Can we start again, go back….!? Back in the day we did a zine, the release party of our last issue in 2016 morphed into a festival you guys all know. Since there are no shows, there is a zine again. <3
The next issue is available for pre-orders now.
This issue is packed with sweet folks like STRIKE ANYWHERE, SEA PUNKS, CHAMBERLAIN, BE WELL, REST EASY, DEAD BARS, ALL ABOARD!, CAPTAIN ASSHOLE, PIZZA PUNKS, REMEMBER SPORTS, GUNMOLL, DARK THOUGHTS, SEWER RATS, TU*NA and WORST ADVICE.
And there is even more:
SEA PUNKS‘ boat „Rise Above“ is almost ready to head into its first sea rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea. You can support them by purchasing our SEA PUNKS x ALL ABOARD! shirt.
Thanks to Kevin at fleetunion we got our hands on an advance copy of the new MARTHA record – yes, I know, freakin‘ exciting, BUT if you saw them live last year you got treated to some of the tunes as well (I am quite sure we got to hear into this in Kiel). So go see them live in April or at the BOOZE CRUISE Festival this year before you miss any more exciting stuff.
Back to the new record, so I sat down and tried to write something down to very single song. It’s not necessarily an exact description of the music you get to hear. Sometimes I tried that, sometimes it’s a thought or an idea that I got from listening and sometimes it’s just personal things and stories that might give you an expression of the song – anyway, enjoy … Philip
heart is healing First single plus first video from this record, so you should have heard this one already. It features the kind of country flavored guitar that was promised by MARTHA in the never released interview from 2018. Nice one!
sight for sore eyes My personal favorite this one – sort of a most welcome flash back to the courting strong album with the tempo picking up and then the many voices singing – perfect. Country? I don’t know …
into this Third single? I think so … The beginning of this song sounds like a choir in a big stadium – are they going into arena rock territory? Naomi taking main vocal duties on this one and sounding different from the blisters and courting albums – sort of like more fragile and more confident at the same time if that makes any sense. Nice ooo’s as background vocals and then the absolutely massive chorus sets in. I can picture the terraces at Sunderland singing this to taunt the opposing teams fans … or to complain to their own.
wrestlemania VIII Best song title of the album without a doubt – fast, tempo, nice breaks a lots of oooo’s again. Country? Not on this one – guitars go into full solo mode and the bass is particularly nice so the only question remaining goes back to the title – video game or the real wrestlemania? Name checking Rowdy Roddy Piper gives this one extra points in my book.
mini was a pre-teen arsonist I am not quite sure what this song is about. Yes, I get the general drift: pre-teen rebel. Locked up for being different, but why Mini? And is this story real or made up? Features once again vocal harmonies to die for – how do they do it? Country? I think I can hear a slide guitar in the back and is that a bottle neck? There is also an acoustic guitar which makes me think this one might actually morph ONSIND and MARTHA.
love keeps kicking Second single and you should already be singing this one under your breath. Another acoustic guitar, oooo’s as well, but somehow this one is not my favorite one – a little too sweet, a little slow … funny video though.
brutalism by the river (arrhythmia) Nathan finally singing, uptempo and definitely no country in sight. Brutalism? Wasn’t there a MARTHA shirt with a brutalism theme? First time I heard of the shirt coming before the song – nice one. Where’s Maple Avenue? Second part features … a keyboard? Oh noooo … but then the oh, oh, oh’s fit together perfectly with the background singing and I don’t care about the keyboard anymore … which turns out to be an organ in the end – phew, close one.
orange juice Nathan going at it again, slow start and then the vocal harmonies set in and I’m totally sold. Bitter sweet lyrics to top it off – JOHN K. SAMSON would be proud of them telling a whole novel in just a few lines. Country? Sort of a little …
the void Fourth single and as far as I can see everybody seems to love this one. And besides the lyrical content (sci-fi mini epic about the impending doom) the music is exceptionally good: fast intro, minor chords (at least some), the guitar line is a little rougher, all a little darker than usual – sort of a darker 80’ies indie song, if you know what I mean. Naomi and JC (I think) singing together in a fascinating way, oooo’s again and no country on this one – another perfect one.
Lucy shone a light on you Feedback as an intro … but then it’s not a feedback drenched 90’ies indie-song that follows (as I expected) but … start and stop guitars and I am reminded of the more rockish song from the blisters album. Country? Nope.
the only letter that you kept Balladesque beginning, some guitars added, no drums (keyboards this time around?) – Naomi’s singing is juxtaposed with vocals in a very low key in the second half of the song and these vocals get louder as the song progresses and the music fades – very gripping effect … oh yeah, it’s the organ again …
I score this album 10:1 – another sure shot for these four sweet hearts. I have to admit I got very little of the lyrics but I am sure they are another plus. Love keeps kicking is different from the other two albums in all the right ways – everyone seems to add new things and new ideas while the songs and the record stay a MARTHA album – brilliant!
P.P.S.: Tourdates: 07.04. BEL – Antwerpen, Trix 08.04. GER – Bochum, Rotunde 09.04. GER – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof 10.04. GER – Köln, Sonic Ballroom 11.04. GER – Jena, Kassablanca 12.04. CZ – Prag, klub 007 Strahov 13.04. GER – Regensburg, Heimspiel Festival / Alte Mälzerei 14.04. FRA – Lille, CCL 09.06 GER – Hamburg, Booze Cruise Festival
We asked some bands that aren’t playing the BOOZE CRUISE this year, which bands you shouldn’t miss if you will be in town for the BOOZE CRUISE fest this year.
Here are the picks of Dylan / SPANISH LOVE SONGS.
PKEW PKEW PKEW (Thursday, 20:30 hrs, MS Claudia & Thursday, 23 hrs, Goldener Salon)
They are super chill, super rad dudes, we never toured with them but they toured with friends of us and they told me PKEWx3 were the nicest guys – Also their music is really good. Them on a boat and some weed is all I want for a Thursday night.
DOE (Thursday, 23 hrs, Gun Club & Friday, 20:30 hrs, Goldener Salon)
I would definitely see DOE. They are fucking heavy! We played with them in Belgium 1 1/2 years ago. They were so good. They hit you where it hurts.
MAKEWAR (Saturday, 17 hrs, Hafenklang + Saturday, 21:10 hrs, MS Kleine Freiheit)
The homies in MAKEWAR! You definitely should see them if you want some singalong-punkrock. Also track down Jose (their singer) afterwards. He probably will be super drunk and he is a very fun person to be drunk with. But watch out he gives a lot of sweaty hugs!
KAMIKAZE GIRLS (Saturday, 20:30 hrs, Hafenklang)
KAMIKAZE GIRLS forever! They are our friends. They are the best, nicest people. Also supremely heavy just like DOE. Lucinda will destroy you with her wall of guitar. So great! Take earplugs with you though. They are very loud.
MURDERBURGERS (Saturday, 22:45 hrs, Komet)
We played around them at FEST and I was so drunk. I couldn’t tell you a song of theirs, but it was good and also they are super Scottish with a very strong accent.
MOOD CHANGE (Thursday, 22:15 hrs, Gun Club)
We were supposed to play with them last week. So I would check them out just because I didn’t get to!
FUCK! (IT’S PRONOUNCED SHIT!) (Saturday, 20 hrs, Komet)
Just because it is a great name!
FOREVER UNCLEAN (Friday, 22:30h, Überquell)
I hope that is a a „THE LEAGUE“ reference. They are a Danish band and if they watch an American TV show about fantasy football that would be super wild!
HARKER (Friday, 22:15h, Goldener Salon)
A really cool band out of the UK. They just released a record on our old label WIRETAP Records. A really amazing album. They remind me of old ALKALINE TRIO. Really good and I hope we will play them the, when we are in the UK.
Traditionally every year at FEST I fall in love with a band, I have never heard of before. 2016th addition to that list: BONG MOUNTAIN. Check them out, if you haven’t yet: Horrible name, amazing songs, great show, best record artwork I have seen in a long, long time. What is not to love about this band!?
We interviewed BONG MOUNTAIN’s Chris, Matt and Alex about their favorite videos, first stagedives, cheesy love songs…expect some unexpected answers 🙂
The first time you ever stagedived, this song / this band was playing?
Chris – LA DISPUTE covering Graduate by Third Eye Blind at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI.
Matt – During RX BANDITS, the first show I ever went to, at Freedom Hill in Pontiac, MI. The staff yelled at me.
Adum – I have never stagedived.
Favorite music video ever?
That day, the first BONG MOUNTAIN show took place, this song was #1 in the billboard charts?
Adum – Our first show was with ASTPAI and TYPESETTER, topping the charts that day was Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass.
That song is representative for your teenage days?
That classic hardcore/punk band, you actually have never heard a single song from?
Adum, Alex, and Matt – we’ve never heard MINOR THREAT, CIRCLE JERKS, or CRASS
Best song-title you’ve ever heard of?
Matt – The entire Chicago Bowls EP by DIKEMBE:
Adum – I Used to Like Them When They Put ‚Cobra‘ in the Titles – COBRA SKULLS
Oddly enough BONG MOUNTAIN got compared to this band once? Adum – BAD RELIGION. I like Bad Religion ok, but I don’t think we sound anything like Bad Religion.
To your profound embarrassment which cheesy song do you actually enjoy, every time you hear it?
Chris – That Gwen Stefani song about bananas
Last one, song with your favorite lyrics?
Matt – Any DILLINGER FOUR. – „Like Sprewells on a wheelchair“ is what sticks out right now.
Alex – CAIN MARKO – Kitchen Knife
Chris – L.A. DISPUTE – Harder Harmonies
Who in their right mind would call their band BONG MOUNTAIN? Those boys right here:
Guess what, the sweet peeps in MAKE WAR and CORY CALL of ARLISS NANCY are on tour over here as we speak.
See you tonight in Hamburg.
14.11.16 DE-Hamburg, Gängeviertel
15.11.16 DE-Bielefeld, Plan B
16.11.16 DE-Kiel, Hansa48
17.11.16 NEED HELP
18.11.16 DE-Leipzig, Kulturcafe Manfred
19.11.16 DE-München, Kafe Marat
20.11.16 DE-Freiburg, KTS
22.11.16 CH-Zürich, Hafenkneipe
23.11.16 CH-Rorschach, Treppenhaus
24.11.16 DE-Aulendorf, irReal
25.11.16 DE-Landshut, Jugendzentrum Poschingervilla
26.11.16 DE-Würzburg, Immerhin
27.11.16 DE-Lennestadt, OT Grevenbrück
28.11.16 BE-Namur, Le Temple
30.11.16 UK-London, DIY space for London
01.12.16 UK-Stafford, The Cellar Bar Stafford
02.12.16 UK-Dundee, BYAFEST
03.12.16 UK-Leeds, The Fox & Newt
04.12.16 UK-Worcester, The Marrs Bar
05.12.16 UK-Bristol, Mother’s Ruin
06.12.16 FR-Montaigu, Le Zinor
07.12.16 FR-Amiens, Bar Le Lys d’or
08.12.16 DE-Köln, Limes
09.12.16 DE-Saarbrücken, JUZ 10.12.16 DE-Frankfurt, Cafe ExZess
By the way, we set up the show in Frankfurt. It will be a coverfestival. Further details? This way: https://www.facebook.com/events/1663937260586031/
26.09.2013 DE-Göttingen, Dots
27.09.2016 DE-Krefeld, Magnapop
28.09.2016 DE-Zittau, Emil
29.09.2016 CZ-Prag, Café na půl cesty
30.09.2016 DE-Oettingen, Goldene Gans
01.10.2016 AT-Wiener Neustadt, Triebwerk
02.10.2016 DE-München, Feierwerk
03.10.2016 DE-Lindenberg, JuHa Alter Bahnhof 04.10.2016 – looking for a show 05.10.2016 – looking for a show
06.10.2016 DE-Dresden, Katy’s Garage
07.10.2016 DE-Leipzig, TBA
08.10.2016 DE-Braunschweig, B58
09.10.2016 DE-Kiel, Hansa48 *acoustic*
10.10.2016 DE-Hamburg, Astrastube
11.10.2016 DE-Bielefeld, Plan B
12.10.2016 DE-Oberhausen, Druckluft
13.10.2016 DE-Osnabrück, Substanz
14.10.2016 DE-Rostock, Peter-Weiss-Haus
15.10.2016 DE-Hannover, LKA Fröbelstraße