The mighty Night Birds where back in town, one of the most underrated bands when it come to me: They are the perfect blend of H/C and Surf and they most likely have the most versatile guitar player around with PL Russo.
Kick-off was quite early and with 4 unpretentious lads from Bremen (of all places). Within the first song it was quite clear that they where tight, together and they actually had found a very unique sound – both the musical backdrop but first and foremost they way the singer delivers the vocals.
Wow – another one of these surprises you only get when you go out and see shows (i guess i would have never encountered them else). Great stuff and – besides some guitar wanking and the beard of the bass player – delivered with style. They should have deserved a wee bit more people in front of the stage but you could sense that people did dig them. Well done!
Next and without a lot of changes the Night Birds. Last time round they played upstairs, this time round the bigger stage downstairs. It was not really packed but a good turnout for a rather odd Thursday evening in April.
And they kicked off like this:
Yep, that’s the Night Birds. Hard hitting and taking no prisoners from the first chord. Also the different stage persons and movements on stage fit perfectly and bring across in an excellent fashion juvenile angst grounded in classic H/C and a heavy heavy scent of surf.
Night Birds (Hafenklang Hamburg, 14.04.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)
I don’t know if Brian was doing a Spinal Tap thingy when praising the Hafenklang (and that is something that can’t be done enough) and re-thinking where it was (in Hamburg mate, in Hamburg) and suggesting to people to better move here. But damn, he was right anyway!
And they did not waste too much time and continued to blast the audience away with no stop-over.
Yep, that fuels all my needs. Without the slightest doubt. Hang on, all my needs? Nope, actually not all my needs – my Surf requirements have not yet been met (and „Having an average weekend“ also was not delivered). Damn, would i end up an unhappy bunny?
No, i would not. And in preparation for their final song they delivered another classic surf theme…
Now i was a happy bunny and risk of mutiny down at the harbor front was done away with. The only shortcoming was that the set was rather short and very early the show was done and me and me mates where about to leave.
That said, i did not leave on a bad feeling as me mate Thomas had a neat gift for me: The Freeze – Someone’s bleeding EP limited edition in yellow vinyl (from that dutch guy who runs Gummopunx – dank je wel!). Perfect night out with surprise on support, class on main and free vinyl. Happy Bunny all over indeed!