doors 19h - show 20h - after 22h DJ heller than hell & friends bar-dj-set
reverberation fest & little league shows prsnt:
CATALYST (ch) & BERNAR GOMMA (br)
catalyst-official.com / soundcloud.com/bernar-gomma
at Schokoladen. doors 19 uhr, concert starts 20 uhr. tickets at the doors and in pre-sale --> vvk.link/31qlx1s
+ aftershow with DJ Heller Than Hell & friends
CATALYST ---> energiereicher Alternativerock mit einer Prise Retronostalgie ist nach wie vor die bevorzugte Spielwiese Dominic Curseris und Ramon Wehrles, ohne dass diese repetitiv oder eindimensional erscheint. Mit tollen Riffs, interessantem Songwriting und einer Prise Ironie pusten sie den Staub vom bekannte Rockduoformat aus Gitarre und Drums und lassen es in neuem Glanz erstrahlen. «Double Sky» erscheint am 20.10.2023 via Radicalis Music und ist – zwei weitere EPs mitgerechnet – der vierte Release des St. Galler Duos.
BERNAR GOMMA ---> visual artist, musician and composer from Rio de Janeiro, has 15 years of experience producing records and with more than 1,000 shows throughout Brazil. As a visual artist, he has 3 individual exhibitions with his “Geometric Dimensional” series, he is also part of the study group “Antiformas de Intervenção” under the supervision of visual artist David Cury at EAV in Parque Lage. He was selected and included in the Museum Exhibition (curated by São Paulo), his art was also displayed on the gable of a building in Belém in the Mostra sua Arte (videomapping), and several publications in magazines and blogs such as Revista Bravo!, Revista Traços, among others.
In 2023, he decided to unite his visual art and his music in a Super Sensory Experience. He set up a guitar show with beats from his authorial compositions and a projection based on his arts. Thus creating a multi-sensory one-man-band format for his presentations. Bernar Gomma and the Super Sensory Experience is a strong dose of psychedelia with artistic-contemporary abstraction. While he already performs in concert format, he works obsessively on the production of his first studio album.
22h Everything Crash DJ-Set (laboratory for Ska, Rock Steady & Early Reggae)
Mit Jamaican Jazz und handfesten Reggae-Grooves bringen bei ihren Live-Sessions die Dancehall zum Toben. Was als Jam-Projekt von Musikern aus verschiedenen Berliner Bands begann, hat sich zur festen Formation entwickelt. Doch der Session-Gedanke ist immer noch lebendig: Die Bandmitglieder und Gäste bringen die verschiedensten Einflüsse aus Reggae, Jazz, Ska, Latin und Afro-Beat mit und sorgen damit immer wieder für überraschende Kicks.
Auf zahlreichen Touren durch Deutschland, Österreich, Frankreich, Spanien, Ungarn und der Schweiz begeisterten Wood In Di Fire ihr Publikum mit ihrer außergewöhnlichen, interkontinentalen, musikalischen Fusion auf treibenden Reggae Beats und Jazzy Grooves.
Seit das Projekt im Jahre 2000 startete, spielt Wood In Di Fire traditionell im Berliner „Schokoladen“. Der bis heute monatlich stattfindende Reggae-Jam wurde schnell vom Geheimtipp zum etablierten Termin der Berliner Reggae-Szene.
- Einlass: 19 Uhr
- Beginn: 20 Uhr
From the funk-pop guitars in “We Look Good Together” through to the baroque strings in “Flex” or even the country-tinged stylings of “Babys”, it would be an understatement to call “New Last Name” adventurous. That’s all before you even come onto the drum and bass drumming of the vibrant and vital “Happy Endings”.
Going on to speak about the album, Murphy O’Neill says, “I’ll admit that New Last Name isn’t really a play. Whilst it IS tied together by a narrative thread – it’s actually a collection of our most contained pop songs, and strangest experiments sat side by side.
New Last Name is unrestrained and chaotic. At the same time, it is more focused and detail-oriented than anything we’ve done before. New Last Name is a study in contradictions, and it’s the best damn play south of the north pole.”
That play goes on the road next year, with the band also having announced a new run of EU / UK tour dates to take place in Spring next year. Having cemented themselves as a must-see live act, Courting recently toured as main support for Circa Waves. The band also toured “Guitar Music” extensively last Autumn as well as performing at multiple summer festivals including Reading & Leeds Festival, Wide Eyed Festival, Latitude, Truck Festival, Live At Leeds, Community Festival, and The Great Escape. They also came together earlier this year for “The Wedding” – a hometown wedding-themed show which saw the band unveil new material for the first time – which NME reviewed, describing them as “one of the most innovative and elevated acts of the moment.”
Zukunft und die Lichter (Country/Swing/Berlin)
"Lo-Fi Pop straight outta Neukoelln. Die Lieder von Zukunft und die Lichter klingen, als wären sie der Band an einem Sommertag am See eingefallen.
Grundsympathisch, positiv und trotzdem gepraÌgt vom zarten Schleier der Großstadt-Melancholie." (Tip Berlin)"Ganz ohne laute Töne, aber doch mit einem gewissen Schwung, der nur eben nicht auf dem Rock, sondern - sagen wir mal - auf dem Swing basiert agieren die Jungs von Zukunft un die Lichterin einem Bereich, den eher sensible Kollegen wie Tom Liwa,dessen Vorliebe für ein sprödes Klanguniversum sie teilen oder Sven Regener, an dessen angenehm temperierten Mutterwitz in der Alltagssprache sie erinnern, für sich entdeckt haben. Mit dem eher typischen, Charts-kompatiblen Deutschpop hat das hierweniger zu tun als mit der Tradition poetisch veranlagter Troubadoure; nur halt dass hier eine gut aufeinander eingespielte und technisch versierte Band am Werke ist." gaesteliste.de
Post Neo sind Nicole Luján und Pauline Weh als experimentelles elektronisches Pop-Musik-Duo zwischen Berlin und Mexico City. Ihr Stil changiert zwischen technoiden Beats und einer Melancholie, die sich in langsameren und verträumten Gesangs- & Synthie-Passagen wiederfindet. Ihre neue EP "Alles Immer Wieder" wird Anfang April 2024 bei dem Label Monika Enterprise erscheinen.
Live Video Mitschnitt:
+ residence DJs Marycherry&Telegram Sam and Guest Psychic Thrills from Sweden& Yuki Onna from Berlin
BABY JESUS (SWEDEN)
Fiery, raw, and raucous, four-piece garage rockers, Baby Jesus, are keeping rock and roll alive and well in their hometown of Halmstad, Sweden, with psychedelic ﬂare, a punk edge, and enough energy to heat up a hearty dinner of Sjömansbiﬀ for 12.
Founding members and long time friends. Fredrik Kristoﬀersson (guitar/vox) and Elis Jäghammar (bass/vox), spent a few years together in various metal and hardcore punk projects.
It wasn't until they both moved to Oslo, Norway, in 2011 that they discovered and became infatuated with the 13th Floor Elevators— a legendary mid-sixties rock act from Austin, Texas largely credited with coining the phrase “psychedelic rock.” The Elevators’ music hit Elis and Fredrik like a rock. That experience opened their ears and writing sensibilities to the music of Night Beats, Black Lips, a range of Back From the Grave compilations, and—funny enough—Pugh Rogerfeldt, Träd, gräs och stenar, Philemon Arthur & The dung, and other great Swedish talents who made the rounds on their country’s turntables in the late sixties and early seventies with their wild and often experimental amalgamations of rock, psych, folk, and country music.
2023 comes with new offerings i the form of the album simply titled "Rock n Roll Music" (for why lie when it's true). The album is filed with Rolling Stones-esque songs with lots of things going on in the background. There’s a neat rhythm guitar, fuzz and a solo that’s slippin’ and slidin’ all over the place. A rock n roll piece that inevitably will become a standard on every single god damned young rock ’n’ roll bands setlist in the future.
LUFT is a band, primarily British and based in Berlin. Formed in 2023 by Tom Dougall of Toy and various other members of the London music SCENE, they draw inspiration from British eccentrics, pagan holidays, the bed, Nico & Lou & John and 50p in the jukebox – ethereal and ready to DISH OUT. Catch them soon at a venue near you.
+residence DJs Marycherry&Telegram Sam and Guest Psychic Thrills from Sweden& Yuki Onna from Berlin
And vintage film screenings
Tickets here https://vvk.link/3195x0w
At door 12€
PINK WONDER (punk, berlin)
Vorsicht Explosionsgefahr. Hallo Stooges auf Highspeed. PINK WONDER machen nicht diesen angesagten Punk-Sound, sondern bleiben dreckig. Dazu eine gewisse Portion Madness, die den Punk mal gefährlich und anziehend machte. Hier ist Wut nicht einstudiert, sondern Folge der Desilussionierung von Menschen in ihren Mittdreißigeren. Jeder Song ein Übergeben in die Gosse.
GÜNTHER AND THE JAUCHS
Ein abschreckender Name, aber super Band. Und Punk war nie süßer. Die drei harmlosen Potsdamer Agitatoren von Günther and the Jauchs hassen schnellen, anstrengenden Punk. Aber sie können nicht anders. Hektische Lieder unterlegt mit Abrisslyrik und Theatralik – eine musikalische Baggerfahrt durch den Stadtpark. Niveau, Ästhetik, Athletik, Stress. Alles nichts für Günther and the Jauchs .
Tickets gibt es hier: https://vvk.link/31ytp74
doors 19:00 - show 20:00
Jolie Holland (born September 11, 1976 at Houston, Texas) is an American singer and performer who combines elements of folk, traditional country, jazz, and blues.
Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song—jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll—into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) that’s where the beauty lies. As evident on her first recordings, Holland apparently has no fear of the truth, and there is no emotional core that she cannot reach in song. In fact she thrives on the red hot center of a musical composition, in all its strange and brutal detail.
This fall, Jolie Holland will unveil her latest album, ‘Haunted Mountain’; intricately connected with friend and collaborator Buck Meek’s record of the same name, ‘Haunted Mountain’ features five songs co-written by the pair, including the mesmerizing title track. Holland explains:
“I wrote the song a couple years ago, and it existed as two verses for many months. Buck added a third verse, and then we both began performing it with our bands. When he told me he was including our song on his next record, I was extremely pleased at the weirdness – I was going to release a version as well. Then he told me he wanted to name his record Haunted Mountain, “…only if you’re not already naming your record Haunted Mountain.” Well, that had been the name of my next record for quite a while. We thought about it for a minute and decided it was bizarre and wonderful. Buck’s Haunted Mountain is out in late August. My Haunted Mountain comes out in the autumn. I love how the image of a haunted mountain is so open ended. I love how fun it is to say. I am enormously pleased that Buck chose it as his album name too.”
The nine-track stunner delves into a treasure trove of themes, from anti-colonial thought to homelessness, all while exploring the profound significance of being in reciprocity with nature. “When the world is sacred, we are moved to protect it,” Holland explains. “Elves stop highways in Iceland. Faeries save forests in Ireland. Even though the numinous is beyond reason, it’s a motivating, communicative idea. You can tell it to a kid, and when the kid grows up they might understand it ecologically, or they might understand it aesthetically. The numinous is a huge idea,” she continues. “An old friend of mine saw the Jordan River at a place in Palestine where it was just a little creek. His description opened up this realization to me: every river is sacred to someone. Every inch of Earth is someone’s storied, sung homelands. No one needs to understand this more than settler Americans.”
Working closely with her talented collaborators, Adam Brisbin and Justin Veloso, Jolie recorded the core of the album as a trio before adding layers of intriguing overdubs. Ever the innovator, she employed some unconventional recording techniques, like capturing the sound of knuckles rapping on the piano and incorporating the sounds of cicadas in album closer “What It’s Worth”. The intriguing atmosphere of “Feet On The Ground” was created by running a drum machine through an amp into a vast barn, every sonic experiment a testament to her willingness to push the boundaries of her art.
‘Haunted Mountain’ is a triumph of boundless creativity, profound lyricism, and thought-provoking artistry. With poetic storytelling awash in a dream-like sonic palette, Holland invites audiences on an alluring journey that transcends genres and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and mind.
“Noir, lived in, caustic, not entirely of this time”
Mark McKowski (Northern Ireland, UK)
Mark McCausland is an Irish songwriter/producer/musician, best known for his work as one half of The Lost Brothers. He also collaborates with a variety of artists and produces his own records under the name McKowski. He currently works from his home studio in Omagh, the town that he’s been trying to escape since birth.
doors 19h - show 20h
little league shows prsnts:
MARKER STARLING / outsider-pop, can, tin angel recs
markerstarling.bandcamp.com / instagram.com/markerstarling
& ELIZA NIEMI / songwriter/exp-pop, can
elizaniemi.bandcamp.com / instagram.com/eliza.niemi
at Schokoladen. doors 19 uhr, concert starts 20 uhr. tickets at the doors and in pre-sale --> vvk.link/3125034
Toronto troubadour Chris A. Cummings (MARKER STARLING, formerly Mantler) has been
playing Melancholy Party Jams since 1999. A solo performer for many years, his
preferred weapons were a Wurltizer electric piano and an early pre-programmed drum
machine. More recently he has been supported by a Toronto-based band consisting of
Dorothea Paas (vocals, guitar) Jay Anderson (drums), Matt McLaren (bass) and Andy
Scott (guitar and keyboards).
Cummings has in the past collaborated with the German band Von Spar, contributing
vocals and lyrics to their albums STREETLIFE (Italic, 2014) and UNDER PRESSURE
(Bureau B, 2019). His song “Deep Background” was recorded by Stereolab’s Laetitia
Sadier for her Source Ensemble record FIND ME FINDING YOU (Drag City, 2017). His
2010 song "In Stride" was included in DJ Koze's DJ-Kicks compilation on !K7 Records in
2015. He has opened for Stereolab, The Books, Destroyer, Yo La Tengo, Gary Wilson and
Sandro Perri, and also plays in the bands Matias, Hank and The Canadian Romantic.
Our earliest exposures to music can often be the most formative. For Toronto-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ELIZA NIEMI, that influence came from her Dad who taught her the basics of bass and guitar at home. These childhood experiences of playing music together by ear fostered the sense of playfulness that she’s approached her craft with ever since. They also instilled an ethic in her creative work that prioritizes making music with friends and loved ones.
Those honed guitar —and later piano, cello and vocal— skills make Eliza an ideal collaborator: starting in Halifax’s rich music scene with the mid-2010s experimental pop groups New Love Underground and Mauno, and later in her role supporting artists Le Ren, Quaker Parents and Evan J. Cartwright. Through the rhythms of touring and the brilliant spark that's shared in musical exchange, Eliza found and developed connections across Canada's DIY music communities. These collaborative moments fuel her creative practice, whether playing solo, in an ensemble or releasing others’ music as the founder of her own label, Vain Mina Records.
Connection and collaboration lives in the intimacy of her albums, starting with 2019’s Vinegar, an understated set of songs for cello, keyboard and voice that wander with a comforting grace. 2020’s Glass furthered Eliza’s reputation for writing songs that are boundless and experimental without ever being alienating. There’s an open, inviting quality throughout the record, apparent from the close-miked instruments, to her softly sung and affable lyrics that unfold like a conversation with a good friend.
Her latest album, Staying Mellow Blows, furthers these ideas and aesthetics to a staggering degree, retaining the candor, humor and emotional humility she’s known for, while letting the vast number of supporting musicians shape each song with their own emotionally resonant performances. The result feels whimsical and inspired, and is the sound of an artist flourishing.
AFTERSHOW PARTY: NIX & SUZY CREAMCHEESE
NIX and THE NOTHINGS (Norway)
Cranking out frenetic rock’n’roll with influences from garage rock, punk and psychedelic rock. They deliver doomy lyrics set to wild sounds reminiscent of a Back from the Grave compilation.
“The Kinks on Speed!” (Amplified Magazine) - that are Nix and the Nothings from the west coast of Bergen, Norway.
Their first record “Here Goes Nothing” has been played extensively on radio stations all over the world such as the BBC. The band played their first international show at the legendary Garage festival "The Wild Weekend" in Mallorca, followed up by a Germany tour including a show at "Berlin Beat Invasion" Underground festival.
They are coming back to Germany to promote their second album, “Utterly Useless”, which will be released this spring.
THE OTHER PLACE (Berlin)
Listening to THE OTHER PLACE is like making a journey into a strange land, familiar and yet peculiar at the same time. Like many of their predecessors from the sixties, the band is attempting to build something else from its love for Rock’n’Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues.
THE OTHER PLACE draw inspiration from the kind of music that you could hear in an old shack of Louisiana, a sweaty cave in Liverpool, a garage in the suburbs of Boston or a wild club on Sunset Strip.