… 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.

… Argy Bargy with Last Seen Laughing – a great show!

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).

Last Seen Laughing (Hamburg, Indra, 03.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Last Seen Laughing (Hamburg, Indra, 03.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

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!:

Argy Bargy (Hamburg, Indra, 03.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Argy Bargy (Hamburg, Indra, 03.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

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!

Argy Bargy (Hamburg, Indra, 03.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Argy Bargy (Hamburg, Indra, 03.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

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 one

here’s the other

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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!!!

… Oi! Now that is a show…an awesome one indeed!

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.

On The Job - Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
On The Job – Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)On The Job – INdra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

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.

On The Job - Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
On The Job – Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

As such it was rather quiet during their set, only their own Karlskrona Bootboys made some noise…

On The Job - Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
On The Job – Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

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.

Bishops Green - Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
Bishops Green – Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

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.

Bishops Green - Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
Bishops Green – Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

Was the crowd somehow reserved vs. our sevenska vänner it got fully erected upon Bishops Green…in the literal and visual sense…

Bishops Green - Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)
Bishops Green – Indra, Hamburg, 28.03.2014 ((c) gehkacken.de)

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!