It seems to have been about six months since I last went to a show, but it definetely feels longer. I hadn’t heard about this one and if a friend of mine hadn’t pointed my attention to it I might have just stayed at home for yet another weekend. Turns out the show itself wasn’t that great, but meeting up with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time was worth the trip. The “Underground” might have played a part in my overall impression as it was as horrible as always. Still some things never change. Especially at hardcore shows.
Hangin’ Tough opened the show. I had never heard of them before, but it turned out they were fronted by former Kingdom singer Jan, so there was at least one familiar face on stage. Their sound is very, very retro, somewhere in between those hard and tough hardcore bands from the late 90s, throw some Judge in it, maybe a bit of 80s old school (They did a cover of “Straight Edge Revenge”) and you get what I’m talking about. It’s nothing new, it doesn’t stand out, but it’s not bad either. perhaps what will remain from this show is the hair of their guitarist (since when is long hair back in fashion?) and their t-shirt design of Cologne rock legend Jürgen Zeltinger. Again, a decent show, but somehow this just doesn’t pull me out of my rocking chair anymore.
Well, compared to Horror Show, who were up next, Hangin’ Tough looked like a revelation though. Horror Show were just flat out boring. I think they were trying to be modern, but in the end they failed completely. Alright, it’s hardcore, they had a few samples every now and then, but in the end it was just some uninspired music which will be forgotten in a few years from now. The interesting thing is that some of the kids who were at the show might look back and sort of see that band as the best they ever saw, just as I might do this for some of the bands I saw back in the days. There was some movement in the crowd, but no matter how hard the singer, who had to show off his oh-so-cool tattoo on his back, tried. Well, Cologne never has been known for its crowd.
I only saw Dead Swans for two songs, but they, too, were just another hardcore band trying to sound like 2012. The crowd seemed to like it though, but that might have been because this was their last tour.
The rest of the evening was all about nice conversations and finding out that D.C. legend Scream are actually playing at the “Underground” next week. Now that should be interesting…