A weekend of music
This weekend I had the privilege of going to three awesome shows
On Friday night I went to see Dad Rocks! in the tiny back room of a café with Ed. I first heard the name Dad Rocks! ages ago but never really listened to his music until he came to visit the SoundCloud offices a couple of weeks ago, whereupon we all discovered that he was the nicest guy ever.
Thankfully his tour made a second stop in Berlin, and this time I’d been listening to his album non-stop. It’s a really interesting pop album with great guitar parts that hint at his rock band past, as well as beautiful horn and string arrangements, but mostly it just has a organic-ness and originality to it that is super refreshing. It’s just a bit, for want of a better word, different. And I can’t stop listening to it. And the lyrics are incredible.
Snævar (Dad Rocks!) and Bethan.
On Saturday night, Ed (the fountain of all Berlin music knowledge) had heard that England’s own Gnarwolves were playing at some tiny punk venue in Friedrichshain. Naturally, being as totally punk as we are, we had to go. The venue wasn’t at all recognisable from the outside - there was no sign or indication that it was a venue - but the noise was audible from the top of the street, so that helped us find our way.
The best thing about this night was that it reminded me of going to tiny punk shows in Worcester, where bands like No Comply, Adequate Seven and Pete’s Sake would make 150 kids go mental in a tiny underground sweatbox. I hadn’t been to a show like this in ages, and it was nice to listen to super loud punk rock with the added bonus of big German guys crowd surfing and trying to kick you in the head, and also a bar where beers cost €1. Gnarwolves were totally awesome - gruff pop-punk at its finest.
Bringing tie-dye back with Ed.
On Sunday night, a Scottish guy called Luke Joyce (pop star name, I Build Collapsible Mountains) was in Berlin to play a show. We released our albums in Germany on the same label so he came to my place to stay for a few days and we had great chats and watched Mad Men together. Fact: Luke’s parents actually named him after Luke Skywalker (actual fact).
Luke’s songs aren’t cheery but they are awesome. He played in the downstairs room of a cocktail bar which was filled with amazing old sofas and chairs, and it was the perfect setting for some Sunday night acoustic music. Luke is playing around Germany for the rest of this week (dates here) so go and see him if he’s in your city!
♫ Listen to the new I Build Collapsible Mountains album, Songs From That Never Scene, on Spotify.