Fünf Tage lief nur Coldplay und jetzt komm Mickie Krause
Five days of only Coldplay but now it’s Mickie Krause
While masses of people run to demonstrations amid fear of a “muslimization” of the western world, politicians took a very long time coming to a consensus, that this behaviour is not acceptable, especially in Germany, with our history of, well, you know what I’m pointing at. There is a sense of lethargy, of ‘we-don’t-really-care-about-anything-else-than-our-private-life’, a growing numbness towards more news stories about war, suffering and pain all around the globe. It takes a horrible terrorist attack in our immediate periphery to be really shocked. But this shock only goes as far as telling your peers how upset you are or changing your facebook profile pic to show your support. But this is not really what people want, it’s just doing what is expected from a politically correct person.
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Time stands still and we watch our past mistakes
When I was about 16 and had gotten really deep into hardcore, I was listening to a lot of bands that sounded like Miles & Feet. American new-school hardcore, with mosh-break downs, metal dual “At the Gates”-metal riffing and this angry voice spitting emotional lyrics. I would have killed to play in a band like that. But living in a small place, all I could muster was a band sounding more metal and with guys that didn’t have the same musical background. It was still lots of fun. Then I got older and somehow the wave of bands coming over from the US were just meager copies of what I learned to love a lot. So I walked away from that sound.
A couple years down the road and hardcore got me back. The fresh sound from bands such as Touché Amoré, La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth brought back my love. But this year, all of a sudden these bands decide to grow up. While on the one hand I can fully understand that development and it definitely springs as no surprise. But who will cure my need for emotionally fucked up vocals? Yes, the answer comes from Leipzig, Germany!
Be yourself, set you free, leave the dream
You could be what you want to be
Four songs, plus an intro and interlude is all it takes to make a pretty clear statement for this young band. Miles&Feet play positive emotional hardcore at its best. The metal riffing reminds me a bit of a more melodic version of With Resistance. The thick and bass heavy production of Killswitch Engage. But then there’s this angry voice, full of razorblade sharp distortion. Tom is not a vocalist, he’s a singing distorted guitar!
It’s damn nice to see a band like that coming from Germany! They are so worth checking out!
There are obviously a lot of songs that you listen to throughout your whole life. The question is what sticks to your mind? What do you actually hang on to? And what do you really remember several years down the line. I hate facebook chain mails and I hate how Buzzfeed et al tend to accumulate lists and sell them as journalism. What I liked about this particular idea though is that taking your time to think about this lays out a map of who you are. So this list is quite a personal one but I’m sure everyone out there can relate to some parts. Maybe you’ll even start thinking about your own list. 10 songs is not an awful lot but it narrows down the possibilities and forces you to make decisions. It’s like going back to the Beatles who only had 4-tracks to record some of the best pop music written. I’m not saying this is the grand list of pop, but it’s mine. It’s a big part of the soundtrack to my life so far.
1. Spider Murphy Gang – Schickeria
My love for Bayern Munich is no secret to most of my friends. But this song has nothing to do with the fanclub but with one of my earliest music memories. I can recall sitting on my dads leather chair as a small kid, singing along and miming playing the guitar to this. ‘Schickeria’ is the opening song of the bands 1981 album ‘Dolce Vita’, an album that spent 91(!) weeks in the German charts. It’s not the biggest hit, that was reserved for ‘Skandal im Sperrbezirk’, a song about a callgirl in Munich. It was the first record I owned, after my parents handed me down the album on tape. It was a worn out, nicotine yellow and when I revisited the song recently, I have to admit, it’s not a song written for a young kid. I didn’t understand it back then, when Günther Sigl sang about people doing cocaine now rather than smoking weed. It’s a perfect time-capsule for the start of the 1980s, when hippies made way to the yuppi generation. When people became more concerned about their own wealth and well being than taking the streets against war or equal rights. And unfortunately we still see and feel the remainders of that time today, I would argue.
2. The Offspring – Self Esteem
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Conscience separates man from else creatures
When gang-vocals turn into gang-growls you know you’re deep into dark territory. The six songs on ‘Barricades’ don’t offer a lot of condolences for the weak hearted. This is hardcore with a much darker and desperate twist than what has become so beloved by fans of “The Wave”. The guitars are creating a barricade themselves. The noise is deafening. The vocals are merciless, the drums dry as desert sand and the bass is a growling steamhammer. It’s only fitting that the artwork consists of an old train.
The whole mini album reminds me of my first footsteps into hardcore. With the likes of Terror or Sick of It All offering tough guy vocals cornering “us versus them”. But were these guys created a sense of togetherness, BettyOetker are offering a less including approach. It’s more like addressing directly how fucked up this world is and trying to break it all down with their massive sound. Mind you, there are moments of unity in the lyrics. They just don’t sound like they want to be shouted by a bunch of male tough guys.
The intro of ‘Burn Down Your Shield’ offers the first 40 seconds of respiration. Until you’re back down in the dirtiest of mosh parts. Some parts remind me of early Shai Hulud just with less rhythm changes. Some parts are always a little bit doom. While others go so fast into your face you could think of youth crew. But anyway, this is a great 6 song massacre! And oh my, the vinyl version looks delicious!
‘Barricades’ is out now via Ampire Records.
You should pick up your copy here!
Give the band a like here!
THE THINGS I HATE THEY WILL NEVER TURN THEY JUST MOVE INTO ANOTHER CITY
It has been some time since I have stumbled across a totally new band that made me dance around the room in celebration. But during one of my ventures deeper and deeper into the youtubesphere I found the video to City by a band called Leoniden. The first lines are just accompanied by hectic drums and more vocals until guitars and synths kick in, paving the way for one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard in years. I suddenly felt this sense of excitement I last felt when “Banquet” came on at MTV for the first time. So I started digging deeper and found the band was signed to Delikatess Tonträger, a small but very fine label from Hamburg.
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It’s the small things that count. The details. The split seconds and moments you remember days, weeks, months later. I was sitting at my office desk browsing the web when I stumbled upon a highlight reel of a small festival in Germany. The pictures and impressions were beautiful but what impressed me even more was the song that kept the whole video together. It added that extra layer and gave me goosebumps. It was the first time I stumbled upon Yesterday Shop and their formidable song “Fat Man & Little Boy“! A few months later I staggered into a crammed little bar at the Reeperbahn in Hamburg. I didn’t come there by accident. I had come to see Yesterday Shop. During the show I texted a friend who works as booker for a festival telling him he was missing the future headliner of that festival such euphoria were the songs triggering in me.
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Ich bin die Nacht, du bist der Tag.
Ich mache alles, was du nicht wagst!
I am the night, you are the day. I do everything you don’t dare
I think we have written extensively about the impact of music on life. Sometimes you can’t even explain why you pick up a certain album. It’s just there. Right in front of you. When Kmpfsprt released their first EP back in 2012, it was just there. From one day to another. It was raw, it was wild and it was just what I was looking for. Maybe that has something to do with me being in Cologne a few times back then because of my then girlfriend, with me knowing a street they named their big hit after (in my opinion anyway) or some other oddity. I totally dug the scratching vocals though, the fast drums and the anthemic qualities of the chorus. To put it simple, I was a fan of the band. Continue reading Kmpfsprt – Jugend Mutiert