Last night everybody went to a new space for shows called the Turm (tower). And a tower it is. The shows take place on the fifth floor of a high tower in a industrial area in Neukölln. Not the usual area for punk shows so everybody came for the first time and it felt like a school trip with only the nice people from the scene showing up. And quite a lot of people did show. It was a interesting change from the usual crappy, wet basements that we love so much. It was as if we would all start from scratch with no random drunks coming in, not knowing what is going on in the first place…

First band was ANTI MOB from Athens, Greece and they were quite good, sorta like TRAGEDY or MÖNSTER, our local crust rockers. Ragin`stuff!anti-mob

Second were MASSHYSTERI, a great poppish punk band with real well written songs as can be expected from such Swedish veterans.

Soaking wet and thirsty from dancing I went to get something to drink. I was at the bar when MASSHYSTERI started playing their anthem „Masshysteri“, actually a song from their former band THE VICIOUS. As you can see on the video, I tried to get back to the front as fast as possible. The woman from the merch-table is singing…

The last band to play was AUTISTIC YOUTH from Portland. They sound a lot like THE OBSERVERS but younger and more energetic. They have great melodies and play fast!

I had hoped for a little more action on the dance floor but you can not have everything. As A.C. pointed out, the difference to all the other little underground scenes, is that the d.i.y. scene is mainly made up of people who are doing something themselves. So maybe some felt like they had done their part already. Although I still think that you should at least rock as hard as the band that is playing. And that goes double for bands that come from countries as far away as Greece. Do you think people stand with their backs to a wall when a German band makes it to Athens?

But those are just minor bickerings. It was a great night with great bands and great people. Let`s hope this place stays open a while and the people let a little more loose next time…

Thanks to Stefan, the FAMILY MAN gang and everybody else for managing the place and to Andi Thrashbastard for bringing the bands!

Eine Antwort to “ANTI MOB, MASSHYSTERI and AUTISTIC YOUTH at the TURM 06/30/2008”

  1. Henry Crudos Says:

    Thanks for the kind remarks about the venue and such, Andi!

    To me it was one Janus face of a night. It was the first hardcore gig in the big room on the one to top floor and the gig itself was great. A lot of nice folk turned up (among them such unexpected presences as from Goran), including the owners of pure rocker bar „Rock Scheune“ from down the street, and everybody in the audience was in a good mood and seemed to enjoy themselves. Admittedly, the dancing part was a bit lame, probably due to the 200+ steps people had to climb up to get to the room. The bands were great, with AY probably my favourite, although I must say I didn’t see a lot of Masshysteri (for other duties, unfortunately). Thankfully the new mixing desk worked without problems, and when the pigs showed up (as usual) they could easily be sent away after one half-open window was closed. So all good on this side, and it was great to see a lot of people at our little project that I’ve never seen outside Köpi before ;-).

    The downside of it all was well hidden behind the scenes, so to speak, and included quarrels within the Turm collective itself, the suboptimal sound in the room (it’s just too big as it is, without any sound-proofing or proper sound absorbption) and the schedule. As we didn’t recognise how much time it would cost to bring up the backline via the self-made freight elevator, we continued running later and later, with several things that needed attending to left aside. So yea, it was pretty stressful for all of us in the collective, but this was the first step in a continuing learning process and things will hopefully running much smoother next time around.

    All in all it HAS been a great night and a good start for a pretty much brand-new location for the DIY hardcore scene. The story continues on 15 July with THE FIGHT (totally pissed off hardcore with a lot to say about (dis)gender issues and good old Wolfi of Tangled Lines fame behind the drums (the rest is from or near Warsaw)), UNQUIET (ex-Emmy’s Empire from Berlin with intricate hardcore) and Berlin young team thrashers APE ATTACK! If we’re lucky, we may be able to set the gig up in a room on the second floor for the very last time, which is much better in sound quality and size. We’ll see. Hope to see youse there!

    Thanks to Löwe, Andi, Mario and Rolf for bringing the package to our premises and Andi for another 1st class report. To be continued…

    Henry Crudos

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