To be honest, I only went to this one because there was nothing else to do on a Friday evening and I really wanted to see a show. The concept was interesting as well because Club Scheisse/Aetherblissement and the Sonic Ballroom teamed up for this concert with the first to bands playing at the Club Scheisse and the main act finishing thjings of right next door at the Ballroom.
When I left work at around 9 pm the show was supposed to have started already. By the time I arrived in Cologne Ehrenfeld The Town Of Machine were already on stage, but since they played quite a few songs after I entered Club Scheisse they must have started only a few minutes ago. Their sound was a mixture of 90’s german hardcore (think Loxiran) with a bit of melody thrown in. Nothing new at all, but entertaining nonetheless.
It seems they only have one demo out as of yet but plan to put out a record soon. The put out a demo and a 7″ so far and plan to record a 12″ nxt year.
Next up were Adolar who were kind of annoying because they were talking way too much on stage which led them to play only a few songs. This is crunchy Indierock with a little notion of Ultrafair, especially when you listen to the vocals. Some hardcore outburst in between. Again, nothing special, nothing new, slightly annoying and a bit too much on the “trendy” side of things. It didn’t matter this evening because by the time they started playing a friend of me showed up and we had a lot to talk about.
For the final act of the evening the audience shifted a few metres down the street into the warmer Sonic Ballroom. Findus finished off the evening in style. Hailing from Hamburg the way they looked when they climbed on the stage I was kind of afraid that this would be some kind of a Joy Division Coverband because of the way the band looked. But their sound is very “northern german” (as in “norddeutsch”) and bands like Tomte, Turbostaat or Oma Hans come to mind. Still Findus are way more poppy and not nearly as punkrock-ish as the aforementioned bands. They really got the crowd moving and were a worthy headliner for the night.