summer summer

Abraham here speaking with his voice!
WAH WAH WAH, no that stands for WILD AT HEART where we just played a cool gig with KOTTER!! No kidding, things have been hopping and tho we feel like we’re just getting started…we talk about playing 100 gigs a year (but it’s more like 2 or 3 a month)…imagine playing that much, touring through Europe, mneeting even more cool bands & putting on shows…It’s happening…already…

But wait lemme nah get ahead of meself—this June is hot as heck and we’ll be heading back to Henningsdorf to do some recording & work on the 2nd album.
2nd ALBUM!!?? Yeah, I know, we just put out the first one, but UF has a backlog of precious old gems we’re currently stomping our way through…and past!! & I did in fact record a second album in NY with K &G back in 2011, but we’ve decided to re-record those songs rather than put out another record where Misha & Steiff don’t appear in!! Besides which, we’re doing most of those songs LIVE already, stuff like “Funeral Pyre”, “Cut To Close-Up”, “Line Of Sight”, of course— and I’m just loving how we do them. Deshalb new recording sessions!! Dude—lots of UF songs to catch up to, but we’re really cranking up the new stuff. That third album will no longer contain songs from the original UF canon. It’ll be US!! & new stuff and the vibe we create together!! Well Hallelujah for that!!

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Uploading new photos überall, THANK YOU THANK YOU Renee!!! He is a class act photographer and we’re lucky to have him. He shot us at the PUNK & DISORDERLY festival…speaking of which…the new PUNK & DISORDERLY video!! It’s us doing ‘AMERICA HAS BEEN SWALLOWED’ but taped by two awesome ladies who call themselves MACABRE PARIAH (www.macabre-pariah.com)…I didn’t get to meet them tho I caught sight of one of them filming me – I believe I saw beautiful black dreads – A special thanks to them from me because they do awesome work and make us look…well…terrific. Thanks, ladies. We hope to work with you again soon! & some more vids will follow. I’ve been actually cutting down on the vids…lots of stuff from NY and 2014 here in Berlin, but honestly, we’d like to stick with just a small amount of vids. So I’ve yanked a lot of them. The P&D stuff is the first time we’ve gotten video of Steiff with us!!

Well the album is out and we couldn’t be happier with it. It doesn’t have Misha & Steiff on there = I recorded it in NY in 2011 with two very talented young ladies, Geena & Kaleen, which is why us recording this second album is important to us in terms of really representing how we sound. Of course we’re playing the fuck out of those songs but you can say, we’re moving on from the core material, Urgent Fury’s beginnings, and into totally new turf. With songs like “Time Bomb”, “Drone” and “Powermove” for starters, we step into the future straight out of the past. Feels good to grow past ‘past’. Come join us for the ride.

And you check out my regular column in OX FANZINE, ok?
Now read some German!!

abraham

Record Release Party

Ja, unsere erste Langspielplatte kam gerade heraus – in Zusammenarbeit mit Core*Tex Records! Sie heißt “Let Freedom Sting” und es gibt sie nur als 180 g schweres Vinyl inkl. Download-Gutschein (oder natürlich als MP3-Download in den üblichen Online-Shops). Und das haben wir gebührend gefeiert zusammen mit unseren Freunden und Special Guests von DörtBirds, AntiBastard und StartARiot. Und natürlich gab’s das schwarze Gold an diesem Abend zum Spezialpreis…

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Punk & Disorderly 2016 first impressions

We had a great time yesterday on P&D 2016.

UF at P&D 2016

Here’s Steiff looking forward to the show:
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The Razors played a mindblowing set and were true companions backstage, too:

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Here’s René already anticipating the rage and utter bewilderment of being our stage photographer:

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Member’s drummer Nick Cash chopping away with his amazingly unique style:

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After the show we had an inspiring chat with Members JC Carroll and Chris Payne whereby JC shared some secret tricks of the trade.

All in all, it was a great experience. Thanks to Marc, Thore and Sebastian from M.A.D for taking care of us…

Punk and Disorderly 2016

We are thrilled to have the privilege of opening the saturday show at this year’s “Punk and Disorderly” festival in Berlin for smashing bands MOPED LADS, RAZORS, LIONS LAW, THE MEMBERS, DISCIPLINE and, of course, COCK SPARRER…

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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.

January & February Update

A busy January.
1. First we get to do a party for VOKUHILA, a hair salon celebrating 15 years of cutting heads. We’ll be the opening “rausschmeisser” which will kick off events leading to a presentation at the Rote Salon. We thought cool, why not, a good little practice for an upcoming gig at WILD AT HEART! At VOKUHILA it meant packing Michael’s drums and my amp cabinet in a small space. Used a small cube and 30-watt bass amp and that filled the place quite nicely. A lively crowd. It was Michael who thought up getting Vokuhila wigs! Then I had to jump in and dress up a bit! And it was fun to step in and out of roles and fuck with that a little. Everybody had fun, and we got some cool footage!

2. Then came WILD AT HEART, a gig we were all looking forward to. A long soundcheck, as one mix is for upstairs and one is for the recording studio downstairs, as Ulli The Headman records us live. (WILD AT HEART has a well-equipped studio down there.) I don’t know why I didn’t see it, it was Michael and Ulli The Headman disappearing all night to do voodoo. With me it’s guitar sound and I spend all my time before a gig thinking about how I’ll get my sound over. To get the feedback I want, the bubbling-cauldron sustain, the thick cables I can bite with my teeth and feel them soaring through the air all around me!!! Yet every club is different, every sound engineer has a different approach and quite a number of them dread NOISE! Something DISTORTED and SCREECHING and beginning to SCREEEEEM!

WILD AT HEART was a great gig! Not only was there a nice supportive crowd of people there that stayed during our short set of 16 SONGS, but there was also the lovely friends from the US sending love on the event page, one friend in particular, David Koenig, even making us a great flyer!!

I loved playing at WILD AT HEART. The stage itself feels warm and homey, the stage lights lining the rim of the stage and all that sweet flashing…I think this video I put together maybe captures a little of how it felt for me…

At the end of January, we played THE SCHOKOLADEN with our friends, THE DÖRTBIRDS. It was the perfect closer to an active month.

FEBRUARY
After such a busy January, February crawls. We’ve been busy listening to the mixes from the live Wild At Heart. Ulli’s gone in a few times and cranked some dials and now we’re listening to this latest one…could be the last one before we start the mastering. We have 16 songs recorded and are picking through the best versions, especially concentrating on the newer songs!

At the end of the month, we recorded with Petros at his MOVING SOUNDS studio here in Berlin. We were talking about a single, and then an EP or a new 10″, something to have at shows and we’re still spinning that one around but the crucial thing is, we’re recording NEW songs: “Time Bomb”, “TBA”, “Drone”, “Crewcut Land”, and “Powermove”. We can decide what to use how later, but it’s great to start building a solid bank of songs that will inevitably end up on an album! That’s the best feeling of all, to know that the songs are piling up nicely. But some things we have to get to. We’ve been so busy concentrating on making the music that we haven’t yet completely covered the other part: getting the music out to labels. We figure we should give that a good try before we put it out ourselves on Michael’s own record label.

The suckiest news about this month is that Markus is leaving the band. The pace is getting too crazy for him. His health hasn’t been too good and last month’s frantic pace was enough for him. He wants to keep working with the band and has offered us bass backup should we get a gig before we find a new bassist, but it clearly brings us back to the drawing board, of sorts.
Markus DID come in to record with us, and we’re sure he’ll be there to fill in any gaps.
Markus DID come in to record with us, and we’re sure he’ll be there to fill in any gaps.

Petros Sofocli is our man.
It was great to record
with him. We spent a
whole day together in
the spacious MOVING
SOUNDS studio. Gotta
definitely spread the word
about him, as we plan to
work with him more.
Thanks to Olly and
FLESHBUG for bringing
us together. Petros is gone on tour for a few weeks, but when he gets back we can work on mixing the five songs we recorded. Between that, and mixing the Wild At Heart live stuff, we have a lot of work to do.

This month we make an appearance in the new issue of PLASTIC BOMB (#90), with a song on the gratis CD “Walking Mace”…PLASTIC BOMB is a Berlin hardcore punk fanzine, with emphasis on hardcore…

We want to thank everybody that’s been giving us support, encouragement, and just plain love. We love yall right back.
abe