Rock Tag

Posted On September 15, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years

There is something beautiful about imperfection. The little wrinkle when she’s smiling. The hint of green in your blue eyes. The scar on your shoulder. The few grey hair even though you’re too young to have grey hair. Imperfection makes people unique. It makes us remember. Cymbals Eat Guitars always had a nag for writing imperfect pop songs. And I blame myself for not paying more attention to them earlier. To me the bands new record Pretty Years is the celebration of everything imperfect. Finally kicks the record off withRead More
A woman inked in black and white holding her hand in front of her open mouth in surprise. Below, in thick red letters, it says ABAY and really tiny some more letters that form the album title. Everything is amazing and nobody is happy – it’s the zeitgeist talking and a fitting title to what is the debut album by one of German indie rocks busiest people. Blackmail were an institution in the German indie rock scene. The tight production by guitarist Kurt Ebelhäuser met lead singer Aydo Abay’s distinctRead More

Posted On Juni 8, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Pup – The Dream Is Over

I first saw Pup live opening for Cloud Nothings a few years back in a semi open air venue near the Spree in Berlin. I initially went to the gig to see Cloud Nothings. It was a breezy summer evening. Clouds above our heads and a fresh wind going over the Spree next to us. Pup opened the evening and almost blew my hair off. The band made such a racket, they were really tight and garnished their thick guitars with wonderful melodies Rivers Cuomo is looking for since Weezer’sRead More

Posted On Juni 1, 2016By CarloIn Video

Farben/Schwarz – Jahr der Schlange

Oh German punk, you are truly doing well. If you hear and watch the new song by Farben/Schwarz called Jahr der Schlange there’s no other possible outcome. The last months brought us new albums by Turbostaat, Captain Planet, Fjørt or Kmpfsprt and Farben/Schwarz do foster your appetite for their upcoming EP. Heavy guitars, thundering drums and aggressive vocals broken up by clean verses and breaks. Jahr der Schlange is probably their best song to date. On it, the band shuffles between post-rock breaks, Fjørt heavyness and Kmpfsprt’s thorough energy. GetRead More

Posted On Mai 24, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost

The press shot of Modern Baseball that is being distributed as part of the promo and that is headlining this review is a little misleading. It shows the band all happy and smiling. At first sight this might seem appropriate. The band has outgrown its d.i.y. roots. Basements in and around Philadelphia aren’t home to this band any longer. When you look at the expansive touring schedule the band has been through and is again, it is the bigger venues that play host now. After a self recorded debut albumRead More
Punk, rock and German indie these are the poles between which Astairre have set foot. Ich hasse meine Freunde is the first song from their upcoming EP So lange wir noch funktionieren. And it’s a belter. I have to admit that I’m not totally unbiased here – I’ve met bassist Robin on a long night out at Reeperbahn Festival a couple years back. Since then I’ve been tracking what the band is up to. With Unter Schafen Records they have finally found the right home for their sound. And ifRead More

Posted On November 26, 2015By CarloIn Opinion, Talking Pop

Talking Pop: At the Drive-In

In 2001 the TV in my room was the gateway to the world. I was living with my parents in a small town in the deepest South-West of Germany, right next to the border of Switzerland and France (yes, that’s three countries in a few mile radius). Music television was a thing back then. MTV still played video clips. Do you remember that? I didn’t really have the chance to go to many gigs because that would have involved a 2 hour drive to Zürich in order to get toRead More

Posted On November 25, 2015By TiyamIn Music, Reviews

Placebo – MTV Unplugged

So this is it apparently. My very first music review. Never did I think anyone would be interested in what my thoughts on music are, but as it turns out, I was wrong. So hey – in case you are the one person actually reading this: Thanks a lot mate. I really do appreciate it. But enough of this sentimental nonsense- although in some ways music reviews are always sentimental nonsense – and lets focus on what you actually came here to read for – a review of Placebos’ MTVRead More

Posted On Mai 20, 2015By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind

So Mumford & Sons have released a new record. It’s called ‚Wilder Mind‘ and apparently everybody is supposed to hate it. All the critics who were all so buzzing about this band when they played ‚true folk songs‘ are now hating the band. But why?Read More
Well someone is back with a bang. I was listening to the last Maccabees record Given to the Wild on vinyl last night. I had almost forgotten how good this album was. But new track Marks to Prove It is a lot louder and noisier. Which is a slightly surprising change but nevertheless a good one in my opinion. Great video as well!Read More