Berlin / Berghain / Shellac + Auf

Posted: May 30, 2013 by vals81 in Berghain / Panorama Bar, Berlin, Math Rock, Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
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Auf (6/10)
Start 21:15 / End 21:45
Auf is a German duo, featuring a woman at vocals and guitar and a man on drums. The band played a sort of mix of Noise and Math Rock, supported by a decent work on drums, although the angelic and monotonous voice didn’t properly fit in the combination. Not too bad as an opening band, it might also achieve good results in the future, if small adjustments are made.


Shellac (8/10)
Start 22:15/ End 23:40
It is not an ordinary thing to have the chance to see Shellac live, due to the band’s sporadic live performances, and the choise of the venue Berghain in this case, which emphasizes Shellac’s preference for small and cozy locations.
The most famous character of the Chicago trio is Steve Albini: recording engineer, like bassist Weston, Albini worked as a producer for thousands of bands worldwide, besides having been part of several bands (Big Black, Rapeman, and Flour). He’s surely one of the most influential people of 90s music. Shellac has a very peculiar style, which influenced many bands from the 90s on: it can be described as Post-Hardcore, although the Noise Rock components, along with its sharp sound, remind of the Math Rock style.
When the band came on stage, and Steve started wrapping the guitar strap around his waist, everybody understood we were going to experience something special. The concert was a real show: Steve pulled out of his guitar unbelievable sounds, sometimes moving as a robot, sometimes acting as he was completely in trance. Todd Trainer on drums didn’t miss a bang with his unique style; Weston’s bass lines went directly to the listener stomach and neck, moving the latter up and down to follow the mantra. Goosebumps when the band performed “The End of the Radio”.
The sarcastic flavor of Shellac’s lyrics is reflected on the band’s way of being on stage and of communicating with the audience: Bob asked the audience for questions more than once in between songs, to then answer them quickly and ironically on his own. No need of light effects, no need of scenic design (Berghain as venue already created a fascinating atmosphere), no fucking encore: the concert ended with Steve and Bob quickly disassembling Todd’s drum set, until they left him with only sticks in his hands. We’ve already started counting the days until the next time Shellac will play in town!

Venue: Berghain
Price: 25,30€ at Koka36
Setlist: Shellac

Berlin, 29.05.2013

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Comments
  1. lostfunzone says:

    i knew you would be there, too 😉

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