PRIESTS
Washington DC, Sister Polygon
Di, 21-05-19 
Bumann & Sohn, Köln
Einlass 19:00, Beginn 20:00

With fireworks of noise and arresting melodies both, Washington, D.C. rock iconoclasts Priests’ 2017 debut LP 'Nothing Feels Natural' was heralded as a modern classic of “post-punk” — but Priests feels urgently present. Bred in punk, Priests play rock’n’roll that is as intellectually sharp as it is focused on pop’s thrilling pleasure centers, that is topical without sloganeering. The high-wire physicality of their live shows, the boldness of their Barbara Kruger-invoking visual statements, their commitment to cultural, political, and aesthetic critique—it’s all made Priests one of the most exciting bands of their generation, subversive in a literal sense, doing things you would not expect.

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SOCCER MOMMY
Nashville, Fat Possum
Mi, 22-05-19 
Bumann & Sohn, Köln
Einlass 19:00, Beginn 20:00

“I don’t want to be your fucking dog,” sings Soccer Mommy’s twenty-year-old Sophie Allison on “Your Dog,” a highlight from her album Clean (2018, Fat Possum). Over knotty, distorted guitars and churning bass, Allison is equal turns confrontational and vulnerable. “I want a love that lets me breathe/I’ve been choking on your leash.” It’s a mission statement, a reclamation of power, a rewriting of all indie rock’s rules. Clean was produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey). It’s an emotional album, heavy on themes of growth, isolation, and change, but balanced by a lightness of touch, and with hooks to spare.

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ODD COUPLE x PABST
Do, 23-05-19 
Bumann & Sohn, Köln
Einlass 19:00, Beginn 20:00

„Drei Musiker die laute Rockmusik spielen die nennt man gerne: Power Trio. Gleich zwei ganz hervorragende davon haben sich in den letzten Jahren in Berlin gegründet und gehen jetzt miteinander auf Tour. Es sind Odd Couple (zumindest live zu dritt) und Pabst. Sie sind nicht nur zwei der besten Bands der Hauptstadt sondern auch zwei der besten Rockbands des ganzen Landes. Diese Nerds sind derart talentiert und stilistisch abgesichert das grenzt schon an Unverschämtheit. Odd Couple auf der einen Seite reichern ihren Garage Rock mit einer Prise Kraut und deutschsprachigem Schrammel-Indie an während Pabst Grunge Noise-Pop und 90s-Indie verkuppeln dass es ein wahres Fest ist. Bitte besuchen Sie eine Show ihrer Wahl bevor Sie später wieder rumheulen dass sie nicht dabei waren als endlich mal was Geiles passiert ist.“ – Jan Schwarzkamp / Visions

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WOODEN SHJIPS
San Francisco, Thrill Jockey
Do, 30-05-19 
Bumann & Sohn, Köln
Einlass 19:00, Beginn 20:00

San Francisco's enigmatically named Wooden Shjips play a minimal, droning kind of garage band-influenced psychedelia with a noticeable '60s Krautrock influence. Almost unintelligible vocals slip beneath the waves of throbbing minimal rhythms while fuzz tone guitar and shrieking organ freak-outs jump to the foreground and draw you into their primal vortex. It's not a sound that everyone will love, but one that resonates deeply with former (and present-day) heads and hippies. When bandleader Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo) put the band together in 2003 he wasn't interested in playing gigs or becoming famous. His original intention was to find a group of non-musicians and create music with them. The idea was that untrained players would have a brand new outlook on what music is and bring something fresh to the table, perhaps a blend of the often noisy trance rock of the Velvet Underground and the frenetic mania of the one-hit wonder garage punks of the early '60s.

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