One great thing about going to punk and hardcore shows is that you’ll never know in which venue you are going to end up. I have seen shows at the strangest places in and outside of buildings. So it wasn’t really a surprise to find out that this show was taking place at the German equivalent of a bowling alley. There’s a slight difference from what’s known to the world as bowling though as “Kegeln” has 10 9 pins and the ball has no holes to grip it. German “Kegelbahnen” (bowling alleys) are usually infamous for their visitors as this is one of the most conservative sports in Germany. The players are rather blue collar type of people with a very low class humour and a great thirst for beer which is why a lot of Kegel-games deal with how much someone has to drink when he loses the game. So this was the setting for yet another great show set up by the guys and girls of Hit & Run.
So the stage was set at “Lamäng”, a small bar in the part of Cologne called Kalk. First up were Feeding Time, a band from Austria who played their version of high speed break influenced and chaotic hardcore with nice dely effects in between their songs. The sound was horrible, but that didn’t really matter as I think it wouldn’t have changed my opinion on them. It’s nice to watch such a band play live, but I would never buy their record as I don’t think I would listen to it on my stareo at home. The band was giving their best, the audience was appreciating that and the temperature in the room was rising.
Next in line were AYS who I think I saw some time ago at some festival at “Kolbhallen”, but I might be mistaken there. Same pattern with a little bit more structure, hardcore. Classic short and flashy songs, nice attitude abnd very thankful spectators. Also very enjoyable. Just as Feeding Time they only played for 20-25 minutes which is just enough to keep me interested as it seems that my attetion span gets shorter and shorter the more often I have to listen to such bands.
Headlining that night were our local boys from Kingdom who I definetely had seen at “Kolbhallen” before, but that was some years ago so I didn’t really know what to expect. Turned out they have evolved into a hardrocking hardcore monster with great mosh parts with a heavy influence from New York City. The crowd liked it as well and some people were even dancing. A very brave thing cosidering how limited the space was and how low the ceiling was hanging. Luckily noone got hurt. They finished off their set with a coverversion of Hammerhead‘s “Ich sauf’ allein” a classic song about drinking which was even funnier because the singer of Kingdom is a straight edge guy. But they tried to sound as anti-social and fucked up as Hammerhead even completely missing out at the beginning and having to start again three times in a row. Nice try, boys.
A very entertaining show with lots of familiar faces in a really sweet part of Cologne where I would hang out a lot more wasn’t it on the other side of the river.