… these NJ kids have style indeed!

Puh, it is summer in the city and the city was full of people that wanted to see the Hamburg Cruise Days and the cool blue light installations at the Hamburg Harbor. And the Hafenklang being on the harbor front gave yet again a nice mix of punks hanging out outside the Hafenklang and tourists trying to avoid them. Fun. As ever. Upstairs at Goldener Salon it started with Irish Handcufs from Regensburg and it took me only one song to dislike them as lutscher-core (and indeed i am not nice here but i was up for something different tonight!).

Irish Handcuffs (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Irish Handcuffs (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

I rather enjoyed lengthy talks about music and life as such outside. Next on No Weather Talks from Hamburg and i disliked their pop even more then the lutscher-core (though they had a female singer, something i normaly dig).

No Weather Talks (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
No Weather Talks (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Now for sure only the Night Birds could rescue this hot evening and boy they did! From start to finish they rocked the approx 120 people upstairs at the Goldener Salon and did not leave any questions.

Night Birds (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Night Birds (Hafenklang, 01.08.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

This is how i – in all  selflessness  – want it to happen: A cool drummer with a Slade T-Shirt. A Bass player that rocked his Bass. A guitar player that knows his surf. And an enigmatic singer with all signs of crazyness. Cool shit, played hot as hell. See yourself and listen up how they started the show:

And the best was yet to come: Mid set the bass broke down and whilst the technical error was researched the drums and the guitar went into a familiar tune … „Shadowy Men from A Shadowy Planet„, the signature song from the CAN comedy series „Kids in the hall“ (dating back to 1988). Now that was fucking super cool. I talked to the guitar player after the show and he was very surprised that someone not only did recognise the song but also knew the TV Show. I guess that comes with age and being over 50 plays into it. I told him to put more of that into their set, let’s see what they do!

But hey, really, if the Night Birds continue down that path of mixing California Hardcore with Surf, throw a blend of DI and JFA in, then i will buy all of their records. They are a real force and a true gem. Thanks for a great show guys!