One of these evenings where I am torn between being happy to watch such great bands in an intimate setting and wishing more people would know and love this great music.
The evening in the full-but-not-crowded Hasenschaukel started with The Debutante Hour. Equipped with accordion and low-tech-drum-kit, these two very nice girls from NYC and Ukraine played antifolk songs with the occasional waltz, warming up the audience to clap along and cheer. In the middle of the concert they switched the instruments, like being one person in two bodies, sharing one soul. Sort of. Songs about lost love, weird love and the devil. I am looking forward to listening to their EP, I guess the lyrics are worth listening to closely.
Next on the stage was my favourite Phoebe Kreutz, who darwinistically managed to be one of the most played artists on my 20.000+ song iPod. She has a great voice and talent for writing songs, and she is really funny. The evening’s program included songs about “Anna Karenina” (Tolstoi), “Elizabeth I” and her “ass”. Surely everyone in the room would love to join her rocknroll band “Throat Culture”… She finished playing Hasenschaukel’s summer hit “All summer long”.
The evening was completed by Ching Chong Song, joined by Susan from The Debutante Hour on accordion. The concert was an art performance, like a dark circus cabaret in a Kurt Weillian setting, bizarre and theatrical. And with great songs, with Julie playing the ukulele and singing saw, including “Old Man” and “Ghost clock” from their album “Little naked gay adventures”. The ukulele decided to add some low-fi antifolk tendency by being a little broken and distorted…
“Don’t believe in the sun, make your own light, stand in the light.” Thanks to all the three bands for standing in the light, and thanks to the Hasenschaukel for making this happen!