Einstürzende Neubauten were absolutely awesome last night. The set list was similar to Berlin's
except we got Alles as part of the main set and were rewarded for being a great audience (or words to that effect) with a 35 minute track which will appear on the next supporter's only album.
I can't really put my finger on what made last night's gig even better than last year's
(and at the time I thought that one was amazing enough), but they were just so tight, and so obviously enjoying themselves. It was a great atmosphere.
I'd managed to persuade childeric
to come along. I'd played him a few of their tracks (not even necessarily the more accessible ones) and he'd thought they were pretty good so came along out of curiousity and really enjoyed it
. His main comment was that the music made more sense live, and I think he was slightly surprised by the humour. He's got this thing about Fiona Music being full of po-faced miserable bastards.
I had a bit of a sad fan girl moment and spent a fortune on merchandise, but I got a really nice t-shirt (dark grey with turquoise Mensch) that fits me perfectly, the new authorised book No Beauty Without Danger
, an English translation of the title of their song Keine Schönheit ohne Gefahr
(German book title: Nur was nicht ist, ist möglich
, which is a lyric from Was ist ist
). the re-issued Halber Mensch
DVD and a live recording of the concert. I was tempted by an apron (yes, really, black with a little white Mensch) and if I'd seen the mugs I'd have definitely got one or two but I missed those.
After the gig the official supporters went upstairs for a meet up, but I was too tired to hang around to meet the band and felt bad about leaving Simon outside waiting for me, so I just picked up my live recording CD and went home. I don't know what I'd say to them that wouldn't sound fawning and overwhelmed anyway.
An absolutely fantastic show, my only regret is that apparently they won't be playing live again for at least two years, but if the new track they encored with is anything to go by the new material will be worth it.
Die Befindlichkeit des Landes
Haus der Luege/Armenia
Rampe with Old Instruments (featuring: Thirsty Animal by Alex)
Youme & Meyou
Dead Friends (Around the Corner)
Draussen ist Feindlich
Selbstportrait mit Kater
Ich gehe jetzt
Encore: New work from upcoming supporter's album