… cropped hair and hard hitting retro rock’n’roll made my Friday the 13th!

Another Friday night out at the Monkeys, another night for some unpretentious rock’n’roll.

The fun was that i was out with a mate whilst our wife’s decided to stay at our home, cook some great food and enjoy the Friday without us. So i left home for me mate when his wife arrived and came home late in the night only to hand her the taxi in which me mate was waiting – never had that setting and really had a laugh! At the Monkeys this time round one of the hottest new shits was waiting: The Suede Razors from the US of A had all the records collectors excited with their chain of great 7″s, so i thought it would be a rather full house and a lot of eager people to see them.

Wrong thinking, they are still a niche i guess.

The night started off with Last Crusade from the UK who, from all i could make out, are a rather new band too.

Last Crusade (Monkeys, 13.03.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Last Crusade (Monkeys, 13.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

I think they fitted the bill with Suede Razors well, they play something unique too – a blend of old punk (as in 1977), harsh OI! (as in 1982) and they do also throw some hardcore elements in. They where though hampered by some technical issues and the lacked stage presence and persona, so they did not really get the rather small crowd in motion. But they got their share of applause for all the effort, at least. And in between they actually had some lovely chords.

Next on Jenny Woo, in her solo acoustic setting. Large banner, small girl and a strong voice.

Jenny Woo (Monkeys, 13.03.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Jenny Woo (Monkeys, 13.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

I do like her stuff but i do like it more with a band and an electrically distorted guitar. But she does what she does extremely well, always with a smile and against many odd voices from odd parts of the skinhead scene – and it takes a hell of stamina to get on the stage just with an acoustic guitar and use your voice as the stage presence!

Finally the Suede Razors and from the start (an intro sans the singer) it was a different league: You could sense that they all had their share of experience in other bands and that they all where quite gifted in terms of handling their instruments. And tight together. Very tight. From the moment the singer entered the stage you knew it was to be a unique and joyful experience of rock’n’roll with a scent of Aussie thrown in (and that was late 70s AC/DC and/or Rose Tattoo i guess).

Suede Razors (Monkeys, 13.03.2015  (c) gehkacken.de)
Suede Razors (Monkeys, 13.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Singer Darrel not only has the belly but also the voice and guitar, bass and drums provide the perfect backdrop. Items worth to note: Tongue-in-check vocals and stage presence by all. Good chatting with the audience and all items i’d like to see covered covered, up to and including 3 points for „anyone’s team“ on the weekend. Puuuurrfect (though it did not happen in the end – the 3 points at home).

Did they live up to the quality of their singles? Yes they did and i guess they took the audience by storm. It was a bit like Giuda – people did not fully know what to expect and where positively surprised. For myself i was happy bunny all over: Out with mates, a pint of Guinness in me hand and some driving skinhead rock’n’roll. There is little that can beat that setting, so much better then say the TV Program on Friday 13th.

Thanks to the bands and thanks as ever to those who made it to support them at a cool new place for live musick. Love it.

 

working, all along & way too much!

a hard days day – and a perfect song to it:

You’ve had a tough day your boss is making a fuss
He says you’re not made of the right kind of stuff
Your family always begs you to make sense of your life
But you don’t know what to say because nothing seems right

And you wake up every morning in a state of gloom
Your landlord’s knocking at the door
And all your bills are due

But you know that I’ll be right here
Waiting with a beer in my hand
And we’ll make it to the end
And you know that it’ll be alright
‘Cause though the days may be hard, our lives start at night

You’re at a quarter life crisis where everyone wants to say
That though you’re at a crossroads you’ve got to choose a way
And you feel others and the media breathing down your neck
Implying you’re a loser with a wasted life yet

But they just have a different idea of success
They don’t know what it’s like to live for your friends

But you know that I’ll be right here
Waiting with a beer in my hand
And we’ll make it to the end
And you know that it’ll be alright
‘Cause though the days may be hard, our lives start at night

And we’ve got much more than they’ll ever understand
The best of life we hold in our hands
And when they say that your plans aren’t right
Just remember we’ll all be together tonight

But you know that I’ll be right here
Waiting with a beer in my hand
And we’ll make it to the end
And you know that it’ll be alright
‘Cause though the days may be hard, our lives start at night

(c) Jenny Woo 2011