King Automatic (FRA)
As we are now nearing the 2nd decade of the 21st century, it is time to ask an essential question:
Where lies the future of Rock 'n' Roll?
Will we recycle old ideas ad infinitum - 3 chords boom chica boom, mimick the past and kneel and pray at the alter of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Ramones and the Cramps or will we introduce new musical concepts into Rock ‘n’ Roll, embrace the future and venture into unsafe yet exciting waters?
Will we limit ourselves by sticking to the musical traditions of the Western hemisphere only or will we seek inspiration across the four corners of our globe and make truly trans-global Rock ‘n‘ Roll?
It is time to expand the horizon and to seek out new territories - it is time to evolve and if that evolutionary process takes the shape of King Automatic...well that's all the better.
This Gentleman finds inspiration in Jamaican Rocksteady, Rhythm ‘n’Blues, Bebop and the tribal drumming of West Africa to mention only a few of the ingredients of a truly exotic musical cocktail.
In addition to the musical diversity to be found in his music, King Automatic has also freed Rock ‘n’ Roll from the lyrical cliché of: “I picked up my baby in a ’59 De Ville, we tore through the city seeking cheap thrills”. There is actually real songwriting at play here which adds a welcomed layer to the music we all like to drink, dance and make babies to.
Starting out in the mid-1990’s as the drummer of the legendary French Punk band Thundercrack, King Automatic took a radical turn at the beginning of the new Millenium and introduced a new dimension to the sound of one-man bands.
He began to sample and loop organ, guitar, harp and percussion sounds live on stage to create a truly sonic soundscape – close your eyes and you will swear you are listening to an orchestra.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 22h, Eintritt: 10€Links:
Pripjat (D) / Tempest (D)
Get your asses into a bunker, 'cause PRIPJAT are about to hit you! The four Amigos from Cologne, Germany are heading to a very straight direction: THRASH. And they love it – on and besides the stage. Those who have seen them live know about their energetic shows that kick the audience directly back to the 80s. But there is no room for nostalgia. The guys use all the elements that make this genre so great: Slayer, Kreator, Destruction, Megadeth, Annihilator, Testament, Violator, Artillery or Havok – you name it! This mixture is not only fun, but leaves a deep and distinct impression. The unfamiliar name has a simple story. Kirill (Vocals, Guitar) and Eugen (Guitar) both come from Kiev, Ukraine – 80 kilometers away from the Tschernobyl nuclear plant. Their own lives as well as their parents’ lives have directly been influenced by the nuclear disaster back in '86. These guys know what they are yelling about. This is often reflected in their lyrics, like in 'Liquidators', 'Acid Rain' or the title track of the upcoming record 'Sons Of Tschernobyl'. An even though the message is very important, PRIPJAT are not deadly serious all the time. There is still some room for beer, boobs, and Beelzebub. Their statement nails it: “You can only play metal credibly if you love and live it!” While the band has been existing for only three years, they still managed to play a lot of gigs and record the four track demo 'Liquidators', which got very positive press response. It went even better for the debut record “Sons Of Tschernobyl” - an all-handmade piece of pissed-off in-your-face thrash. The press and fans response was overwhelming. The completely self recorded, mixed and mastered LP convinced the critics not only with its energy, diversity and a pissed off attitude. The raw and forceful sound contrasts to all the high end and ass licked modern productions. What a middle finger!
Razorsharp riffs, drums firing all over the place, thundrous bass and vocal attacks incorporating melodic hooklines as well as punchy shouts: that is what defines TEMPEST from Aachen, Germany! The quartett‘s debut recording, „When Hate Has Dominion“, comprises of 5 anthems of uncompromised Thrash Metal, which are ready to be unleashed onto the worldwide metal community – and this is just the very beginning!
Established in 2013 as a duo-project by Phil and Marco, it soon became obvious that ambitions exceeded the current situation, and thus the project became a full-scale band . During the following years, the two guitarists found fitting musicians in the form of Karsten on the bass and Gabor on the drums in order to achieve the sonic vision the two had – sophisticated thrash anthems, inspired by classic thrash elements without repeating the past. After long ongoing search for a decent vocalist, it turned out that Phil, besides of his role a guitarist, seemed to be a perfect fit for the vacant vocalist position as well as being just the right person to front the band on stage. With completed personell, the band startet recording their debut in 2017, called „When Hate has Dominion“, to be released during summer 2018. After recording the album, Karsten left the band and left space for Björn, who perfectly fitted the gap in the bands lineup during mid 2018.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 21h, Eintritt: 10€Links:
MaidaVale (SWE) / Black Wanda (D)
“It sounds a bit like if Ace Frehley and Siouxsie Sioux jammed with The Doors at a late- night after party in a small and damp bedsit in London, if you know what I mean.”
– Roppongi Rocks Swedish four piece MaidaVale create a reckless, psychedelic rock that consistently breaks new ground and diverges from what’s expected.
After first emerging on the live rock scene in 2014, their 2016 debut album Tales of the Wicked West was received with open arms and launched them as one of the most promising new bands and gave them a busy schedule touring Europe the next year.
On their second album, released in early 2018, the band followed up with an even more experimental and dynamic sound that confirmed their place on the psych rock scene. Madness Is Too Pure was well received amongst both critics and fans for it’s bold and innovative take on the genre, and the bands’ live shows are constantly praised for its musicality and electric connection between musicians and audience.
Black Wanda passen mit ihrem heruntergekommenen Sludge Blues gut ins Roadhouse aus David Lynchs Kultserie Twin Peaks. Mark Lanegan, Nick Cave und Chris Isaak sitzen an der Bang Bang Bar und feiern dabei ihre Birthday Party.
Der Blues ist es, der alle verbindet und das musikalische Fundament für Black Wanda legt. Schräg und leicht morbid kommen die Songs daher, mal sanft, mal treibend, rau und auch mal hart. Harmonien die man sonst nur aus Metal-Szenarien kennt, mischen sich mit Surf-Guitar-Klängen und ergeben den typischen Black Wanda-Sound. Die Songs handeln von allen Unarten des täglichen, urbanen Lebens – Midlife Crisis, Depression, Tinder, Liebe, Psychoaktiva, Amphetamine und Regenbögen.
Black Wanda sind in ihrem eigenen Film. Geleckte Blues-Schemata und Stoner-Rock à la Blues Pills oder Kadavar überlassen sie anderen.
Supergroups gibt es vielleicht nur in L.A., aber Black Wanda bringen mehr als 100 Jahre Bühnenerfahrung und Intensität auf den Punkt. Der Gesang kommt von der Kölner Garage-Rock Band Burracho. Die twangy Gitarre und der knochige Bass kommen von den Kölner Noise-Rockern minusmen, Drums von den Dortmunder Stoner und Hardcore-Ikonen Twinearth und Get Rich or Die.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 21h, Eintritt: 12€
Hellfire Radio Birthday Bash
UP NORTH aus Köln haben ein Faible für catchy Songs mit rauer Garnitur. Erinnert an DEPARTURES oder die späteren HEART IN HAND. Trotz musikalischem Tiefgang schwingt stets ein positiver Vibe mit. Gangshouts, melodische Background- Vocals, teils pop-punkige Rhythmen. Alles präsentiert im rohen Gewand des Melodic Hardcore.
Zehn Jahre Bandgeschichte führten BETRAY YOUR IDOLS zu dem Sound, den sie heute haben: Melodic Hardcore mit einer starken Dosis Punk-Drive und schweren, drückenden Ambient Parts. Angefangen hat alles mit den Veröffentlichungen der Platten „Cotillion“ und „We Are“, durch die sich die Band aus dem Bonner Raum viele Konzerte und eine größere Tour durch Deutschlands Großstädte ermöglichen konnte. Im April 2016 folgte
die EP „Broken Arrows“, auf der BETRAY YOUR IDOLS ihren Sound bereits in die heutige, melodisch-punkige Richtung entwickelt haben. Themen des Lebens, Hoffnung und Zusammenhalt behandelt die Platte auf eine realistische, ehrliche Art, die dem Hörer nahe geht. Mit dieser EP feierten BETRAY YOUR IDOLS ihr 10-jähriges Bandjubiläum und tourten zu diesem Anlass erneut durch Deutschland und konnten ebenso auf einigen Shows in Belgien neue Erfahrungen sammeln und die treibende Live-Präsenz unter Beweis stellen.
WORTH ist eine 5-köpfige 2015 gegründete Band aus Bonn. Musikalisch bewegen sie sich irgendwo zwischen Melodic-Hardcore, Emo und Geballer. Das klingt oft wütend, manchmal auch traurig und ab und zu auch schön. Wichtig ist den Jungs, dass ihre Musik gehört wird, deshalb veröffentlichten sie 2016 eine EP zum freedownload.
Nach den ersten Shows und einem Sängerwechsel starteten WORTH frisch in 2017. Im April veröffentlichten sie ihre 5 Track EP “Lacus”, welche ebenfalls kostenlos verfügbar ist. Im September releaseten sie eine Single unter dem Titel “Pinehouse” welche als Musikvideo veröffentlicht wurde.
Einlass: 20h, Beginn: 21h, Eintritt: 8€Links:
Betray Your Idols
Electric Eel Shock (JAP) / Shaemless (NL)
"EES left their native Japan in 1999 to see what they could make of America and they have been on a near constant world tour ever since. Headlining a stage in 2003 at the prestigious Roskilde Festival in Denmark was a key early event for the band. They played SXSW in 2002, 2003, 2005 and again in 2012. By 2004 EES had toured 27 countries around the world and they decided it was about time to release an album: „GO EUROPE!“ became the first commercially available EES release and the band performed at 30 European Summer Festivals.
Follow up albums „BEAT ME“ (2005) & „TRANSWORLD ULTRA ROCK“ (2007) were both recorded in Holland with legendary producer Attie Bauw (Judas Priest, Scorpions, Bootsy Collins etc). These 2 albums achieved much critical acclaim from press and fans alike and EES continued to conquer the international musical scene step by step throughout 2005 and 2008 adding Australia and parts of Asia to their widening travels.
In 2008 Electric Eel Shock joined Sellaband to raise the funds to record their next album “Sugoi Indeed” raising $50,000 in record time. “Sugoi Indeed” is an album full of classic rock hand-crafted in Japan. Attie Bauw, was on hand to assist again, this time he engineered the basic tracks as Electric Eel Shock took over the production reins on the album themselves.The album was licensed to several labels around the world and was released in October 2009: Japan – Universal / Germany – Rodeostar / Netherlands – Rough Trade / UK – Cargo
After their last EU tour in 2010-2011, The band has been concentrating on Japan and Asia for a period. They also released their live album „Live Around The World vol.1“ in Japan only.
In 2012 and 2013 the band again toured the US extensively playing SXSW 2012 and Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin.
2013, bassist Kazuto launched Crowdfunding site called Fan-Bo and They successed their first best of and cover album project.
shAEmlEss is a young quartet from Nijmegen, the Netherlands. They make an original mix of punk, noise, blues and surfy 60’s garage. By Combining bands like: Iceage, Thee Oh Sees and Jon spencer you’ll get the best description of what shAEmlEss really is. Shows are pure, in your face and people always loose their minds, when these four idiots come around.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 21.30h, Eintritt: 10€Links:
Electric Eel Shock