… a triumphant return: Kaleko Urdangak ruled again!

Ever since Kaleko Urdangak stunned the hell out of the folks attending MOi!n It’s Hamburg #4 in 2019 i was looking forward to see them again in Hamburg. Finally in 2022 the Monkeys was able to put them back onto the stage, making me and a few others really happy people. Really happy!

Support was from the Suede Razors, hard hitting Bovver Rock from sunny California. And they are known too, be it for their series of cool 7″ vinyl or be it for playing in Bands like Harrington Saints, Ultra Sect or others.

Suede Razors (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 30.10.2022 (c) gehkacken.de 2022)

The start of their set was hampered with sound problems, a lot of eye contact across the stage like “i can’t hear your guitar/bass/vocals over here“, diminishing the value of the songs quite visibly. Once that got a proper resolution they took sail for real.

Unlike many others in the genre they have carved a unique niche: It is more hard and driving rock, it has less of an sing-a-long overcast. That said, as a team they deliver that very well and without too much fuzz: They like their things basic and real.

Suede Razors (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 30.10.2022 (c) gehkacken.de 2022)

The longer it went, the better it was i have to admit. So kudos to them for being able to turn a frustration into a solid delivery. And for all record collectors: Remember to hunt their 7″ output, it is worth it!

Without too much changeover Kaleko Urdangak from the equally sunny Basque Country took the stage and they promised the audience this set:

Kaleko Urdangak – Set List (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 30.10.2022)

And how did they kick off? They kicked off 45 Minutes of Skinhead Rock’n’Roll like this:

Intro, First song – BANG, back with a solid banger, much to the joy of the audience!

Luckily all sound issues had been fixed during the Suede Razors set so from the first chord it was all there:

Aggressive, direct, charming, multi-vocal choruses and action on stage by the whirlwind of a singer.

Kaleko Urdangak (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 30.10.2022 (c) gehkacken.de 2022)

From where i stand there is no better package currently around and it frustrates the hell out of me that a) the show was not sold out and b) the average age of the attendees was … more in the high than at youth level. This is the energy that should drive youth forward, this is the energy that should send you fist flying and give you a sore throat from singing along.

In that context it quite funny how good they are: Though they sing in their local language that most of us can not get at all they are able to trigger this sing-a-long reflex. Luckily with the new record they hand out a multi-lingual lyrics sheet, i am keen to see if indeed they sing about slaughtering unicorns as i guessed or something more meaningful.

Kaleko Urdangak (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 30.10.2022 (c) gehkacken.de 2022)

It was high speed and high value throughout the set, loads of smiling folks in the audience, some dancing but almost everybody having a great time. Compared to last time there was a bit more interaction with the audience but still to a certain extend with a bit of language barrier.

Kaleko Urdangak sure like what they do, seeing all 4 on stage not only mastering their instrument but also to get consistency into their songs and delivery is just joyful to watch. And it is not like a party band – it is for real: Energy, Drive, Charm packed with the ability to write great songs.

Kaleko Urdangak (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 30.10.2022 (c) gehkacken.de 2022)

I bet you they convinced even more people than in 2019 (as there where more – but not enough – in front of the stage) and i do hope they remain on a return path to Hamburg forever. I was yet again convinced and as always if a band is able to convince me playing live i score a record.

#recordcollectorsarepretentiousarseholes – limited edition in purple with gate fold cover including poster, multilingual lyrics sheet, postcard & badge – a worthy package to take home!

And whilst i stayed off booze during the show i sat down with mates after it, having a proper drink and playing some level limbo (i spare you the details). Chatting to members of both Suede Razors and Kaleko Urdangak whilst at it only ever cemented the good feeling towards the night: Perfect evening in perfect companionship, listening to great music and being entertained by great performers (at a location of choice).

Life is good, we must enjoy it!

… 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.