A few mildly crappy GIFs of BILDERBUCH at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grünspan, Hamburg, 19 September
Clearly, they were the RBF14 highlight (no, it’s not the farthest we’ve ever travelled to see a local band) and it was great fun. Partly because we played the bibu gig drinking game, which, if the band act in your favour, will get you wonderfully drunk in no time. Here are the rules:
One crappy cellphone picture of KARATE ANDI at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Moondoo, Hamburg, 20 September
Blasting the Karate Andi album on full volume when you’re the last one in the office working overtime is actually a better experience than a Karate Andi live show at a showcase festival when Kwabs is playing elsewhere at the same time and not even free beer motivates the smallish crowd. Still entertaining. But not as entertaining as it could have been.
One crappy cellphone picture of THE DØ at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, 20 September
The Dø are French. I did not know that when I first heard them because a) that ø and b) I first heard the Trentemøller remix of “Too Insistent” (which is brilliant and you should check it out), so The Dø being Danish made perfect sense to me.
They’re French though and that also makes perfect sense, since they make light, cheeky adorable indie pop. We arrived late and ended up in the very back (taking extremely blurry pictures). I feel like it was the kind of gig that’s really enjoyable if you immerse yourself in it completely and feels mediocre if you only catch pieces of it.
One crappy GIF of CATS ON TREES at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grünspan, Hamburg, 19 September
My snap judgement of this band was “Fuck. This is terrible. Another one of those emotional two-piece-bands with a piano that makes music for phone commercials”.
I’m trying to become less of a judgmental dickbag though, so I tried to give them a chance for about half a minute. Then they covered “Mad World” and I was done, forever with this band.
One crappy cellphone picture of INVSN at Reeberbahnfestival 2014, Übel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, 20 September
This lacked something. Sure, the energy and passion were there but we were into it more the last time we saw them. It took me a while to figure out why until finally Dennis Lyxzen explained it himself: They weren’t singing in Swedish. They have a message (“capitalism blows”) and they can’t communicate that to an international audience in Swedish, so they sang in English.
My suggestion is that we all learn Swedish really quickly, so INVSN can tour Europe and play the original, Swedish songs.
One crappy GIF of TALISCO at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, 19 September
I don’t have much to say about Talisco except that “Your Wish” is a nice summery song, so I’ll use this space to talk to you about my wish that Northern Germany would stop ignoring white wine spritzers. It’s almost as bad as the Southern and south-of-Germany ignorance of Mexikaner.
One crappy GIF of TRAUMAHELIKOPTER at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Gosch at Café Keese, Hamburg, 19 September
Because that is our new thing now, looking busy and professional at festivals with a DSLR and a photo pass, when the only reason for this is so we can make crappy GIFs.
traumahelikopter here are from Groningen in the Netherlands. They don’t quite compare to Mozes And The Firstborn (yet), but we had a look at them between a networking breakfast and a fondue-themed networking event, so that was really nice, although afternoon sets are always somewhat weird.
One crappy cellphone picture of ELIOT SUMNER at Reeperbahnfestival 2014 at Schmidts Tivoli, Hamburg, 18 September
It’s the motherfucking son of Sting. What better way to start off a festival than with someone who looks like a member of the Kelly Family ca. 1994 and who is the son of someone you were totally into when you were 13? Eliot Sumner fulfilled all my hopes and wishes and sounded exactly what Sting would sound like if he didn’t only do weird stuff anymore.
One crappy cellphone picture of WANDA at Gürtelnightwalk, Vienna, 30 August 2014
We are officially in love. “Es ist egal / Ob die Jelinek in der Zeitung steht / Oder im Regal” is just one of many brilliant Wanda lines. Their album “Amore” comes out this autumn and we expect it will be a lot like the more light-hearted (but still existentialist) parts of the first Ja, Panik album, except Wanda’s preferred Italian city of reference isn’t Venedig but Bologna.
One crappy cellphone picture of CATASTROPHE & CURE at Heuer Karlsplatz, Vienna, 22 August 2014
Analogue visuals from overhead projectors and overpriced spritzers go well with Catastrophe & Cure acoustic sets.
One crappy Instagram picture of GERARD at Palaverama Festival, Gmünd, 1 August 2014 (plus a bonus romantic incident involving a GERARD BAG at U3 Volkstheater, Vienna, 4 August 2014)
I didn’t bring my Gerard bag with me to Palaverama. It was a lovely evening anyway, but the loveliest things happen when I am carrying it. Case in point:
Yesterday, as I was waiting for the U3 at Volkstheater, a guy tapped me on the shoulder and showed me his smartphone with the Blausicht album playing on his Spotify. Then he gesticulated towards my Gerard bag, said “Hi, I couldn’t help but notice…”, and afterwards he asked for my number.
Did I ever write about how it was Gerard and Nvie Motho who first introduced me to the term “bumpfist” and how I initially thought it was called “bampfi”? When I told this guy I wasn’t entirely available at the moment, as his U3 going in the opposite direction came into the station, he said “too bad” - I said “great taste in music though” - and then we fistbumped.
A couple of crappy cellphone pictures of mostly the crowd during the BILDERBUCH show at Palaverama Festival, Gmünd, 1 August 2014
Please excuse the crappy pictures in which you can’t even really see the band. But as you know, it is not our number one priority to make nice photos. It is our number one priority to go on roadtrips to small countryside festivals with great line-ups and enjoy ourselves with our friends.
So you will have to make do with these photos showing mostly the Gmünd crowd (and maybe a hint of Peter and Maurice somewhere) and know that these moments captured weren’t even the best moments because in the best moments, we were too busy shouting Bilderbuch lyrics at each other.
One crappy cellphone picture of SIR TRALALA & THE GOLDEN GLANDERS at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
Again a picture of a gig in TU Prechtsaal. It was really hard to stay longer than 10 min there even though windows were open and all. Here you can see Sir Tralala & The Golden Glanders. I even managed to take two pictures: One with shirt on and one with shirt off. The latter is the chosen one, because it fits TU Prechtlsaals Venue-Situation perfectly.
One crappy cellphone picture of DER NINO AUS WIEN at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
Nino started (I think) 40 minutes late, which was good. Otherwise I would have missed Nino’s musings on life, which are worth seeing and hearing every time.