Ever since Maniac impressed me big time at the Get!Lost!Fest! III i followed them closely and took and effort to get their output on vinyl. As such a date in Hamburg was a must, also for some of my fellow connoisseurs.
Some of them even did an effort to travel to Fuzzville in Benidorm and came back with lines like „Maniac – greatest thing on stage„. Unfortunately they did not get the big stage (and turnout in Hamburg), they rather got the cozy cellar of the Komet and thus some 50 good people. In parallel C³I did grace the Hafenbahnhof, that opportunity i needed to let go in favour of L.A.’s finest.
Their support was from Berlin, The Roxies, and they came with super diverse stage personas: A towering slim girl on Bass, a bald guitar and a drummer straight from the 60ties. And an – by my guess – English singer that preferred to be in front of the stage and playing a dwarf.
The Roxies (Komet, Hamburg, 28.03.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)
They play upbeat garage punk with a distinct voice – not really my thingy. But absolutely listenable live (and live is how music must be experienced). I would not buy a record from them but hey make yer own judgement mate:
Quick set and what did stay with me was the guitar – some nice and hard chords. And i think they played an unexpected extra too.
They passed the helm to Maniac who very efficiently set themselves up, leaving the tiny stage to drums and rhythm guitar, with Zache and Justin roaming and singing in front of the stage. And it started like this:
If there is one thing that stands out it is the near perfect mu-sick-al experience: Great sound, great gifted musicians. That paired with great sing-a-long/hum-a-long songs with hooks and breaks at the right place, twin guitar perfection and a sturdy back line. And on top pace. Decent pace. Without loosing it in speed.
Maniac (Komet, Hamburg, 28.03.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)
I was sold on them anyway but this little beauty of a set convinced me that there are one of the top 10 hidden gems out there. In my book of great music they own a chapter, also because they are super friendly, with the right humor and because they get songs done with a great deal of street credibility:
I saw the white coats walking by penetrating empty gaze Midnight Kino's dirty light failed to complete the exchange What have I done Lost it all on the Reeperbahn When Van Gogh cried out for mercy all the people stared amazed daughter of joy or a lady boy failed to complete the exchange What have I done Lost it all on the Reeperbahn What have I done Lost it all on the Reeperbahn Pajas por el Reeperbahn Pajas por el Reeperbahn Pajas por el Reeperbahn Pajas por el Reeperbahn Pajas por el Reeperbahn Pajas por el Reeperbahn Pajas por el Reeperbahn (c) 2016 Maniac
Come on lads, that is a perfect pop song (and that great finish with the guitar mimicking the sound of a Hamburg Police car? Priceless).
Perfect show, though late and down in that tiny cellar. Can we please give Maniac a bigger stage and 400 good people attending? And a 90 minute slot? I wasted no time to buy the 300 limited tour edition in blue vinyl (continued note to self: record collectors are pretentious arseholes) and enjoyed further stories of Zache discovering footie in L.A.
Thanks Maniac, you made my (and some of the mates) Thursday!