag Nasty (Schlachthof, Bremen, 03.11.2018 (c) gehkacken.de)

They took the stage and from the first chord they took the audience with them. Loads of energy, loads of great songs and all of that done with precision (rather than pure professionalism). The lot loved it and and the Hamburg lot took on to crowd the dance floor (and specifically the two Teams N&N – both a female and male outfit – outsmarted the rest).

I stood directly at the stage and had more of Shawn and Brian, actually more of Brians guitar. Sound wise it overshadowed a bit the rest but that was because the PA was basically way left & right and behind me. Never mind, i knew all songs anyway and enjoyed singing them.

At the end all of the audience sang a „Happy Birthday“ for Roger and we got a couple of encores.

Dag Nasty (Schlachthof, Bremen, 03.11.2018 (c) gehkacken.de)

Great show, great band and as someone from Bremen pointed out after the show „…the show has been rescued by the Hamburg lot“ (which is in nice contrast to the early 80s where the Hamburg lot away tended to ruin shows). A lot of happy faces though a very tough local club: People where forced out instead of being allowed a few more beers.

For us on the train it meant back to the station, grabbing some drinks and food and taking a very early 23:15 train home.

And with a descent rebel attitude we ignored the signs of order and at least had a couple of drinks on the train.

Back home in Hamburg some actually made it quickly down to the Moltow to catch the encore of Defekt Defekt, so those won the double crown that day.

For me it was a great away trip: Great people around me, enthusiastic support for the band and smooth travel back. Just a perfect way to enjoy perfect music.

I’d say: Let’s do it again soon!

nb: In 1985 Dag Nasty sounded like this …