Thursday, 18 December 2014
The best band of the night was just to come: Hello Bastards, anarcho-vegan straight edge from the UK. Their set-up and conception about the need of a stage was unique: they placed the drumset in the middle of the concert-room and started their set immediately. They are a trio, with the drummer, guitarist and a vocalist (no bass at all) an these latter two found their places somewhere in the room and the craziness could start... Fastcore/ hardcore/ power violence is what they play, very energetic, powerful show with short songs which made the audience move (running around the drumset like hurricane was the highlight of their performance that night). It was a worthy end of our tour to see this band and get some future inspiration for our next gigs (which we have already had since that, stealing the idea of placing the drumset in irregular places:).
Monday, 1 December 2014
In the morning with tears in our eyes we parted ways from Charlie's and hurried to the ferry, which we successfully caught. Two hours of relaxation was waiting for us, meanwhile we realized the tax-free shop on the boat was surprisingly cheap, so we filled up our alcohol store for the night. We did not expect anything from this Greifswald show, being a Monday and having a Swedish band (Totem Skin) as headliners (we were lucky to get in as support bands). It is always better when you expect less and get more - we were given super and abundant food, excellent sound and even some gas money (which we did not even expect) as well as a handful of enthusiastic people coming to the show and buying our merchandise.
Greifswald for me was a night of encounters: I met one guy who remembered seeing Bombatölcsér in Brno (pub "u Babicky") years ago even with Tereza on vocals. He lives just 40 kms from Greifswald and when he saw our logo on the placard he thought of coming to visit this Monday gig. The second surprising person was some Hungarian guy I met in a pub in town at the afterparty. He spent his Erasmus college period here, and was just accidentally (and already drunk:) in the pub when we arrived. OK, but let's not run that fast: the concert was all right, but a bit short: even the Swedish band did not play more than 20 minutes I think (our standard programmes were that long/ short, too).
It was strange when I asked one of the organizers right before going out to town what time should we be back and if we get some keys to get in... He was confused and surprised, then said the house will be not locked for the night, it is not a habit here. And it was so... but not just unlocked was it, the doors were open wide by the time we arrived and it was rather late/ early morning:) Actually, Greifswald seemed to me a small, cultivated, well-preserved historical town with people willing to keep it cultural and civilized - all in all, I liked it very much. About the afterparty I will not talk too much this time (I don't remember much, to be honest), so here are some pictures to speak:) (But the pub which we visited had excellent atmosphere, indeed!!!)