Saturday, 18 June 2016

Get Classy, Get Loud – A Soundtrack for all Peaky Blinders

Yeez, when I saw the first episode of the British series I was flattered from the first minute on – not just by the authentic atmosphere or by the great acting (Cillian Murphy!!), but even more by the brilliant music all this is perfectly enhanced with. The time set in England after the First World War does not at all clash with the rocky, punky soundtrack with tunes from today’s musical idols. Even more, this actually is the perfect combination to establish this amazing, sometimes self-ironic atmosphere throughout the whole series.

 The soundtrack is mainly influenced by bands like Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (who provide the theme song “Red Right Hand”, as well as several  background songs in each episode), The White Stripes or The Raconteurs (Jack White being a band member here as well).
Anyhow, loving this series and its music, I also put together a small soundtrack for it – adequate additions, if I may say so. Representing some more of my favourite bands and all carefully chosen to get you in the Peaky mood ;-) Actually, since I know the series, I already had pictures of the Peaky Blinders in my head, when listening  them.
So here we go, songs for drinking, loving, hating, looking cool, smoking cigarettes, polishing guns, rumbling around with style, mixing up towns, having power, losing power, getting dirty, getting clean and everything there is in between ;-)

Feeling Peaky already? Let me know your thoughts and thanks for tuning in!

Monday, 25 January 2016

A word about music critiques. And very hard work.

Just recently I found the post below on the Facebook page of Irish singer-songwriter Johnny Rayge/(whom you know from here). I read this and thought "Wow! What a brave and very true message to post! And really bolstering words for all those real artists out there". This is why I wanted to share it with you.
Johnny published a new music video recently - for his supersmooth tune "Parisian Skies". As for every honest artist, critiques are welcome, of course, but one of  those critics took it a bit to far. His Facebook post turned out to be a plain insult. Actually I personally felt offended by that, remembering all those virtuous music artists I promoted here and elsewhere knowing about their hard work and their deserved success which is based on JUST that. Sweeping this off with some easy-spoken nasry words is not just poor, but also very rude and disrespectful. I like to think about myself as a music critic as well, however I hope I never-ever have or will insult any musician like this :/
"Hi, it's actually really tough to post this one, as its a response to nastiness, and I think it's important. As an artist all my life I've worked hard to be honest as a worker in my crafts of music and words. The hours, huge time, the energy, opportunity costs, the actual monetary costs. I wrote, and then took many years and many recordings with many people to complete PARISIAN SKIES, a song that means a great deal to me. I then had to wait two more years to have finance, energy and time to produce a video, an original piece of art in another form for that work. Many people were involved in all processes. And I thank them.
Then artists have the toughest challenge, the courage to share their private souls, expose their work to a critical world, to be accepted, maybe loved, yet maybe equally, and it's part of life, rejected or disliked.
However I repost this for all to see
to show young and burgeoning artists how the pure meanness and begrudging hurtful insults of some should never force you to desist in your passion, your craft, your life and its work.
Many will try to hurt us, the sensitive souls who slave at the coalface of Art, we must not desist. Creation is flowing in my blood and is my life. Stand up, stare them in the face, smile, let them pass... Continue, and do what YOU can.
Love and peace to all who return it, and equally to those who do not. Find your way.
Hate eats the hater not the hated."

In this sense, plese keep in mind: sometimes, if you can't say anything friendly about someone else, it probably is better to say nothing at all. Anyhow, please do let me know your thoughts ;-)

PS: In case you are wondering - this is the video / song the whole fuzz was about. And I am really happy it already has more than 8,000 viewers on Facebook :-)

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Interview with Jane Doe – Noisy Crumb’s Girl Power Weeks

Three girls, three stars, loads of glitter and ass-kicking punky rock tunes – this is Jane Doe. The Würzburg “bad girl indie rock” trio – as they call their style – just got everything you need for a fine pogo party with friends: their beats, voices, melodies and pure party attitude literally move the crowds on their gigs. They will make you stamp your feet, shake your hips, sing along and circle put as if there were no tomorrow. Don’t believe me? Just step by on one of their next live gigs and you’ll see for yourself.
And for now, have fun reading this interview they gave me. I am very proud to present Jane Doe and their new album “Freak Out” as the culmination of my Girl Power Weeks! And look, even Jem found a good mention here ;-)

Jane Doe band from Würzburg

How did you originally get together as a band?
Each of us always has played music for herself. Besides, Ronja and Claudia already know rach other from their childhood and school time. We’ve got to know Uli, our drummer queen, on a concert of a band we’re friends with. We arranged a date for a jam session the same week and it just fitted perfectly.

I am also wondering about your band name – after all “Jane Doe” is the English equivalent for “it could be anybody”. To be honest, you don’t sound like anybody and I have the impression you never intended to sound like anyone could. What is the story behind your band name?
When we started to write our own music we were about 16 or 17 years old. At this time we were not sure about both the "identity" of our music and our own identities. We absolutely didn’t know how our music would develop. Meanwhile we simply don’t want to be pigeonholed and also have understood that our music is continuously developing just like our personalities. Consequently, the name “Jane Doe” worked out for us quite well. For us Jane Doe is not the nameless “could be anybody”, but rather gives us the freedom that we can by anybody and we can do everything. Maybe today we are punk, tomorrow we could be folk…who knows what comes next?! ;-)

And what is the story with the glittering stars that spangle your faces? I personally was reminded of the 80s series “Jem and the Holograms”, when I saw it the first time, not sure if this was your intention ;-)
(Laugh!!!) Although we sometimes have pink hair and sparkle a lot on stage, we have nothing in common with Jem, but the love for music. Although it wasn’t our intention to remind of her, it is a nice attitude ;-)
In the beginning we didn’t like to be reduced on the fact that we are three women on stage and do “girlie-rock”, until we realized that this could also be an advantage for us, as “the eyes judge before the ears hear”. So, as a combination of defiance and the game with the stereotype, we started the sparkling glitter-look. Actually this turned out to be absolutely helpful as an eye-catcher - first to get the audience’s attention before we convince them with our music. Unfortunately, performing music mostly is not only about the music itself but also about entertainment, show and self-staging.

What can fans expect from your newly released album “Freak Out”?
It took us years to finally release “Freak out”. It is a great combination of indie, a little punk and classic rock. Although some lyrics go a little deeper and encourage thinking about it twice, it is full of verve, danceable tunes and fun. Its main themes are about personal struggle (“Even if”, “Oh Lord”, “Better on my own”), how we see the world and the people around us (“Fake reality”, “EGO”), how to deal with that and get over it (“Revolution”, “Freak out”), topped by a charming ballad (“Lovefool”). Thus, it is a precious little piece of us, meant to be fun and entertaining.

Jane Doe interview with Noisy Crumb

How is the (male) audience reacting when a bunch of power-girls like yourselves are hitting the stage with indie punk-rock tunes? Admittedly, pure girl-bands are much rarer to be seen in this musical style than guys. I am wondering if you can realize any difference…
Being an all-female band is a double-edged situation. Sure, at times blunt sayings like “Show your tits!” occur, but are not the common rule. Some people are tuned softer in their musical judgment, saying things like “They are just women!” or “Considering they are women….”. Again others are even harder to convince, thinking “They only have tits bonus. First they should prove that they can rock!” Both can be arduous! We see ourselves simply as musicians who want to have fun on stage and are happy every time we get the audience to have a good time and enjoy our music and show.

Being all girls, would you say you have more catfights within the band than others, because of this? And how do you handle them?
Honestly, we can’t tell since we don’t have any direct comparison. However, we all made our individual experiences in “man-dominated” bands before Jane Doe and, as far as we can tell, disagreements and conflicts happen quite naturally when a bunch of people work together creatively. And sometimes men are even more bullheaded and diva-like than women! However, within Jane Doe small differences are quickly solved without any catfighting and hair-pulling. After all we are not just band members, but also friends. With one exception: When it’s about who gets the last salmon sushi, friendship comes to an end! ;-)

What was the weirdest thing ever happening to you as a band?

Once we meet the guitarist of Jan Delay’s band for a cup of coffee. He was so curious about our music that we spontaneously invited him for a small rehearsal. At that time we played in a grubby, dirty 10qm room - without windows, heating or toilet - which we shared with three other metal bands. Without turning a hair he sat down on this horrible piece of sh**, which used to be a couch once, and got totally absorbed by our music. He really liked our music. That’s probably not the weirdest thing happening to us, but one of the coolest ones. You know, some things happen, but you never talk about it ;-)

Noisy Crumb's Girl Power Weeks with Jane Doe

What was the greatest gig you ever played and why?
In 2014 we had the chance to play as support for The Bones at Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt. This was a special gig for us, because we are also fans of their music. It just feels awesome to play on the same stage, at the same night with a “famous” band, whose music you love!
The greatest Jane Doe gig so far was clearly our release of “Freak out” 2015. We finally reached this milestone and now everyone can listen to Jane Doe whenever they want. Our support acts, the audience and fans that night were overwhelming and really made it an unforgettable night for us!

Touring, giggin’, video filming…. – what are your next plans for conquering the world of indie rock? Any nationwide or international projects planned?
Coming up is probably a music video shooting for “Freak out” next spring. Moreover, gigs, gigs, gigs! Likely we’ll do a little touring in and around Germany and possibly play many Open-airs. The new impressions and experiences will clearly give us some inspiration for new songs.

Thanks for the interview, ladies! And my dear readers, make sure to stay up-to-date with Jane Doe on their Website and Facebook page and check out some of their songs on Soundcloud.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Interview with the Redhead Gang – Noisy Crumb’s Girl Power Weeks

Yep, indeed, two red-haired power girls form the indie singer-songwriter duo Redhead Gang from Regensburg, Bavaria. As students at Regensburg Musical College and blessed with an amazing talent for heart-warming, unique melodies, they are up and away to sing themselves in the hearts of every listener who crosses their path.
I personally first saw them performing in a limestone cave (!) and immediately got caught by the pure harmonic atmosphere, which is enfolding their concerts, whether dancy or melancholic ;) Thus, I am so happy they gave me this interview! Those ladies are an excellent example that real music power does not necessarily have to be loud…

Noisy Crumb Interview - Redhead Gang

How did you originally get together as a band?
We met at a local bar named the "Art Club". There was an Open Stage where many musicians came together every week. We really enjoyed making Music together and so we started the "Redhead Gang".

What can fans expect from your album “Settled On Clouds” resp. from your live gigs?
They can expect a wide range of feelings and stories out of life, realized with acoustic guitars and polyphonic melodies. On our album you can expect a lot of love - and especially broken-heart-songs because they were written at a time when both of us had to deal with break ups.
As musicians we come in terms with such issues by songwriting. But we also pose questions about life in general, such as: “Where can hope be found?“, "What is it like to be free like a bird?" and „What happens to people when they are lonely?“

What are the inspirations for your songs’ lyrics?
Everything from various impressions to daily life experiences, and most important: being honest all the time.

Being two girls with – I personally have the impression – both equally great singer-songwriter talent, would you say you have more catfights within the band than others? And how do you handle them?
We honestly don't think that we have more catfights than others. Of course we need to compromise here and there but as tricky as the situation may seem, we always find a way to get together in the end. Also, we mostly write our songs separately so one of us presents a new song to the other to create polyphonic melodies and to work on it together. But, in cases of doubt, we always consider the wishes of the songwriter.

Interview - Redhead Gang

Keeping in mind your busy touring calendar from this year, would you say it’s more important for regional indie bands to go touring around to spread the word about your band – or is it more important to release new albums and songs (and maybe spread them online in the same amount of time you would use for touring)?
Our motto is to keep the balance – as both aspects indeed are equally important. We personally enjoy playing gigs more because they get you in direct contact with the audience and no gig is like the other. Also it is very important for our live-experience and for catching new listeners and, in this way, new buyers for our album.
Spending time in the studio is just as important. It always is a very intense and interesting experience and especially a lot of fun when it comes to experimenting with our songs. We love adding five-part choirs and strings to the one or other song, for example.

What was the greatest gig you ever played and why?
In the summer of 2013 we played at Christopher Street Day in Regensburg. This was an amazing concert, not just because of the huge crowd, but also due to the open-minded atmosphere – it just felt great!

What are your musical plans for the Christmas season and for 2016?
Right now we are very focused on our exams at the Music College in Regensburg but we are indeed planning a winter special which we are extremely excited about. We are up to release a winter song that we wrote, maybe even before Christmas.
For 2016, we currently are planning on playing a live living room concert in Munich which will be recorded and videotaped. We are really looking forward to that as this will be a gig with a whole band combo. Right now, we can’t tell when exactly it’ll take place, but we will definitely going spread the word on our Facebook page. It will probably go down at a friend’s apartment in Munich. Apart from that, there – of course! – will be new songs in 2016!

You can find more info about the Redhead Gang on their Facebook page and listen to (and download!) their songs from Bandcamp. By the way, my favourite right now is "Vogelfrei", a quite dancy song in Bavarian dialect! Thanks for the interview, girls :)    

Redhead Gang from Bavaria

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Interview with May Swan – Noisy Crumb’s Girl Power Weeks

Great voice, amazing stage performance and a lot of hard work – in our interview, enchanting May Swan, who is a professional (and very busy) singer from Augsburg, told me what it takes to make her gigs so highly coveted. Get yourself ready for glamorous musical girl power at its finest ;-)

Noisy Crumb interview with May Swan

May, how did you originally get to the music business?
Music has always been an important part in my life - since I am able to speak, actually! In the age of 9 I started my "musical career" as drummer in a traditional Bavarian marching band. But after a view years I realized, that nothing could keep up with my passion for singing. I began to sing in different churches. It was a really modern style of worship music, for example inspired by "Hillsong". At the age of 16 I thought about visiting a musical-school - but my parents were urging me towards a “proper” education. That’s why I started my apprenticeship as a graphic designer.
After a few years working in this job, I wanted to give the music more space in my life. I found a new job as marketing manager with the great opportunity to work only 4 days at week. This enabled me to visit the "Downtown Music Institute" in Augsburg, where I studied "popluar music". After the year of education I still wanted more. For one year I was singing in a band named "Triple Talk", which was an acoustic-combo combined with a string quartet. During this time I learned a lot about arrangements and voicing. After my time with Triple Talk I searched for a new band project and eventually became acquainted to my actually band-partner (and in the meantime also life partner) Holm.
Holm is working in the music business since almost 20 years. He encouraged me to built a more professional musical career - and so I started singing at weddings. I never expected such a great feedback – these performances really became a fast-selling item. Within just one year I learned a lot of new songs and worked at my performance. Now I’m in the "wedding business" since 3 years and I’m absolutely enjoying it.

As the perfectionist you are in your performances, what are you doing to “get better each day”? Any related tips you would like to pass on to other musicians?
To me, being a professional singer means to work continuously on the voice. You can compare it with bodybuilding - you have to train your voice like muscles.  I do engage with different voicing techniques, and also, I always try to keep my body fit. Apart from this, I also engage with acting and stage presence. I think I will never reach this point to say "Now everything what I´m doing is perfect" - but I think this is the key for being really successful.

May Swan - Honey & Soul interview

 You are touring and gigging as a professional singer – sometimes in the solo spotlight, in a duo combo and sometimes with a whole band. Which of these setups is your favourite and why?
I'm really enjoying it to sing while Holm is playing the guitar - it's simple but has this special magic ;-) But I also enjoy singing with the band and filling the songs with different voicing. When people book me as a solo singer, I'm working with high professional instrumentals. It's not the same like an "all-live" performance but it's always good for a singer to be independent in this business.
I would imagine that performing on events like weddings, etc., involves meeting even special expectations of clients and playing a lot of covers. Would you sometimes say you are more a service contractor than a music artist? And would being one be better than the other?
From my side I'm trying to combine the best of both. To me, being a service contractor means to be reliable. I try my best to make each wedding day more beautiful with beautiful music. The other side is my "artist soul". Of course there are days when you are not in a perfect mood - but I would say artists who are playing only their own stuff are in the same situation. They also have to fulfill a roll from the moment on they are starting to play for money. An artist always needs someone to listen to and appreciate his or her music. Thus, in a way every artist adapts himself to a target group - big one or small one doesn't matter then.
In the end for me it's an honor to accompany such special days, like weddings, and to make the people happy with different kind of music styles.

What do you prefer – studying songs, which you adore yourself and presenting a great cover version of it, or writing and singing your own pieces?
I love it singing covers. With my own songs I'm most of the time to critical to share it - and unfortunalety I have a really big time problem to create new songs. But everything in life has it's time. My dream is to create one day a German pop-soul album - and I will fulfill it one day.
How do you motivate yourself to perfectly sing cover songs which you actually don’t like yourself?
I motivate myself with the feeling that songs which are specially chosen from my customers having a special meaning for them. More than one time I started to like a song after we played it as band and after we saw the reaction of the people. Of course I also set some limits, for example I'm not singing songs with really bad meanings. Lyrics are really important for me- otherwise I couldn't sing it in a good way.

Noisy Crumb interview with May Swan

As you said, you are also working as a marketing manager: pencil pusher by day and music star by night – how is this mantra working out for you?
Very well, actually! The good thing is that my marketing job gives me a good foundation and security – thus, I don't have to take every singing job that is offered me. This gives me a high amount of freedom and keeps the music as my passion and not "as a job".

What are your plans for 2016? Any own projects, gigs, releases coming up?
In 2016 my focus lies also at performing and staging - I will not release own songs. I got the great opportunity to sing in a music show with also acting and dancing parts in the end of 2016 and the whole year 2017. I'm really looking forward to this new experience.

Thanks for the interview, May!
For you, my dear readers, I highly recommend checking out May’s work on her YouTube channel as well as on the Honey & Soul YouTube channel and on Facebook.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Take this, Hollwood - Noisy Crumb's Girl Power Weeks

Not only as an answer to the obviously horribly disappointing Jem movie which is going to hit the cinemas soon, but even more as a reflection of how much amazing musical girl-power is just around the corner on local gigs, I am really happy to announce my next interview series: the Girl Power Weeks!

I got lovely interviews with three fantastic bands from this, all representing different musical styles with so much soul and passion, that makes everyone realise, where it comes from: from the heart and not from a recod company contract.

In the upcoming weeks, I shall be very proud to present you May Swan, a professional singer and songwriter from Augsburg, the Readhead Gang, a two piece happy-melancholic-accoustic band from Regensburg, and Jane Doe, ask-kicking indie rock trio from Würzburg.

So stay tuned and check back soon!

Musical Girl Power Weeks

PS: That also was, what the original 80s series "Jem and the Holograms" actually stood for: adoing the masses by a true musical heart (and some magic ;-)), but certainly not by becoming someone, a major label wants you to be. Not by wearing clothes your would never wear, writing songs, you would never write and abandoning your friends for fame. Sure, this is how music stars are often born or, better said, "made" and its important for all those Wannabe-Hannah-Montanas out there to be aware of, but why did you have to screw up a lovely animated cult series for it? Why?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Audio Bullys' Only Man - with a thousands allusions ;-)

How many allusions can you put in a music video? I think when UK alternative-electro-duo Audio Bullys were working on their video for their 2010 hit "Only Man" they were surely thinking "MANY!"
I actually discovered this gem of a music video just recently - shame on me for being so late on this one! But better late then never and, if you also have not seen it, yet, I highly recommend you do check this out right now.
It's not just about this amazing-funky-punky tune itself nor just the unusual idea of filming a music video from below through a glass floor or some of the "disturbing" images (like the band members being beaten up just "above" you) this video is presenting us - no. The true speciality about this video is clearly the fun you have counting and admiring all the allusions they've put into it in a very decent - hm - rubber look! Movies, artists, video games and brands of all kinds are mixed into their performance.

Really guys, well done! Here are the ones I could count, but I am sure I am still missing some ;-)

Roy Lichtenstein - Batman - MTV - Fight Club - BurgerKing - Kaws - Heinz - 50s Commercials ;-) - Blur's Coffee & TV - Coca Cola - IBM - Intel - m&m's - Matrix - Hot Wheels - 21 Jump Street - - David Hasslehoff's Burger! (cum on, give me that one!) - I Love New York - Lego - Back to the Future - Jaws - Nintendo - Tetris - Parra

Feel free to double-check and most of all - enjoy the performace!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

"Sunset & Starlit Sky Music" - Interview with Shaky Foundation from Würzburg

Nuremberg's famous Bardentreffen Festival is already some weeks ago, some tunes from there still sound in my ear - bright, clear and inspiring!
I am especially talking about the tracks from Würzburg's indie trio Shaky Foundation here - their psychedelic, spheric attitude of their music really got me ;-) - perfect for these late summer evenings with their early sunsets and cool breezes.
By the way, although it's definitely hard to describe their style in all its facets, they somehow remind me on the former German band Palestar, which were once even claimed to be the "one of the best German bands without a record contract"....
Thus I am really, really happy they had some time to answer my questions.
Here we go, guys - meet the lads from Shaky Foundation and go exploring your mind!

Band Shaky Foundation from Würzburg
How did you originally get together as a band?

Typical story: We went to school together some years ago. You have this teenage idea of having a band and sometime later you have your first gigs and from time to time you put more and more effort in it.

You describe your style as “sunset and starlit sky music” and you also claim your goal is not to sound like any other band. Quite ambitious! I am wondering though, don’t you have any musical influences at all?

Of course we do. Actually we have lots of influences. Once we started out we liked Indie bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Foals or Yamon Yamon, but since then we listened to a lot of really different
stuff that influenced us. But we think that music is not copying anything that was already there, but making something different. So in our understanding of what music is saying that you want to sound like no other band is just what every band should have as their goal.

Your debut album is called “Psychonaut”? What can your fans expect from this – something  like a psycodelic  astronaut ;-) ?

We really liked the term because we thought it perfectly described ourselves and the process of writing the album. It just means that sometimes you don’t have to travel far for a new experience but you can easily travel anywhere in your mind instantly.

Shaky Foundation on Noisy Crumb
On the “first glimpse” you music  does not seem mainstream at all – however seeing you perform on stage and keeping in mind the recognition you earned in contests and radio shows so far, I think you are quite successfully reaching for a broader crowd. What would you say is your “secret of success” in terms of “shaking the crowds”?

It has never been our goal to reach the so called mainstream with our music, though we would like to reach everybody who could possibly like our music. And in our opinion there are quite a few people out there with an alternative taste of music. We think there is a difference between being mainstream and being ambitious. Participating at contests was just a thing, which you do as a really young musician if you don’t already know it better, but we’ve realized soon that this is not our cup of tea.

Would you be happy if you became successful in the “music mainstream” business one day?

We would enjoy playing in front of big crowds and everything as long  as we don’t have to change ourselves for anybody else.

A number of bands have a strong connection to their hometown – do you  have a special connection to Würzburg?

It’s rather a city that slows you down than speeds you up, which we enjoy. [Gosh guys, I sooo know what you mean!!]

Thanks a lot for these insights, guys! My dear readers, please make sure to check out Shaky Foundation live:
  • 15/09/15 Musterzimmer Duisburg
  • 10/10/15 JuZe Bad Neustadt a.d. Saale
  • 23/10/15 Jugendempfang Würzburg
  • 31/10/15 Kellerperle Würzburg
  • 6/11/15 Aloft Hotel München and more dates coming soon!
and find more info on their Website and Facebook! And here is one of my favourite tracks for you

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Off to Nürnberg - Bardentreffen Festival 2015

For the 40th time this year Nuremberg was hosting Germany's (and probably Europe's) most famous world music and street musician festival over the last weekend - The Bardentreffen 2015! And it was a thorough success with over 200,000 people visiting and hundresd of bands and solo artists from all over the world performing in the streets of Nuremberg and turning the city into a huge dancefloor for four days.

I myself had the pleasure to be there last Saturday and to catch some impressions for you :-)

The violin group from the Musikschule Mühldorf really rocked the place (just at the main entrance of the famous St Lawrence Church). They performed square dance songs as well as traditional Irish pieces so that , not just me, but also the crowd were absolutely amazed!

Musikschule Mühldorf

The lads from Master Mint were totally rocking one of the city's roofed shopping passages with their own minty fresh songs as well as some cover pieces - I think they were playing Lenny Kravitz' "Fly away" for over 10 mins and everyone was joining the singalong - yeah yeah yeah!

Master MintMaster Mint Band

Crosswind are a four German lovers of Irish music and their performance of the trad reels and jigs as well as the smooth ballads was just perfect. They were playing on one of the major stages of the festival and I can just highly recommend you give them a listen at the link above!

Nuremberg Bardentreffen FestivalCrosswind playing

Then there was Pfatze from Austia - a talented solo artist with a musical style which needs getting used to ;-) Well, yes, look at his "instrument" and I guess you get the picture! Anyhow, it was just funny seeing him perform! Definitely the funniest and rarest act I've seen that day and a pity I could not find him online.

Solo artist Pfatze
Another great band are Feel Free from Nuremberg - there arrangements of and passion for melodic rock were reflected you every tune they played - groovin'!

Feel Free rockNürnberg Bardentreffen
Feel Free performing
And for everyone who was in for some "blues and rolling rock" - as they call it ;-) - Ted's Roadhouse Gang was there to itch your dancing feet.

Ted's Roadhouse GangTed's Roadhouse Gang
The Italian solo singer-songwriter Giovanni Bassano could win the crowd with his lovely tunes.

Bardentreffen 2015Giovanni Bassano

And of course: the hen party (no, not a band!) - Bardentreffen is definitely a terrific place for hen and stag parties, but these girls were just THE coolest hen party on that day and were rocking the place all over :-)

Lovely girlsParty hens

Another accoustic blues, rock and folk band performing were enDANGERed Species from Nuremberg/New York.

Bardentreffen 2015

Followed by another act on one of the main stages: Shaky Foundation from Würzburg. Wow, what a great synthie band! Their style can be described as indie dream pop with a lot of synths and a lot of soul. I was impressed by their talent which made them easily spark the masses - not with loads of funky colours and blingbling, but with their prowess! Highly recommended!

Live performance - Shaky FoundationShaky Foundation on stage

Guitar solo Shaky FoundationBardentreffenShaky Foundation from WürzburgShaky Foundation
In Kaiserstraße two more lovely accoustic acts were waiting for everone interested in quality music from truly musical souls :-) Leinwand were just brilliant and pure fun with their German thoughtful, sometimes even philosophic songs.

Leinwand band on Bardentreffen

Bardentreffen 2015 live acts

Lastly some of my good friends from My Perfect Mistake (you also know them from here) performed some of their own songs as well as cover songs as an accoustic trio on the festival. Punk rock songs in accoustic form?? Yes, it is possible! And you know what? This sounds surprisingly awesome!

MPM on Bardentreffen NürnbergMy Perfect Mistake - punk rock band

Accoustic tunes from My Perfect Mistake

Thanks for reading guys! Make sure to support the bands above with your likes, shares and comments and mostly with buying and listenig to their music :-)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Life's Soundtracks - 12 Songs To Bath In

Whether you’re lying in the summer grass, watching the clouds racking and dreaming yourself away or sitting in front of a camp fire with nothing else to do but forgetting about all your troubles, whether you’re coming home day full of stress and need to settle down your senses or you’re lovelorn and need to find yourself again – you can’t do without some certain songs: songs to “bath in”, as I call it.

Tunes you can wrap up your mind with, yes you could even say, music you become one with. That fill your ears with striking melodies, which encourage your dreams and good moods so smoothly, that you might not even realize it in the first place.

Noisy Crumb playlist - songs to bath in

I personally always have my special songs “on hand”, ready to kiss my ear whenever there is the need for it ;) And if you are not sure what I am blabbering about so enthusiastically, I made my top 12 list of these songs for you so you can give it a listen and feel, what I mean right now…

So first of all there is Alt-J. At least since last year, these guys have become an international household name and for me, most of their songs are made for getting lost in them. An exception is “Left Hand Free” of course, their exceptional radio-friendly cliché song ;-) “Tessellate” however must be on top of the list, simply as it was so hard for me just to decide which Alt-J song to go for here.

It’s followed by DCFC - I Will Possess Your Heart is like a 08:30 mins journey and their piano takes you through it. Back in 2008 when I lived in Ireland and the song came out it gave me real heart ache missing my sweetie at home but with same time also gave me the right medicine for it – actually this still works today ;-)

Further below you will find “Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Part II” performed by My Morning Jacket. Actually for me this is a very similar song to DCFC – released in the same time, I was wondering if the two bands had a brainstorming together about how to write the next big hit ;-) But, to name the – for me – most striking difference, My Morning Jacket has a great instrumental “Mininova” olo in this song, which always reminded me of Jean Michelle Jarre’s pieces.
Speaking of which, of course we have the grand master of electronic, psychedelic music on the playlist as well – "Oxygene Part II" is just my all-time favourite, but his music in general has the power to “take you away” on psychedelic wings.

And speaking of French electro guys, we can’t forget Air, also with a rather psychedelic and totally instrumental song: "Talisman" (to be found on this Life's Soundtrack as well).

Another great piano-filled song is "Wire to Wire" from Razorlight – great for drifting away but sometimes it also seems a bit short – maybe put it in your playlist twice!

Then, we have three tunes from movie soundtracks in the list: they created the right atmosphere in great movies and thus will also bring this atmosphere to your mind. "Grassman" is taken from the German inflammatory movie “Free Rainer”, for “Little Light of Love” the name says it all and it is the perfectly suiting theme song from the master piece The 5th Element and finally Fields of the Nephilim’s “Wail of Sumer” brings us to a rather downcast scene from the German “Schule”, a film where high-school graduates experience the last summer of their school live with all the corresponding ups and downs…

Finally we have Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz and Jack White in there with three amazing songs. All perfect for relieving a lovelorn heart ache in good and bad times if you ask me! Any of them, I have to listen to completely and just can't tune them out when I hear these tunes. I hope you guys feel the same about them and I've put all of these songs in a lovely order here for you - enjoy :-)

What are your songs to bath in? Let me know your favourite ones!