|Musik thirsty & miserable: Blut Hirn Schranke (PostPunk//Dü) + Nervöus (PostHC//Bln)|
|Musik thirsty & miserable: E (Thrill Jockey, ex - Come, Karate, Neptune) + Dwarphs (Frickel-Post-Punk, Berlin)|
doors 19:00 - show 20:00 - danach DJ Uzi (garage, rock'n'roll, surf and world wide good vibes)
Thrill Jockey Records - November 2016
E, the trio of Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi, Live Skull), Jason Sanford (Neptune), and Gavin McCarthy (Karate), have crafted an album that fuses an explosive, industrial sound with the patience and reservation only practiced songwriters can invoke. While each member has decades of experience in the alternative scenes of rock music, their collaborative efforts have combined in a work that is both unlike anything that’s come before them, and the result of three veterans working in total harmony. What sets E apart from their contemporaries is their almost youthful willingness to experiment, while having the maturity to show restraint and austerity. On their self-titled debut album, E have developed a sound that is both mechanically oriented and emotional, a combination they could only describe as “soul music for machines.”
Zedek and Sanford first began working together in 2013 out of a desire to dive into a musical outlet more collaborative than their more solo-oriented efforts. Drawn by mutual respect for one another’s artistry, the two were energized creatively when exploring the combination of Zedek’s unmistakable voice and inventive guitar lines with Sanford’s sculptural homemade metal guitar sounds and stomp box rhythms. Zedek and Sanford approached longtime friend Gavin McCarthy about expanding on the unique sounds. Although McCarthy, a fan of E, originally thought of himself in the band on bass, once he was added as the drummer it became immediately clear that his expressive and agile playing was all the rhythm section E needed.
E defies expectations - while having no bassist, the sound is driving and with an emphasis on rhythm. “Delicate Fingers” is a great example of their inventive approach. The propulsive tom-heavy drumming of McCarthy in tandem with Sanford’s specially crafted bass-tone stomp boxes provides a relentless drive. Each member sings on the album, bringing their own lyrics and melodies to the table, and sometimes crossing and interweaving with another’s vocals. Where most bands with more than one singer might gravitate towards harmonies, E instead showcases each player’s voice as an individual, with McCarthy even providing some of the album’s fiercest vocal performance on the explosive “Candidate.” Several songs find the band trading lyrical and vocal duties, such as “I Want to Feel Good,” where Sanford’s mantra “I want to feel good” trades off with Zedek’s impassioned lyrics about immigration.
The name E itself is representative of the band – a trio of lines, each equal in length, each sticking out equally from a base. Because each player is so distinguished and distinct in their playing styles, E is able to exhibit total control over their sound, while still focusing on having the freedom to experiment. Whether it’s stomping on a wooden block housing the blade from a hacksaw for bass tones, or approaching the drum kit as a melodic instrument, the band said themselves, “it’s about freedom.”
|Lesung thirsty & miserable: Lesung mit LEE HOLLIS (Ventil Verlag) und Dirk Bernemann|
doors 19:00 - show 20:00
»Aus jeder Zeile des Buches spricht die auf der Bühne erprobte Sprachgewalt. Hollis ist der Meister des geschriebenen Punk-Rock, ja wenn nicht sogar sein Erfinder.« (INTRO)
»Seine Stärke liegt im Erzählen von Anekdoten. Mit viel Emphase und Emotionen fesselt er den Leser und kann im nächsten Moment die reale Ebene verlassen, um absurd oder grotesk zu werden. Bis man das gemerkt hat, ist die Realitätsschwelle schon längst überlesen.« (junge Welt)
»Hollis schwankt zwischen entspannter Wut und Laissez-faire und hat da einen Stil kreiert, den ich mal vorsichtig als ›Plauderpunk‹ bezeichnen möchte. Das provoziert kein permanentes Schenkelklopfen, macht aber locker und hebt das Herz.« (Titanic)
»Unterhaltsam, witzig, zynisch, gut« (Ox)
Dirk Bernemann, geboren 1975, mittags. Fing mit fünf Jahren an zu schreiben, hörte aber mit 6 Jahren wieder auf. Dann Schuleintritt und Verzweiflung. Wiederaufnahme des Schreibens ca. 1997 in Form von Songtexten für Punkbands, die es nie gab und Tagebüchern erfundener Biographien. Ein paar Liebesbriefe später wusste er auch, wie es funktioniert. Weniger als 10 Jahre vergingen und es erschien sein erstes Buch. Anschließend weitere Bücher und ein paar Erkenntnisse und umstrukturierende Maßnahmen später war Bernemann der Erfinder eines literarischen Stils den sein Verlag "Antipop" schimpfte. Bernemann veröffentlichte weitere Bücher und schreibt unermüdlich und kontinuierlich über ausgedachte Personen und zuletzt sehr viel über sich selbst.
|Musik thirsty & miserable: TVIVLER (Noiserock/Post-HC, Copenhagen) + GOSHAWK (Noise-/Mathrock, Berlin)|
doors 19:00 - show 20:00
Tvivler (Noiserock/Post-HC, Copenhagen)
GOSHAWK (Noise-/Mathrock, Berlin)
Tvivler (Danish for doubter) is a hardcore-punk outfit from Copenhagen. While this short description might seem to place the band neatly within the trending local-gone-global brand of Danish teen-punk, the members of Tvivler are simply too old to mingle with the likes of Iceage, Communions and Lower, and have had too many kids and full time jobs to meaningfully lyricize teenage angst. Luckily, that is not what Tvivler set out to do.Upon the death of their former band Obstacles (a hypercomplex, instrumental math rock band), guitarist Thomas Feltheim and drummer Morten Clausen decided that they needed to approach music differently. This approach had to be more aggressive and simpler. Way simpler. Obviously, this return to simplicity and the craft of real songwriting (as opposed to riffing away) is a path as beaten and cliché-ridden as anything, and the mantra of less is more has probably more often resulted in mind-numbing repetitions of what everyone has already agreed is working, than it has actually fulfilled its promise of something more. This was what they wanted to do. Thomas Burø (formerly of Lack) and bassist Morten Ogstrup Nielsen (Town Portal) were wooed by the liberating appeal and relatability of this mission and joined shortly after to form Tvivler.While the musical casting mold is shaped mainly in the image of conventional hardcore aesthetics, the actual content poured into it, is of a more explorative nature. On Tvivler’s first release, the EP Negativ Psykologi #1 (the first installment of a trilogy), dissonant and almost shoegazy chord progressions are carried by furious d-beat explosions, and lead by high pitched vocals verging more towards desperation than anger. Lyrically the trilogy pours its scorn on the increasingly popular notion that positive thinking is the key to all kinds of conflicts, whether inter/intra-personal or societal, as if they were just mental constructions to be overcome by changes in attitude or perception. The realness of these conflicts and the lack of means to articulate them are explored across the songs through the narratives of embittered, worn out (and mostly female) protagonists.
|Musik thirsty & miserable: 13 Year Cicada (NoisePop/SoftCore, Berlin - Rec-Release-Show) + Pranke (AvantMathRockPop, Berlin)|
doors 19:00 - show 20:00
13 Year Cicadas really exist. Their larvae live in the soil, where they develop over the course of 13 years, feeding off of root juice. Then the entire population emerges at once, flooding the forest and is either eaten or dies after eight weeks. Their strategy is predator satiation: overwhelming their enemies by mass occurrence.
'Totem Tongue' is the first full length album by the Berlin based band 13 Year Cicada, being released on February 17, 2017 on Gandula in Barcelona, Spain. From noise to rap to improv, extended vocal techniques to psychedelia, fluffy synth-pop to in-your-face math-rock anything that felt right was amalgamated into one dense 37 minute ride. 13 Year Cicada started out first and foremost as a live band, playing their first show in a dusty wooden attic in 2014. Since then they have stuck to their cinematic concept of performing without breaks between songs, taking people on a surging trip that they might not come off of long after the music has faded. This live-idea comes across in 'Totem Tongue'. One can hear the joy in striking that one hit, playing that one drone, screaming that one word that counts - other than their totem 13 Year Cicada are not planning to stay below ground for the next 13 years.
Pranke was formed in the summer of 2014 by Icelandic guitarist Daniel Bödvarsson and German drummer Max Andrzejewski. Both are prominent on the young Berlin jazz/improvised music scene.
The Thing and Can. The unexpected twists and turns, huge dynamics and juggling of grittiness and sensitivity has an urban vibe and reflects Max and Daniel’s search for a way of living in the city.
Pranke EP was released on tape (incl. download) on Twaague Records in September 2015.
|Musik thirsty & miserable: GORILLA MASK (Avant-Thrash-Jazz, Berlin) + LED BIB (Londons Improv-Rocking Jazz Machine) - Double-Rec-Release-Show|
doors 19:00 - show 20:00
Peter Van Huffel – Alto Saxophone
Roland Fidezius – Electric Bass, Effects
Rudi Fischerlehner – Drums
Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies, layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations: GORILLA MASK is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in 4 or 5 dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain; the ebb and flow of an acutely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard rock dynamics, riding the churn of Roland Fidezius' frenetic bass and Rudi Fischerlehner's pulsating drum kit like a surfer on the biggest wave he’s ever seen.
GORILLA MASK is the product of a constantly active, hyper-intelligent hive-mind of three virtuosos; their music a mishmash of punk, rock and metal influences rooted in jazz, free-improvisation and the modern avant-garde. A collision of styles which form the key to the band's identity. This is bold, audacious 21st Century improvised music writ huge, with innumerable influences and tendencies, gritty and urban, intellectual and ready to run a marathon.
Liran Donin: bass
Chris Williams, Pete Grogan: alto saxophone
Drummer and composer Mark Holub formed Led Bib in 2003 for a university masters project. Made up of his Middlesex university friends, the five piece played its first gig at London’s Klinker Club on February 24th 2004 to ten people in the backroom of a North London pub. Five years later they were performing on primetime TV to millions, having been nominated as a Mercury Prize album of the year. Theirs was a full gas acceleration to that point. Having had their first album met with widespread critical praise in May 2005, they also won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in the same year. A second album, Sizewell Tea released in 2007 through iconic London label Babel brought more interest, bigger features, better reviews. There was a notable shift in numbers too, audiences grew as fans cottoned on to a new jazz movement, of which Led Bib was a frontrunner, ditching the noodling and pulling more into rock territory. As they drew references from across the musical spectrum Beefheart and Zorn, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis so too did they draw in a larger swathe of interest, drum and bass heads, jazz aficionados, death metalists and folk, world music and pop fans were, in equal number, their audience.
A limited edition live release appeared in 2008, but it was the release of their 4th album Sensible Shoes that saw them experience widespread acclaim following the announcement that they were chosen as an Album of the Year in the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The ensuing media storm saw them reach in excess of 20 million people as they performed on TV & Radio sessions including Channel 4 TV News with Jon Snow, playing live on BBC 2 and found a befuddled and unlikely pundit in Holub being asked to explain the likes of “what is jazz?” to the masses of early morning BBC breakfast radio listeners .
In 2011 the group released Bring Your Own, their second album for US based Cuneiform Records. Quickly hailed as a stand out success it gained 4 and 5 star reviews across the board. 2014 saw the release of two new albums to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the studio album 'The People in Your Neighbourhood' and the limited edition live vinyl 'The Good Egg', both hailed as modern classics and there best yet. 2017 sees the band release their eagerly anticipated 6th studio album and first with genre defying London label Rare Noise Records, a tour of Europe and the UK will be done in support. Will the next 10 years take them on a similarly unpredictable journey? Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to watch.
“Rarely have two saxes, keyboards, bass and drums sounded so dangerous yet so compelling.” The Guardian
“Part free improv, part art-rock, the band’s uncompromising formula puts them in the vanguard of the new school of British jazz” — The Sunday Times
|Musik thirsty & miserable: Astral Tide (shoegaze/noisepop//bln) + Sky Between Leaves (kraut/electronica//UK)|
Sky Between Leaves is a London based alt-rock/Krautronica ensemble. The band's name was taken from Jarvis Cocker's story of the first time he wore glasses, realising that the holes in the trees were in fact the "sky between the leaves". The visual perception translates to the band's sound which takes us through feverish dreams and stroboscopic haze only to wake us to a deafening glittery reality.
Astral Tide: A new East Berlin based 4-piece with members from Denmark, Italy and England. The krautrock inspired introduction “From Under the Cloud” shared in December ’14 set the bar for what would follow; a swaying wall of brash intensity, energy and melody. Second track, the fizzier “Glimpses” was accompanied by their first official video in the summer, recently followed up by the dark and expansive “Haunt You”. A monster six track EP to be named “How Far, Are You Out There?” was recorded in August ‘15, taking their live sound into the studio and showing how swiftly the band has evolved into playing their own strain of conscious dream punk and brutal doomy shoegaze.