It has been quite some time since I have been to two shows on two days straight. The reason for such a long intervall inbetween such occansions is simple: there basically aren’t that many good shows in Cologne and the surrounding cities anymore. At least no shows that would interested me enough to go there. Last night was different though.
So after going to a rather quiet show the day before this one was slightly louder. The nice ladies & gentlemen of Hit & Run shows invited everybody for a ride with a band from the States and two German support acts to the “Rubinrot” in Cologne-Ehrenfeld. As I wrote a few days ago Hit & Run shows are always fun to go to. The atmosphere resembles a family meeting, you get to see people you haven’t met in a long time and yesterday was no different.
The show started rather early at 20.45 because of the neighbouring houses. To be honest I was a little surprised to find out there was a show at the “Rubinrot” since I always thought they weren’t allowed to let “real” bands play there. I saw some acoustic sets at the “Rubinclub”, but I didn’t watch a whole band with amplified guitars, bass and drums. So this came as a little surprise to me.
First up was Tiger Paws, the former singer of Kurhaus, a German hardcore band which never really interested me and the performance of his acoustic show was plain boring. I saw two acoustic singer/songwriter acts the day before and what this guy was showing off on stage was just pathetic. So I hung back and drank a beer with my friends to wait for the other bands to start playing.
The second support slot was filled by Diane Parker’s Little Accidents, a sideproject of two guys from German hardcore band Tackleberry. I have the feeling there’s some pun in the bandname which I don’t get, but never mind. Their music was punkrock in which they tried to mix some melodies but failed badly, because the band was completely out of tune. Honestly, guys, there’s tuning machines for small money which you can get at any damn given music store in any city. Do yourselves a favour and buy one for each instrument. It will do you good. The performance was okay, the songwriting seemed to sound good was well, but the out-of-tune instruments simplay ruined it all for me. Horrible. Now I don’t want to start about professionalism, but at least try to sound like you are in tune on stage.
So it was up to Young Livers to deliver the goods … and, oh boy, surely they did. As for their music, think Gainesville and that huge act from that city which recently got together to play shows again. Do I really need to spell the name out? I don’t think so. Young Livers immediately stepped up the pace and created a great pressure with their music which really pushes you to the wall. Great riffs with a small shot of melody, just enough to keep you interested. Strange drum beats and rhythms which leave you wondering how they do this. And a lot of energy on stage. Completely different from the support acts. The German bands on this evening sounded more like high school bands, completely lacking inspiration and power. But those guys here, my oh my, that was a performance to remember. I really liked what I saw and heard. If you have the chance to watch them play, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.
I wonder why there are so many great bands coming from that rather small city in Florida, though. Maybe it’s the climate. And why do bands who are signed No Idea Records have to have at least one bandmember who wears a huge beard? That’s what me and a friend where wondering about as well.