+ SUNDAY INN
Schorndorf (Germany), JuZe Hammerschlag
January 12th 2001
new year is still young as I type this, and I was to witness one of the best
shows for this young year. You may think it’s maybe a little be too premature
to describe a show in the second week of January like that, but it’s the truth.
INN from Berlin, Germany, were first to play and they were great. Really. Four
guys and a female singer with a fantastic voice. Their music is a mixture of
indie, pop, emo and… whatever, take a listen for yourself. Anyway, I liked
them very much. They played a couple of new songs from their forthcoming album,
which sounded even better than their last MCD “As if.” Great opening of the
were PALE, also from Germany, and they rocked! Very energetic performance. Their
music? Maybe punk, emo,
indie? I really
don’t know how to describe, but fans of the Movielife, Saves the Day or emo
stuff should check them out. I liked their songs a lot, and I was not the only
one as most of the people attending the show (I guess about 200 in total)
seemed to dig their stuff. For one song they invited the singer of the German
band Ambrose on stage and he did the vocals. Fantastic, more of that!
entered the stage short before midnight, and I was pretty tired at that point.
And their music couldn’t change that. The three piece created a rather unique
sound, as their bassplayer handled the keyboards and a sampler as well.
Interesting: Yes. My cup of tea: No. After listening to about four songs a
friend of mine and I decided to hang around in another room of the club where we
found many other people besieging the guys who were selling records, shirts and
stuff. My friend bought a couple of records and when we carried them to his car
he said one sentence that were laughing our asses off for the whole evening:
“I am so stupid, I waste all my money.” Maybe you wonder why that seems to
be so funny, but we couldn’t stop laughing whenever one of us repeated that
when we entered the club again, SUNSHINE were almost through their set, and
after a short while it was time for ELLIOTT from Louisville, Kentucky. Their
last album ‘False cathedrals’ was one of my favourite releases last year,
and I can remember when I heard it for the first time and was blown away. So I
was very curious about their show. Chris Higdon (vocals, guitar) and his three
companions entered the stage and from the first song the audience was into them.
And they were great. Chris talked a lot with the audience during the set and
obviously seemed to enjoy the show. The second song was one of the most
beautiful songs I ever heard, namely ‘Blessed by your own ghost’ (from ‘False
cathedrals’), followed by ‘Drive onto me’, their hit. During that song,
all the people sang along and Chris was very happy to see that. ELLIOTT played
lots of songs from ‘False cathedrals’ (e.g. ‘Calvary song’, ‘Calm
Americans’, etc.) and the predecessor, ‘U.S. Songs.’ Their drummer was
responsible for the electronic effects that appeared on their last full length,
and these effects made the songs even better. At one point of the show a drum
pedal broke, but after a short pause (during which Chris was communicating with
the audience) the show continued. Great gig!
you have the possibility to catch ELLIOTT (and of course PALE) on stage, don’t miss them. Highly