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Attention!!!: Show moved to „Lokal“

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on Oktober 30, 2009 by mischalke04

ATTENTION!!!: SHOW MOVED TO „LOKAL“ (Rosenthaler Str.71, Berlin-Mitte) auf 2 BÜHNEN (!!!) um „20.00UHR“ mit:

SKRÄCK (HC-Crust/ L.E.) ,  SICK TIMES (Hardcore/ Sachsen),  GEWAPEND BETON (HC-Punk/ NL),  BRAT PACK (HC-Thrash/ NL),  „MxVxDx“ (Crust-Grind/ Berlin),  „Krystal Meth“ (Hardcore/ Berlin) ,  „RoadKillZombies“ (Punkrock/ Berlin),  „Sonic Booze Machine“ (HC-Metal/ Berlin) ,  „Peacebastard“ (Radau/ Berlin)

Das Spektakel wird auf 2 Bühnen stattfinden, dann sind die Pausen zwischen den Bands auch auf das Mininum reduziert.


Social Circkle are one of the best bands of the new early 80´s Hardcore scene. Yes, their retro but so what, they´re fuckin´ragin´. Hope they´re still on fire when they hit Koma F on this their last day of the tour…

Family Man are the best Berlin Hardcore band right now. Intelligent, tight, melodic and they always put on a great show. Plus they are a pretty good-looking bunch… yea, I know you´re too cool to care for these things…

This will probably be the show of the month! Don´t miss…



OUT ON A LIMB from Chemnitz write some really good songs! Their EP on Thrashbastard Records is full of catchy hardcore anthems!

DRAMAMIME share some band members with PRESSGANG and IDLE HANDS but these guys are way more rockin´…

Me like very much!!!

Sounds like a cool show December 4th at Koma F!!!

I don´t wanna see my face in the web!

Posted in BAD BRAINS, KADDAFYS REVENGE, SPERMBIRDS, THE DEPRAVED with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by mischalke04


I will not be taking any more  photos at Koma F in the future.  Some people at Koma F seem to not like photos being taken,  so I will not bring my camera any more. Nobody has talked to me directly so far but I saw this poster on Saturday and it pretty much says it all.

I feel kind of sad because Koma F is the only place I regularly go to and I always enjoyed taking photos there.  But I respect the fact that people don´t want to see their faces on the Internet. And I agree that the ways of the Internet are  weird and pose a lot of questions that I don´t have an answer to either.

Although it will make this blog at least visually bankrupt, it doesn´t have to be the end of it. There are still a lot of possibilities. I still haven´t done a lot of things that I had in mind when I started this site: interviews with local activists and bands, stories about local record stores, reviews of local records and much more. And maybe I´ll make a photocopied fanzine with my old photos,  but I don´t want to fuel some people´s paranoia any longer by holding a camera.

On the other hand the photos were the main reason to start Berlin Diy Hc Punk. Two years ago my computer broke down and killed a lot of photos I had taken at Köpi from around 2003-2007. Köpi was still  Crust-Capital back then and I was really pissed that all this documentation was lost forever. So to save at least all the new photos I was making,  I started this blog.

In late 1985 I took the first photos at  Punk/Hardcore shows  in Hamburg with a camera I had bought from the money I saved from my new job. I was really inspired by Glen E. Friedman´s „My Rules„-Photozine, that I had ordered directly from Friedman from an add that ran in Flipside Fanzine.


And of course I had seen Ed Colver´s shots of the early California Hardcore scene. Around 1985/86 the Hardcore scene in Europe was in full swing and I liked the idea of documenting our local scene. Later my photos appeared in fanzines, among them the first Trust & Maximum Rock´n´Roll photo-zine “ Welcome to Cruise Country“ that came out in 1987.


This  one below is one of my photos that was printed in that photozine. The local Hamburg band Kaddafys Revenge playing at a small bar called  Let´s Rock, that was the home of the hardcore scene for about 6 months. Taken December 2nd, 1986. Their vocalist Goliath ist still active in the Hamburg Punk scene today:


Actually I never gave away my original photo-negatives, but I once did give these to a  guy from Hamburg who collected the photos for Trust & Maximum Rock´n´Roll – photozine. I never got them back. He moved to Berlin shortly after and made headline-news because he threw his new-born baby out of the window in a drug-crazed fit. What a tragedy.

Another shot of Kaddafys Revenge from the same show at Let´s Rock, Hamburg, December 1986:


By 1986 the diy scene got more and more international and we saw groups like Ignition, Government Issue from Washington D.C. , Kina from Italy and the Depraved from England at Let´s Rock. This is from the Depaved show, February 12th 1987 at Let´s Rock, Hamburg. Some unknown kid in a Stupids shirt, that travelled with the Depraved:


For me it has never been about the artistic side of photography. I was always torn between rockin´ out and standing still to get an interesting image that I thought best captured that moment. And I still am today: I come all sweaty from the pit and then try to hold my breath to concentrate on the photography. To get right back into the action after that. I was dancing like crazy to all of these bands. I never stood on the side only to watch. I always danced and I still do. Who could´ve stood still to the Spermbirds when their classic first LP just came out? I knew all their lyrics by heart. I took this photo of  the Spermbirds when they first played in Hamburg at Störtebeker/Hafenstrasse, April 4th 1987.


My best photos were always the ones that captured the interaction between the band and the audience. I never wanted to take photos of boys with instruments. That´s just plain boring. I would really like to catch a couple making-out at a Hardcore show but in reality that never happens. It´s mostly boys. But once they start dancing and letting loose of all that anger and energy, it still makes for some great moments and images. From the same Spermbirds show at Störtebeker, Hamburg-Hafenstrasse. Störtebeker is still the home of the Hamburg Diy Hardcore Punk scene :


The special thing about this scene is, as I´ve written before and told everyone I know a million times,  the fact that the kids do it all themselves. Including the actual performance of what is the show. A good hardcore show is one, where you don´t know who is the audience and who is the band anymore. Most of the time it´s the audience who makes the show. I don´t remember where I took this next photo or what bands played but I´m pretty sure it was in 1987 and it was only local bands. We did celebrate our own little bands as much as we did the out-of-towners:


Just like all the other photos that I´ve posted on this blog over the past  year, I know most people on these photos: they were the people I danced with, skated with and hung out with. Some were close friends,  others I knew only loosely. But it was and it still is a relatively small group of people who make-up the hard-core of the scene. I always felt comfortable to document the  little games we played within that intimate group of people. From the same show. Some unknown punks circa 1987:


I will not be reduced to only shooting band members. That´s the antithesis ot what I think is great about Punk and Hardcore. I always hated these types of (mostly professional) photographers at mainstream rock- shows that seem to be occupied with capturing the sweat on the singers lips or just the right kind of shading on his face in half-profile, while all the real action goes on behind their backs. You´ve got to be real cold-blooded to stand still all the time for doing that kind of photography. You´re simply not a rocker. Or not a dancer. But this music is basically made for dancing so it comes down to the same thing: if your´re not moving you are not really moved by the music. It still puzzles me how I managed to hold that balance between getting bruised and battered in the pit and operating the delicate mechanism of the camera.

This one I took of the Bad Brains at Markthalle/Hamburg, May 22nd 1987. My friend Henna Peschel had the shot where H.R. was hanging head-down in the air, doing his famous back-flip. He stood still for a long time to get that shot. We knew H.R. was going to do it but you had to know when. There was an art to it, to anticipate just when the vocalists of SNFU and the Instigators were about to jump really  high. Henna always managed. Too bad all his thousands  of amazing photos still gather dust in his basement. It´s a real treasure that needs to be unearthed sometime.

I don´t even know how I managed to take this shot. I was flippin´out in the pit to the BAD BRAINS:


This scene has always been maintained by people who are in a transitional phase. They stay in the Punk scene from their late teens to their late twenties. Then they move on to do other things. Very few are lifers. It´s always been like that, otherwise we wouldn´t be 50 people at the show every week but 1000s. Some people always leave the scene and new faces appear. Time goes by so quickly and I think it would be a great loss if we would only be able to remember this time we spent together and the feelings we had, by some photos of some boys with guitars.

Interestingly the only requests that I did get  from people who read this blog, were not to take pictures down, but to post more images that showed them. Most people seem to be happy to see photos of themselves  at a show that they really enjoyed. The same goes for the old photos. I still get requests from people some 20 years later about some photos showing them at a time they have a lot of nice memories of. I´m pretty sure that twenty years from now a lot of people will feel the same way about the photos I´ve posted on Berlin Diy Hc Punk so far.

The funny thing is, that this blog only gets about 30 hits every day anyway. As opposed to my other blog Berlin Beatet Bestes that gets around 500. Of those 30 people a majority probably search for any kind of Punk or Berlin and leave immediately after they see all these names of bands they have never heard of.  Nobody really fucking cares about our  little insignificant scene, but ourselves. So why do I even bother to write all this?  Because I am still really passionate about this scene and all the nice people who make it. It´s still the best little scene there is.

See you at the show!

Andreas Michalke

Don´t forget to scroll further down for info on upcoming Berlin Diy hc Punk shows…

LIMP WRIST at Köpi, July 1, 2009

Posted in LIMP WRIST with tags , , , , , on Juli 3, 2009 by mischalke04

We had been waiting to see them for many years, so when they finally did, the room exploded. Hundreds of people showed up and it was a great atmosphere at Köpi. It was so damn hot inside and no ventilation whatsoever but that didn´t keep anyone from rockin´ out. Limp Wrist are the most important Hardcore Punk band of this decade and this was the best Berlin Hardcore Punk show this  summer.

The show was a benefit in support of the Queer Wagenplatz Schwarzer Kanal that is currently facing eviction and to raise funds for the Queer Music Festival Up Your Ears. So this wonderful night was also successful in that respect.

Don´t forget to scroll further down for more upcoming Berlin Hardcore Punk shows…


THE FIGHT, UNQUIET, APE ATTACK! at Turm, 15/7/2008

Posted in APE ATTACK!, THE FIGHT, UNQUIET with tags , , , , , on Juli 16, 2008 by Henry Crudos

Finally I get to write something for this blog. I have meant to do it for ages, but then the opportunity never arose cos Andi is so darn quick or perhaps I just don’t go to enough gigs. But here it is, anyway. But before I start: all photos were taken by Wolli and stolen by me from I’ll tell them about it in a minute though, promise!

So, this gig yesterday was the 3rd DIY hardcore gig at our neat little venue Der Turm, and it’s sharing the top fave spot with Valhalla Pacifists, Fuck With Fire and A Bit Of Braindead in April. As I was one of the folk organizing the gig this might be a slightly different stance from something written by anyone „just“ there to see the gig.

I was really thrilled for this opportunity to put on THE FIGHT, a) because Wolfi is in them and he and the Dresden Mosh Crew have done an awful lot for us in the past and b) (I guess this should be a) really) THE FIGHT are one of my absolutely most favourite hardcore bands and have been for quite a while. I met them first when we played our first gig with them at the KOMA F back in the day and I’ve been in love with them ever since. So yea, the day came and I was still pretty shattered from driving down from London and arriving the night before, but I managed to hang some more Molton with Mikki Sikk and Machine over the windows on the top floor and welcome the band before kicking off to cook an African chili and Muffins for the bands, realising that next time I really will need bigger pots. Back at the venue most was all set up nicely and the backline had been brought up with our DIY freight elevator. After setting up the P.A. and a quick soundcheck with UNQUIET people started arriving and so did the pigs. Some neighbour had called them which was no big news since that’s happened with every single thing we’ve done in the place so far, but this time it was only 10 p.m. and they were asking for a council permit. Which we didn’t have, obviously. I managed to send them back off (a lot of people won’t like this, but they were cool enough pigs and didn’t want to hassle us really, and in fact they never have before, so here’s for A.C.A.B.) and extract the information that the bastard/ess calling them in wasn’t the one we had expected but apparently lived on the other side of the building. Meaning, we had hung up all the molton on the wrong side of the room.

Anyway, when UNQUIET from Berlin hit the stage (i.e. the floor), some 60 people were there and although we had to get up the band’s arse several times to turn down the amps still a bit more, the crowd, themselves and we enjoyed their set. Although the only people „dancing“ were the very friendly hobo-type man off the street and UNQUIET’s singer. UNQUIET play intricate hardcore, which probably would have been termed „screamo“ in past decades if it wasn’t for the growling voice. The set was one heavy fucker and really groovy. So DIY gig collectives, get in touch with them, they’re well worth it: Unfortunately I grew more anxious by the minute should the pigs be back and shut the gig down as they had promised if we wouldn’t produce the council permit.



Up next were APE ATTACK!, also from our beloved metropolis. They are closely connected (i.e. share members) with A BIT OF BRAINDEAD and CIRCLE KIT, all of which are really good bands, and represent something like the new generation of Berlin hardcore. Meaning, they are just not as old and boring as the rest of us are. They play youth (sic!) crew-ish hardcore with crew shouts and they always bring in a lot of the hardcore young team which get circle pits and a bit of the old two step dancing going, but in a very relaxed and totally un-tough way, with both biological sexes involved. A very nice momentum at gigs, when no one is threatened to get their head kicked in, everybody is having fun and even the drunkest and most run-down of attendees is treated with respect and care. Notwithstanding they’re (admittedly male) youthful energy, joking song comments and general thrashiness, they seem to have real good lyrics (from what I could grasp) and are definitely much wiser than I was some ten years ago. To me they have slipped right into the heart of the DIY scene and give it a lot just by shaking the old farts by their shoulders and kick up some thrashy madness. Cool set, great people, lots of energy. See them soon and again and again, they play Berlin fairly often.

So it was finally time for THE FIGHT to hit the stage, and I grew more relaxed, as the pigs still hadn’t shown up. Setup didn’t take long and all of a sudden we all were into a set that was extremely rocking and it went down best with the crowd, including a cover of the BUZZCOCKS‘ „Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn’t Have Fallen In Love With“, during which the band’s faces were just gleaming with pure joy. The energy sprang over and a good amount of dancing could be seen here and there. THE FIGHT are a special band in some respects, with four members living in and around Warszawa and one in Dresden, and Asia’s lyrics and announcements deliver messages which are too often neglected in our cozy little scene (and I know that Andi tends to think so, too), often concerning the relationship between grrrls and boys, so to say. The band really has a lot to say about (dis)gender issues, and political problems, especially in Poland, which seems to be growing more and more reactionary about issues such as abortion laws or being labelled (and prosecuted) as whathaveyou-sexual. Well, you might say, isn’t that quite a natural thing with a female singer and a female bassist, also singing, both emancipation activists on top? But that’s exactly the point: this isn’t about XX vs. XY or XX + XY or „the women question“. These are issues that (should) concern all of us. And not only do THE FIGHT get that across without pointing a finger, they also add a great brand of brutal yet melodic hardcore on top. Imagine a random 90s posi band with Ringworm mosh appeal and Tragedy catchiness and perhaps you’re coming close. Or will write angry comments.THE FIGHT

The rest of the night went down easy and all of us were glad that we were spared more cop trouble and had such a good night. I think it has been a really diverse mix of bands and there was something in it for everyone. The way it should be more often, like. Thanks to the bands for making this a good one!


Posted in PISSCHRIST, RED HERRING, WORLD BURNS TO DEATH with tags , , , , , on Juli 12, 2008 by mischalke04

What a great night at Köpi! Without the help of any of the bi-weekly guides to „everything“ that is going on in this city, without fancy, glossy posters or any other major media, a couple of hundred people showed up tonight to see real underground bands. Only through diy networking and word of mouth. That`s what I call success!

RED HERRING from Portland were a real good change of pace from the usual hardcore punk that is going on at Köpi. Instead of a bass they use a tuba and the guitarist plays a banjo. Plus the singer can really sing. I wish more bands would vary from the tired old routine and make this scene a progressive scene again. One that is not afraid to venture into new territory. I have a lot of hope for this scene but right now there is actually no reason to be in that respect. RED HERRING were quite well received, people danced and I enjoyed their set so much that I bought both their 7″es. And I got a t-shirt for free! Thanks RED HERRING!

WORLD BURNS TO DEATH played another brutal set. Not quite as mean and aggressive as last weekend in Packebusch but still very fuckin`hard. I have to admit, that I was a little disappointed with the crowd because apart from a lot of fists in the air there was not much going on in the „pit“. But that was soon going to change dramatically…

Only seconds into PISSCHRIST`S set the audience exploded.

The singer continually stage-dived into the crowd, kept singing and was always thrown back on stage.

I had missed them when they played at Köpi two years ago, but most people certainly had not forgotten that first impression. A well deserved pay-off for always giving all they`ve got. They played a ragin`set and the crowd got really wild.This was the first show for PISSCHRIST`S European tour so you still have some weeks to catch them somewhere near you. Don`t miss `em…

Only two songs into the set on my way to the side of the stage I stepped into a real sharp piece of glass that pierced through my shoes and into my foot. While I made all these shots I felt the blood soaking my shoes and my socks. I didn`t want to look and just kept shooting to not miss any of the action. After the show A.C told me, that he had seen me accidentally kick some beer bottles of the speakers near the stage while taking photos. I had stepped into the bottles that I had crashed myself! Fuck. But hey, I really  bleed for this shit…

More fotos of the bands (klick on any of the images and they will get much bigger )