1 - we're flying to Ireland tomorrow

1 - we're flying to Ireland tomorrow

HALLO!!! At 3.30 am I will get up to catch an early morning flight to NOC which is in the west of Ireland and we're playing a festival called SEA SESSIONS.

This is how we imagine it, like an Ed Sheeran song.

We've been playing some Festivals lately and are ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH IT. For 2 or 3 days we feel like we matter and with the avid support of our life save Marco Leitermann we get up in the mornings to drive to another Germany city playing with the other German bands and are thankful for getting booked everywhere because obviously we kind of fall out of the german indie mainstream. We spend so much time on the road and I really like, like when marco leitermann is driving, i put on this song and he starts jamming:

 

At one of the Festivals Laura and Marco were dancing and shouting heavily to this German band who was once the trendy shit in the indie hype and they played their last show. Also, when we drove the car to the hotel, they BLASTED this song and screamed at the guitar player who was standing outside. i i was sliding down on my seat to not be recognized. there was a swimming pool at the hotel. marco leiterman said he went swimming but up until this day i am not sure if this was true or not. back at the festival, traumzeit festival, we drank moscow mules and hung out in the backstage of the bigger bands, like milky chance, and just hanging out until everyone left because thats how much we suck!

 

the weekend before we played kosmonaut festival. laura and I got soooo tired because we thought a moscow mule would help the mood but just made us tired. i took the initiative and put A LOT OF FOOD in my belly, they had really good catering, and stayed at the festival to catch this guy for example, who i didnt know, and now i pretend i'm a fan. dis is how the next gurr album is gonna sound:

 

so on tour a few things happened like i saw stonehenge out from the car window, the german band bilderbuch replied to an insta story of ours, arte tracks aired AND NOW AT KOSMONAUT i really managed to stay awake to walk to the drunken masters set and catch ALL OF MY FAVORITE HAYITI SONGS. hayiti is a german rap artist . i KNOW I SHOULD POST THE SONG WE LISTENED TO EMBARASSINGLY OFTEN yung hurns bianco but i won't instead i will post...... let me think. this one, because we stayed in this really nice hotel and it made me think of that one time i was touring with a band and slept in Antwerpen on an air mattress next to my friend and we tried not to move because the air was going out really quick but there was a cat who would jump on the mattress all night and we would rock back and forth while trying to sleep.

I love this because usually I try to make serious playlists with actual cool music but guess what i listen to all of this all the time. except the ed sheeran song maybs. Another guilty pleasure of us on tour is the new Katy Perry stuff. Also we recorded some songs for the Antikörper Session, a show on the hamburg based radio BYTE FM and one of them starts with some lyrics out of this song... yeah GAIIISSS:

 

ok so tomorrow morning we are flying to Ireland. This band here is so awesome they are helping us out with guitars and backline and wish us luck that easyjet will bless our hand luggage - guitars.

 

ANYWAYS we feel pretty weird in all of this touring cycle and there are so many cool shows we can announce soon which makes us really happy because we love music. So Laura and I are in the practice room every day from morning til afternoon to work on some shit and it's a real challenge, because the room doesnt have any windows. Also we're like with each other all the time and I know I have my moods really bad and am thanksful we somehow manage to bounce them off. thanks laura <3. so this song i listen too when i feel i was a shit person again:

 I guess because when we were in Brighton and we played this event of our distributor and it was only Laura and me and it was really busy day because I had to buy new underwear and we had a soundcheck in the morning and we went there and rhys, their drummer, gave us bananas and nuts so we wouldnt faint. I just reread this and thought I wrote "so we wouldnt fart". also legit

 

The last song is unrelated but I can see myself listening to this on the train to the airport tonight because Ive been listening to it all day and my flatmate and friend Roland, who is instagram famous and currently out singing karaoke, showed me this 2 days ago and I was like "yeah whatever" but then relistened and im BLOWN. it's really cheezy, and i like it.

 

UK Tour Diary 5: I definitely remember having Gelato

UK Tour Diary 5: I definitely remember having Gelato

Well hello there, finally we meet again.

This lazy bum over here waited 20 days to fill you in on the very exciting and also adventurous life that has been the last chunk of the UK Tour / beginning of the German Festival Summer (how uncool does that actually sound from 1 to 10 and yea dont really wanna know cuz we enjoy it actually acutally actually personally)

READING   

We had some off days after our crazy Thursday in Brighton. Laura flew to a wedding. Andreya flew home. Sals and Bra Bra stayed in the UK with their partners to enjoy the real British life. Laura and Andreya flew from Berlin to Reading (seperately, long story. not my fault). I can only speak for myself here and I just want to say that my backpack broke and I could only carry it on one shoulder and also that I had a very rough time in Berlin and barely slept but STILL made it to Reading like soft butter that would softly run over boiled eggs if both of them ever did that to each other.

Notable to that show, and I spare you dirty details that you will probably read in our autobiography in 10 years when we need money, was a crazy lady that danced very crazy during the yonaka set and then was thrown out of the venue. I think it was also because I saw a lot of people holding on to their bags very closely when they noticed she's in the room

BOURNEMOUTH

Remember when we tried to have an off day at a beach site? And it failed? Because it had a street that eroded and you couldnt enter the shore? And a person we love nearly cried because it was disappointing?

Bournemouth made up for all of this. We had an off days at this beautiful naked woman I call the city of Bournemouth and we took the ferris wheel, where sally and I cried because we are afraid of heights, and we sat down at the beach and smoked.... and sang songs and then we ate TERRIBLE CURRY AGAIN!!!!! loved it.

mostly i loved that we met a girl called rowan allen who takes beautiful pictures and we will take her with us more often now.

 

MANCHESTER

This is a rough one. Although we have told this story to many of our friends now it's still pretty moving. A lot of times after this show, whenever we played Moby Dick with only two guitars, I got reminded of that moment and thrown back into that vulnerabilty. We got informed that our set falls into the time of a minute of silence and a minute of noise to remember the victoms of the terror attack in Manchester. We didnt really know what to do. But when it was 21.59 we still didnt know what to do. So we kind of said ok we're gonna do this and what should we do and let's all just sit down. And the whole room sat down with us. And everyone was completely silent. And something very strange hit us all i dont know I just really had to cry, and Laura too, who sat opposite to me. And when we got up my voice broke from crying and people started cheering and Laura started singing dont look back in anger but i dont really know the lyrics so i was just shouting i guess. dont remember. that was really beautiful.

 

ANWAYS

 

then we partied until 5 in the morning. i guess there was something we had to release.

 

BRISTOL

All I remember is that I thought I couldn't play a show at 3pm and everyone still felt drunk. Turned out to be one of the funnest and best shows, we definitely paid a price - Laura and I became the queen of snots. Just really gross. Sore throat. But I thought I'm just gonna ignore it and so forth I lived.

 

NOTTINGHAM

I think this is where the fuck up happened. Oh no actually I started the fuck up in Bristol and then Karma continued. So when very hungover I book our hotel room. For the wrong day. And there was nothing available in Bristol. So we stayed somewhere on the way to Nottingham. Then Laura forgot to leave the room key with the hotel. So after our Nottingham set we drove back to the hotel near Bristol and then all the way to London. And in between we played a set and ate goat with rice, except Laura who is vegetarian and ate a veggie wrap. We ate Gelato! Salted caramel. I didn't like mine. Otherwise I had a very nice day.

LONDON

Laura and I spend our off day sick and ill and in the studio! We were invited for a test recording at a studio in Soho and recorded a new track, which went away nicely and we talked and recorded and sat in the studio basement for 7h until we ran out of Aspirin and then we went to Jamie Olivers restaurant because when it was our birthday our label angel Grant Box and his crew gave us a voucher for the restaurant. We went there in hoodies and caps because we were gross and ill and I wiped my nose in this restaurant like there was no end BUT THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD!!!! thank you. the only thing that made us wonder was why there were crisps with the potatos.

Our show was really cool but really dont know what else to write because every show is us playing music and i dont wanna bore you with the details about how brilliantly I played those power chords. However, our booker jamie showed up and told me I should rub garlic on my feet to get rid of my cold! he wasnt joking. but i didnt do it.

Last day in London we had an off day and met friends and just hung out in the city which was nice. Then we drove to.............

 

BIELEFELD LÜNEBURG BEVERUNGEN

We played a headline show in Bielefeld, a festival in Lüneburg and Beverungen. The Bielefeld show was crazy because THE CATERING WAS SO NICE and we met German fans which made us realize we actually have been around as a band before going to the UK. Lüneburg was very drunk but very beautiful and Marco joined us and he is the sweetest. Beverungen was very hungover but the sweetest people and a beautiful end of this mothereffing 35 day long tour - very beautiful. "you guys look rough today" said my friend eva, but we only partied twice hard on this tour, and then we drove home to berlin on the same day, and I came home and realized my subletter hasnt packed up his things yet. shruggie

 

 

photo credit Laura Gertken

first picture of gallery karsten hohage

last photo rowan allen

 

UK Tour Diary 4:  talking food sex rocknroll

UK Tour Diary 4: talking food sex rocknroll

Hey Folks 

UK Tour is going strong so far. We have the best time, which I personally think is CRAZY because today marks DAY 21 of tour (update May 23rd: sry I wrote this actually some days ago, now it's been longer but nice to see i was so excited).... What the actual fuck. Laura and mine and Brandon's longest tour was 19 days. We officially surpassed that one tour where we thought it's easy breezy to drive and play in Germany Austria Switzerland and Italy in 19 days. At least now it's 21 days in UK. 

What's been going on? Last time (blog entry) we were in Oxford. So. 

We realized handing out Flyers DID help. Anyways let's start in Guildford. As always only the Highlights except you want 13 sentences about how the middle seat in the car sucks because your knees get stiff and there's only cold air coming from the bottom.

GUILDFORD

We met Poppy and her friend after the show and Laura invented her new favorite swear word called Fickschnitzel and let them learn it and then they took a thousands of snapchat selfies with us but we don't even use snapchat anymore I think. Also I got ID'd in the supermarket and didn't have it on me and had to walk away like i'm 14 years old which I might be.

PLYMOUTH

Wowsa Plymouth was so pretty with its harbor (it's actually called something else but I always refer to it as a harbor. Always. Like the many times of the year I'm in Plymouth). We played with Young Adventurers, and it so happens that our friend Lande's sister is playing bass! So Lande from Muncie Girls came by too which was super cool because she's smart and funny and the most badass person anyways so check them out. We slept at her friend's Rory's place in Exeter and then went to the most impressive Wetherspoons called The Imperial which looked IMPERIAL. 

BIRMINGHAM

I have to admit I had a minor anxiety attack in Birmingham because of reasons that are only in my head and irrational. If anyone has good advice for calming yourself down when you're spiraling down stupid thoughts, let me know. Birmingham was the most beautiful venue ever. It looked like, I'm quoting Laura here, a Cuban Speakeasy. Plants and fabric on the ceilings everywhere. It' sooooo prettttyyyyy.... Birmingham was the first time I smoked weed because I never do because somehow hate it and don't understand it (maybe because it doesn't do much to me) and then at midnight Arne Sally Brandy I went to a chicken place that had 10 employees and no customers. It was super gross fried chicken with mint mayo which was gross to but we loved it. Later at night I felt like I hurt my body from the inside. We slept in a hostel room that held 6 people and we are 5. But when we came in we saw a foreign suitcase under a bed. And this was the beginning of one of our unruliest nights - a random drunk guy and his friend stumbling in and out of the room. We shrugged it off the next day by booking a Ibis Budget hotel room, run by our friend Gabi Ibis's Dad.

LEICESTER

LEEESSSSTTTEEERRRR What a venue! So fresh and hip and clean! Yonaka had single release that day. We met someone from Vienna. Hi there! She's gonna come to Nottingham to, where we play Dot to Dot Festival.

HULL

This was the weirdest so far. It was so weird. Everything was weird on stage, we had some monitor problems and I stumbled over everything and then Laura tried to do some guitar moves which i didn't understand and i just put my butt in her body and she tripped/fell over me, I was under her, she fell into the drums. Proper Gurr show tho.

SPEAKSEA

We booked a trailer at the Sea one hour away from York, which was the date after our off day. It's like American suburbia just in an English trailer park. 

What was then???? Let me check the calendar.

It's May 23rd now and I am in a Starbucks (hit me) in READING and I made it here all by myself, after some really weird/eventful days in Berlin and my backpack strap broke which I actually only realized this morning - I mean i realized I now have to take it back like this. 

SOUTHAMPTON

was the best. There is nothing more to day (until I will talk about the great escape show which was then the best). We saw Marika Hackman play, who performed under the secret name "talentless skanks" and we didn't know the band before, so we were 100% mind blown because they are aw-e-soöm--m-e-e-e-e-e-.

 

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL 

This will feature a special headline just because I want to and this blog entry is already super long AND I am too lazy to put in pictures so I make it a lil adventurous like this.

Brighton oh brighton. When Laura and I were small little puppies and tried to think what to do in our very first semester break we booked flights to the UK. In Brighton we stayed the longest and we've returned. Because the town is so charming and cool. It just has the best vibe. Actually after that trip we started Gurr. So for us it was a little trip down memory lane / throwback to our honeymoon. I had so much BOCK for Great Escape because we were only playing Thursday and then also 4 shows.

THURSDAY

9am  soundcheck. Lord knows how we did this after "sleeping" in the luxurious hostel called grapevine seafront aka cat brothel. 

9.30 soundcheck goes well and we are all super excited for the day

11 am laura and andi are buying underwear / other stuff because tour

1 pm laura and andi are playing at the Red Eye Distribution party at the blue man and are meeting Gothic Tropic the most loveliest/funniest musicians. Laura and Andi pee their pants so hard because it's a stripped down set and they mostly play new songs and that was very hard.

1.30 Laura and Andi drink a cider

3.30 Laura and Andi go to Sticky Mikes to meet Sally and Brandon. 

3.30 We play the show, right before they play Paramore's "Hard Times" which I first hated but now love

4.00 the show is fukien insannnnneeeneneneenen thanks to all the German Popbüros for inviting us

5.20pm Soundcheck at The Green Door Store. Seeing Gothic Tropic again because we all play the cool venues.

6 pm Interview with Amazing Radio

7.15 pm We run to The Joker to play the Teen Creeps show . we get electrocuted by the microphones which is unacceptable. Guys get your sound shit straight, really.

9.15 pm We play at the Green Door store. It's cramped and full and sweaty and hot and we play like we've been playing for 21 days and then 4 times a day which we did. It was really good (i hate saying that because it sounds shit but I didn't hit a wrong note, thats my achievement). When we had to cut the set short because WE TALKED SO MUCH LIKE WE THOUGHT ITS FUNNY AND SO ON the crowd was on our side. But the venue didn't give a shit (of course, thats cool)

10 pm SO HAPPYYYYYYY

Midnight   Laura went to bed because she went to a wedding the next day. I went to Karaoke with sals her BF brandon and his GF. I signed up for Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl. The band SLOTFACE was playing as a live backing band. After the second beer I felt I couldn't do it anymore, I was so so s os os os sososososososoosososo exhausted. Sally and her BF told me the next day that 5 mins after i left my name was called.

 

 

dang

 

ok there was no food or sex in this blog i mainly wrote it as a clickbait

trying out different clickbaits

maybe will go into social media advising soon

Today we play reading

 

if you really read all of this god bless you and i hope you will have a brilliant day. now let me look for a fffff foto for the header. 

 

andreya

 

 

UK Tour Diary 3: Street-Team, Surprises, Boobs

UK Tour Diary 3: Street-Team, Surprises, Boobs

Hey Babes,

this is what we've been up to AS MUCH AS I MIGHT REMEMBER wrong or right

CAMBRIDGE

We met two young student bois outside after the show who actually had to study for exams but came to the show and then became fans - they said they couldnt imagine anything better than going on tour in a TINY van (guys i still have to show you the penis picture we should take with yonaka cuz their van is awesome, and ours like a small poop LOL) but then we told them about constipation and public restrooms

(wow did I ever tell you about the most terrible toilette i've ever seen - Sally and I had to pee really bad on the Autobahn and we went to one of these German "u shall never go there" restrooms on parking spaces and one of the cabins looked like something really really bad you wanna make unseen but you can't except with laughing really hard... it was a feast and explosion of semi solid poop all over the three squaremeters. fucking insane)

NORWICH

We had the worst Curry of our lives for an insane mount of money (Preis Leistungs Verhältnis) the guy forgot the RICE and the curry looked like something a baby would shit (same consistency). was lying heavy in our stomachs, I didnt really touch mine. then we drank bad red wine but a guy bought us a round of Jägerbombs, which I didnt realize is a Jägerbomb. It was a really fun show.

ST. ALBANS

Now I really gotta get it together. I think we made a really good joke "Is Damon Albarn from St. Albans?"

BEDFORD

Bedford, oh Bedford. We had a surprise visit from Benny from Berlin because we stole his Boyfriend to go on tour with us. We had a super fun night with Yonaka and now that we know all their lyrics by heart could also embarrassingly shout them. After that we went to a gay bar to sing karaoke which we thought was really good until the next days instagram story recap should teach us a lesson. Major fun. First night in a Travellodge; next day we sat in an Italian place and the woman from the registration sat next to us.

OXFORD

Laura and I were like "let's poster and flyer around" so we went to a copy shop and made some flyer and posters and hung them illegally just like a proper Banksy and then we went around to annoy the shit out of people. Seriosuly did you ever make a facebook sponsored post? in real life it all gets back to you.

Us: "HEY" (big smile) we're playing a show tonight at the Cellar, we came all the way from Berlin!

Person: no thank u

As the only person in the group I got pretty drunk because I don't know but after Yonaka was shining with screaming 99 Luftballoons we took them on stage for hollaback girl and then a lot of girls followed and jumped with us on stage.

BOOBS

Here are two pictures I found nice, the first one is for every single person that called me flat chested in the past or no-boob-girl or was shittily saying how i cant have cleavage like just look at my boob here please. Second is of crazy little party girl Laura who i love dearly and she's at a formal dinner with Kim right now, where a choir singing or something and then everyone eats and laughs really loud sometimes when you say something dry or polite or you just mistake one for another.

Tomorrow we are in GUILDFORD and it will be a blast like always. A lot of love. This is a really fun tour. I'm trying to bleach my tips right now. I sit on an air mattress. Listening to new HEKLA album. Credit: Mc Kay Photography

 

 

 

 

UK Tour Diary 2: hot new shit in Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow and Roundabouts

UK Tour Diary 2: hot new shit in Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow and Roundabouts

Ay mate

don't know if this is how people greet each other here but I am guessing. We've done three lil shows in the last days. Generally. You can imagine, just as in Germany or the States, the UK has its entirely own music scene. Indie music here is BIG. So when in Germany crap bands like die Lochis (are they a band?) are winning music awards, here it's effin amazin bands (most of the time). In Newcastle, Leeds and Glasgow we played Festivals. The best occasion to dip into what's hip and trending right now in the UK, and it's crazy.

We told you guys we went to see the Sleaford Mod's documentary, which is already a good example- It's brillian and it got big, I really can't see that happening in Germany. In Newcastle we played Hit the North Festival. After, we went to check out... wait I actually have memory loss. Ah no, we went to check out Ulrike Spacek, Laura's new favorite band. They are uh-mazeing. Check it here:

 

Then, Brandon Sally and I tried to catch our catering food, burritos. But we arrived 1 minute too late (literally) and they claimed to "have run out of food". So we ate Subways on a Cathedral's steps. It was gross and I shall never sin again.

Then we went to meet the others and suddenly a SWARM of SUPER YOUNG super naked and wasted and crazy teenagers is hitting us - walking away from the big 02 academy concert thingy. And then we heard Laura and Arne saying "omgggg this was crazzyyyy the crowd went nuuuuts was so crazzyyy" so this is the hippest band right now in the UK - SLAVES.

 

In Leeds we played at Live at Leeds and saw Temples (which everyone knows.) in a church, and that was truly an experience. Before that, everyone else checked out Magic Gang, which I personally don't like, but I'm trying to stay objective of course, so here you go:

 

We played at Brudenell Social Club and there were other nice bands to catch. For example Dream Wife:

 

and Moonlandingz

 

In GLASGOW we said hi to cows next to a gas station and enjoyed the insane landscape of vast green deserts with baby sheep and old sheep. We enjoyed the Glasgow dialect, Glasgow sun but truly had the best time at Stag & Dagger Festival. We played the venue Broadcast and it was the best fit and the funnest show so far, regardless the feedback on stage that seems to follow us around these days.

 

 

We caught Girl Ray after us and danced.... They are so cool and I tried to convince Laura that I fully believe the singer sounds like an UK Nico, which she just responded to with a smile (like "ja ja") BUT I SWEAR LIVE IT EVEN SOUNDS MORE LIKE NICO.

 

Hightlight of the night was not Gold Panda, whose show was sadly barely attended and also a little weird, but HMLTD were the queens and kings of the night. IF YOU EVER HAVE THE CHANCE TO CATCH THEM DO IT DO IT WITHOUT HESITATION

 

Driving out of Glasgow, I shit you not, we probably drove at least 15 roundabouts. Hence, I find them noteworthy in the headline.

Today we play Cambridge.

Talk to you soon

A-Jay

UK Tour Diary 1: Sheffield, or home of Robin Wood

UK Tour Diary 1: Sheffield, or home of Robin Wood

Hi, this is Andreya. We thought i'd be nice to use this ZINE to update y'all how our tour is going, since on the poster it just looks like GURR UK TOUR - so here we're filling the blanks and don't care for proper punctuation. 

After three days of driving (Berlin - Frankfurt, Frankfurt - London, London - Sheffield), 27 pee pee breaks and a sea sick ferry later we arrived in Sheffield for our first show! The Picture House used to be a storage for furniture and has been transformed to a cultural space, holding a movie theater and a venue/ pizza place / bar in one. It looks a little run down - because the city is actually interested in tearing it down. But the Sheffield's volunteers are building up the space. 

So yesterday we arrived in the cold, couldn't open any doors, snuck in the back entrance and loaded in. We met the Yonaka people, which were reaaaalllyyy nice, which is already a good sign for this tour, and hung out in the cold backstage (not as cold as the backstage in Brighton, which - i am sure - must have been actually a meat freezer or something):

 

After some ping pong and Pizza we had one of the most tiring soundchecks, but then most fun show, because a lot of things went wrong (my pedals went off, Laura's strap fell, there was feedback on the stage, no monitors) so we just started laughing about it and enjoying the randomness of things (life). And we met Charlotte from The Subways and her husband again - she has seen us in Salzburg (she was DJing after our show) and lives in Sheffield - we were super surprised and happy she came to see us!!. 

Now, Laura and Arne - who is our tour manager/merch/FRIEND/driver on tour - are off to Chesterfield's countryside to explore it with Charlotte, while Brandon is sleeping on the floor (it's 2pm) and Sally and I are in the kitchen doing Laptop-stuff. 

Today we have an off-day, so later we will go and see the Sleaford Mods documentary "Bunch of Kunst" by Christine Franz, who also did the Arte Tracks piece on us that will be shown on...wait for it..... Arte! in May!  

Tomorrow we play Newcastle!

PS: Sheffield, home of Robin Wood? Because Robin Hood's actual overweight evil twin brother was leaning against the crooked tower of Chesterfield back in the days and ever since then Sheffield was known to be home of Robin Wood.

Super delayed SXSW Diary & Playlist

Super delayed SXSW Diary & Playlist

I know this festival was lightyears ago, but somehow I'm still digesting all the new music (& tacos) we enjoyed during our 7 days in Texas – so I decided I'm just going to dedicate our first blogpost to the week of craze at SXSW (or South By South Bonkers as our dear friends from Sun and the Wolf have creatively named the festival).

Overall, my expectations of SXSW were pretty low. First and foremost because of all of these immigration-horror stories we heard beforehand. But then I also had these nightmare-visions of us, running like burnt-out turtles with guitars on our backs from one gig to the next, just to avoid traffic jams, only to find out the venue does not have amps or drums for us.

Luckily, we made it past border control, weren't forced to play any (unwanted) acoustic sessions and – surprise – had a really, really good week in Texas! Overall, our week at SXSW was way more relaxing than our normal tour life (more on this topic here) and we could discover new music of bands that for some strange reason flew under our radar beforehand (or just hadn't made it to Berlin yet).

So here's my best polaroids of us bumming out in Austin, together with my favourite songs that stuck with me waaay past SXSW – all available in this "SXSW Nostalgia Spotify Playlist". Enjoy :)

1. Charly Bliss – Ruby

I kind of fell in love with this band without having heard one song. They played right before us at a dive bar called "Hole in The Wall". Somehow they found out we were the German bums that didn't have any amps us. So they approached us with these huge smiles and offered we could play over theirs. How can you not love this band already?

When I heard their set, I was really blown away by the singer's unique voice! They have a very cool 90s Alternative Sound – but the right kind of 90s Alternative – think: Weezer, The Cardigans and The Breeders!

2. PWR BTTM - Dairy Queen

A few nights ago, I had a dream about this band: We saw them in Paris and everyone left after their last song because they needed to smoke a cigarette (Paris – duh!). So only Andreya and I stuck around in front of the stage and they played an encore only for the two of us which was – wait for it – "Ain't no easy way out" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ... with 2 drum sets.

None of these things would actually happen, that is people leaving during a PWR BTTM show and PWR BTTM covering, what is in my opinion, the worst BRMC song. But I could actually see them using 2 drum sets because they pull of really, really ballsy Rock'n'Roll Riffs.

3. NE-HI – Palm of Hand

I really went nuts with instagram stories during SXSW, sharing all our exciting daily highlights – from the moment we woke up to the moment we fell asleep! Needless to say, I was really proud of myself ... until Ben from PWR BTTM smashed my social media confidence and said: "No band uses instagram stories here to connect with others so you really need to spice up your band's twitter account!"Since then we are trying to tweet at what seems to be the only two German bands active on twitter (big thanks to @judithholofernes and @turbostaat).

HOWEVER: I found out about this band by stalking Pitchfork's instagram stories! I can't believe I hadn't heard about them before. They are exactly my kind of music and remind me of this band I was really crazy about a couple of years ago called Women. Anybody? Yes? No? Okay.

4. Ratboys - MCMX + Not Again

I started talking to Julia from Ratboys at a party and five minutes later, Andreya bought everyone vodka shots and we all laughed about a Texas gas station chain called Buc-ee's. So yes, needless to say, we found our SXSW-soulmates and wanted to have their babies.

The next day, we saw them play in a backyard in North-West Austin (?) on a super sunny day and were really, really amazed! Listening to this song makes me go back to this happy-place, hanging out in a backyard with lots of dogs and hipsters who pinned rules-of-consent on a garden shed and give away free PBR beer. Isn't this everybody's happy place?

5. White Reaper - Pills

This was the last band that played at the Stereogum show at Hole in Wall. We were so relieved after our gig and just stormed to the front and danced manically. I think Scott from Stereogum took a video called "Gurr starting the moshpit to White Reaper". I really love how this band pairs Garage Rock with the coolest synthie sound. Our British label manager said afterwards he had to leave during their set though because he couldn't stand the singer's fake British accent, which I found hilarious.

6. Mothers - It hurts until it doesn't

I think Andreya and I tried to see Chastity Belt twice during SXSW but always missed them. The first time was at the She Shred Stage - a super cool magazine focussing on female guitarists. We got a (free) beer and stuck around to give the next band a listen and really, really loved it! They pair these lovely, dreamy "Real Estate" guitar riffs with Angel Olson-like vocals. It's pretty gloomy so I can't listen to the whole record, but throw in a couple of songs into your playlists and you're not going to feel too emo!

7. Hand Habits – Book on how to change

This was the last band I saw at the festival before boarding the plane back to Berlin the next morning. Meg Duffy from Hand Habits puts on a really laid-back performance so it felt like the perfect, gloomy end to an intense week. But somehow I can't listen to more than 2 Hand Habits songs back to back here in Berlin without breaking out sobbing. Maybe it's the lack of sunshine – or just my sensitive Pisces-soul – so yes: You've been warned! Take it easy with this one.

8. Real Estate – Darling

Okay, okay, you probably all know Real Estate and it's not necessarily a band you want to see at SXSW. But since I never ever saw them live before (but have tried to play their guitar riffs since I'm a litlle girl), I actually saw a total of two (2!) Real Estate shows during SXSW. Geek!

The first one was at a corporate event of a big Japanese car company (Was it Honda? Mazda? Toyota? I forgot.) where they absolutely BOMBED. The sound was terrible, they were visibly uncomfortable on stage – and I was really uncomfortable, as well, having forced my two friends to squeeze all the way to the front with me and then looking at their disappointed faces.

So I saw them again, this time alone, the next day at an air-conditioned convention center which had even less atmosphere than the corporate car event, but at least the sound was amazing and I geeked out hearing the full album before it's official release the next day! It's not their best record but I have found my 3 favorite goosebump-songs (Stained Glass, Darling, and Same Song).

 

               This is an online zine filled with stuff we did, we like, we want to talk about. Enjoy!