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introKulturfabrik, Krefeld, Germany
26th September 2014
Neuroticfish & X-Divide

More than a few people were happy that NEUROTICFISH started touring again in 2013. But still they don’t do extended tours and thus it is always great when you have the chance to see them live. On this occasion we had the chance to see them perform in the small hall of the Kulturfabrik Krefeld with a capacity of 320 people. Thus we could enjoy the intimate atmosphere of a club concert.


The Synth-Pop/ Electro-Pop duo from Cologne was founded in 2005. Both, Eric (guitar, vocals) and Jens (keyboard, second vocals), gathered lots of live experience with their different other projects they did before.

Music & Performance
The venue was only half-filled when the guys entered the stage. Though Eric was constantly endeavoured to interact with the audience, the people only partly moved to the music or clapped their hands. For real the songs were not that bad, but not really exciting as it has more the quality of lift music. Anyway after their short gig of 30 minutes the sympathetic guys got a proper applause.

Music: 6
Performance: 6
Sound: 9
Lights: 7
Total: 7 / 10



The Future-Pop/ Synth-Pop duo, consisting of Sascha Mario Klein (vocals, music, lyrics, production) and Henning Verlage (keyboard, production) started in the early 90’s to create music that is definitely made for the dance floors. And even if you are not so much into the band’s work you surely know some songs as they are frequently played in gothic discotheques. Thus it is no wonder that there were quite a lot of people sad when the band made public the end in 2008. Fortunately in 2013 they announced their comeback with a “Sign of life” concert in Bochum. At the moment they are working on a new album. /


Music & Performance
During the stage rebuilding the venue filled quickly and when the voice from the computer said “Silence please!” the excitement grew. Hammering beats and wafting Synth sounds followed, before Henning and Sascha entered the stage and started immediately the party with their new single ‘Silence’. No one of the audience needed an extra invitation to join the party and wherever you looked around, there were dancing and singing people, clapping their hands as well. Nevertheless Sascha constantly interacted with the audience and kept the party going. A day before the concert the band stated that they want to burn the house down with their show. Now Sascha took up the plan by announcing the following song - ‘Bomb’ - as the perfect one for doing so. And we all gave our best to, at least, raise the roof. After this one a new song was presented which had some nice Dubstep elements at the end in it.


Furthermore a third new song was introduced with an interesting video in the background, consisting of a mixture of news pieces from the mid-seventies but every now and then an image of Barack Obama appearing. Though it is not quite usual, Sascha announced to perform a song that was a wish of a friend of them. As the spirits were high the guys couldn’t leave the stage for good without an encore and so we got one. And more important we learned that the guys are working on their new album though the release date is not fixed yet. I have seen NEUROTICFISH some weeks ago at the M’era Luna were their performance was a big party as well. But of course it is so much more enjoyable to go to a concert of them with a longer setlist and even more in this intimate atmosphere of this venue. Had it been seated the guys would have received standing ovations.


01. Intro ‘Silence please!‘
02. Silence
03. Former me
04. Bomb
05. Behaviour
06. Wake me up
07. Suffocating right
08. M.F.A.P.L.
09. Illusion of home
10. Skin
11. Somebody
12. Velocity
13. Need
14. I don’t need the city
15. Solid you
16. A greater good

Music: 9
Performance: 9
Sound: 9
Light: 8
Total: 8.8 / 10

After the show people had the chance to party more as Krishan Wesenberg of ROTERSAND was the DJ of the after-show party. But my friend and I left soon as we were already too tired.


All Pictures by Daniela Vorndran ( /

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