Archiv für Juni, 2008

REAGAN YOUTH at Clash, 06/28/2008

Posted in Allgemein with tags , on Juni 28, 2008 by mischalke04

Tonight I went to see Reagan Youth simply because they played only 5 minutes from where I live and because they are one of the inventors of political hardcore punk. But to be honest I had pretty much made up my mind about the whole affair beforehand, so I didn`t even bring my camera. I did not get disappointed. It was everything I despise about the current punk scene. The „real“ punk scene. The big one. Not the small, insignificant scene where I feel at home.

While I was watching, I made a list in my head of all the wrongs that I saw there:

1. Once you went into the place the bouncers wouldn`t let you back out. Bouncers always make me feel like I`m going into a place that is so dangerous that it needs bouncers to protect me from it. A bad feeling to start with. Not letting people out again is common practice in bigger venues but the Clash is a punk club with a very bad ventilation system. A couple of hundred people sweating, made it really hot inside and you could see the smoke staying in the air and not moving. Okay, the smoke was coming from my cigarettes but I would have gone outside to smoke if they had let me. It was no fun.

2.The minute Reagan Youth started, the worst kind of bullies, Berlin`s punk scene has to offer, dominated the „pit“. Shirtless, bald-headed macho idiots. You have all seen the type before. I`m not going to have fun dancing with those kind of people. Yea, they moshed really hard…

3.The two surviving members of Reagan Youth, two regular looking dudes, had made a very bad choice in recruiting the new young, punk-looking singer. It was like punk rock karaoke. If you remember the voice of Reagan Youth you`ll remember the hatred, spitting out the words to every song. Songs like „Are you happy“ and „U.S.A for Anarchy“ were sneering, dissatisfied, angry punk rock. That was what was great about these songs. This new guy was only singing along. And everybody with him…

Any singer of any band that is playing the current diy hc punk scene today, could have blown him off the stage in a second. In my opinion, one of the most special things about diy hc punk music is, is that it is still the only music where true anger, despair and grief about the conditions we live in, are expressed with credibility and without posing. These are genuine human emotions that can not and should not be faked.

In a way it was good, that I went. It confirmed my belief, that our little scene, as insignificant and small it may be and as much as I`m at odds with a lot of things that are going on in it, is still the best little scene there is.


Posted in ATTACK! VIPERS!, SKITKIDS, THE RATS with tags , , , , , on Juni 25, 2008 by mischalke04

Last night was another summer highlight for the Berlin scene. Three out of town bands played at KOMA F, one of our nicest places in the basement of KÖPI. About 50 to 70 people showed up. A pretty good good turn-out for a Tuesday night.

So the room was already full when ATTACK! VIPERS! from England took the stage, or rather chose the floor for the stage. I was standing in first row and they immediately brought a smile to my face with their His Hero Is Gone-style hardcore that rolled into some really steamin, brutal hardcore. That smile stayed there for the rest of their set. Great band!

Next up were The Rats from Sweden who had been to Berlin at least four times. It really showed in the crowds response and some people were singing along to their „hits“. They really surprised me because I had bought the two 7″es that Andi Thrashbastard put out, and while those records are fine, they do not compare to the out-of-control hardcore that The Rats play live. They immediately got the crowd going and it was a lot of fun dancing to The Rats.

Finally Skitkids came out and presented their Swedish brand of crusty rock`n`roll and it was a BLAST! from start to finish. I had wanted to see them for some years and they didn`t disappoint at all. They were maybe a bit sloppy musically but made up for it in sheer energy and presence. The crowd was a whirlwind and everybody was havin fun. At one point I climbed on a little step next to the rack of speakers to take some of these shots that you see here. Some of the guys suggested I stage-dive from there and promised to catch me. Well, they did but a couple of seconds in the air some people dropped me and I hit the ground real hard. Yea, I know… my girlfriend has been making fun of me all day.

These are the kind of shows that make this the best rock`n`roll scene in town. And while some punks might object to that term, hey, why do you think they called it Maximum Rock`n`Roll some 30 years ago?!

Skitkids have a new 12″ out on Hate records that shows them at their rockin and rollinest so far. I don`t think you need to be a messiah to predict this style is going to be copied soon by some young good-looking fellows and propelled into the mainstream. If they can pull it off. Right now the unpretentious punks of Skitkids have this style of crust`n`roll nailed down!

After the show outside, the singer from ATTACK! VIPERS! came up to me, shook my hand, thanked me and said that my smile had save the show for him. I said, that it was them who`d made me smile and he went his way. Like I said: this is the greatest little rock`n`roll scene there is!

Here are some more shots from the bands ( double-click on any of the images and they will get much bigger )