Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
3rd December 2011
Covenant, Patenbrigade: Wolff, Decoded Feedback
This time, my slightly longer way led me to Augsburg to see quite a special concert once more: COVENANT was on the move on the second part of their ’Modern Ruin' tour for six concerts in Germany whereof only one was taking place in the south of Germany, namely in the Kantine Augsburg.
The music project DECODED FEEDBACK was already founded in the middle of the 90s in Canada. The duet succeeded with their first published work 'Overdosing' in 1996 in receiving a contract with the German record company Zoth Ommog. With the following publications they created the breakthrough in the German electronic scene. After a long-lasting break, the band came back 2010 with the album 'Aftermath'. www.decodedfeedback.com
Music & Performance
On time at 7:30 PM, Italian Marco Biagiotti (voice) and keyboarder Yone Dudas, coming from Hungary, of DECODED FEEDBACK appeared on stage in front of the built up projection wall. Veside their best known songs like 'Phoenix‘ and 'Silent killer‘, the band played already new songs which shall be released on their upcoming album appearing in next spring, called 'disKonnekt'. The sound during their appearance was not really persuasive and one could only hope that this would change in the course of the evening.
Marco looked at times rather nervous and fought out an ostensible fight with the microphone cable. The audience still looked relatively unimpressed by the events on stage and killed time rather with talking and other things. After half an hour, DECODED FEEDBACK left the stage under moderate applause.
Total: 6.5 / 10
The German electronic band PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF was founded in 1998 in Berlin. The duet, consisting of Sven Wolff (brigadier) and Lance Murdock (brigade leader), makes no secret from its weakness for big building site devices existing since common childhood days. Their mostly instrumental pieces can probably be seen as a contemporary sound for the construction branch; they themselves circumscribe their music as “electronic building site music” or also “club track for Electro plumbers”. This year, the band already published an album 'Verbundstoff‘, a mini-album called 'Der Schallplattenunterhalter‘ and a Best of album, 'Tanzveranstaltung'. www.Patenbrigade.com
Music & Performance
After a really short rebuilding break of only 15 minutes, the stage was transformed into a building site and Sven Wolff, Lance Murdock, André Hartung (trainee) and Stefan Leukert (trainee) entered the stage wearing orange shining protective suits, yellow helmets and sunglasses. Together with the present listeners, they started into one day on the building site. As well as on a building site, it was also busy from now on at stage. The sound was already a little better during their presentation, except with Antje Dieckmann (inspector), who vocally supported the band during some songs, where one had the feeling everything would overturn. Nevertheless, this did not disturb the audience.
PATENBRIGADE’s appearance was received exceedingly well and with songs like 'Der Brigadier Trinkt Bier‘ or also 'Gefahrstoffe', extremely good mood ruled. As well as already during DECODED FEEDBACK’s show, projections were presented in the background on the canvas. For the end, after good 45 minutes, the Bontempi-organ was smashed with the hammer what was the crowning end of a really successful and a little bit other appearance.
Total: 7 / 10
COVENANT is a Swedish electronic band which was founded in 1986. The project’s name is derived from the Bible and means so much like “ceremonious alliance”. Also their first album 'Dreams Of A Cryotank‘, which appeared in 1994, was very well received within the entire German Electro scene successfully. In 2011, their current album 'Modern Ruin' was published, what means something quite special for the band, because for the first time the now steady band member Daniel Myer, whom most know certainly still from the band HAUJOBB, took part in the songwriting. www.covenant.se
Music & Performance
Then after scanty half an hour rebuilding break, it was time for the headliner and both keyboarders Daniel Myer and Daniel Jonasson (who is currently replacing Joakim Montelius during live shows) entered the stage wrapped in thick fog. Then some time later followed also under blustering applause singer Eskil Simonsson. In the meantime, in became very crowded in the hall and people stood close together, but still, the mood was very good. The stage construction was very sparse; also the projection wall had been diminished in the break and thus the bright lights of the back wall and vast amounts of fog were left what was not quite nicely for the present photographers and also for people having problems to see the band at all. The sound was better with COVENANT than with both support bands and after some songs it became clearer and no more vague.
Eskil Simonsson was in a very good mood, constantly thanked the spectators for the nice evening. Except well-known songs, as for example 'Ritual Noise'‚ 'Call The Ships To Port‘ or 'Bullet', also two quite new songs were presented, which shall be found on the new album. Speaking of good mood… after the song 'The Men‘, a perceptible jerk went through the audience - from there on anyone joined in the singing without exception and the mood reached one climax after the other. Then finally after some additions, the evening was over and the band said goodbye under blustering applause.
01. Modern Ruin
03. Judge Of My Domain
04. Dynamo Clock
05. 20 Hz
06. Whenever I leave (working title - new song)
07. No Man‘s Land
08. The Beauty And The Grace
09. Go Film
10. The Men
11. Dead Stars
12. Ritual Noise
13. Wir Sind Die Nacht
15. The Passion Game (working title - new song)
16. Tour de Force
17. Happy Man
19. Call The Ships To Port
20. Like Tears In Rain
21. We Stand Alone
Total: 7.5 / 10
The evening was quite successful. Something probably might have been present for everyone’s taste because the three bands were rather different.
All pictures by Erika Knepper (