Last Wednesday (October 7, 2009) my girlfriend, three of my friends and I went to Karlsfeld near Munich to listen to some bands. Well, not some bands… After The Fall (USA) and Antillectual (Netherlands) supported by Screed (Munich) and Short Circuit (Karlsfeld). As usual, I was the driver. To get there wasn’t a big deal at all: ~100km / ~1h. Due to a quick stop at Penny Markt Regensburg (best “pretzel sticks” in town… the Bavarian “Laugnstangal” does sound better), we arrived a litte late in Karlsfeld and missed the first band Short Circuit. While Screed was preparing the stage for their show, we talked a bit with the singer & guitar player of After the Fall – very sympathetic and funny. Entrance fee was only 3€ (in words: three Euros), I think it was in 2005 when I last paid that little money for a concert. It got even better: the youth centre sold home-made pizza for 1,5€. And here is the “but” to break this heaven like concert atmosphere: Aside from the five of us, only about 9 or 10 people visited the show. Even though it was a Wednesday night, still a bummer for the bands.
Screed started playing uptempo, singalong-like, melodic songs with polyphonic voices that reminded me of early Offspring, blink-182 and Bigwig to some extent. I didn’t know the songs beforehand but really enjoyed the music. As mentioned above the area in front of the stage unfortunately was kind of deserted except for a handful.
Actually I don’t really like the “between mid-90s skatepunk and modern Propagandhi, Strike Anywhere” descriptions, since they aren’t informative at all. Take your time and listen to the songs on the After The Fall Myspace page to get an impression. After all these months of absorbing their songs, being fascinated by their energy and the straightforward songwriting & lyrics, I finally heard them live and was overwhelmed that their concert was actually as good as I had imagined beforehand… Favorites: Thomas Philbrick, Four More Years, It’s Her Choice, 1994, Armpit, well actually the entire set was unexaggeratedly fantastic (and it included a Bad Religion cover). My friend Nasko and the After The Fall singer spontaneously played a guitar & harmonica improvisation… I mean that kind of stuff can’t happen at a big hall concert with [name of replaceable pop-rock band].
- I knew the songs beforehand
- there weren’t any sound/technical problems.
I can’t help but speak in high terms of the concert and their performance. The enthusiasm and honesty that they have about their message and music is just thrilling and carries you along. There was stage diving (we proved that it doesn’t require a lot of people), pogo and the general spirit was so positive and cheerful and everyone was excited about the music. It will be hard for future concerts to compete with that evening.
After the concert, Frank Corva, the driver of After The Fall, played a couple of acoustic covers (Chuck Ragan etc), but it was already after midnight and I didn’t want to leave too late for our drive home. I couldn’t resist buying t-shirts of Antilectual and After The Fall and we headed of to find a S-Bahn station to drop of my fellow band-mate Christian (originally from Munich). Imagine a car full of “cheerful” concert visitors and an unknown city: everyone was suggesting different ways, one was declining the noun “Mund” and I, the driver, just wanted to get to the autobahn. Out from the frying pan into the fire. To clarify beforehand: my sense of direction is good. I easily find my way around in cities and towns, the woods and the fields. But I seem to have some difficulties with cars & roads from time to time. Long story short: I got mixed up, took A92 instead of A93 and detoured via Deggendorf. Around three o’ clock, I finally got between the blankets.
Here are some of the pictures I took that evening. Unfortunately I didn’t have my DSLR with me…