… sold out and pleasing the young: H/C Matinee.

I did barely finish breakfast and some relaxing at home following the Punk Rock Hamburg Festival in Harburg on Saturday when i decided to take up the pull coming from my Hafenklang Season Ticket. Though a fierce storm was announced i dared to take the risk of the train into town.

It turned out all easy but the decision in hindsight was wrong, as i never got into the groove of the show.

First on Angst from Hanover with a quick, fast and aggressive set that was paired with some rather dangerous caiporera dancing by some of their fans.

Next on Dagger Threat from Hamburg and they where just that barking noise that i tend to pass by.

Candy from Richmond, VA (in the US of A) took the proceedings to a more professional level with a much more complex wall of sound, both rooted in H/C and Metal and with some clever noise samples.

Spirit Crusher from southern Germany took a slightly different route, with some spiritual words from their singer (and lacking their 2nd guitar due to the Storm and the need for the guy to be home on Monday). They actually played some nice songs but somehow indeed something was missing.

No Turning Back from the lowlands west of us took the stage next and boy where they tight and together. The singer though was a bit of a loudmouth, a mate noted „ego character“. No clue if that is true, but they fired off some decent SOIA like H/C.

But we all where eager to see No Warning, as some of their recorded output is actually very very strong. It was five quite different stage personas taking the stage and indeed they provided the most perfect, most solid sound that evening.

For my liking they edged too much towards metal on some songs, whilst in between being just a perfect fast paced H/C band.

Maybe i was too tired, maybe it was the short sets and long changeovers – i never got myself into the show. What i noted though was that the absence of smoking at the Hafenklang was a sheer relief versus the Stellwerk on Saturday, where i felt like an Eel being smoked (and was not the only one complaining).

Less smoke it was, but also less booze. This empty view was never there on Saturday…

11 bands in less than 24 hours, i should next time be more cautious. But at last i was lucky, whilst the storm interrupted a lot of trains i was home with ease.