November 21, 2010

CRO-MAGS, Bielefeld, Kaffee Kleinkunst (ca. 1990)

The Cro-Mags...the fucking Cro-Mags. No band is more legend and gossip in the same vein as this New York powerhouse. All the different line-ups, all the different battles, all the different opinions - but nothing ever will weaken the impact, the truth and the power their "Age of Quarrel" demo and album has. If there is anything close to a HC-bible, it would be this.
In those days, Germany's most talked about Fanzine was ZAP, which presented this tour - still the ultimate one in my opinion. I was starting out to be part of that zine, I was starting out to take part in the scene - and haven't it not been for those to CRO-MAGS shows I saw back then, Bochum and Bielefeld, I wouldn't have felt that much love for it probably.
I hope you can see and feel all the energy, the sweat, the rage, that was in this room. Everybody was fighting his/her fight with the outer world in this place (name unknown, i'm old), but all were kinda friends. They/we catched Harley every time he dove off-stage whilst playing, and even JJ got caught when he climbed above all the big speakers, like 8 meters high. An awesome night, an awesome band... well, and over the course of time, i talked to most major players, mostly Harley and JJ, and they all were nice - yep, and special.
I spare you the part with JJ now (and hopefully forever) being with a very good friend of mine - which is, with all that being said, abit strange, but wonderful.

NEUROSIS, Dortmund, FZW (ca.1992)

The first in a small series of shots (read previous entry for details WHY and WHUUUT) is a band that impressed me alot in my early HC years. I came from a kinda NYHC-vibe, but very soon simply fell for all the deep shit, that was kinda bridge to where I came from (first Metal and later on the "Alterna"-scene).
For years and years, I would have told you that "Souls at Zero" is THE perfect record, in all it's negativity, nihilism, pain and catharsis. It stood right up there with "Age of Quarrel", that taught me another lesson about the very same topic: life. Well, I only realized somewhat later, that it is none of both, which I would like to be my sole soundtrack on that infamous desert island... save that for later.
So - the pictures where taken at a place with great memories for me concerning Hardcore (which always was just a small portion of what they had there). It now has resettled to another place which I haven't been to. Before the show, maybe after, I and some of the BLURR-fanzine-Crew did an interview for said Zine, which will come up here in the future for sure. This is not much, just do what NEUROSIS can do best to you: let your mind wander! Click on a picture to see the full shot...

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November 20, 2010


Due to request, I am going to include some band-photos/live-shots I did on this blog.
I guess I will not have THE ONES, because I have never been that photography guy. To be honest: I suck in taking pictures. Maybe these days I know something about balance, contrast, focus - but way back, maaaan...
But, as said, there was request to share some of the moments that I captured, so be it.
Most of them are unpublished, but I guess the few "hot shots" I did take all got used in some fanzine or another. If any of those look familiar to you, scream for me...
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