Monthly Archive: Dezember, 2015

October: 6 gigs & a movie

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October was a heavy month.
Adding Stefan to the band has meant a lot of great things, one of which is gigs…Stefan is a whizz at finding us gigs, he’s well-connected and together we all made a map for our busiest month so far—5 gigs in October, and all this in the middle of my needing to leave town because my 7-year old son is starring in a movie that would be shooting all through October and November.
We started it off with a gig on October 2nd, at the HAUS DER OFFIZIERE in Brandenburg…a beautiful place, lovely stage, smoke, lights, cool people and bands  Abstürzende Brieftauben (Hannover) + Blutiger Osten (Brandenburg) + Die Punk!Roiber (Erfurt) + Saaleterror (Halle) + Penny Dreadful (Prag). Our first gig outside of Berlin, something we want to get better and better at, training for touring! And especially for next year when the album comes out…the gig should’ve been great but right during the first song I had amp problems…I had not brought my box, just my top, and somehow plugging it into someone else’s box didn’t work—guitar cut out and the sound was not so hot, at least not something I had under my control…I was pretty bummed but so many people came up to me afterwards and told me „it was great“, at least giving me the sense that our performance still got through to people despite the problems.
Did you see our new banner?? It is tremendous COOL and we have Markus to thank for it, our „ex“bassist who has been working graphics for us alongside.  We can’t thank him enough for the amazing work he’s done, including the graphics for the upcoming album…more on that in a moment…

After the show...Markus & Abraham pack away all the equipment like good little boys...

After the show…Markus & Abraham pack away all the equipment like good little boys…

On the 7th, I flew out to Mannheim witgh my son, who is one of the lead actors in Dani Levy’s new movie, „Der Kleine Diktator.“  I took a guitar along with me to practice, because we had gigs coming up and there was no way for us to rehearse! From Mannheim on the 22nd I flew back to Berlin for our next two gigs.
On October 23rd we were at THE TOMMYHAUS in Kreuzberg for the FLESHBUG RECORD RELEASE PARTY, to celebrate our appearance on their latest compilation CD…“Just A Cog In The Corporate World“.  We made sure to play that one, in a swift, truncated 20-minute set.  It was an awesome play, and we had our man Petros Sofocli (who we’ve also been recording new tracks with) working the sound board, so it was a real dream…
On October 24th we played the KOPI here in Berlin, with Spika in Snüzz (Punk Rock/München) + Bad Brians (Hardcore & Punk Rock Classics)…I found Spika in Snüzz totally inspiring and Bad Brians were a load of fun…but I felt exhausted and maybe burned out…a friendly punk who’d been helping out around the stage asked me for a CD.  I said sure no problem and when I brought it to him, he gave me a small plastic baggie containing some white powder.  (I shoulda taken it.) I don’t know why I was depressed maybe with the futility of life and exhaustion in general, but not being able to hear my guitar so well up onstage really bothers me.  I really look forward to the stage and playing, am all keyed up, and want to play and make sounds…and I do that…but when I can’t hear myself, „feel“ myself, I get very depressed. (People in the audience said the sound was great.  Super, just wisdh I could say the same up on stage.)  So I sunk a little.  After we played our last song, the audience wanted more, and we could’ve played more if not for me calling it quits and hiding behind an amp.  „Just make them all go away.“  Some shit like that.
Then, flying to Frankfurt for the next leg of filming.  My son Ewi has never acted before but he’s doing great and getting better everyday, with great help from Dani (director), Arndt (assistant director) and his acting coach Konstantin…there are long days and some nights but the scenes are getting done and I watch with astonishment and wonder as my son becomes an actor.
On the 30th I fly back to Berlin, get there and then the same day truck out to ‚CONNY ISLAND‘ in Henningsdorf…(wow, here we are, again traveling outside of Berlin).  We played with Homerun + The Spacelords in a cool space with a big backstage and food, food, how nice it is when places provide bands with food…definitely one of the nice things about playing live for sure! And I thought clubs in New York were being nice when they let you have free beer…Now this was a great gig, great sound, cool people…I was slightly exhausted from the trip and the straight running from one thing to another…that special ‚punk friend‘ that gave me the white powder pretty much saw me through this weekend of non-stop movement.  I have to say it was a great help…I’m no speedhead, but s special thanks to that KOPI punk for giving me some much-needed energy…
On the 31st of October we played LA CASA in Hellersdorf  with our favorite pals the Dört Birds (Hardcore/Rummelsburg) + The Sentiments (D.I.Y. Punk Rock/Osnabrück), a band I really dug, brought Cock Sparrer to mind amoung other sweet sensations, hadda buy the album! And of course the best thing about playing with The Dörtbirds is being able to see them hear them and get swept away by their special brand of hardcore! Always a highlight anytime…
Frankfurt, Hanau, Kassel, then hopping over to Switzerland before ending the film shoot in Pförzheim.  The worst part of this great experience was my father having a heart attack at the end of the shoot, on November 19th.  He would pass away 11 days later.
It is now December 12th as I write this, my head loaded with sadness, with thoughts of my father, and the feeling that the show must go on: we play tomorrow in Kreuzberg at the GOLDENER HAHN…I figured my dad would never bother to see my band, but now I know he will be there.  I so very need to play my guts out.
So come and see us if you can.  And thanks to all the people who’ve made these past two months an incredible journey.

abraham r.