Thursday, 18 December 2014

Day 8. Azyl, Liberec, Czech Republic

The way from Griefswald to Liberec was long, and uninteresting (at least I don't remember any moment of it), and we were happy to reach the border and to feel again at "home" (not that we did not enjoy 99% of the time being away:). From a 3-bands weekday show the Liberec gig swole to a mini-festival with 6 bands. We joined the line-up shortly before leaving on tour (we were lucky and very grateful for the organizer) and in the last moment Hello Bastards were also added from the UK (yes, I believe it was hard to say 'no' to this offer:). It was suspected that almost only the bands will be the audience that day - there are many shows in Liberec lately and on a weekday noone could expect hundreds of people even if the line-up sounded as illustrous as today.
For us it did not matter, though, we have already played in Liberec and we enjoyed the whole atmosphere that this nice pub/ place called Azyl has. We were just hanging aroung the bands until the gig started, got friends with the Brazilian guys as well as with Hello Bastards, and said hello to our friends from here (ahoj Petra!!!:), had some drinks with them etc. First band that night was a thrash/ black/ punk (?) band from this area with the name Evil Regiment. What they played was very much old shool, reminded me of Venom, Hellhammer or Bathory. Absolutely simple song structures and ancient, rusty mood. Do not expect much musical skill from them, simply the atmosphere of their music which they created was cool. Then we played our set as normal, and realized (as also people said) we had a superb sound that night (just like Bricanyl following us did have).
OK, then the foreign part started with Countdown To Armageddon, an unknown name for me so far, playing Crust/ Post punk. Typically it is the type of music which I cannot take for too long live, so I'd better wasted my time at the distros, which was worth it as at Hello Bastard's stalls I have found many interesting anarchist 'zines, which they were willing to trade. By the time I got back to the concert room it was already Brazilian Nuclëar Fröst on the stage terrorizing the audience with their crust/ metal. I would make them similar to Defy or Subterror from their country, but somnehow they reminded me also to the first band that night: their songs were simple and the atmosphere it conveyed played a more important role again than how talented (or not) the musicians were.

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:). 
And the party was not yet over: as a habit in Liberec, we settled down at the bar drinking, chatting, enjoying the atmosphere till morning, until all of us passed out... :) The awakening some hours (?) later was a bit bitter, but we were just a few hours off from our long-awaited beds, feeling totally like zombies from the grave, but filled with life-long experiences, without any financial, physical and mental loss. Thanks for all the people making this tour possible, we are grateful for their friendliness and hospitality and we promise and hope to be able to give it back one day!!!

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