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Volume 59 @ Platformtheater, Groningen 23.11.2003
w/Sayyadina (SWE), Cyness (GER), Betercore, Kriegstanz

From the website: Platformtheater. Since 2001, several groups of people are organizing gigs in the Platformtheater, resulting in a big variety of (hardcore) bands and crowds. Best thing about this place is its location. It’s near the inner city-centre, opposite of the Simplon youthcenter and has a very low threshold opposed to ‘out-of-centre-places’ and squats. Lots of gigs have visitors that just drop by to see what’s going on or just to check it out. Good thing about the place is it’s atmosphere. The lighting is cosy and if the bands are set up in front of the high stage, there’s usually a very pleasant vibe. Also a good thing is the rent is not so high unless it is booked for a weekend. So most gigs happen in weekdays. Still, you need a big crowd to break even because the bar goes to the venue. And needless to say, the barprices are high. A lot of people bring their own drinks. It was never a problem until last couple of gigs the complaining started. Anyway, it’s been about half year since we/SHIKARI played Groningen and at least 2 years since this venue so it was time again. KRIEGSTANZ was added to the bill so we had a total of 5 bands. At 18.00 we were the first to arrive and were welcomed by organizer Jeroen and Jop/GILGAMOSH and friend. KRIEGSTANZ dropped in soon and I exchanged some really cool records with Jos. SPEEDTWINS LP and LULLABIES 7”. Great classic Dutch punk and essential for my ambitious Dutch Punk Archive. After setting up the backline and meeting with the other bands, we’re off for dinner just across the street. They prepared the house Skandinavian style coz the heater is overburning with temperatures above 30 degrees celcius. The dinner is just excellent, very delicious spinachpie. By now we have a hard time getting back to the place because of the heat and food. When we eventually arrive, KRIEGSTANZ has started. A great wall of catchy noise. They’re getting better with every gig I see. KRIEGSTANZ has been evolved from ORWELL NATION, and is formed in april 2003. After some memberchanges, they currently have SEEIN’RED (bass), CATHODE (guitar), THE BARNHOUSE EFFECT (guitar and vocals) members. Style can be described as neocrust. You know, mixing Skandinavian and modern Yankeesound with lowtuning and disbeats. It seems they’re developing their own sound, which is quite essential for this style coz most bands seem to merely clone their favorites. This night they agreee to do their first release with Unsociable from Bremen/Germoney (hello Stachel!). So apart from the fact that Rogier and Jos fuck up one or more songs and one of the Platform workers urge them to play softer, this is definitely a fruitful evening for them. In the back near the bar is a big supermarket. Most stuff comes from a Polish guy who sells some great shirts. I give away a bunch of copies of my new bootleg CDr and help BETERCORE setting up the drumkit. They slap through a short but raging set. Always fun to watch. By now the room has filled. Some 150 people present including a lot of “outsiders”. It’s 21.00 and we are doing our best to delay a bit coz it’s so fucking early! Anyway, SHIKARI fuck up practically all songs although many people fortunately don’t seem to notice it. After the set I feel like crawling under a rock. Probably my worst and most embarrassing performance this year so far. The only thing I feel good about is not giving in on the annoying demands by the Platformtheater workers to turn down the volume. CYNESS and SAYADDINA use their own backline so I start packing my drumkit onstage. Some CYNESS members I already know coz they double in Y from Berlin. When I heard them last year during the Para Raio festival, I was very impressed. Deathmetalgrind with a brutal female vocalist. But what happened? Here they play with a different vocalist and without bassplayer… I read on their webpage their bassplayer died in an accident?! Anyway. the drumming is relentless but I can’t help to be very disappointed when comparing this with last year. Too bad. SAYADINNA from Sweden seems to have quite a reputation coz I hear a lot of people raving about them. This is probably also because they have NASUM and VICTIMS members, recorded in the famous Sunlight studio and are on the American Relapse label. It sure was fun to watch the guitarplayer doing this gimmick of spitting in the air and catching it with his face. Or the bassplayer struggling with his guitarstring. Musically it is rather boring, done a million times before. It’s not bad or something, just nothing special or exciting. Nevertheless it was a nice night for most of us, with good organization, friendly bands/people and an impressive KRIEGSTANZ!




Posted 23 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2003

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Volume 60 @ De Onderbroek, Nijmegen 12.12.2003

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Volume 58 @ Brouwerij, Hengelo 14.10.2003
w/Makiladoras, Ekkaia (SPA)



From the website: We always used to go to youthcenter Innocent, that did most of the punkgigs in Hengelo for ages but times are changing. In april 2002 a former managementoffice for a local Grolsch brewery (brouwerij) was squatted. As the building is on the socalled “municipal list of monuments” (it’s the oldest – 135 years – industrial building of the city), it is not allowed to be pulled down. In August 2003, some people started building a concertroom with a bar. Within a week the first gig was organised and ever since they’ve been doing concerts about every week! So this is their 6th one and I was looking forward to see this new concertplace and meet my friends of EKKAIA again. We arrive in time and are welcomed by some occupants who show us around in the building. Very impressive to see how fast they fabricated the seperate concert and barplace. After a nice and warm dinner we start unpacking and the first visitors start getting in. This is a cold tuesday nite so I am expecting around 30 maybe 40 max but by the time Shikari starts, the place is packed! It was a relatively quiet Shikari gig, no blood and bruises except for a head of snot. The crowd loved Makiladoras and was moving all the time. During their set I suddenly got thrown to the ground. The isolation woodwork came loose and landed on my head… Fortunately I wear my cap and remarkably the Morser button on the side of it absorbed most of the blow. I could have been killed judging from the nails sticking out and the height it came from. Built a bit too fast, ey? Worst was the glass mineral wool in which I got covered. The itch is way more unbearable than the sloppiness of Makiladoras. Ekkaia finished solid as a rock. Very obvious influence from bands such as From Ashes Rise and Tragedy, but they’ve mastered this style very well. Definitely one of the best clones in this genre. Eventually it was a great concert overall with a full house, great atmosphere and reception. I heard this was the best attended show so far. The next nite was Poundaflesh from the UK plus a couple others, and it turned out to be the worst attended show with approximately 9 people. Too bad.

Posted 8 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2003

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Volume 57 @ Co-9, Zwolle 23.09.2003
w/The Last Mile, Kevorkian (CZE)

Posted 8 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2003

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Volume 56 @ Het Podium, Hoogeveen 14.06.2003
w/Lomb, Destroyer (GER), Surfnazis Must Die (GER), Tear It Up (USA), What Happens Next? (USA)

Posted 8 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2003

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Volume 55 @ Simplon, Groningen 15.05.2003
w/Athletic Pooha, Kempes, Pooier666

Posted 8 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2003, Simplon

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Volume 54 @ Poortgebouw, Rotterdam 09.04.2003
w/Malkovich, People Listening, Wonder

Posted 8 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2003

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