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Birthday Songs

30 Dec


As much as I welcome the fact that – possibly fueled by the economic/music industry crisis – some of my favorite artists have recently gone on “reunion tours”, I prefer the anniversary tour concept. Most obviously, because it means the artists in question have continuously made music and never split up. Of course, 2011 marked a whole number of anniversaries including the 20th birthdays of Pearl Jam’s “Ten” and Nirvana’s “Nevermind” – not bands as such but still milestones in rock history.
On a more “national” note, 2011 also marked the 10th birthday of German punk rockish outfit Itchy Poopzkid, a band I last talked about on ROXITY in July. Reason enough for these three to finish the year with the second leg of the “Lights out London” tour with Austrian support 3 Feet Smaller (keep a watch out for these guys!) and a birthday party at the Roxy in Ulm.

Itchy Poopzkid @ Colos-Saal, AschaffenburgAfter a first show earlier in the year in Frankfurt and the second show in Wirges at the Spack! Festival, the gig at Aschaffenburg’s Colos-Saal came with an awesome feeling of familiarity. And I guess this is what really makes this band’s shows unique, too. Even if there is a distance physically – be it through rows of fans or barriers in front of the stage – they have a talent to make everyone in the room feel “close”. I have tried to demystify the way in which they own their fans. My best guess boiled down to a concoction of much-loved tunes, a down-to-earth performance attitude, and the way in which they do not take themselves or each other too seriously. Until I went to the actual birthday bash on December 23 at the Roxy, that is. There, the relentlessly enthusiastic performance was spiked with a few really moving special effects and performances that put a whole new spin on the concept of owning the crowd. I don’t want to over-dramatize this into an epiphany, but I guess I finally got it. It’s the essence of the cliché that has come to be known as “the American dream” – people like you and me turning passion into vocation and succeeding. The only difference in the Itchy Poopzkid version is: there is no envy involved. These guys are so ready to share the experience with their fans that all the fans can do is be genuinely happy that they are still going strong after 10 years. Hard to say no when it comes from the heart, I guess.

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Spack! Festival

20 Aug

Itchy Poopzkid at Spack! FestivalThere’s nothing like a summer festival experience. Especially if the sun is shining and there’s some of your favorite bands on the bill. Sure, a festival is something you have to WANT to go to. I mean, it can be a whole lot of waiting, muddy campgrounds and such. But especially when they are small and “cozy”, they become one of the most honest music experiences.

Itchy Poopzkid at Spack! FestivalMost recently, I attended a festival called Spack! which takes place in Wirges about an hour outside of Frankfurt, Germany. After a number of smaller, local/German bands the first of two days came to a close with three headliners. First up: Itchy Poopzkid, one of my favorite German punk-rock bands. As expected, the three-piece delivered a vibrant set incorporating some of the finest tunes from their ten-year-career. Now, I never get tired watching this band do a live show. Witty remarks, instrument switcharoo, guitar case stunts – these guys have all that and more. On a side note, I have more reasons to go and support this band. While I try not to include “work” in this blog, I did include Itchy Poopzkid in my work. Check out the new Suzuki campaign I got to work on here.


Boysetsfire at Spack! Festival

Back to the festival, though. And the bill. Second up were none other than my favorite post-hardcore band of all time, Boysetsfire. And yes, it was my third BSF show this summer. But honestly, I had to make up for lost time, right? In short: It totally blissed me out once again. From “My Empire” to “Rookie”, it was all there. Outstandingly delivered.Boysetsfire at Spack! Festival

Oh, and then Good Charlotte played.







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