The Magnificent Brotherhood Concert Chronology

2007: Part 1

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January
13.01.2007 - (D) Berlin, Bassy Cowboy Club
February
16.02.2007 - (D) Potsdam, Waldschloss
17.02.2007 - (D) Berlin, Basement
March
16.03.2007 - (D) Jüterbog, Alte Schauburg
17.03.2007 - (D) Burgdorf, Springrock Festival, Johnny B.
23.03.2007 - (D) Jena, Rosenkeller
30.03.2007 - (E) Barcelona, Bing Bang Bar
31.03.2007 - (E) Lleida, Go!Lleida 60s Weekend, La Boite
April

13.04.2007 - (D) Berlin, Red Rooster Backstage
28.04.2007 - (D) Kleinmachnow, Affenclub
29.04.2007 - (D) Hamburg, Hafenklang
May
03.05.2007 - (D) Berlin, Hendrix Now!, Werkstatt der Kulturen
11.05.2007 - (D) Leipzig, Flower Power
12.05.2007 - (D) Weimar, Schützengasse
25.05.2007 - (D) Berlin, Roadrunner's Paradise Club
26.05.2007 - (D) Hannover, Swamp Room Happening
June
15.06.2007 - (D) Berlin, Lovelite
21.06.2007 - (D) Berlin, Fete de la Musique, Do the Pop
21.06.2007 - (D) Berlin, Fete de la Musique, Bassy Cowboy Club
21.06.2007 - (D) Berlin, Fete de la Musique, Linse
22.06.2007 - (D) Luckenwalde, Support Your Local Heroes Festival, Ernst-Kloß-Stadium
July
13.07.2007 - (D) Berlin, Mokum
14.07.2007 - (D) Braunschweig, HdK
20.07.2007 - (D) Berlin, Warehouse, Private Birthday Party
27.07.2007 - (D) Berlin, Intersoup
28.07.2007 - (D) Berlin, ORWOhaus Festival, ORWOhaus



13.01.2007 – Bassy Cowboy Club, Berlin, Germany

Attendance: 250-300
Soundcheck: Kicksville, Gun or run, Soma shop, Camera
Time: 75 min
Set: A thing called love, Camera, Cracker, My flash on you, Gun or run, Old tattoo, No mercy on ravers, The drifter, Kicksville, Can't remember, Lifetime, Soma shop, Psychosis, Mind garage
Encore: Better hurry
Notes: The first show of 2007 and the first show with new drummer Lars Puder! The then newly opened venue is packed with a fairly mixed audience -- this is the biggest crowd the band has yet played to in Berlin, there is almost double the crowd from the Roadrunner's show just three and a half months ago. The group takes the stage to Country Joe & The Fish's "A thing called love" to perform a consistent set of Brotherhood-classics in new improved sound. The new drums drive the band forward with heavy and tight beats increasing the speed of most numbers by several notches, particularly the garage hits "Gun or run", "Old tattoo" and "Psychosis" gain a new in-your-face quality. While "The drifter" and "Better hurry" feature some truly blistering guitar by Kiryk, the jams are fairly ordinary not leaving well known paths but making up for the lost looseness with an agressive treatment that provides great climaxes when the band resumes the two songs after their middle jam. A very heavy show, played by a noticably nervous but highly concentrated band for an interested audience.
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16.02.2007 – Waldschloss, Potsdam, Germany
Attendance: 8
Soundcheck: Kicksville jam, Cracker, Gun or run (all partial)
Time: 65 min
Set: Space jam -> Lifetime, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, A thing called love, Can't remember, No mercy on ravers, Cracker, Camera, Psychosis, Kicksville, Better hurry
Notes: This is Brotherhood's debut performance in Potsdam. They perform to eight people in a 300 capacity ballroom! This is the worst attended Brotherhood show to date! Six out of the eight attendees aren't even from Potsdam -- they are longtime hardcore companions from Berlin. The setting is surreal: a giant stage and PA, almost more technicians than audience and the band takes the stage to an empty room. In order to draw the very few people into the hall they launch into a couple of minutes of noisy space jam reminiscent of the typical "As it comes to me"-intros to many a Liquid Visions show. Despite a really bad monitor stage-sound the band performs a cool show highlighted by a unique slowed down version of "Can't remember" and a massive jammed out version of "Better hurry" (20 minutes). Kiryk jokes about the small crowd: he announces the next gig the following day (in Berlin) as a show "in einem kleinen Dorf nebenan" and he dedicates "Kicksville" to Potsdam's psychedelic scene that has gathered today. They close the show with "Better hurry". This version is of really progressive proportions. It is the first ever version that goes into the jam-portion with a spacy psych jam instead of the usual blues-scheme. From there the band builds up a very interesting free from space that goes through various moods ranging from delicate and quiet space to raging riffs. Before they resume the song they take it down one last time for Lars to perform a lenghty drum-solo. The band cuts the set short though -- on the setlist but not played: "Soma shop", "Mind garage" and "The drifter" (encore).
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11:08' video excerpt of "Better hurry" on MySpaceTV
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17.02.2007 – Basement, Berlin, Germany

Supported by: Duncan McKnight
Attendance: 75
Time: 75 min
Set: Space -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Camera, Cracker, Gun or run, No mercy on ravers, The drifter, Can't remember, Kicksville, Psychosis, Last song about you, Lifetime, Soma shop
Encore 1: Better hurry
Encore 2: Mind garage
Notes: The Basement is a tiny vault of a chapel: brick walls and ceilings, a very small and low stage as well as an improvised bar make for a typical Friedrichshain setting. The show is comfortably attended by young alternative people who are there to party on a Saturday night. The band plays through their backline creating a simply perfect, warm, yet stinging sound: all instruments and vocals are distinctive and clearly distinguishable -- this is how Brotherhood should be listened to! The performance, too, leaves nothing to desired, particularly the first 30 minutes find the band blasting through their repertoire at their most explosive, pure garage punk! A brilliant version of "The drifter" features finest pling-plong psychedelia, crazy 'n' weird stuff! The mood is great, lots of interaction with the responsive audience occurs. As opposed to the night before in Potsdam where the song was turned into a prog-monster "Better hurry" is a lean 10 minute power dance track tonight, designed to feature a white-hot Kiryk-solo and nothing else. Erik and Kiryk also perform their little choreography during the drum-break and they engage the audience in soul-clapping. In rare fashion they play a second encore, a little past the venue's midnight curfew but the party audience deserves it tonight. On the setlist but not played: "A thing called love" and "Surrender". Though very early in the year already one of the highlight shows of the first half of 2007!
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16.03.2007 – Alte Schauburg, Jüterbog, Germany
Supported by: Casey Stone
Attendance: 40
Soundcheck: Old tattoo
Time: 72 min
Set: Quiet noise -> Old tattoo, Cracker, Gun or run, Lifetime, A thing called love, Camera, The drifter, No mercy on ravers, Can't remember, Bossa Nova tune-up jam, Kicksville, Mind garage, My flash on you
Encore: Better hurry
Notes: Jüterbog is only 10 km from Luckenwalde, where the band did excite the kids just three months earlier. Identically to Luckenwalde's Alhambra the Alte Schauburg is the entrance-area of a closed down and very run-down 1930s movie theatre. With a capacity of maximum 150 and 90 paying guests the show is very well attended, though 50 people leave after the support act Casey Stone, local kids from the near by town “Old Camp” (Altes Lager), who play their fourth ever show tonight. There is no proper stage, the equipment is being set up on the floor. The concert is marred by severe sound problems: the band has to play without monitors (although they would later find out that the venue had unused monitors stashed away in some back-room), they can't hear themselves at all, everything drowns in volume and Kiryk's vocals are inaudible for half of the set -- a catastrophe of a show to play for the band. During the course of the show they get clearly annoyed: Kiryk repeatedly requests that his vocals get turned up and at one point he even stops singing and lets Erik do the vocals. Consequently they have problems reaching the small crowd, only a few start to move their bodies, but approximately 30 people watch the concert in an interested manner and clap politely. The band opens with 3 minutes of "quiet noise" as the setlist puts it before kicking off with "Old tattoo". Kiryk introduces Erik for his number "Gun or run" as "This is Penis and we are The Erections!". Early in the set "A thing called love" totally burns! Despite the bad sound the band lets loose on both major jams, "Drifter" (13 min) and "Better hurry" (15 min), the former features some really weird talking-organ-and-guitar parts as well as a way distorted guitar solo and the latter includes a sexy Reggae-induced jam. During the drum-break in "Better hurry" they do the dance, they really freak out for this one and earn cheers from the crowd, Lars pounds away heavily. On the setlist after "My flash on you" but not played: "Soma shop", "Last song" and "Psychosis". A loud and drunk Garage Rock-night.
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17.03.2007 - Springrock Festival, Johnny B., Burgdorf, Germany
With: John Tennis, Seedcake & Die Kaum Ungalublichen
Attendance:
50
Time: 50 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, A thing called love, Better hurry, Camera, Cracker, No mercy on ravers, Last song about you, Mind garage
Notes: This is the second day of a two-day festival held in a small-town community center. The audience is mainly comprised of kids (and some parents and social workers). Brotherhood come on as second band of the evening. A big stage combined with a professional PA and lighting system allow the band to stage a satisfying show, particularly the sound is miles better today compared to the previous day. The small crowd enjoys Brotherhood's set: kids dance, metal dudes headbang and they clap generously. The band performs animatedly: every number in the set is being nailed and takes off. A short mid-set "Better hurry" (8 min) shines with a swinging and burning Kiryk solo before they perform their dance during a lenghtly drum-break. The crowd's first two rows pick up the dance and everybody engages in soul clapping. The crowd thinks "Last song about you" is really the last song of the set (because Kiryk overdoes the "Last song..."-joke a bit...), that's why "Mind garage" is perceived as the encore. The actual encore selection "The drifter" is being left away because the lights go on too quickly after "Mind garage" and everybody leaves. A relatively short, but very tight, highly entertaining and professional festival set.
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 23.03.2007 - Rosenkeller, Jena, Germany
Supporting: Arundo & Mandra Gora Lightshow Society
Attendance: 40
Time: 30 min
Set: Camera, Cracker, My flash on you, Gun or run, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Last song about you, Lifetime, Mind garage
Notes: Brotherhood are booked to support medieval Folk outfit Arundo and spacy Glam Psych Rockers Mandra Gora Lightshow Society. The legendary and historic Rosenkeller (built around 1640) had just opened its new proper concert hall three weeks ago. The band performs a short set, playing tightly but not overly inspired. The only one to rock out on stage is Kiryk. The standard set is highlighted by Erik's garage punk numbers "Gun or run" and "Old tattoo" as well as "Love", which features slightly altered guitar parts. The very reserved audience claps politely and listens attentively, but despite repeated invitations by Kiryk to move closer to the stage and to dance they stick to their attitude. The band gets visibly pissed off by the lame response. Because of that as well as because of time constraints the band decides to cut the set short -- on the setlist but not played: "Better hurry", "Soma shop", "Kicksville", "No mercy on ravers", "Surrender" and "The drifter".
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30.03.2007 - Big Bang Bar, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Attendance: 60
Soundcheck: included Cracker, Better hurry jam (both partial)
Time: 70 min
Set: Sounds -> Camera, Cracker, My flash on you, Gun or run, Last song about you, Lifetime, Soma shop, Kicksville, No mercy on ravers, Surrender, A thing called love (w/ Daniel Segura Villanova), Better hurry (w/ Daniel Segura Villanova)
Encore: The drifter -> Summer -> The drifter (w/ Daniel Segura Villanova)
Notes: Brotherhood's first ever show abroad! Big Bang Bar is situated in El Raval, which happens to be a particularly wild quarter of Barcelona with narrow streets, a large population of muslim immigrants, way run down premises that house many old traditional bars, bodegas and obscure joints as well as some newly opened hip bars. The concert room of Big Bang Bar is a very intimate square 6x6 meter back-room with a maximum capacity of 100 people. The band plays on equipment they did lend from other bands in Barcelona: a Korg organ, a Vox guitar amp as well as very cool Fender Bassman gives them an appropriate sound. Like everything in Spain the concert starts late, around 23:30, but the people are there from the first song, they start to move and dance instantly. Kiryk is obviously nervous which shows in his lenghty stage banter. He tries to turn the people on and to make clear what the band is here for: "We are here to party!". The audience definitely picks up the offer to freak freely and makes the show a true Brotherhood Dance Concert! In the middle of the set the band debuts the new Erik-penned number "Surrender", it has been ommitted from the setlists in the previous two shows but tonight it is finally performed and the band really nails this short garage number! Before "A thing called love" Kiryk asks if there is someone from Germany in the audience and to his utter amazement one person, who is even familiar with the band, actually is. Then he asks for Swedish people and someone screams a response in Swedish to which Erik comments in Swedish too. This encourages Kiryk to further ask for people from Poland, but no-one cheers, so he jokingly adds "...oh, everybody!". From "Love" on for the rest of the show the band is being joined by Daniel Segura Villanova, aka as Danny, the bass player of The Born Losers, a surf outfit from Barcelona. Danny did arrange the show, he is a huge Brotherhood fan. Tonight he plays guitar adding a genuine West Coast quality to Brotherhood's sound by providing hot rhythm guitar as well as stinging solos in the most original Garcia/Kaukonen style! Danny takes the first solo in the 13 minute version of "Better hurry". After his solo they take it down and Kiryk announces the Dance Contest: he offers a free CD to the person who would come up on stage to dance! One girl actually does so and Kiryk switches position with her by jumping off the stage inmidts the first row. He proceeds to play a sexy solo firing up the girl on stage who delivers a great dance turning on the audience! Eventually she leaves the stage and receives her free CD while the band explodes with another smoking jam before they take it down again in order to perform their very own dance! During the dance Kiryk is the most animated, he bangs the cymbals and wham!, there they go back into the conclusion of the song! For the encore "The drifter" (13 min) they pull off a great psychedelic jam, with Danny playing the original guitar parts of the song, while Kiryk and Erik effortlessly slip into Straw Fever's "Summer", complete with lyrics! It has been quite a few shows since Schokoladen 06.10.2006 since they were inspired and confident enough to feature this sweet tease! Definitely a way exotic and far out concert experience for band and companions alike, musically and party-wise satisfying everyone! A great concert debut in Spain leaving an impression on the first ever foreign crowd! The beautiful poster was designed by a friend of Danny!
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31.03.2007 - Go!Lleida 60s Weekend, La Boite, Lleida, Catalunya, Spain
Also playing: Monseigneur Lafayette
Attendance: 70-100
Soundcheck: Gun or run jam, Jam (Erik on organ, Sergi on drums, Lars on bass), Camera, Cracker, Kicksville jam (all songs partial)
Time: 40 min
Set: Introduction -> Camera, Cracker, My flash on you, Gun or run, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Last song about you, Mind garage, Soma shop, Kicksville, No mercy on ravers, Surrender
Notes: The sixth edition of the 60s weekend "Go!Lleida" features Brotherhood on the second of three nights. The small festival takes place in the city of Lleida in Catalunya, 150 km northeast of Barcelona. People from all over Spain and France gather for a cosy meeting of mod-fans featuring live music, Northern Soul Allnighters and accompanying activities like a music and clothes market or Vespa/scooter runs. Other bands performing during the weekend are The Phantom Keys (E), Monseigneur Lafayette (BE) and Cool Frog (E). Brotherhood performs first on Saturday night followed by the band from Belgium. The venue is a very stylish 1970s nightclub with lots of shiny gold and silver decorations, carpets and mirrors.The bands play while the people enter the venue as a kind of warm up and as a background to the market held at the same time, the main focus of the evening is on the Allnighter DJ/Dance event afterwards. The crowd is thus comparetively small, between 70 and 100 people watch the show, not all of them stay for the entire set, people stop by on their way to the bar and the market. The band plays on rented equipment again, a nice Farfisa gives them their original sound and the sound on and off stage is simply excellent allowing them to play a show free of technical troubles. They take the stage to a lounge-organ melody played by Erik during which Kiryk introduces the individual band members and then they rip into "Camera". As opposed to the previous night in Barcelona they focus on the songs and cut away most of the stage banter tonight. The crowd enjoys the show, they don't freak out like the people in Barcelona but some of them dance and most people listen in an interested manner. After the show many express their enthusiasm about Brotherhoods unique brand of Garage rock to the band-members. The set is short but solid and professional highlighted by an upbeat version "A thing called love" and a great version of "Kicksville". Due to heavy partying the night before Kiryk has a sore voice tonight which makes him miss most of the notes in "Love". In his eighth show with the band Lars is super on delivering an outstanding performance, he just gets better and better! The second ever performance of "Surrender" (debuted the night before) closes the set finishing an all too short but exciting Spain adventure!
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13.04.2007 - Red Rooster Backstage, Berlin, Germany

Supported by: Treacle People
Attendance: 90
Time: 75 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Camera, Cracker, Gun or run, No mercy on ravers, Better hurry, A thing called love, Kicksville, Last song about you, Lifetime, Soma shop, Little red rooster, Mind garage, Surrender
Encore: The drifter
Notes: A genuine Dance Concert in Berlin-Friedrichshain which has become Brotherhood's very own home turf by now. The band hasn't played Berlin for two months (since 16.02.2007 at Basement) and after a handful of very mixed and varied shows outside of Berlin in the meantime they are now happy to be back. Support act Treacle People from Worms plays some really proggy 70s influenced music which doesn't get the people going at all, the vibe is very low and people sit down and wait for Brotherhood. When the band enters the small stage Kiryk invites the people to stand up, to come closer and "party, party, party -- if you wanna dance then dance" and off they go into "Old tattoo"! Despite the very fast paced beginning of the show it was common consensus among the attendees that the band didn't really take off until "Better hurry". Indeed, this cool 15 minute version features Kiryk truly on fire for several solos, he shouts "West Coast, West Coast" in a Hip-Hop manner when they take it down for the first time and he pulls off more solo guitar even including Hendrix-style solo singing. This version also features a bass solo by Jan as well as a very long and cool dance performance which amuses and incites the crowd: from now on the vibe is ultimately turned to party and Dance Concert! For the second time ever they perform "Little red rooster", it's a great version with Kiryk delivering a hot Jagger-esque performance including a great harmonica solo! Throughout the entire show the band is joined by a friend of Erik on percussion. Unfortunately the guy is inaudible for the majority of the concert but when he can be heard he adds an exotic flavour to "Lifetime" and "The drifter". Thanks to a dancing hometown crowd this is a great party-concert that finds the band in nice spirits.
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14.04.2007 - Nil, Potsdam, Germany
This second double-concert with Treacle People and Brotherhood was canceled one week prior because the club had double booked the date.  Brotherhood would play the Nil on 04.12.2007. Online flyer for this show by Trip in Time.
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28.04.2007 - Affenclub, Klein Machnow, Germany

Attendance: 45
Soundcheck: Gun or run
Time: 75 min
Set: Kicksville, Lifetime, Camera, Gun or run, Cracker, No mercy on ravers, Soma shop, Better hurry (w/ Daniel Segura Villanova), A thing called love (w/ Daniel Segura Villanova), Little red rooster (w/ Daniel Segura Villanova), The drifter -> Old tattoo (w/ Daniel Segura Villanova), My flash on you, Surrender
Encore: Mind garage
Notes: Though directly adjacant to Berlin(-Zehlendorf) the small suburb Klein Machow is as provincial as it gets. The small village hasn't got a proper village center just a small shopping mall circling a building that houses the townhouse. Nearby is the local youth community center and the Affenclub is situated in the basement of the very same building. The audience is composed of the local youth, between 14 and 16 years old. This is not a Dance Concert, just one person dances throughout the entire show and he appropriately wins the free CD during the "Better hurry"-dance contest. Only half of the 45 attendants/paying guests are even in the same room as the concert but those who are give good applause and decent reaction to the band while keeping seated or behind tables for the entire show. Brotherhood don't mind, they play a well-spirited, in parts even outstandingly inspired concert, all the while donning broad smiles. Kiryk particularly makes a great show by moving a lot, dancing and acting as a true show man! Beginning with the mid-temp numbers they increase the tempo of the show gradually. The Born Loser's Daniel Segura Villanova from Barcelona joins the band on guitar for a major portion of the show, just as during their concert in Barcelona 30.03.2007. Kiryk announces him as "speziellen Gast" who came especially for the show to Berlin. Again Danny adds a great West Coast charakter to the bands sound, providing great solos in "Love" and "Better hurry" as well as a cool Bob Weir-like rhythm to "The Drifter". The band holds a dance contest in "Better hurry" and they do their dance, though not very wildly. A surprise comes in the middle of the set: "Little red roster", not on the setlist, is pulled out spontaneously and they rip through it in true garage style without harmonica, which would be common from now on. This is also the first time that the song has been played at another venue than Berlin's Red Rooster Backstage bar. The definite highlight of the show is a wild and extraordinarily hot "Drifter" that finds Kiryk very inspired, he puts all his might into the solo to make it burn and smoke and he does the Hendriy-style solo singing. He also engages the audience in a back and forth "Yeah, yeah, yeah"-chant -- goosebumps and dropping jaws among the companions! More remarkable guitar freak-out can be heard in the encore “Mind garage” that finds Kiryk producing crazy technoid sounds with his effect pedals. This is the first show the 2007 tour poster is being used for.
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29.04.2007 - Hafenklang Exil, Hamburg, Germany
Attendance: 30
With: Cpt. Howdy
Soundcheck: Gun or run, Cracker (both partial)
Time: 60 min
Set: Quiet noise -> Old tattoo, Gun or run, My flash on you, Camera, A thing called love, No mercy on ravers, The drifter, Cracker, Little red rooster, Surrender
Encore 1: Better hurry
Encore 2: Mind garage
Notes: The group’s third time in Hamburg but the first time they play to a “regular” crowd, i.e. not Dead Head audience. They share the bill with friends Cpt. Howdy from Hamburg. Hafenklang Exil is located in the basement of a former Karstadt department store, a very cool joint! Despite this being a Sunday a crowd of 80 people gathers. The majority of the audience is here to see local heroes Cpt. Howdy and Brotherhood makes the mistake of letting them play first -- two thirds of the crowd leave after Cpt. Howdy’s set of high energetic and original Rhythm 'n' Blues. The few who stay seriously dig the Brotherhood’s show! We get a competent Brotherhood set, apart from a brief malfunction of Kiryk’s guitar during “The drifter” free of technical troubles. After the show the two bands party until dawn and the cats from Cpt. Howdy totally destroy the Brotherhood with their party- and drinking stamina. Howdy ärgere dich nicht!
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03.05.2007 - Hendrix Now!, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany
Also playing: Leszek Cichonski & Guitar Workshop feat. MFA Kera, Mike Russel & Markus Roscher
Attendance: 60
Time: 50 min
Set: Quiet noise -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Camera, Kicksville, Cracker, Bossa Nova tune up jam, No mercy on ravers, The drifter
Encore: Better hurry
Notes: "Hendrix Now!" is the second edition of an annual Jimi Hendrix tribut concert focusing on the Polish music scene. Brotherhood appear to be the total exotics in the line up, they are the only native Berlin band plus by far the youngest guys. The concert hall is fairly big with a tribune as well as tables that allow the relatively small audience to sit down throughout the concert. The crowd is comprised of older people who are mostly way past fifty years old. They remain seated but listen attentively and give good applause in the appropriate places even clapping during songs after great solos. Brotherhood performs as first band of the night. Kiryk says some words in Polish before they begin the first song. Generally they don't speak very much during this show. The band performs a great show that is dominated by Kiryk's presence as guitar hero. With added organ sound problems and Lars being very sick with flu -- this gives his playing a bit more of a jazzy/laid back quality tonight -- the focus of the show ultimately shifts towards Kiryk once they start "The drifter": this jammed out version (20 min) features an insanely mindblowing Cipollina/Garica/Kaukonen-like guitar work-out by our favourite guitar player! His solo burns right into the soul and captivates the hall for the entirety of the song! At one point Kiryk steps to the very edge of the stage, closes his eyes, leans back while playing the most liquid cascades of solos and gazillions notes at once, he increases the already insane energy, higher and HIGHER, faster and FASTER, he drives the screaming solo to its definite orgiastic climax! Deservedly he gets a scene-applause before the band goes back into the coda of the song. High on the vibe they encore with a short but guitar-freak-out-at-its-best "Better hurry"! Due to the unusual crowd and circumstances a quite strange but certainly mindmelting show bearing only one star: the world's best Jimi Hendrix from Prenzlauer Berg, Mr. Kiryk Drewinski!
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11.05.2007 - Flower Power, Leipzig, Germany

Attendance: 50
Soundcheck: Kicksville (instr. jam), Camera, Gun or run, Mind garage jam
Time: 70 min
Set: Lifetime, Camera, Bossa Nova jam, Gun or run, Old tattoo, Cracker -> The drifter, No mercy on ravers -> Drum solo -> Kicksville, Last song about you, A thing called love, Better hurry
Encore: My flash on you, Mind garage
Notes: A very cosy show in an intimate 60s/70s theme-pub with free entry to concerts. The band performs in one corner of the pub, a very tiny podium serves as stage, the band-members can barely move. The sound is excellent and the venue fills up with a good crowd. Since there is so little room to dance the people in front of the improvised stage sit on small tables and very small leather stools or pillows on the floor. No dancing but the atmosphere is very nice anyway, people listen to the music instead of talking and they give appropriate feedback between songs. Brotherhood enjoys playing for the people, they rock out and deliver a very alert performance. Early on, during the first notes of "Camera", the guitar goes totally mute and Kiryk fails to find the defect while singing the song so they just continue and play the entire song without guitar. While Kiryk fixes his equipment the others pull off a cute Bossa Nova jam for a couple of minutes. During "The drifter" Kiryk introduces the band's name to the audience and he tells them to do what they like: "Ihr könnt euch ausziehen, ihr könnt tanzen, ihr könnt Stühle an die Wand schmeißen, tut was ihr wollt!". A revitalised Kiryk, who had been diagnosed to suffer from diabetes mellitus Typ A just four days before the show, flies high on the two jams: though of average lenght his guitar playing in "The drifter" (11 min) and "Better hurry" (13 min) has a confident, healthy and energetic quality that makes for extremely well played and inspired solos particularly during "Better hurry" which is this night's towering psychedelic moment! Now on insulin for four days and obviously doing better than the weeks before Kiryk already takes his disease with a grain of irony when asking the audience jokingly towards the end of the concert: “Alles klar mit Eurem Zucker?”. Though of pretty informal charakter this concert pleases audience and band likewise and thus makes for a nice Brotherhood debut in Leipzig. On the setlist but not played: "Soma shop" (between "Flash" and "Mind garage").
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12.05.2007 - Studentenclub Schützengasse, Weimar, Germany

Attendance: 30
Soundcheck: Gun or run (partial), Mind garage (instr. jam)
Time: 85 min
Set: Lifetime, Camera, Gun or run, Old tattoo, Cracker, The drifter, No mercy on ravers, Kicksville, Last song about you, A thing called love, Better hurry -> Mountain Jam -> Better hurry
Encore 1: My flash on you, Soma shop, Mind garage -> Jam -> Mind garage
Encore 2: Can't remember, Little red rooster
Notes:This concert is very badly attendend, just 30 people in a 200 capacity room. Schützengasse is more of a mainstream type of venue. There are two floors, the second floor being a Techno-disco generally designed for a much straighter kind of crowd as Brotherhood would draw in, let's say, Friedrichshain! Also the people running the venue are very uptight! The band plays at simply ear-shattering volume that's why the small crowd doesn't dare to move to the front of the stage, they remain in the very back of the hall and no-one dances. The bros rip powerfully through their repertoire anyway with "Old tattoo" being an early highlight, a really liquid organ lines drives the band forward, Lars enjoys pounding it out and they finish this great version as a true garage blast with broad smiles on their faces. An energetic version of "Cracker" follows before they dive into "The drifter" (13 min). Here Kiryk breaks a string after his first solo and while he switches and tunes his second guitar the band continues with an Erik-driven jam that also features great work from Lars. Upon Kiryk's return he takes the charge and sneaks into the jam with some quiet psychedelic lines heavy on the Wah-Wah before increasing the intensity again leading the jam towards a roaring climax. "No mercy" follows with equal power. Tonight again, just as the previous day in Leipzig, "Better hurry" (10 min) is one of the concert's highlight with the “new” Kiryk letting totally loose on the solo, harkening back to his blues roots by slipping effortlessly into a full blown quote of the Allman Brother Band's "Mountain jam"-theme and weaving it seamlessly into his own jamming -- wowza Magnificent Brothers Band! Another magic jam comes soon enough during the first encore: "Mind garage", that was done just once before with a long jam (at Bumerang 28.04.2006), features tonight the finest psychedelic jam of the weekend. Shortly before they would normally hit the coda they surprisingly take it down and start to systematically build up an atmospheric piece of proggy psychedelia featuring great and emphatic work by Lars and Jan, heavy and sweet drones by Erik and on top of it all a very deep and beautifully developped Kiryk-theme. This jam last six intense minutes and then they resume the tune with flurry piles of notes! After "Mind garage" the band is finished but the people running the venue are so extremly square and uptight to insist on 90 minutes playtime by the band as written in the contract. The club's booker convinces the band to play two more numbers so they come back to the stage not without telling the crowd they just do it because they have been asked to fulfill the contract which incites some laughter among the attendees and of course ridicules the club. Fueled by anger they proceed to play "Can't remember" as well as a kick ass version of "Little red rooster" and then they leave the stage without many words. Musically an engaged and playful show despite the frustrating circumstances.
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25.05.2007 - Roadrunner's Paradise Club, Berlin, Germany
With: Dota & Die Stadtpiraten
Attendance: 130
Time: 75 min
Set: Space -> Lifetime, Kicksville, Can't remember, Soma shop, Camera, A thing called love, Gun or run, My flash on you, Old tattoo, The drifter, No mercy on ravers, Cracker, Last song about you, Better hurry
Encore 1: Mind Garage

Encore 2: Little red rooster, Surrender
Notes: Brotherhood's third appearance (in little more than a year) at the Roadrunner's finds them sharing a bill with Dota & Die Stadtpiraten, a jazzy Bossa Nova German-lyrics Singer-Songwriter project lead by Berlin's Kleingeldprinzession Dota. Jan shares duties here with being the regular guitar player of the band. Due to the quieter charakter of Dota's music she plays first though she is the actual headliner of the night. The overwhelming majority of the audience comes to see Dota but a surprisingly large number of the crowd (two thirds) stays for the Brotherhood show and gets turned on! The Hood takes the stage to an excellent sound -- since their last show on this stage the club had improved its equipment -- engaging in a brief jam that leads to "Lifetime". The concert is being build up with slower/mid-tempo numbers up to "Camera" which is introduced by Kiryk with: "...und jetzt kommen wir langsam zu den tanzbaren Nummern". Indeed: the crowd already moving engagedly through the first numbers now shifts to the fifth gear by freaking out more wildly and wildly as the band rips through its garage hits with vigilance, originality and tightness! It is a delight to watch the band play tonight: the Brotherhood exhibits a playfullness and elation in their playing rivaled by very few shows this line up has played since its formation in January. This is proven by broad smiles between the band members, particularly Lars and Jan communicate a lot with each other, obviously enjoying to perfectly nail the rhythm parts and creating a beast of groove! As always when being in a great mood the band peaks on “Old tatto” making this a powerhouse version with rumbling drums that provide the ultimate impetus! “The drifter” features well dosed, comparitively straight and mainstream psychedelic jams not leaving danceable structures – the jam is being boiled down to its essential, transcendental core, which also applies to “Better hurry”. Great playing nonetheless with Kiryk confidently shining on the guitar! “No mercy” follows “The drifter”, a great and frequent coupling in the band’s set that elevates the psychedelic energy of the former tune to the latter. The crowd is of course still freaking out, the entire floor is filled with six rows of frantically dancing people who cheer delightfully within and between the songs. The main set closer “Better hurry”, just little over ten minutes, presents itself with the hottest Kiryk-jam of the night. He delivers his trademark liquid-yet-tight-loose-yet-straight solo leading higher and higher through subtle alterations of the theme while playing many notes at the same time greatly encompassing and transcending the style of his Sixties West Coast ideals! He speeds towards for several minutes before taking it down shortly to adress the people with some “Yeahs” and then he loudly counts the band with “One two - one two - one two three four” back to highspeed tempo. Eventually during Lars' solo they do the dance, wich is particularly impressive tonight due to the great stage of club, earning cheers from the crowd. Returning for the encore “Mind garage” Kiryk gives commands to the band to let it feature a jam. He proceeds to lead them through a cool but fairly loose alternate version of the tune but when it is time to hit the jam he cuts it off leaving his band mates in a moment of confusion before they go off. The people however strongly demand a second encore so the band reappears and Kiryk asks if they want “a fast one...or a fast one”. There wasn’t a choice anyway as the band blasts off two more garage punk numbers to finish the night and of course the people make good use of their last chance to dance! “Little red rooster” features a little slow blues intro. A picture perfect Dance Concert night convincing all companions but also winning many more new admirers while emphasizing and justifying the band’s claim on the golden road to unlimited devotion!
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26.05.2007 – A Swamp Room Happening, Musiktheater Bad, Hannover, Germany
Attendance: 80-100
Time: 30 min
Set: Intro -> Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love
Encore 1: Mind garage
Encore 2: The drifter
Notes: While very small, cosy and intimate the Swamp Room Happening is one of the most influential Psych- and Garagerock-Festivals in Europe acting as a kind of Psych-Underground-Rock-Fair making a performance at this festival mandatory for every band starting out in this genre. Each band is allocated 30 minutes playtime which allows to present a great number of different acts spread over two days. Brotherhood plays on the first day as fourth band. They know about the unique opportunity to introduce themselves to the scene and they make good use of their chance: this night they really turn it up to 11, they give 1000% by letting it all out totally winning the entire crowd! Everybody in attendance dances and rocks as the band kicks major ass through their mini-set. Dance contest during "Love" and two people come up on the stage and do a really freaky dance. After the last encore, a six minute version of "The drifter", the band leaves the stage soaked as if they had a shower! They sell all the demo CDs they had with them and they could have easily sold the double amount. An important gig in terms of business recognition greatly rounding off a very busy spring during which the band performed 15 shows, that's as many as in whole 2006 and one more than during all of 2003-2005!
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15.06.2007 – Lovelite, Berlin, Germany

Attendance: 100
Soundcheck: included Camera, Kicksville
Time: 68 min
Set: Bossa Nova Intro, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, The drifter, No mercy on ravers, Kicksville, A thing called love, Mind garage, Soma shop, Can't remember, Lifetime, Surrender
Encore: Better hurry -> Turn on your lovelight
Notes: A steamingly hot and sweaty night that finds Brotherhood rocking out for a partying, screaming, clapping, jiving and dancing Berlin-Friedrichshain fanbase! This is the band's first performance at the Lovelite! The Lovelite, one of the quarter's most important clubs and a genuine Friedrichshain alternative joint, has been hosting Berlin's longest running and best established Sixties/Beat/Garage concert series Club Hektor for years and tonight it's the last ever Club Hektor at this venue as the Lovelite is about to suspend it's regular concert schedule. An honour to play here for the band and of course, being Berlin's hottest and most active Garage and Psych band, a Dance Concert at this place has been long overdue! Despite this being a very hot and humid summer night the club fills up very well proving that the band draws more people to their concerts than most other acts from the Berlin guitar underground. Very well after midnight the band takes the stage, Kiryk greets the crowd with "Guten Morgen!". Brotherhood warms up with a few minutes of jam during which Kiryk says briefly hello and then they dive right into "Old tattoo" and turn the power to the max. Brotherhood light up a firework of garage blasts that gets the crowd going hard. Deafening applause between the songs, the people dance, whistle and scream in delight, many also recognize the songs although the band hasn't even released an album yet. A great version of "The drifter" receives more applause, people freak out to a mindblowing Kiryk solo and the ensueing jam takes the crowd for a ride which the people acknowledge with pleased whistling, cheering and stomping! Midset the band takes the pace down a bit so that everybody can breath a bit but they raise the tempo again with some more hard rocking numbers from their reportoire of flashy Garage-Punk-Psychedelia. The crowd strongly and loudly demands an encore while the band is on the side of the stage smiling, gasping for breath and being soaked to the bones. A great danceable "Better hurry" during which the band performs their dance of course segues into "Lovelight" after Lars' solo in order to honour the occasion. This is a very loose version as the band hasn't played this number for well over a year since Zosch 24.02.2006. They wipe the crowd to a last frenzy and shortly before everyone collapses of heat and dehydration the show is over leaving band and audience alike satisfied and many stunned and exited. Once again it is an incredible Friedrichshain concert that perfectly illustrates and highlights the band's growing status as hot music and dance act! [Four years later this poster without doubt was used as inspiration by a young psychedelic artist from Berlin for one of his first posters.]
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21.06.2007 – Fete de la Musique, Do The Pop, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 15-20
Soundcheck: included Lifetime instr., Kicksville
Time: 37 min
Set: Intro, Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Soma shop, Bossa Nova jam, Mind garage, The drifter
Notes: The Fete de la Musique is a huge free music festival taking place all over Europe to celebrate the start of the summer season. On this day in Berlin more than 600 bands perform on countless open air and mini stages for free. Brotherhood plays three concerts today, this is the first of three. Around noon a heavy rain begins to pour down forcing most open air stages around town to move the proceedings inside the venues where possible. This stage, too, was scheduled to take place outside. Now the concert takes place inside the little café situated in Prenzlauer Berg. Brotherhood is the first band to play on this stage today, showtime 4 pm. Only a few people, mostly companions attend which makes the concert resemble a public rehearsal. The band plays tightly with Lars seemingly having the most fun. Kiryk breaks a string during “Soma shop” forcing the band to play their little Bossa Nova jam. A rather uneventful set highlighted by a 9 minute version of “The drifter”.
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21.06.2007 – Fete de la Musique, Bassy Cowboy Club, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 50
Time: 30 min
Set: Intro, Camera, Bossa Nova jam, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Soma shop, Mind garage, Surrender
Notes: The second of three concerts on this day. Showtime 7 pm. Brotherhood plays the same set as the early gig but they substitute “The drifter” with “Surrender” due to a limited stage time. More people and companions gather for this gig because of the later show time but also because the Bassy is a more established venue. Kiryk breaks a string again, this time during “Camera” and while he changes the string the band pulls off yet another Bossa Nova jam. Dance contest during “A thing called love” and two people actually dance. The small crowd listens interestedly for the course of the set. A hot “Cracker” and a sonically oscillating “Mind garage” highlight this short concert.
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21.06.2007 – Fete de la Musique, Linse, Berlin, Germany
With: Rotosonixxx
Attendance: 60-80
Soundcheck: Lifetime instr.
Time: 52 min
Set: Intro -> Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, The drifter, No mercy on ravers, Lifetime, Soma shop, Mind garage
Encore: Last song about you -> Surrender
Notes: The third Brotherhood show of three on this day. This concert was also originally scheduled to take place outside in a pretty park next to the venue but was moved inside the youth club because of the continueing heavy rain. Showtime 10 pm. Tradtionally Brotherhood is a late night band, peaking when people dance and party. Consequently this is the best gig of the day and the only one to resemble at least a bit a Dance Concert. Many people sit in the back but a small crowd stands in front of the stage, some dance, some swing gently to the music. The band kicks and is ultimately warmed up by now. Jan’s bass is very upfront in the mix giving the sound a special groove. Kiryk plays some of his best solos of the day particularly shining with a metallic hot guitar in “Love”. “The drifter” is of average lenght (12 min) and comparetively mellow with a slight british-psychedelic Pink Floyd-like flavour in the quieter parts. Before a burning “Mind garage” Kiryk asks the audience for help and he leads them into a handclap which the crowd keeps up for the entire first verse of the song. The brothers encore with the double stroke of “Last song” and “Surrender” played directly back to back without even one second gap between the songs. A fairly satisfying gig to round off a day of music that had been ruined by the rain unfortunately diminishing the band’s chance to play for bigger crowds.
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22.06.2007 – Support Your Local Heroes, Ernst-Kloß-Stadium, Luckenwalde, Germany
Also playing: Tinntinnabulation, Panopticum, Death of A Hero, Cyrano, Stranglet
Attendance: 30-50
Time: 40 min
Set: Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Soma shop, Mind garage, The drifter
Notes: Brotherhood returns to Luckywood down the highway 101 again! Finally a chance to see the band in an open air setting as this is the first open air concert of the season. Support Your Local Heroes is a small-scale festival aimed at a local audience featuring mainly bands from the region. This is the first day of the two-day festival and Brotherhood plays around 10 pm as fourth band of the day. Unfortunately, of the expected 500 people only around 60 or 70 turn up because today, too, the rain pours down ruining yet another festival. Most people in attendance seek shelter under beer tents from the at first slight but later on really heavy rain. At this gig Jan, wo has a conflicting engagement with Dota, is being substituted by Christian "Chris" Schmidt on bass for all the songs! Chris is a friend of Lars as well as the recordning engineer of the band during the weeks prior to this show when they recorded their album in his studio and of course he fits in naturally and comfortably. He is also an excellent musician playing a laid back yet rocking bass allowing the band to be tight tonight! Though totally depressing due to the bad wheather a festival like this is a rare occasion to see the band on a huge professional stage with a giant PA and real lights. Combined with a loud and fat sound this makes for a good trip despite the increasing rain during the band’s gig. They rock through a standard set that peaks (once again) during “Old tattoo”. Kiryk even manages to make some people come to the front of the stage for the dance contest during “Love” and one girls gets a CD for dancing a bit. On this song particularly Chris’ different style shines through lending the tune an alternate mellower groove. There is a new mini intro to “Soma shop”. They engage the audience for the handclaps during the first verse of “Mind garage” and just as the previous day and despite the sparse crowd it makes for a great effect to which the people cheer. Tonight’s outstanding highlight is, you named it, “The difter”! A well worked out jam finds Kiryk very inspired and way into it: after some soloing he lets Erik take the lead for some vibrating and spacy organ while he fumbles on his amp. When he is done adjusting it after two minutes he gets back on the jam and zooms the band immidiately into the darkest and most anxious zones of a trip! With some far, far out guitar tones he creates a spooky effect that shouldn’t be heard alone in the dark! He is shaking, scratching and picking his guitar, he plays with the feedback and delivers the deepest space of the month in the form of a freaked out, screeching and echoing noise-jam that scores maximum for its psychedelic magnitude. Inmidst the jam Kiryk breaks a string but continues to play through the song not caring about it. Though missing the Dance Concert factor this is a competent and good show highlighted by the extraordinary “Drifter”-jam.
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13.07.2007 – Mokum, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 40
Soundcheck: included Cacker (partial)
Time: 65 min
Set: Intro -> Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, The drifter, Last song about you, Mind garage, Surrender
Encore 1: Too much, Better hurry
Encore 2: Little red rooster
Notes: A very small show in a tiny backroom of a Prenzlauer Berg pub who tries to establish regular concerts on weekends. The concert room has the size of an average living room and a maximum capacity of 50. 40 people show up and fill up the room with smiles, good vibes, dancing and cheers. Audience and band are very close to each other, there is no seperation which gives this gig a beautifully intimate, cosy and direct character. The spark of exitement and delight which radiates from the devoted audience soon jumps over to the band and all together they rise to magnificent levels! Brotherhood plays fine – actually finer and finer by every show – they sound incredible, the songs are brilliant, the audience dances and cheers and every person in the room is being made happy! For the dance contest during “Love” a girl jumps inmidts the band and does a wild dance! The applause after the main set is deafening. Deservedly the crowd is being treated to the debut of a brand-new Brotherhood song during the first encore: “Too much”. This upbeat Kiryk number had been rehearsed just three times before, it was not on the setlist, but the band decides to pull it out while bathing in the applause and the screams of the crowd who demand an encore! The song is an instant hit, with a very catchy hook-line and some insanely great beats by Lars and of course they nail this premier performance! Almost without a break they launch “Better hurry” and what follows in the next 15 minutes is some of the heaviest mindbending space the band has ever performed to this date. Instead of jamming away with the danceable blues structure in the middle they take it down completely after the first two verses and give Kiryk some time to play genuine Jerry Garcia-influenced lines. Very soon though they leave the tender spheres and enter a creepier, heavier, tractor-rock like mode. They raise the volume systematically, they pound out a nasty and mindbending robot-like rhythm, Erik goes mad on the organ, it goes on and on and on until Kiryk takes off his guitar and creates a screaming and roaring and fizzling space by swinging it around in front of the amp, he carresses it and beats it, he scractches it and shakes it and eventually he looses all inhibtions and screams a primal scream into the mic! This intense moment forces the whole crowd to their knees and makes everyone stare unbelievingly! Dropped jaws everywhere! After this heaviest of spaces the finish of the song serves as a great relief and the people explode with cheers and dancing! In fact the crowd does not let the clapping and cheering go, they demand a second encore for five minutes! Kiryk, totally out of breath, sweaty and smiling broadly tells them really heartfelt: “Danke, danke, danke - Ihr seid UNGLAUBLICH!” and he asks what the people want to hear. One guy shouts “Red rooster” and one girl adds “What you want!”. Sure enough the band blasts off “Little red rooster” and for two final explosive minutes everyone dances and enjoys the healing power of the Brotherhood! Wow! A small and low key but simply perfect Dance Concert inducing a thorough state of happiness and transcendence within everyone who witnessed this magic gig!
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14.07.2007 – Sommerfest, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany
Also playing: Britta, Gordonstreet
Attendance: 250-300
Soundcheck: Gun or run, Cracker (both partial)
Time: 38 min
Set: Intro, Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, Bossa Nova tune up jam, A thing called love, Too much, Mind garage, Surrender
Encore: Little red rooster
Notes: The 50th Brotherhood show! Tonight the Brotherhood rocks a huge summerfest of the local arts college. The concert takes place in the cafeteria of the college and about 300 people attend. Upon soundcheck time Kiryk notices that he forgot to bring all of his effects and pedals that’s why he can be heard sounding rather nakedely tonight, particularly the absence of the Fuzz is most obvious. Due to some chaotic organisation Brotherhood are forced to play one hour behind schedule (30 minutes past midnight) as well as to cut the set short to make room for the DJs/Soundsystems afterwards. However, the late hour always bodes well for a Dance Concert and since the band opts to play a brief energetic explosion of a set it doesn’t take long until everybody in the huge room dances and moves. Kiryk breaks a string in “Old tattoo” so he has to change the guitar which the band accompanies with their usual little tune up jam which positively amuses the audience but interrupts the momentum of the show slightly. Due to the fairly standard charakter of the set “Too much”, debuted the previous night, is the definite highlight. It proves to be a real dance-floor hit because it gets the crowd going hard -- a song already on the way towards a great Brotherhood classic! The encore “Little red rooster” has the brief slow blues intro again (compare Berlin 25.05.2007) and then features blistering classic rock guitar by Kiryk during the solo. While not nearly as magic as the very night before at Mokum this is a rocking late night party show proving that the Brotherhood is most certainly the best choice for any party!
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20.07.2007 – Warehouse, Geburtstagsparty, Berlin, Germany
Also playing: Broken, Vibravoid
Time: 50 min
Attendance: 30
Set: Intro, Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, The drifter, No mercy on ravers, Lifetime, Soma shop, Last song about you
Notes: A private birthday party at a warehouse in Berlin-Marzahn. With Chris on bass again (compare Luckenwalde 22.06.2007), this time because Jan is on vacation . Showtime 1:15 am – at this point after Vibravoids heavy acid-space only a handful of people are left to watch the Brotherhood. Nevertheless the band manages to make six people dance at least. However, due to the very sparse audience Brotherhood plays a comparetively tame and uneventful concert that pleases musically with a set comprised of standard selections in slightly different sound due to Chris’ playing. During “The drifter” Erik’s organ drops out completely due to a broken d/I-box. The jam comes down to a halt almost, at some point only Lars and Chris play a groove while Erik, Kiryk and a technician try to fix it. Kiryk then opts to play a solo during which Erik’s organ comes back and they start to model the jam anew: in unusal fashion they extend the song significantly after the vocal coda, they go in full jam-mode once again and let Kiryk explore some themes with a blistering guitar for quite a while. Eventually this version clocks in 16 full blown minutes! "Soma shop" features a different intro again, very much like Luckenwalde 22.06.2007. Apart from two freakily dancing girls the crowd is almost dead by the end of the set that’s why they cut it short and omit “Mind garage” and “Little red rooster” that were on the setlist.
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27.07.2007 – Intersoup, Berlin, Germany

Attendance: 55
Soundcheck: Gun or run, Lifetime, Jam
Time: 70 min
Set: Jam -> Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Mind garage, No mercy on ravers, Last song about you, Lifetime, Soma shop, Too much, Little red rooster, Surrender
Encore: Great Fool’s Dad jam -> Mind garage reprise -> Better hurry
Notes: Another cosy little show in a mini venue: Prenzlauer Berg’s Intersoup is an alternatively stylish 70s retro bar/café specialising in cocktails, soups and occasional DJ/concert events. A very narrow staircase leads into the basement where the concert room with a capacity of 70 people is situated. The ceiling is very low, just barely above Erik’s head. The walls are flanked with couches and chairs creating an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. With 55 people crammed into the room it gets very hot, sweaty and airless very soon as the band rocks through the set. They open with four minutes of slow psychedelic work-out before they say hi and launch “Camera”. Already after the very first tunes it becomes obvious that the club’s mini PA-system cannot provide sufficient sound which unsettles the band and inhibites that they take off completely. Though people are dancing in the first rows this is not a full blown Dance Concert, something is missing on both sides, in the band’s performance as well as in the audience’s reaction and attitude. Particularly Kiryk is notably less animated than usual, his trademark “Yeah, yeah, yeah” stage banter antics are missing tonight. However, this doesn’t mean that the people do not enjoy themselves: the proven first part of the setlist up to “Mind garage” surely gets the people going with cheering during “The cracker”, freaky dancing during “Love” as well as generally having a good time. Slight technical troubles continue throughout the show, the vocal sounds significantly worsens as the set progresses and Kiryk occasionally flubs lyrics as well as one or two guitar parts. The absence of “The drifter” from the set is very obvious and gives the performance a different flow and character. “Mind garage”, normally a set closer, feels a bity oddly placed in the middle and there is a little energy-hole in the set created by the “No mercy” through “Lifetime”-sequence afterwards. Kiryk jokingly comments Erik’s intro to “No mercy” with “...jetzt kommen wir zum christlichen Teil der Veranstaltung”. „Lifetime“ feels good. „Soma shop“ features yet another new mini-intro. The 16 minute long encore jam starts out with a new, never before performed instrumental number called “Great Fool’s Dad” (the setlist puts it as “Quiet jam”). As the title reveals this is a Dead-influenced, very quiet, beautiful and dreamy Kiryk-piece that merges the melodies of the two Dead songs “Cryptical envelopment” and “New potate caboose” off of the Dead’s second album “Anthem of the sun” (1968). The song had been demoed by Kiryk before and its debut tonight makes for a genuine highlight-moment! After five minutes the jam leaves the Dead-part and is being built up and accelerated systematicly to a hard rocking and fast vibe. Kiryk integrates a blistering and swinging “Mind garage”-reprise as well as hints to “Better hurry”. Now however, during the transitions, the band’s playing is not exactly smooth in some places, there are some ragged points when Kiryk gives them nods and cues. Generally the post-“Great Fool’s Dad”-parts of this jam are a bit too much designed, missing an instinctive surenesss and free flow. Eventually the jam segues into a proper “Better hurry” which features just the drum segment in the middle part. Although played under similiar circumstances as the Mokum show two weeks ago the Brotherhood plays just a solid concert tonight that misses the magic X-factor to make it ultimately sublime and make everyone drop out completely.
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28.07.2007 – ORWOhaus Festival, Orwohaus, Berlin, Germany
Also playing: Rupert’s Kitchen Orchestra, Skin Diary, The Season Standard a.m.o.
Attendance: 150
Time: 30 min
Set: Camera, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Mind garage, Last song about you, Too much
Notes:The multi-story building Orwohaus located in Berlin-Mahrzahn is a huge “music factory” providing rehearsal rooms, studios, clubs and support for 600 musicians in 160 bands. The non-commercial association running the building managed to make the city rechristen their street from “Street 13” to “Frank-Zappa-Str.” and today’s festival celebrates the renaming of the street. 16 Berlin underground bands from all genres perfom on two stages, many of them from the ORWOhaus itself. Although the brothers do not rehearse at the ORWOhaus they were asked to play this festival which proves their growing status in the city's underground scene. Brotherhood are scheduled for the open air stage at 7 pm. Right on time for their performance some slight rain starts to pour but the people stay for the concert. The band plays a typical festival set. They perform tightly and professionally and fill the big stage with their presence. “Too much” ends very abruptly.
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