Festival des Artefacts [20-28.04.2013 | Strasbourg]

Festival des Artefacts
20-28.04.2013 | Strasbourg

Festival des Artefacts is a Musicfestival in Strasbourg set over a couple of weekends. I did choose 2 different days with a great line-up to experience the festival. There was much value for your money.
Weird thing is, both days couldnt have been more different, the first day was completely ruined in the end and the second was totally awesome:

Part 1
Yan Wagner | Concrete Knives | Juveniles

20.04.2013 | La Laiterie Strasbourg

Well, this time i decide to not review the bands but the venue and the circumstances around it. Because of them, my mood was ruined in the first minutes and i couldnt really enjoy the concerts as much as i wished for.
After a 2 hour drive from Germany, the evening started great. Lots of really cool bands on the line-up and everything for just 6 euros. This is an awesome low price.

The first band i could catch was Yan Wagner. I love his dark voice over this dominant synthies which let his band sound like the modern Depeche Mode. The mood was good and i enjoyed myself until i took my small camera out to take a picture:

Within seconds a Securityguard stood in front of me blocking the lense with his hands. I was perplex. And i wasnt the only one. Every few minutes, the guard had to run to a person in the audience when he saw a someone lifting an iphone. The look on those peoples faces has always been the same: disappointed and confused. The guard even had headphones and communicated with someone back and forth during the concert... Someone from the back, telling this guy when he sees a display in the air? How pathetic is that. The audience shouldnt be your enemy that you have to control, have a look here and see how it should be done.
Sadly this changed the mood for the whole evening for me. "La Laiterie" what is wrong with you? Why dont you leave the audience alone?
Dear organisers, think of it that way: why is someone taking a picture or filming a song? Because this person is having a great time and enjoying the concert and wants to create a memory of it or show it to his friends later on. And you forbid that? I have been to the Laiterie for a lot of shows (the small stage) and never had any problems. But probably i will skip a concert in this venue in the future when i get the chance to see it elsewhere, without censorship. Because lets be honest, censorship never feels good.
I dont know if you ever had heard of it outside of Germany, but we had something called "Stasi", you may want to read into that, they would have been proud of you. Seeing out of the corner of your eye how you are being watched feels just weird and makes it hard to concentrate on the concert. Maybe you organisers want to overthink your "fuck-the-audience-policy" and change it. I'am sure the visitors would be grateful.

I did see: Yan Wagner, a glimpse of Capture, Concrete Knives and Juveniles.

Would have loved to show you guys something of the shows. As already mentioned, i wont review the bands, because the mood was not good. But at another venue it would have been great concerts - i am sure. I hope i will have the chance to see them all again some other time.

Part 2
La Femme | Lescop | Woodkid

28.04.2013 | Zénith Strasbourg

As i already bought my ticket for this day beforehand, i had to go - even though i was sure it was going to be shit when big brother would be watching me again. On the other hand i was really looking forward to the bands on the lineup, so i just hoped that i could avoid the security this time.

First band i had on my list, is actually on my list since a couple of years. I love La Femme since they did put out their first ep, which is still perfect. Now, with their first album “Psycho Tropical Berlin” just released, they are getting slowly a bit more known, and i hope also outside of France.

As i arrived at the Laiterie, there was no one and a lot of free parking-places. Sure it was 14.30 and the band isnt so much known yet, but it looked like no one wanted to see them. I was confused. Then i double-checked the ticket again and did see, that the shows this day are in another venue, the Zénith, which is really huge. I wasnt expecting much more people then the Laiterie could hold, so i didnt understand why such an arena was needed, but on the other hand i had new hopes that there would be normal people and no issues with security.
And yes, i was right. The staff at the Zénith are great people with common sense - photography allowed - no censorship ;)

So here starts the happy part of the festival:
Due to the confusion with the venues, i arrived at the Zénith exactly at the same time as La Femme started. Waiting in the short line, i could already hear the first song playing, which made me quite nervous. But luckily everything was handled really quick and professional so i was inside few moments later. The hall made an impression on me as it is really big. Seeing the bands in here is something special, this sized arenas are normally used for really huge names, and especially with the first bands on the lineup, this is a big deal. I am sure i wont see La Femme on such a stage anytime soon in the future. But i was ok with it - the hall was not too much filled at this point of time so i could get a great place.

Despite the really cruel early stage-time, the show i was about to see was going to be my highlight of the day. I love their records and their musical style but this concert topped all my expectations. It was beyond the perfect show. The band was in a great mood, the audience was also willing to move and the sound was perfect. Plus, the lightshow was extremely professional - pure entertainment. Watching this show, the band made it seem like they never even played small clubs before. They are totally confident on a big stage and it seemed like they had an awesome time as well. They danced around, drove on skateboards and just had fun. I got the impression that La Femme is the coolest band France has to offer, and this wont change anytime soon. Of course all hits from the new record got played and even the old song "telegraphe" was on the setlist - my alltime favorite song of them, which i woulndt have expected – the more satisfied I was in the end. This concert was surely one of the highlights in 2013. I need to seem them again on every possibility i have (not much), although it will be hard to top todays show. Go catch a concert of them as long as they are still underground. You wont regret it!



After this awesome experience, Lescop had a hard task to top La Femmes show. But i liked his debut-album so i was looking forward to his concert as well.

First thing i recognized as he went on stage and performed the opening- songs, was the different sound. It was a bit too loud and his voice was too low. Unfortunately this issue stayed for the whole time. Besides that, the lightshow and visuals have been stunning again, this venue surely knows how to pull off breathtaking shows. Lescop’s show had some boring parts to it, but when he played his hits, the mood was great and i enjoyed the concert. Although the advantage of the songs have been just ok, so i decided for myself that i dont need to see him again. The concert was not bad thought, just not completely my taste.



The next 2 bands i didnt knew, and i guess they are just interesting for the french audience. I sat down for few songs and gave them a listen, but wasnt convinced. So i had about 3 hours time to kill until i could see Woodkid.
Luckily the organizers had a really good concept for other activities parallel to the concerts. There was a tent with some sort of poetry reading, some table-kickers and a really great collection of vintage game-consoles. It was more like a museum. So i did spent a lot of time playing all sorts of videogames, from Atari to Sega Megadrive - the collection was perfect. Really great idea to keep the waiting people entertained, thanks for that.

After that i inspected the food-tent which also had some a nice selection. Reasonably cheap as well.

After i killed some hours it was time for my second Woodkid concert. I have already seen him in Heidelberg shortly before, so i knew what to expect. With the knowledge of the location, i managed to get a better place this time. As already expected, Woodkid played the same Setlist as in Heidelberg, which was quite Ok. I knew i just had to wait for the slow first half to be over until the good songs would come. Dont get me wrong, the slow songs are good too, but when you just stand there and wait for the tempers to rise, it gets quite boring.

At least the visual show was really entertaining, so it didnt felt too long until the more powerful parts started. The audience was really feeling it, and the enthusiasm of the crowd even topped my previous experience. The band had a bit more routine by now but still seemed to have a great time as well.
A Woodkid-Show may be the same everywhere. At least i did not witnessed something different and had no new impressions. But since the crowd was freaking out a bit more then in Heidelberg, and the sound was just perfect, i slightly preferred this concert:



more videos of this day coming on my youtube-channel.


Ufomammut [24.04.2013 | Das Bett Frankfurt]


24.04.2013 | Das Bett Frankfurt

Vorgestern ist das Ufomammut in Frankfurt gelandet. Endlich gab es mal eine Möglichkeit für mich die italienischen SludgeMusiker live zu sehen.

Kurz nach 21 Uhr startete dann die abgespacete Messe. Am Anfang war es mir noch viel zu leise, wurde aber stetig lauter. Die Hallgesänge beschwöhrten das Publikum und die Drones haben alle gut durchgekitzelt. Die mannshohe "Green Electric Amp" hinter dem Sänger zuckte schwerfellig mit den Bässen, und auch mich selbst hat die Darbietung keinesfalls kalt gelassen. Wäre man bereit dafür gewesen hätte man leicht in den ausserirdischen Trancezustand kommen, immerhin spielte die Band volle 1,5 Stunden. Da bekommt man noch was für sein Geld.

Im Endeffekt gibt’s einfach nichts zu kritisieren war es echt ein perfektes Konzert und ich muss mich schwer zurückhalten der Band fortan nicht als Konzertgroupie hinterher zu reisen. Obwohl: In einem Punkt bin ich geschädigt seitdem ich Sunn O))) live gesehen habe - es hätte ruhig ein bisschen lauter sein können. Deswegen “nur”:




Woodkid [13.04.2013 | Stadthalle Heidelberg]


13.04.2013 | Stadthalle Heidelberg

Heidelberg wird ja sehr gerne mal von Künstlern übersehen, um so mehr freute ich mich als Woodkid hier sein erstes Deutschlandkonzert der aktuellen Tour abhielt. Zudem hatte er das Privileg in der schönen Stadthalle auftreten zu dürfen. Es versprach also ein besonderer Abend zu werden bei dem anscheinend auch alle Hipster aus den Rhein-Neckar-Raum anwesend waren. Man fühlte sich ja schon komisch so ohne Hut...
Als Woodkid dann die Bühne betrat war ich erst mal überrascht, denn er machte seinem Namen alle Ehre. Die Erscheinung eines ausgewachsenen Mannes hatte er nicht wirklich - aber zum Glück gibts ja Bärte. Er war jedenfalls gut gelaunt und sprang euphorisch über die Bühne. Dass das Publikum auch richtig Bock hatte, spürte man wohl auch bei der Band und so wurden alle Songs mit viel Enthusiasmus vorgetragen.
Zwischendurch gab es immer wieder langsame Nummern die ich mir auf Platte gut anhören kann, jedoch wirkten sie live etwas langweilig. Dafür ging es bei den Hits um so mehr ab und die Drummer heizten gut die Stimmung ein. Bei Iron wurde die Band so sehr gefeiert dass es den letzten Part einfach nochmal gab - allerdings erst nachdem der Trompeter den Herrn Woodkid wieder von seinen Schultern herabsetzte. Ja so sehr freuten die sich - da ist auch mal ein spontaner Huckepacktanz drin.

Eigentlich haben die Besucherzahlen meine persönliche Grenze schon gesprengt - so große Konzerte sagen mir normalerweise weniger zu. Aber dieser Abend hat trotzdem einen guten Eindruck hinterlassen. Die Lichtshow war super, die Stimmung gut und die Location einfach atemberaubend. Das hat schon einiges gut gemacht. Ich war jedenfalls positiv überrascht:




Fell Voices & Ash Borer [18.04.2013 | Alte Hackerei Karslruhe]


Fell Voices & Ash Borer
18.04.2013 | Alte Hackerei Karlsruhe

Endlich gabs mal wieder Black Metal Konzerte in Karlsruhe. Diesmal sogar mehr als einem Lieb war. Da gibt es wochenlang nix gescheites aus der Richtung auf die Ohren, aber am Donnerstag hatte man die Qual der Wahl zwischen Deafheaven & The Secret oder Ash Borer & Fell Voices. Blöd nur das ein grosser Teil der Konzertgänger gerne zu beiden gegangen wäre.
Welcher Booker jetzt genau als erstes da war lässt sich nichtmehr nachvollziehen aber man hätte sich zumindest überlegen sollen die Konzerte zusammen zu legen. Denn im Endeffekt nutzt keinem ein halbes Publikum was.

Meine Entscheidung fiel mir recht leicht, ich musste Ash Borer sehen. Zum einen sah ich Deafheaven bereits vor einem Jahr in Karlsruhe und Stuttgart zum anderen ist es die erste Europatour von Ash Borer und hat somit Seltenheitsfaktor. Das gleiche dachte sich wohl recht viele, denn wie ein Kumpel berichtete waren nur wenig Leute in der Stadtmitte, wogegen die Alte Hackerei komplett gefüllt war.

Als erstes spielten Fell Voices. Zunächst wollte ich nur mal kurz schauen wie die live so sind - und wurde gleich mitgerissen. Was für eine Energie. Der Drummer hat manisch sein Schlagzeug vergewaltigt, und zudem immer mal wieder deftige Schreie ohne Mikrofon losgelassen. Das war schon sehr unterhaltsam. Im Gegensatz zu den Platten konnte man an dem Abend auch mal richtig die Musik hören und bewerten, denn der Sound war super. Leider hatte die Gitarre nach der Hälfte des Sets ein par technische Probleme, die nach 2 Songs aber wieder behoben waren. Ich war jedenfalls hellauf begeistert von der Darbietung und hatte bereits bei der "Vorband" das Gefühl mich für den richtigen Konzertabend entschieden zu haben:



Dann war es Zeit für Ash Borer. Bereits im Vorfeld hab ich mir erhofft die Band mal live sehen zu können und nun hatte ich endlich die Chance. Sie spielten ein gutes Konzert aber im Endeffekt wurden meine Erwartungen untertroffen. Obwohl sich die Band bis zum Schluss hin stetig steigerte konnte sie mich nicht wirklich mitreissen. Genau kann ich nicht ausmachen woran es lag, aber ich denke der Sound spielte eine grosse Rolle. Es war mir Live ein zu starker Soundbrei - die Vocals gingen total unter, was ich recht schade fand.
Schon lustig, dass es genau das Gegenteil zu Fell Voices ist. Deren neueste Platte würde ich als unhörbar werten, während Ash Borer immer astreine Alben released hat. Auf der Bühne tauschten beide Bands dann die Rollen.
Obwohl ich mir mehr versprochen hatte bleibt mir als Fazit nur zu sagen dass ich froh bin Ash Borer endlich Live gesehen zu haben und es trotzdem ein sehr guter Abend war:




El Camino Car Crash & Rollergirls [12.04.2013 | Oetinger Villa Darmstadt]


El Camino Car Crash & Rollergirls
12.04.2013 | Oetinger Villa Darmstadt

Vor einer Woche besuchte ich mal wieder die Oetinger Villa für einen kleinen Konzertabend.

Als ich ankam hörte ich gerade noch den Rest der ersten Band Lorraine, also gings für mich gleich los mit Nr. 2: El Camino Car Crash. Ich kannte die Hardcore-Band im Vorfeld nicht aber hörte mich vorher in ihr neuestes Album rein, was mir wirklich sehr zusagte. Zu fünft betraten die Österreicher den Platz vor der Bühne und fegten los. Die Lieder sind schon echte Bretter und die Jungs haben wirklich Spass am spielen, was es ein sehr schönes energetisches Konzert werden lies. Bald soll es wohl auch ins Studio gehen. Ich werde sie definitiv weiter im Auge behalten - die hat man bestimmt nicht zum letzten mal in Deutschland gesehen:



Dann war der Hauptact, die Darmstädter Durchstarter von Rollergirls an der Reihe. Plötzlich war die Oetinger Villa auch ganz ordentlich gefüllt - Lokalpatriotismus scheint zu funktionieren. Zurecht - Immerhin sind die Rollergirls für die beste Songzeile des deutschen Punk verantwortlich. Ihr wisst schon, Hitler und so...
Im Vergleich zur Vorband wurde das Tempo etwas gedämpft, die Stimmung im Publikum jedoch nicht. Die Band wurde gut abgefeiert. Aufgrund der Fülle an Songs im Repertoire wurde dann natürlich auch jeder Hit gespielt und alle waren zufrieden. Wirkte definitiv wie ein gechillter Familienabend mit Wiederholungsfaktor. Bin mal auf ein neues Release der Rollergirls gespannt. Insgesamt ein runder Abend. Auch hier:



Die Musik der Bands zum gratis Download:
El Camino Car Crash


ZS & Nü Sensae [16.04.2013 | 013 Tilburg]


ZS & Nü Sensae
16.04.2013 | 013 Tilburg

This lineup was insane. I wanted to see both bands live for ages and considering the fact that they don’t really fit together, i felt even more lucky that this event took place.

First of all was the infamous ZS from New York. Ever since my favorite band of all times "Extra Life"(RIP) brought my attention to them, i was quite fascinated. They are one of the biggest names in the avant-garde-scene and just do what they want, being musical anarchists and not giving a fuck about song structures or pleasing any "listening habits".
Therefore i didn’t knew what to expect from this show, but was very curious. Of course they also created some chaotic sounds, but mostly you could make out some structures and suspensecurves. They mostly peaked in hard drumming and nervous use of the saxophone - which was great. I wasnt bored for one second and really underestimated the power of their liveshows. They are easier to consume then their records as you can really feel the energy. Great experience, will try to attend more shows:


Live Video:

Next up was the female fronted punkband Nü Sensae. Same as with ZS, i felt really lucky to get the chance to see them live. They played a solid set, although i thought the vocals were not loud enough. The singer has a great screamingvoice and she really dosent hold back, so it should had been honored with more volume. Sadly the atmosphere in the audience wasnt very enthusiastic. That sucked a bit, because i really think that this show could have been insane with a crowd that goes berserk. I mean, the soundtrack for that was played live on stage. So i hope i will see them again with some better circumstances, but still i enjoyed their gig very much:


Live Videos:


Tall Ships [15.04.2013 | Underground Köln]


Tall Ships
15.04.2013 | Underground Köln

Tall Ships machten Zwischenstop in Köln, und so konnte ich es mir nicht nehmen lassen vorbeizuschauen. Von der Vorband Scanners hab ich recht spät erfahren, aber vor Ort war ich echt überzeugt. Guter elektronischer Indie der in die Beine geht. Da hab ich definitiv Nachholbedarf und muss mir die Alben besorgen. Leider hatte ich keinen Nerv das komplette Konzert in der Sauna durchzustehen. Es war leider wirklich schon viel zu warm für meinen Geschmack im kleinen stickigen Raum des Underground Clubs. Das die Tür auch immer penibel geschlossen wurde half der Luft auch nicht wirklich.

Nach abkühlen im Freien gings dann auch schon mit dem Hauptact los. Vielleicht kam es mir nur so vor aber irgendwie schien der Raum weniger voll als bei Scanners. Das tat mir etwas leid für die Band, aber es waren immer noch genug Leute da um den Raum angenehm zu füllen. Tall Ships legten gleich los mit den 2 Openern vom Album "Everything Touching“. Perfekter Start, und gleich ein volles Brett. Generell fiel mir beim Konzert auf, dass die Band die Post-Eock-Elemente ihrer Musik live voll ausschöpft. Da hatte ich sicher nichts dagegen, denn meine Erwartungen wurden übertroffen - die gingen viel mehr ab als erwartet. Ein bisschen ernüchternd kam dann deswegen der Part in der Mitte rüber als der Sänger seine Gitarre zur Seite legte um mit leicht schiefen Tönen 2 ruhige Stücke zu trällern. Danach wurde das Tempo aber wieder ordentlich angezogen und die Band hatte auch ganz offensichtlich ihren Spaß. Live sind die Jungs echt eine volle Wucht, und eigentlich sollte es auch einen Bonuspunkt für den lustigen Typ mit dem Megaphon geben, aber selbst ohne bekommt der Abend eine:


Live Videos:


Dunk Festival [29-31.03.2013 | Zottegem, Belgium]


Since I am German, writing a big report in English isn't the easiest thing to do for me. But because the festival was international it decided that everyone should be able to read it. So ignore the mistakes please ;)

Its few days after the legendary dunk!festival and i am back at work. Time to collect my thoughts and write down the impressions of those magical Easter days in Zottegem.

Day 1

On friday i started my drive to belgium – the plan was to catch the first band What The Blood Revealed. My drive was supposed to be 5 hours, but it turned out to be 8,5 - thanks Bruxelles.
So i missed the band. Pretty exhausted i arrived as the second band played. Missed them also. The third band i had to catch - its Kokomo from Germany. Finally i would get the chance to see them live, i wonder why it never worked out in the homeland...
I got to the ticket-office and exchanged my printed qr-code for a nice looking, black wristband. No lines, no problems - everything was totally uncomplicated and quick. That was my first impression of the dunk-crew and their perfect organisation, which continued throughout the whole festival-time.
I had few minutes left before Kokomo would get on stage, so i had a look at the venue. Its an indoor-festival which held place in a modern sports-complex. There was the "Downstairs-Stage" with a big, festival-like stage and the "Upstairs-Stage" which was a smaller stage for more intimate concerts, without a fence and fancy lighting. Also at the Upstairs-Area was the restaurant and a room for the merch.

Now it was time for my first concert. Kokomo played on the big Downstairs-Stage. The concert went really well, i was amazed by the sound and the lights and could really enjoy the show. Definitely a band that i should have tried to see live much earlier, considering that their albums are perfect and they are from Germany as well. On the other hand, i could not get a better first impression then this performance on the professional dunk-stage. Looking forward to visit more concerts of them:


I was REALLY curious for the next gig i had on my list. It was Stephen O Malley, member of Sunn O))). I had the luck to finally see Sunn live in Berlin few weeks ago, and of course it was awesome, so i was pretty excited for some new drones. The wall of amps that stood on the stage wasn't as impressive as the Sunn-setup but that was to be expected.

After some time waiting (the only time at the whole festival), Stephen went on stage and had something to say. He was very sorry but due to new laws, the sound cant go over 100db, he can not play his planned set. He pointed at a dark corner and said "police officers standing there and monitoring the sound, i am not kidding.". Of course he did not want to get anyone in trouble so he had to improvise and play a "quiet" set. Unsurprisingly, it didn't really worked out for me. I guess my recent Sunn-Experiance wasnt helping - but the feeling of the bass was not really impressive, and that is the key to get into this special trance-mood. It wasnt Stephens fault – of course 100dB are much less impressive then the 120-130db of a Sunn O))) Show. So he tried to make the best of the situation, and i was still glad that i have seen him play a solo-show.
Stephen O' Malley 7/10
Belgian Law 0/10


The last concert i planned to see on the first day, was The Black Heart Rebellion. I couldnt stop listening to their newest release "Har Nevo" after it got out, so i was really looking forward to their show. The stage was crammed with stuff and instruments and the dramatic lighting promised an spectacular show. And it was! Like on their new record, they opened with "Avraham" which is perfect for the beginning, and set the mood for the rest of their intense show. Overall it was a real great concert with an eerie feel to it. A perfect closure for the first night.
Next TBHR concert is already marked in my calendar (together with the mighty Maserati), i just cant get enough of it:


Although i had planned to see more shows on the first day, i knew i had lots of great concerts scheduled for the next days. I was just to tired from the travelling, so i needed the breaks between the big concerts at the downstairs-stage to relax. This system worked out well for me for the whole festival, although i missed most shows at the upstairs-stage, but i decided to enjoy the music and not to make an marathon of bands out of the experience.
Because the temperatures dropped below zero at the night, the organizers offered the people who planned to camp (me!), to stay indoors at a small part of the downstairs-venue. I gladly took this offer, same as the majority of the other campers. A few survivalists still slept outside as it seemed, but regarding me being a bit sick, this was never an option for me. Luckily for the people who decided to stay indoors, it looked like everyone really intended to sleep. And because annoying drunk guys are a total rarity at the dunk festival and post-rockers are civilized, it was dark and quiet within minutes.


The night was much shorter then everyone had wished for. You're at dunk!festival, so the dunk!festival decides how long you can sleep. Which is exactly 8 hours. Fair enough. Everyone packed their stuff and went to the restaurant for breakfast. I went to town and organized my own, because the organizers didnt really matched my taste, but no one could complain. They offered self-made nutella-sandwiches and coffee for free, as much as you want. Yes, FOR FREE. The bread, every morning, the coffee, at all times. What an service. Truly amazing people those organizers.
After breakfast i took a little bonus nap in my car, because there was still time before the first band would start.

At 13.30 i walked half awake to the first band of the day: Valerinne. I liked their record already beforehand, but overwhelmed me live quite a bit. Perfect for waking up. They played an awesome show, and i especially like their different drumming, which reminded me almost of deathrockish drums at some points, very unique:


Next band i saw was Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving. Not knowing much of them, i was up for a surprise, and what a big one! Let me put it this way: they won me over in the first minute and i can fairly say, that they are the biggest discovery for me at this festival. The concept of mixing post-rock with piano, is not new, but i have never seen it performed like in this concert. The pianist was smashing the keys as if he was an drummer. Insane energy! This made the whole concert very entertaining, but of course also the music itself was awesome. I am very glad i attended their first ever show in Europe and i hope i will have the chance to see them live much more in the future:


After this exciting show i went upstairs to have a glimpse at the concert of [Bolt]. I was happy to see that all people sat down on the ground to get in the perfect mood for a drone-session. Great that this works with the audience of this festival, sitting on the floor at a drone-/ambient-show just makes the concert-experience perfect, but it never was an option at various concerts i have attended in the past - but i surely wished for it.

I was too pumped for drones (means relaxing) right now, so i skipped this show and went to the downstairs-stage to wait for Kwoon to play.

I totally dig the album "The Guillotine Show" of Kwoon, so i was excited to see them live. I was really looking forward to their performance, especially "Emily Was A Queen" which can be described as a grand post-rock opera. But after the first songs, i realized that this show wasnt as epic as i imagined. Maybe i suspected too much, but their live-set just didnt worked out for me. I am not really sure what was wrong, but i was missing the power behind the riffs - the whole show a general soft mood to it, and even the outbursts seemed weak to me. I am sure lots of other people enjoyed it, the band seemed like nice guys, but i was a bit disappointed:


After a longer break i went upstairs to see Fire Walk With Us. I listened for their records like a maniac beforehand, so this concert was a must. They play more post-metal then post-rock which was a nice change of direction that day. The shows on the upstairs-stage seem way less impressive, which basically has to do with the lack of professional lights but still, FWWU played an awesome show. The intimacy of this small stage really worked well for them - it was a very energetic show. I loved the harshness of their music and the doublebass-parts were just perfect. The audience got bigger with every track and they received an well deserved big applause at the end. Hope to see them again:


Then my highlight of the evening took place downstairs: Maserati. I had never seen them live so i was curious on what to expect. Their show was pretty focused on the drums so, he drummer was placed close to the audience in the middle of the stage, the guitarists on the left and the right. The light-engineer really gave its best at this show, making it look like an slick 80s action-movie. What i didnt expect was how powerful Maseratis guitars come across at some time - almost creating walls of noise at the peak of the songs. Like “A Place To Bury Strangers combined with Knight Rider" would be a good description for a Maserati-concert. I was very satisfied with the show and will see them live again very soon - and so should you:


Normally my second festival-day would have been over at this point, but since i planned on sleeping indoors again at the downstairs-stage i had to wait until the last concert was done.
The last show happened to be from Drums Are For Parades. A band i have never heard of before so i wondered why they were placed at the headlining timeslot. According to the much smaller audience then at the concerts before, i wasnt alone with that. But since i had nothing better to do I i watched the concert. They played some Turbonegro-type of metal and i am sorry to say, it did not work for me. They felt out of place at this festival. Or maybe you need to be from belgium to get it.

After the concert the hall cleared quickly and everyone went to set up camp for the night. A certain routine set in so i could go to sleep even quicker then the day before.

Day 3

On the last day we even had just 7 hours sleep until the lights got switched on. But this was the fault of the time zone shift.
I was very exhausted, so after packing up my stuff, the first thing to do this day, was to move to the car to get some more sleep. Luckily i had some time left and the temperatures were already warmer outside.

Few minutes before the first concert on my schedule, i woke up. The band i was waiting for was Heirs, one of the main-reasons i drove to this festival. Their early timeslot was not very complimentary, so i hoped it still would work out well for them, with a crowd of sleepy metalheads in the front-rows.
Last time i've seen heirs was an amazing experience: they played in an unused wine-cellar in Esslingen. Best venue ever, small but intimate, with the perfect dark mood and a dusty dirt-floor. This surely was hard to top, but regarding the big and professional stage at the dunk!festival i had high hopes as well. And i wasnt disappointed. Heirs played a set right out of hell. With extreme fog for the first tracks their shadowy presence appeared very mighty on the red coloured stage.

They definitely have been the most serious and badass band at this festival. I loved the expressions of those people in the audience who certainly hadnt seen them before and therefore probably didnt knew what to expect.
This was again a Heirs-show i will keep in mind for a long time, seems like those guys never disappoint. It was truly a remarkable ritual, so unique with a novel style of the light-engineer - a true genius.
I will see them again every time i have the chance, luckily i have already 2 more dates added to my calendar for this year. Without a surprise it was a:


Unfortunately the festival-life showed its effects. I was more tired then awake and my breaks got longer and longer. I mean we have been lucky that it was no hot summer-festival. But still - spending whole days just watching concerts gets very exhausting. Therefore i skipped lots more bands then i usually had planned. I wanted to see much more, but then i decided i just concentrate on the bands i was really looking forward to, but therefore somewhat relaxed.

So skipping 3 bands, i was ready for My Education. I love their records so i surely looked forward to their gig, but on the same time, they had a hard slot, playing right after Heirs. And this was a bit of a problem. No band at this festival had the power and stage-presence like Heirs, so the show of My Education was just a simple concert without a wow-effect at that time. But nevertheless, i enjoyed it very much, they just know how to play their instruments. Lots of songs of their newest record got played, and the show got better with every song. The projections worked really well and fitted perfectly for the big stage. I knew i had to see them again without all the impressions of the festival, and gladly i did it a week later (read review here). The gig at the dunk!festival gets a proper:


So, with my permanent condition of being tired, it fitted perfectly to catch the show of Syndrome. Being a member of Amenra, the one-man-band already got my attention beforehand, but i had no time to give his music a listen in advance. So i went to the upstairs-stage without any expectations. Which turned out to be a good thing, because apparently the show works perfectly if you dont know what you will witness.
Everyone sat down on the floor, so i got in the mood of a relaxing hour of sitting and listening. Exactly what my tired bones needed.

He went on stage, sat down and began with his looping drones and ambient sounds in front of moody projections. The ambient part overtopped the drones so i got into a sleepy mode and even nodded of for a few minutes at the half of the set. It was just too relaxing. Just half awake i followed the last minutes of the show until i got a big wake up call. Suddenly, out of nothing, after setting the audience in a relaxing trance-mode for about 40 minutes, some harsh riffing guitars set it. This took me (and probably some others in the audience) totally by surprise which definitely had a great effect. Big walls of rhythmic industrial noise and hard metal got unloaded over the poor sleepy people on the floor. This truly could not have had a better timing. the unexpected loud sounds created a real musical experience, a concert with a twist, that you cant reproduce in that way. You just had to be a part of it. I will keep this show in mind for a long time:

The last concert for me and the closing show for the festival, was iliketrains at the downstairs-stage. I had seen them few months before in Cologne so i knew what to expect. After having some technical issues on stage (which no one really bothered) they delivered an awesome show. Only thing i dont get, is why is the voice of the singer always not loud enough? I mean always because in Cologne i had the same issue, but then again, maybe the band wants it that way. Besides that and some minor technical difficulties at the beginning the concert was just perfect. Their setlist was phenomenal, no fillers - just killers. And i had their last concert much more quiet in my mind, maybe they played a special more post-rock oriented show for this occasion- very powerful. They totally nailed it and ended the festival with a bang:


I can summarize the dunk!festival as the best festival i've ever been to (a lot). Everything just worked out well and there was an very friendly mood in the air all the time. Plus i remember that i only saw 2 drunks at the whole festival, the audiences main goal was certainly the music. Post-rockers seem to be the best bunch (friendly and civilized) of people anyways. I was really surprised that no security was needed, so no one checked your bags, you were allowed to take glassbottles, food, cameras etc inside – but it worked out. Sure, someone could have taken advantage of that or get some stupid ideas, but no one did, because everyone in the audience was a serious music enthusiast. I am proud of the scene and the organizers for the trust they had and that they got proved right. The first festival i visited without any kinds of troublemakers or problems.
Hard to believe actually that such an great festival seems to be so unknown. Everyone interrested in the music should definitely change that and be there next year.

Where else do you get this:
- Perfet flawless organisation
- Almost no waiting-time before the shows
- No overlapping bands
- Great sound
- Spectacular Lightshow (The light-engineer should get a medal btw.)
- Free Coffe
- Free Breakfast
- Free (fast) Wifi
- Free Powerstations to charge your batteries
- Free Sleepingplaces
- Clean Toilets - No Dixies!
- Lockers
- No long distances between the venues
- Bring your own food & drinks if you want
- You are allowed to film and take pictures - even with dslrs
- And last but not least: a great collection of bands .

So a big thanks you for the organizers for creating such a great festival, please continue.
I am a regular visitor for now on. Until next year.

Much more Live-Videos from this Festival on my Youtubechannel:

A lot more Photos on my Facebook:


Corrections House - Hoax The System

This new band is like the masterclass of dark metal. With members of neurosis, nachtmystium etc., correction house gets called a "superband" for a reason. They just realeased their first 7inch and their industrial metal is totally awesome. I hope the wait for the full-length is not too long.

Buy it here for less than 2 euros:


And So I Watch You From Afar [07.04.2013 | Strom München]


And So I Watch You From Afar
07.04.2013 | Strom München

Auf dieses Konzert hab ich nun wirklich lange gewartet. Bereits im letzten Herbst wolle die Band in Deutschland touren was aber aus gesundheitlichen Gründen abgesagt wurde. Am Sonntag war es dann soweit und der Nachholtermin der Instrumental-Rocker stand in München an. Ich muss sagen, das warten hat sich gelohnt. Nach 2 guten Vorbands (die allerdings nirgends angekündigt wurden - sowas nervt) betrat ASIWYFA die Bühne des angenehm gefüllten Strom Clubs. Mit "Eunoia" und „Big Thinks Do Remarkable“ als gleicher Opener wie auf der „All Hail Bright Futures“-Platte wurde die Latte gleich hochgesetzt. Doch die Qualität blieb durchgehend an der Spitze. Das Publikum hatte richtig Bock und die Band nahm das euphorisch an - was man auch immer wieder an den Danksagungen zwischen den Liedern entnehmen konnte.

Die Zeit verging sehr schnell es wurden viele neue Songs gespielt aber auch die alten Klassiker und kurz vor 24uhr verabschiedete sich die Band - auf eine Zugabe musste das Publikum aber vergebens warten. Trotzdem, solide:


Live Videos:

Teen - [08.04.2013 | Schocken Stuttgart]


08.04.2013 | Schocken Stuttgart

Gerade mal eine Handvoll Besucher haben es in den Keller des Club Schocken am Montagabend geschafft um die New Yorker Shoegaze-Girls von Teen zu sehen. Leider nix neues für Stuttgart, da kommen absolute Untergrund-Perlen in die Stadt aber keine Sau interessierts. Als Veranstalter hätte ich in dieser Region schon längst das Handtuch geworfen. Immerhin wurde der Negativrekord von 3 zahlenden Besuchern wie damals bei „Let’s Wrestle“ nicht geknackt. Trotzdem waren die Umstände nicht wirklich schmeichelhaft für die Band. Der Soundmann verfluchte den Sound („everything is kaputt“), den ich aber meistens in Ordnung fand; daß es so dunkel war dass man die Band gar nicht richtig sah störte mich jedoch mehr. Nichts desto trotz hatten die par Leutchen im Publikum ihren Spaß, die Band evtl auch, nur bewerten möchte ich dieses Konzert nicht, da es unter anderen Umständen um ein vielfaches besser gewesen wäre – denn gute Musik machen die Mädels ja.
Keine Punkte diesmal, höchstens ein:

Schäm dich, Stuttgart.

Trotzdem, absolute Empfehlung:

Live (viel zu dunkel):


My Education [05.04.2013 | Komma Esslingen]


My Education
05.04.2013 | Komma Esslingen

Nur fünf Tage war es her, dass ich My Education bereits live auf dem Dunk!festival gesehen habe. Obwohl das neue Album sehr genial ist, muss ich gestehen dass die Performance auf dem Festival keinen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen hat. Sie haben zwar solide gespielt, mussten sich aber mit zu vielen Größen des Post-Rock messen.
Nichts desto trotz, nahm ich das Konzert dankend an und freute mich darauf, sie in kleinem Rahmen nochmal zu sehen. Und klein war genau der richtige Ausdruck. Wegen der vielen Mitglieder, hatte ich ja vermutet dass sie auf der grossen Bühne im Komma spielten aber vor Ort wurde schnell klar dass es sich sowieso (leider) nicht gelohnt hätte. Gerade mal um die 15 Besucher waren da, und so wurde selbst der kleine Konzertraum nichtmal annähernd gefüllt. Das tat mir wirklich leid für die texanischen Post-Rocker, aber irgendwie war es vorrauszusehen, denn zum einen spielen sie Spartenmusik, sind in Selbiger nicht so sehr bekannt und schliesslich gibts im Suttgarter Raum eh zu wenig Leute mit dem richtigen Musikgeschmack...
Die Band hat sich jedoch nichts anmerken lassen und behandelte die Handvoll im Publikum genauso wie hunderte Leute auf dem Dunk!festival. Zwei Bandmitglieder mussten sogar mit Verletzungen kämpfen aber spielten trotzdem - Hut ab dafür. Das gespielte Set kannte ich ja bereits aber es trat trotzdem das ein worauf ich heimlich gehofft hatte: es war ein viel besseres Konzert. Es war episch. Es ist eben schon ein Unterschied ob man ein Konzert auf grosser Bühne aus der "Ferne" sieht oder ob die Musiker 1 Meter vor einem stehen. Gerade da es sich um lauten Post-Rock hielt, machten die intimen Umstände dieses Konzert zu einem einmalig intensiven Musikerlebnis. Live haben My Education genauso eine Durchschlagkraft wie GY!BE und andere gefeierte Grössen, und wenn man so eine musikalische Wand zum greifen nahe in einem wohnzimmergrossen Raum erlebt, dann ist das schon etwas ganz besonderes. Eine Konzerterfahrung die wohl die wenigsten auf der Tour gemacht haben.
Das machte natürlich den Umstand der fehlenden Besucher mehr als wieder gut und die bBand hatte sichtlich Spass am spielen.
Nach dem fast schon perfekten Konzert, deckten sich die Musiker mit Getränken ein, verkauften etwas Merch und holten generell erstmal Luft. Jetzt kam aber das eigentliche i-Tüpfelchen des Abends:
Die Band spielte für die Leute die immer noch da waren ein weiteres 20-Minuten-Set. Ein Konzert nach dem Konzert. Das sind dann vielleicht die Privilegien die man hat, wenn so wenige im Publikum sind dass es sich schon fast nichtmehr wie ein Konzert sondern wie eine Privatsession im Proberaum anfühlt. Damit haben My Education jedenfalls auch noch die allerletzten Sympathiepunkte eingeheimst und so geht es gar nicht anders als dem Abend die volle Punktzahl zu geben. Eine Schande für jeden der es verpasst hat:



Das neue Album (absolute Empfehlung):


Adam Green & Binki Shapiro [04.04.2013 | Zoom Frankfurt]


Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
04.04.2013 | Zoom Frankfurt

Seit den Moldy Peaches höre ich nun Adam Green und doch hat es so viele Jahre gedauert bis ich mal die Chance hatte ein Konzert von ihm zu besuchen. Adam Green tourt gerade zusammen mit der Sängerin Binki Shapiro mit der er kürzlich ein Album rausgebracht hat. Die Platte gefällt mir wirklich sehr gut, es sind einige Hits drauf und keine wirklichen Füller. Der abwechselnde Gesang der beiden verströmt einen deutlichen 70er Charme und vor allem das Lied "What’s the Reward" könnte der perfekte Soundtrack für einen Las Vegas Casino-Thriller sein. Es ist definitiv Adams bravstes und massentauglichstes Album und so verwunderte es mich nicht dass der Zoom Club in Frankfurt sehr gut gefüllt war. Mit fünfköpfiger Band betraten die Beiden die Bühne und spielten die ersten Lieder von "Adam Green & Binki Shapiro" (Name des Albums). Obwohl es im Vorfeld anscheinend Technikprobleme gab, merkte ich davon nichts. Der Sound war super, klar verständlich und hatte die perfekte Lautstärke. Nur ein Feature des Zoom Clubs fiel mir von Anfang an negativ auf: Hinter der Bühne hing eine grün/orangene Scheinwerferreihe die das komplette Konzert über ins Publikum leuchtete und (je nach Standort) ziemlich blendete. Selbst Binkis Bitte nach dem ersten Lied, die Lichter zu dimmen, hatte nur für ein par Minuten Erfolg.
Davon abgesehen lieferten die beiden ein solides Konzert ab, denn soweit ich das mitbekommen habe, wurden alle Lieder des Albums gespielt. Zwischen den Titeln lies Adam seine bekannten Entertainerfähigkeiten glänzen und brachte alle zum Lachen. Komischerweise übertrug sich diese Stimmung nicht auf die musikalische Performance. Die beiden waren sehr reserviert bei den Liedern und Binki wirkte sogar etwas genervt. Spielfreude sieht anders aus und so hielt sich auch die Euphorie der Besucher in Grenzen.
Zum Glück, und zur Freude Aller, spielte Adam zwischendurch einige seiner alten Stücke, was deutlich mehr Anklang beim Publikum fand. Da hatte er auch auf einmal sichtlich Spaß und war wie ausgewechselt: tanzte auf der Bühne rum und schaffte sogar Crowdsurfing bis zum Soundmann und zurück.
Diese unterschiedlichen Stimmungen brachten mich auf eine Theorie: vielleicht hat die Band vor dem Konzert einfach ordentlich was geraucht, was bei Adam eben sein skurriles Benehmen auslöst, während Binki es nicht vertragen hat und einfach träge wurde.
Adams Momente waren ganz klar die Highlights die das sonst eher langweilige Konzert gerettet haben. Nur wegen Ihm gibts also:


Live Videos:


Soap&Skin - Sugarbread

Damn, this new Soap&Skin EP is really awesome. The Opening Track "Sugarbread" is pretty dark and experimental. The other songs are going a more slower route, but every song is equally good. Give it a listen.