It’s been quite a while since I had some time to go out to a show and I figure I only got my ass off the couch this evening because I had two weeks of holiday and that’s always a good sign that I had a lot of time to relax and recharge my batteries. Also I wanted to at least show up at the “Club Scheisse/Aetherblissement”, a very nice and cool venue, one of the last in Cologne which still have this semi-legal/squat feel to it.
Located right next to Cologne’s other infamous punkrock venue, the “Sonic Ballroom” the “Club Scheisse” used to be garage and the first time I went there people were still living in that room. Which basically means that bands were playing in those people’s living room, which is, when you think about it, rather nice and convenient. For tonight’s show I didn’t know any of the bands, not even by name, and the songs I was able to find online weren’t that thrilling, so I was hoping to at least meet up with a few people I hadn’t seen in a while and drink a few beers. Turned out I was going to be surprised.
When I showed up at the club there weren’t that many people around and the fist band Zombies Are Pissed from Caen, France, were only playing to a handful. Their sound was rather simple and boring, lots of guitar riffs you probably have heard from some local teenage punk band before. This is your usual opening act, who sounds, at the very least, improvable. Nothing new, so I wasn’t actually thrilled to see them play.
But the next band caught everybody’s attention. Apologies, I Have None are from London, GB, and took the whole place by storm. Before they started their set they were raving about how nice everybody was and how thrilled they were to be able to play at the “Aetherblissement”. Seems they only hopped on the show a few days earlier and were just happy to have found a place to stay for the night. If every band delivers a show like they did I’d happily have bands hopping on shows all the time. Apologies, I Have None brought along a very tight and crisp mixture of Against Me! and Weston, with all the great parts of both bands combined. because the band in between songs was thanking everybody in sight the positive feeling reached the crowd at once. by the third song everybody was into it and happily dancing along. These were the moments I had been hoping for. To be surprised by a band I didn’t know before. They played for about half and hour and afterwards I couldn’t help but buy all the stuff they had for sale (which apparently wasn’t much, just a 7″ and a shirt, but nevermind). Great band, will check them out again, when they come over the next time.
Next up were Love Academy from Germany, yet another band I hadn’t heard of before. But when they started playing I knew I was in for something good. Their lead singer used to be in a band called Ultrafair, some guys from Düsseldorf amodestproposal played with two times, and their self-proclaimed “Prosecco Punk” was a live experience other bands can barely match. Love Academy deliver small 2-3 minute eruptions of explosive indie-rock/punkrock songs with rather unusual vocals and a very simple sound. Yet the way they play it is highly entertaining. Yet another very pleasant surprise I didn’t expect.
I skipped the last band to head home, but this was definetely the right decision to spend the evening at the show. Let’s see when I find time for this the next time.