Berlin Gig Guide #7: Doomy-Krautrock with a Mad Dose of Ambient-German-Jazzcore. Any Questions?
By Tom Taylor . November 4, 2016
November’s only just begun and already Berlin has been witness to some classic gigs. The Fall’s repetitive chaos slayed a packed-to-the-rafters SO36 crowd on Wednesday whilst Jon Spencer and his band Boss Hog grooved it out last night. Since it’s getting bloody dark bloody quickly all of a sudden, now’s the perfect time to get stuck into some heavy gig-going. Check out what’s on this week below.
Friday 4th November
Hey Colossus @ Urban Spree
Vicious purveyors of unholy rackets, London six-piece doomy-krauty-we’re-not-sure-whatty band Hey Colossus are making a swift sojourn across Europe. Catch them at Urban Spree this evening, where they’ll be joined by local ‘bastard rock’ band Chases. Last year Hey Colossus released Radio Static High, an intense and demanding listen full of repetition and crunching guitars. Known for their stunning live performances, no doubt their sound will go down well with Berlin’s Friday night rock crowd.
The Sonics @ White Trash
Modern rock wouldn’t be the same without The Sonics. Formed in 1960, these guys defined the sound and style of garage rock. With their characteristic distorted vocals (a technique many bands picked up) and energetic performances, The Sonics made a huge impression on music. You’ll have definitely heard tracks like ‘Have Love, Will Travel’ or ‘Strychnine’ before. Still kickin’ it after all these years, they take to the stage at White Trash for a raucous night of classic garage.
Russian Circles @ Kesselhaus
Russian Circles emerged from the same scene that gave us post rock legends Isis, Boris and Pelican, and it’s great to see the band headlining venues after all these years. Whilst post rock might have lost its hipness in recent years, there’s still something very thrilling about getting lost in a brutally noisy crescendo of guitar music. Desert Fest is still a long way off yet – get your doomy post rock fix at Kesselhaus this Sunday!
Wilco @ Tempodrom
Jeff Tweedy and his band of rugged alt-country rockers Wilco have had a prolific couple of years with the release the excellent Star Wars and Schmilco albums. It’s great to see a band still able to keep things interesting for both their fans and themselves after over 20 years in the game. Expect to hear a whole host of new cuts as well as classics at Tempodrom this Monday.
Cate Le Bon
Way-out-there Welsh musician Cate Le Bon released one of her oddest albums to date this year. Cate’s idiosyncratic style of guitar playing and her knack for the weirdest of song arrangements are in full force on Crab Day. Written and recorded in California, it twists and turns with an infectious energy. Based on her excellent show at Privat Club earlier this year, gig goers are in for a treat – the new material sounds fantastic live.
Bohren & Der Club of Gore @ Passionskirche
It’s not often you get the chance to hear some ‘German ambient jazzcore’ performed in a church by a group of former metal musicians. Tonight is just one of those nights. Hailing from close to the Dutch border in Nordrhein Westfalen, Bohren & Der Club of Gore are the meisters of eerie drone music. Thanks largely to their association with avant-noise hero Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings, Bohren have toured their dark musical vision around the world. Kreuzberg’s Passionskirche is the perfect setting for what should be a very special performance.
Wooden Shijps @ Lido
San Franciscan space rockers Wooden Shijps dock their vessel at Lido this Thursday. Famed for their way-out-there performances that vividly conjure the spirit of space-rock legends such as Hawkwind, the Shjips are always worth checking out. Come down to Lido tonight and lose a little bit of your mind.