The Magnificent Brotherhood Concert Chronology
2008: Part 1

 
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January
09.01.2008 - (D) Bonn, Mausefalle
10.01.2008 - (D) Köln, Boogaloo
11.01.2008 - (D) Paderborn, Cube
12.01.2008 - (D) Duisburg, Buschbrand
February
09.02.2008 - (D) Berlin, Bassy Cowboy Club
16.02.2008 - (D) Frankfurt am Main, Das Bett
22.02.2008 - (D) Luckenwalde, Alhambra
29.02.2008 - (D) Leipzig, Absturz
March
01.03.2008 - (D) Hannover, Kulturpalast Linden
11.03.2008 - (D) Ulm, Cat Café
12.03.2008 - (D) Tübingen, Epplehaus
13.03.2008 - (D) Berlin, SO36
23.03.2008 - (D) Berlin, Postbahnhof
28.03.2008 - (D) Berlin, nbi
April
05.04.2008 - (D) Magdeburg, Flower Power
12.04.2008 - (D) Berlin, Admiralspalast
May
10.05.2008 - (D) Berlin, White Trash Fast Food
13.05.2008 - (D) Berlin, Speiches Blueskneipe
16.05.2008 - (D) Tübingen, Epplehaus
17.05.2008 - (D) Backnang, Jugendzentrum
18.05.2008 - (D) Stuttgart, Zwölfzehn
22.05.2008 - (D) Hamburg, Hafenklang Exil
24.05.2008 - (D) Frankfurt am Main, Das Bett
29.05.2008 - (D) Leipzig, Campusfest
June
05.06.2008 - (D) Berlin, Junction Bar
12.06.2008 - (D) Hamburg, Beat Club
13.06.2008 - (D) Berlin, RAW Tempel
14.06.2008 - (D) Nigrock, Bad Bederkesa
19.06.2008 - (D) Frankfurt am Main, Clubkeller
20.06.2008 - (D) Open Air Hamm, Hamm am Rhein
21.06.2008 - (D) Open Air Fraureuth, Fraureuth
July
18.07.2008 - (D) Freakstage, Burg Herzberg Festival, Breitenbach
19.07.2008 - (D) Dieburg, Traffic Jam Open Air
19.07.2008 - (A) Wolfurt, Burn Out Music Destival



09.01.2008 – Mausefalle 33 1/3, Bonn, Germany
Supported by: The X-Ray Harpoons
Attendance: ~ 40
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, A thing called love, Mind garage, Camera, Invisible people -> Mind machine, Psychosis, Last song about you, Too much, Suck it, Surrender
Encore: The drifter
Notes: The first show of 2008 is the first show of a run of four consecutive concerts in the west of Germany, where the band hasn’t played before. They have also never before played on four consecutive nights, three nights has been the maximum so far (in August of 2007). Three of the four shows (Bonn, Köln, Duisburg) happen to take place at pub-like locations. Tonight we get the first music-pub, a very small venue and with ca. 40 people it’s filled solidely. The local 60s horror-science-fiction surf band The X-Ray Harpoons supports. Online flyer by the X-Ray Harpoons.
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10.01.2008 – Boogaloo, Köln, Germany
Attendance: 40
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, A thing called love, Mind garage, Camera, Invisible people -> Mind machine, Psychosis, Last song about you, Too much, Suck it, Surrender
Encore: The drifter
Notes: This show was originally scheduled to take place at Stadtgarten but was canceled some weeks prior to the show due to some misunderstanding. It was then moved to the Soul joint Boogaloo at the last minute. Boogaloo is another pub, it hardly accomodates a band and the audience: The stage is no bigger than 1,5m x 1,5m and it seems almost impossible to set up gear on such small a stage. The brothers manage to do it by using just a reduced drum kit and instead of the drum-stool Lars has to sit on Jan's Amp. Jan and Kiryk stand very closely back to back to each other, Kiryk cannot move at all and Lars' head gets almost hit by Erik's ass all the time! The entry to the concert is free and a small crowd including some rocker dudes shows up and thoroughly digs the show...
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11.01.2008 – Cube, Paderborn, Germany
Attendance: ~ 50-70
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, A thing called love, Mind garage, Camera, Invisible people -> Mind machine, Psychosis, Last song about you, Too much, Suck it, Surrender
Encore: The drifter
Notes: The only real venue on this tour. The doors open at 10 pm and the band comes on at 11 pm. By this time the 200+ capacity venue is only filled with 50 to 70 people who are just having their first beer and aren't in the mood yet to dance. The kids do not warm up during the Brotherhood's performance but the venue would be very crowded with dancing people after Brotherhood's performance well after midnight which frustrates the band. Jan has to play his bass via the PA because his amp was broken.
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12.01.2008 – Buschbrand, Duisburg, Germany
Attendance: 72
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Mind garage, Camera, Invisible people -> Mind machine, Psychosis, Soma shop, Last song about you, Too much, Suck it, Surrender
Encore 1: The drifter
Encore 2: Mimi's tune
Notes: The third pub-show on this small 4 day tour. A very small joint and it is actually sold out, a record at this small pub! This is the very first time a Brotherhood concert is sold out – well, you have to begin somehwere! The venue is really packed and Brotherhood apparently plays a fantastic concert, they receive excellent feedback during and after the show making this the best received concert of the four January gigs. This is the last show the 2007 tour poster was used for.
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09.02.2008 - Bassy Cowboy Club, Berlin, Germany

Attendance: 150-200
Soundcheck: Camera (partial), Dope idiots, You can only guess, My flash on you (instr. partial), Camera (full)
Time: 77 min
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Mind garage, A thing called love, Too much, Camera, Dope idiots, You can only guess, Invisible people, Psychosis -> Mind machine, Last song about you, Suck it, Surrender
Encore 1: Mimi's tune
Encore 2: The drifter
Notes: Brotherhood returns to the Bassy for a fantastic show! Thirteen months and 54 shows after their first gig with Lars at the very same venue the band draws 150 fans without major advertisement to the eagerly anticipated first hometown concert in 2008 and the first proper Berlin show since the Record Release two months ago. Tonight it’s really the people who elevate the show to sublime levels by totally going overboard and taking the band for the ride! Throughout the show the kids can be found dancing, screaming, singing, applauding and cheering loudly! The enthusiastic interaction between crowd and band indeed rivals the finest moments of 2007, like Lovelite, Mokum or White Trash! Although the sound leaves a little to be desired (too quiet and blurred) the brothers rock greatly through a slightly revised set that meets space fairly early with “Mind garage” as fifth song and that finds the dancefloor-hit “Too much” now moved to the first third of the set. Also “Camera” is now being changed to a really fast number, the tempo has almost doubled. The main set is highlighted by the debut of two brand new numbers: “Dope idiots” a nasty up-tempo Erik-penned R&B stomper works perfectly wiping the people into a real frenzy with its cool build up, a true goosebumps-moment! “You can only guess” is a catchy ‘n’ sweet Kiryk pop number. After the first encore the people in front of the stage form a wall and push the band members who want to leave the stage through the audience back onto the stage. Brotherhood has no choice but to play a second encore and they look very happy about it! Kiryk promises to make this short but the following “Drifter” clocks in 12 blistering minutes anyway. This being the last chance to dance the people freak out one more time to some fantastic and suspense-laden jamming, Kiryk’s guitar cuts into the mind and Lars delivers great percussion. What a fine show to start off a companion’s year 2008! The flyer-motif, neatly reworked from a poster for a Fuzz Manta Berlin gig in September 2007, picks up Bassy’s 2007 She-Devil, oooh yeah Baby!
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16.02.2008 - Das Bett, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Attendance: 120
Time: 100 min
First set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you -> Gun or run, Cracker, Mind garage, A thing called love, Porno, Too much, Camera, Dope idiots, You can only guess, Invisible people, Kicksville
Second set: Space -> Mind machine, Psychosis, Intro -> Cracker, Last song about you, Suck it, Gun or run, Surrender, Space -> Mimi’s tune
Encore: The drifter -> The people in me -> The drifter
Notes: Brotherhood's concert debut in Frankfurt am Main. This show is embedded into a 60s "Moonshake"-Party also featuring cool DJs. The venue is packed and the vibe is cool. The people behind the party are convinced it is a good idea to let the bands play two sets, which Brotherhood hesitatingly agrees to do (compare previous experiences with sets here and here). The first set is being played well before midnight and lasts close to 50 minutes. Kiryk introduces "Old tattoo" as "Doors tattoo". "Mind garage" is the total space with Erik killing his organ. They animate the cowd to come up on stage for the dance contest during an absolutely hot version of "Love". Four people come up to dance and the dance contest winner is chosen by applause from the crowd afterwards. As always when the band playes sets the rare "Kicksville" returns to the setlist, oddly placed as set-closer. There is a two hour intermission between the two sets and the second set finds the brothers way drunk which makes the performance fairly erratic. Kiryk's voice is really sore from partying in the second set. In order to be able to build up the second set like a proper Brotherhood show they repeat two selections from the first set: "Gun or run" and "Cracker", this was only done once before in Hamburg 31.12.2005! A lengthy tune up space-jam featuring atonal-screeching proggy organ sounds of almost five minutes intros "Mind machine" at the start of the second set. The sound though is noticeably better during this second set. Some numbers receive an extra snotty punch thanks to the level of intoxication, e.g. Erik's masterpiece "Psychosis" which is pure Acid Punk tonight. Other numbers do not really benefit from the drunk approach, for example "Last song about you" which is executed sloppily and without feeling. A cute little intro precedes "Cracker" and a short but classic Brotherhood space precedes "Mimi". For the second encore the lucky Frankfurters get treated with a fuzzed out, psychedelic and drawn out 17 minute version of he companion favourite "The Drifter"! Inmidts the jam the band spontaneously slips into an instrumental take on Music Machine's "The people in me" - half a year before they would debut the cover properly!
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22.02.2008 - Alhambra, Luckenwalde, Germany

Attendance:
50
Soundcheck: Jam, You can only guess, Dope idiots, Gun or run
Time: 80 min
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Mind garage, A thing called love, Too much, Camera, Dope idiots, You can only guess, Invisible people, Psychosis (?)-> Mind machine, Last song about you (?), Suck it, Surrender
Encore: The drifter
Notes: For the third time Brotherhood returns to Luckywood but meets a dissappointingly sparse and rather tepid crowd at Alhambra. The sound is brilliant with an extra emphasize on the bass because Jan plays a new expensive Hofner bass resulting in a special punchy quality. This is the first show the first 2008 tour poster is being used for.
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29.02.2008 - Absturz, Leipzig, Germany

Attendance: 120
Set: unknown
Notes: For the third time in less than a year Brotherhood returns to Leipzig this time for Robert Linke's birthday bash. Robert runs the agency Kontraproduktiv. Strangely enough the crowd is smaller and less willing to party than last time. Absturz is situated in an old ex tinning factory. Usually the Absturz is a shop where computers get fixed, but on the week-ends the IT stuff is carried out and the room is used for parties and live music. Robert, the birthday child, is dressed up and later he announces the band on stage. It takes some time for the crowd to show up. The gig starts at 11 pm. First thing which should be mentioned is that the bass played by Jan sounds great and Kiryk looks as if he has improved his Rock 'n' Roll poses. The third song is really rocking and starts to wake up the audience. “Cracker" as fourth song. Before “Mind garage” the band animates the crowd to clap their hands. Brotherhood hosts a dance contest on stage during “Love” which 4 or 5 guests attend to in order to win the CD (one guy wearing a green shirt does win deservedly). There is a nice drumsolo and it feels like Lars on the drums has really improved playing in the band since their gig in Hamburg 29.04.2007 - it just sounds more organic now. By 00:30 the set is finally finished. (most of the notes by Holger)
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01.03.2008 - Hannover, Kulturpalast Linden, Germany
Attendance: 20
Set: unknown
Notes: After 2007's appearance at the Swamp Room Happening this is the first club show in Hannover Only 18 paying guests show up. Kiyk and Erik decide to pull off the ultimate show anyway: Reportedly they undress Erik at one point during the concert and wrap him into a cape which Kiryk attaches with tape to Erik's back. Generally they make one hell of a show and let it all hang out and of course they make every single attendee dance and party!
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11.03.2008 - Ulm, Cat Café, Germany
Supported by: Los Franco Neros
Set: unknown
Notes: The local technical college celebrates the start of the spring semester and a decent crowd shows up. The party takes place on several floors. The concert appears to be not as well attended as the other dancefloors and it doesn’t exactly click between the bands and the crowd on this Tuesday night.
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12.03.2008 - Epplehaus, Tübingen, Germany
Supported by: Los Franco Neros
Attendance: 60
Set: unknown
Notes: Brotherhood were scheduled to support the Swedisch punk blues combo Alex Face Band. However, the Swedish band’s van breaks down in Spain three days prior to the date that’s why can’t make it to Tübingen in time. Brotherhood gets nominated as headliner and the friends of Los Francos Neros, who are based in Tübingen and Ulm, jump in as support. The line up works better than the previous night and the crowd at the alternative culture and youth centre Epplehaus dances and parties.
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13.03.2008 - Kiezkonzert @ SO36, Berlin, Germany

Attendance: 110
Soundcheck: Gun or run, Cracker (both partial)
Time: 60 min
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Mind garage, A thing called love, Too much, Camera, Dope idiots, You can only guess, Invisible people, Psychosis -> Mind machine, Last song about you, Suck it, Surrender
Encore: Mimi’s tune
Notes: A crazy show on a Thursday night! 100 alternative and young people show up and make a wild party. The crowd throws the arms in the air, goes nuts and ultimately everyone freaks out.
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23.03.2008 - KenFM @ Fritzclub im Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
With: Alf Ator
Attendance: 10
Soundcheck: Gun or run, Camera, Cracker
Time: 30 min
Set 1: Old tattoo, Gun or run, Camera
Set 2: Cracker, Psychosis, Last song about you, Too much, Suck it
Set 3: Surrender, Mind garage
Notes: The band is invited to the weekly radio program KenFM, which is hosted at Fritz Radio. The three sets are being aired live between 16:00 and 18:00 to 80.000 listeners per average hour. There is also an interview with the band as well as some crazy stuff by host Ken Jebsen. This is the first ever radio session that finds the band playing live on air.
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28.03.2008 - nbi, Berlin, Germany

Supported by: Frozen Focus
Attendance: 250
Time: 80 min
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Porno, Psychosis, Camera, Too much, A thing called love, You can only guess, Dope idiots, Invisible people, Mind garage, Last song about you, Suck it, Surrender
Encore 1: Mind machine, Mimi’s tune
Encore 2: The drifter
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05.04.2008 - Flower Power, Magdeburg, Germany
Attendance: ca. 70
Set: unknown
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12.04.2008 - Lange Fritznacht der Talente, Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
With: Tonträger, Trikot, Anna F, Jahcoozi, Phillip Poisel and others
Attendance: 1785
Soundcheck: (done 11.04.2008) Too much (3x)
Time: 4 min
Set: Too much
Notes: With Chris on bass.
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10.05.2008 - White Trash Fast Food, Berlin, Germany

Supporting: Baby Woodrose
Attendance: 250
Soundcheck: A thing called love jam, Invisible people (partial), Too much (partial), Divine advice (2x), All because of you, Dope idiots, You can only guess, Camera
Time: 50 min
Set: Mimi’s tune, Dope idiots, Mind machine, Camera, All because of you, Gun or run, You can only guess, Divine advice, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Too much, Psychosis, Cracker, Suck it, Surrender
Encore: Invisible people
Notes: With Chris on bass. “All because of you” and “Divine advice” debut.
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13.05.2008 - Rockradio Session, Speiches Blueskneipe, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 12
Time: 25 min
Set: Mind garage, Psychosis, Last song about you, Mimi’s tune, Soma shop, Divine advice, Kicksville
Notes: Any fan’s dream comes true - Brotherhood performs an ACOUSTIC set for the first time ever!!! The occasion is a two hour live-on-air special about the band on the Berlin based internet radio “Rockradio”, which airs to about 1.000 listeners per average hour. The station focuses on classic rock and with their 60s influenced psychedelic rock Brotherhood goes down very well with the program’s editor. The Brotherhood special consists of music from the band’s album, related tracks by 60s bands, interviews with the band and of course - the highlight of the program - the acoustic session. The session takes place between 18:00 and 20:00 in a cosy and original Blues pub in Prenzlauer Berg. Although the event is open for anyone to attend just a dozen of pub regulars listen while having a beer. Later on three young Brotherhood fans show up but they miss the acoustic set. The band sets up as follows: Kiryk on acoustic guitar, Erik on a Phillicordia organ, Chris on bass (replacing Jan who is still on tour with Dota) and Lars on an improvised mini drum-kit that uses a stand-tom as bass drum. They perform an exquisite selection, including the rare “Soma shop” and “Kicksville” as well as Erik’s very new song “Divine advive”, which had been debuted just the previous gig three days ago at White Trash! All songs are rearranged for the acoustic set. “Mind garage” starts out with just guitar and organ and the bass and drums come in for the second verse. In the swing part they leave away the guitar solo. “Psychosis” features perfect vocals and a groovy guitar solo. “Mimi’s” tune features a short and slow intro. “Kicksville” features even more fantastic vocals with a lot of duo “aahhhs” and “oohhhs” by Erik and Kiryk beautifully emulating the backgrounds of the studio version making this one of the best versions ever played of this song! This acoustic session impresses with great musicianship emphasizing the songs’ potential! Albeit way too short this a very precious moment in the Brotherhood live history - most certainly an experiment that bears repeating! On the setlist but not played: "Camera", "Lifetime", "Old tattoo", "Mind machine" and "Invisible people".
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16.05.2008 - Epplehaus, Tübingen, Germany

With: Los Franco Neros
Attendance: 220
Set: Mimi’s tune, Dope Idiots, Camera, Mind machine, All because of you, Gun or run, You can only guess, Divine advice, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Too much, Psychosis, Cracker, Surrender
Encore: Last song about you, Invisible people
Notes: Tübingen loves the Brotherhood it seems! Already in their third show in the city Brotherhood has a full house at Epplehaus. Locals and friends Los Franco Neros celebrate the last show featuring their singer, which significantly adds to the good attendance.
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17.05.2008 - Jugendzentrum, Backnang, Germany

With: Los Franco Neros
Set: Mimi’s tune, Dope Idiots, Camera, Mind machine, All because of you, Gun or run, You can only guess, Divine advice, A thing called love, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Too much, Psychosis, Cracker, Suck it, Surrender
Encore: Last song about you, Invisible people
Notes: This youth centre in a very small town proves to be partial to Garage Rock - bands who have performed here previously include Baby Woodrose, The Cynics or The Movements. A decently sized punky crowd digs the music and the bands enjoy a cool evening fueled by lots free booze and various other intoxication agents…
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18.05.2008 - Zwölfzehn, Stuttgart, Germany

With: Los Franco Neros
Attendance: 30
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Camera, Cracker, Mind machine, Divine advice, Psychosis, All because of you, Too much, Suck it, Dope idiots, Surrender
Encore: Invisible people
Notes: This show in Stuttgart takes place on a Sunday. The common Sabian has to work on Monday that’s why the concert is badly attended. It is also raining cats and dogs which doesn’t exactly benefit the attendance either. Consequently the second ever Stuttgart show fails to introduce the band to a real audience and the concert turns out to be only slightly more better than the first one in the city back in August 2007.
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22.05.2008 - Hafenklang Exil, Hamburg, Germany
With: Cpt. Howdy
Attendance: 100
Set: unknown
Notes: Brotherhood returns to Hafenklang in Hamburg just little more than a year after their first show at this venue. Same line up again but the bands switch it around so Brotherhood plays first, Cpt. Howdy second. Brotherhood plays a very heavy set, actually much heavier than last time. The beginning of the set is almost punk rock and the band, particularly Erik, exhibit a punk attitude. During "Cracker" the crowd wakes up and starts to dance and shake a bit. This is an extraordinary version of the song - very freaky and playful. No jams tonight, just a drum-solo. Somewhere in between the set they play the "Porno" for Kiryk hast to switch guitars. (notes provided by Holger, pics by Michi)
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24.05.2008 - Moonshake Party @ Das Bett, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Supported by: The Opium Theatre
Attendance: 100
Soundcheck: Camera (instr.), Gun or run (partial), All because of you
Time: 60 min
Set: Mimi’s tune, Camera, Porno -> Mind machine, All because of you, You can only guess, Divine advice, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Psychosis, Dope idiots, Last song about you, Too much, Suck it, Surrender
Encore: Invisible people
Notes: The 100th Brotherhood show!!! The band returns to Frankfurt to play the monthly Moonshake Party, a 60s dance freak-out featuring bands and DJs. As opposed to the first time they played the Moonshake party back in February another band does the first set today and Brotherhood just plays the second set, showtime 1:00 am. Their set is well attended filling the small club thoroughly. This is a dance concert and the band really kicks it, exploding with an energy-driven performance, moving and rocking out on stage. There is a small intro to "Mimi's tune" during which Kiryk animates the crowd. The heavy playing makes one of Kiryk’s strings break already during “Camera”. As always they bridge the tune-up interruption with a playful “Porno”-instrumental. When Kiryk is done tuning he directly launches into deep and noisy feedback leading his band into a space-laden “Mind garage”, mindblowing! "All because of you" features a beautiful solo guitar intro by Kiryk, just a few seconds but deeply moving! Unfortunately during "All because of you" the local sound man puts a lot of echo on the vocals for the remaining set ruining the original Brotherhood-sound. Nevertheless the band flies away on the new songs, "Divine advice" in particular goes down very groovy tonight! The following punk numbers are being ejected like bullets. Before "Cracker" Kiryk asks the crowd if they know the band’s name. One guy shouts "Berlin" and since no-one else gets the name right Kiryk says “Okay, wir sind Iron Butterfly aus San Diego!". And then, introducing a sexy "Cracker": "Und wenn ihr tanzen wollt, dann jetzt...und forever!".
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29.05.2008 - Mensabühne, Campusfest, Leipzig, Germany
With: Ortega, The Michelles, The Audience and many others
Attendance: 150-200
Time: 50 min
Set: Mimi’s tune, Camera, Mind machine, All because of you, You can only guess, Divine advice, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Psychosis, Dope idiots, Last song about you, Too much, Surrender
Notes: Chris on bass. On the setlist but not played: "Suck it" (main set) plus "No mercy on ravers" and "Invisible people" (both as encore). The fourth time in Leipzig in little more than a year. Tonight Brotherhood kicks off their very own 2008 festival season with a performance at the huge university festival Campusfest. Altogether 15.000 attendees during two days party to live music on 2 stages plus several DJ dance-floors. The live music focuses on Ska and Indie bands making Brotherhood the one exoctic band in the line up again. They perfom on the second day of the festival as last band on the smaller stage. Showtime 01:20 am. The Mensa accomodates ca. 400-600 people and about 200 attend the Brotherhood show. The days’s proceedings had already passed their peak around 23:00 during the performance of the indie rock act The Michelles and just a third of the crowd is left by the time Brotherhood takes the stage and many in the crowd are fairly intoxicated with alcohol. The first four songs of the set finds the band a bit subdued, partly due to Kiryk’s low sugar level and partly due to troubles with sound, the organ is barely audible. In order to loose up and to get the party going Kiryk invites everybody on the stage to dance before “You can only guess” and 30 people follow his invitation. Quite a scene ensues on the stage and this is the is the second biggest dancing crowd on stage ever, right on the heels of the Record Release. The on-stage dancing was just the right trick to pull off when the band couldn’t really let it fly because now the people are carried away with a wild party, the applause doubles and people start to move and shake. After two mid-paced numbers (“You can only guess” and “Divine advice”) the dancers have to take it up a notch as the band proceeds to its punk numbers “Old tattoo”, “My flash on you” and “Gun or run”. Although the band is technically challenged by the dancing people the party gets really savage now. All of a sudden during “Gun or run” security guards enter the stage and force the dancers to leave the stage one by one. The security-gorillas appear the be no pussies about it hustling the people when they utter protest or amusement, as well as grabbing them by the arms and necks while shouting at them. The scene seriously escalates during “Cracker” because some dudes repeatedly make their way back to the stage cheating and fighting the guards and trying to stage-dive. The crowd starts booing at the guards. Now the band all the while playing “Cracker” begins to notice something weird is going on around them. Kiryk let’s them take it down after his solo and for a few seconds it seems they are about to stop the song. Then Kiryk tells the people for about half a minute “Cool it down, cool it down, love people, love!” and they finish “Cracker” to an empty stage that had been entirely cleaned out by the security. This incident gives the band a dangerous aura and with a proud rock & roll attitude they let a version of “Psychosis” follow that is just perfect and psychedelic, the musical highlight of the night. From here on the mood of the show starts to go downhill and the rest of the concert is played solidely without matching the vibe that prevailed the party while the people were still dancing on stage.
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05.06.2008 - Junction Bar, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 50
Time: 95 min
First set: A thing called love, Lifetime, Psychosis, No mercy on ravers, Kicksville, Mind garage, Last song about you, The drifter
Second set: Jam -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Dope idiots, Mind machine, All because of you, You can only guess, Divine advice, Suck it, Too much, Surrender
Encore: Invisible people
Notes: A beautiful concert, easy and relaxed on a mild Thursday summer night. The second time Brotherhood plays at Junction Bar and since the band has to play sets at this joint this turns out to be a gig strictly for fans once again. Rare tunes like “Lifetime”, “No mercy on ravers” and “The drifter” return to the setlist. Brilliant sound. The audiences enjoys and appreciates, gently dancing, sing-alongs and loud applause occurs. “The drifter” clocks in 15 solid minutes and it features some real quiet moments. On the setlist but not played: “Little red rooster” (first set) and “Better hurry” (encore).
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12.06.2008 - Beat Club, Hamburg, Germany
With: Hans Ehlert Hamburg
Attendance: 45
Soundcheck: You can only guess (instr., partial), Jam, Gun or run (2x partial), Camera, Gun or run
Time: 55 min
Set: Porno -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, Divine advice, All because of you, Porno, Dope idiots, Too much, Last song about you, Surrender
Encore: Mimi’s tune, Invisible people
Notes: Holy fuck, a classic underground dance concert bringing out the garage punk essence of the Brotherhood! This Thursday-show was confirmed just three days prior to the date, Brotherhood jumps in for another band. It’s Brotherhood’s fifth show in Hamburg already, only 3 weeks after their last show at Hafenklang. Beat Club is situated in a small street right off Reeperbahn, just a few hundred meter air-line distance from the legendary Kaiserkeller and Star Club where The Beatles where told to “Mach Schau!” back in 1962! It seems as if not much has changed since then: Beat Club is a text-book, dirty and run-down rock & roll basement joint. It’s just one long dimly lit room with a bar and a small stage, with a maximum capacity of 100. The walls are plastered with old posters for garage, punk and rock bands who played here, the furniture is beaten and fucked up and the lights are red, matching the infamous red-light and entertainment district just outside on the street (Herbertstrasse is just around the corner). Reeperbahn is flooded with thousands of drunk people because Germany’s second match in the European soccer championship occurred earlier that day (Germany lost 1:2 vs Croatia). The street-party continues until very late in the night and a crazy crowd gathers in front of the club as well as inside. A 60s DJane spins the right tracks inside Beat Club. The support act, a trash duo from Hamburg starts very late and when Brotherhood finally takes the stage it’s already 1 am. Since the band uses some of the support act’s ultimately trashy equipment (trashy mics, a toy bass-drum) the sound, particularly the vocals, is really shite but tonight it’s scheissegal because the people drink, dance and intoxicate themselves into oblivion! The hour long set is just pure garage punk galore, performed energeticly and sweaty! It’s hard to make out musical stand-outs tonight, they just rock every number into the ground not thinking of wrong notes, shitty sound or even yesterday or tomorrow! Kiryk breaks a string during “All because of you” and he has to switch to his second guitar afterwards. Before the encore Kiryk asks the crowd if they knew who passed away very recently. A girl in the crowd replys “Bo Diddley” and indeed Kiryk then dedicates “Mimi’s tune” to Bo Diddley! A back-to-the-roots concert played in a historic neighbourhood, that puts Brotherhood appropriately in line with 45 years of rock & roll history! Most definitely a has-to-be-there experience -- as GARAGE as it gets! On the setlist but not played: “Suck it” (after “Too much”).
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13.06.2008 - RAW Tempel, Berlin, Germany

Attendance: 160
Soundcheck: included new song (bits), Jam (first part of sdchk only, Thorsten on bass)
Time: 85 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera -> Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, Divine advice, Porno, All because of you, Dope idiots, Too much, Last song about you, Suck it, Surrender
Encore 1: Mimi’s tune, Mind garage, A thing called love, No mercy on raves, Lifetime, Invisible people
Encore 2: The drifter
Notes: After 8 months of absence in the quarter’s club circuit Brotherhood returns to Friedrichshain and meets the biggest crowd they have yet played to in this part of Berlin (the last Friedrichshain-show took place 05.10.2007). RAW Tempel is part of a former industrial ensemble, the Reichsbahn Ausbesserungswerk, situated along the S-Bahn trace between Ostkreuz and Warschauer Strasse. The huge area is an alternative culture and youth project, incorporating two clubs, cafès, a skate hall as well as rehearsal rooms and spaces for many projects. Charakterized by old factory halls, defunct rails, run-down brick-buildings and vast spaces left to the nature the area’s looks and vibes resemble a bit Copenhagen’s Christiania, the mother of alternative culture. The actual club where the concert takes place is a 300 capacity room with a distinct warehouse feel to it. The setting is professional, a cool stage and lights allow for a real show, the ultimate contrast to the previous day’s concert. The audience fills the concert hall decently and the crowd is evenly divided into fans and new faces. At 0:30 am the band takes the stage and goes on to perform a great show: very animated, energetic and flawless playing tonight! The sound is quite a mess during the first songs but improves gradually. Without much talking they play through their main set thoroughly captivating the crowd. As quite often in the recent shows "Psychosis" is an early highlight, nice guitar work from Kiryk already during the intro as well as throughout and overall powerful Psych-vibes let the tune groove and swing! A very tight version of "You can only guess" follows, all band members are in total sync, adding a cool "Hey!" in the first break! Basicly all four new songs, which are being played in a row, are being nailed! "Too much" is jokingly annonced as "Der nächste Song ist ein Hip-Hop Techno-Song..." and later in the song Lars makes the people scream with his insane solo! Since the main set lasted just 45 mintues they have to fill some more time so we get treated to a very special encore, that features some of the classic but rare material which gets played rather seldomely: The just recently neglected “Mind garage” and “A thing called love” as well as “No mercy on ravers" and “Lifetime” make it back to the setlist, making this very special for the fans! The band seemingly enjoys playing a rather unusual encore selection because they radiate a lot of energy and joy while activating the last power-resources for tonight. Kiryk intros “Mimi’s tune” by shouting “Hey, Bo Diddley!” into the drum-solo and off they go into the übercool encore. The people are called for to dance on the stage during “A thing called love” and about 20 people do so throwing a cool party. "No mercy" feels fresh and new, this rendition has a punky and egdy vibe which also holds up during the following "Lifetime"! Also during the encore Kiryk promotes the newly manufactured Brotherhood shirts: "Ihr könnt Euch auch ein T-Shirt holen und WM-mäßig ans Auto hängen...". “The Drifter” is the classic second and last encore. During the rather quiet and uneventful jam Kiryk says good-bye to the crowd, encouraging them to sign the E-Mail list and to stay around after the show in order to make party. He then goes on to play sweet and delicate lines around which Erik weaves a quiet baroque organ-solo. For about two minutes it sounds as if Kiryk is hinting at a distinct theme but then he abandones it and leads the band back into the coda. This version of "Drifter" clocks in 12 minutes finishing a brilliant and distinctly psychedelic show!
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14.06.2008 - Nigrock, Bad Bederkesa, Germany
Also playing: Six Tons, Cryin' For Happiness, Lost A.D., Roughcast, W.I.R.
Attendance: 400
Time: 45 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, Divine advice, Cracker, All because of you, Dope idiots, Too much, Surrender
Notes: Nigrock is a very small scale school festival near Bremerhafen attended by several hundreds school-kids aged between 12 and 17. Brotherhood is the headliner. The stage is open air and the wheather is okay, a bit cold but luckily it doesn’t rain. The band’s performance gets the most attention of the bands who perform and the kids party and dig it. Many of them get on the stage, dancing and stage-diving. During the drum-break in “Too much” one guy gets ahold of Erik’s organ and plays a cool solo. Lars extends the drum solo and Erik and Kiryk dance a bit to the kid’s solo.
19.06.2008 - Clubkeller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Attendance: 15-20
Time: 70 min
Set: Jam -> Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, Divine advice, All because of you, Dope idiots, Too much, Last song about you, Surrender
Encore: Invisible people, The drifter
Notes: Sebastian Vogel, a former Stadtpirat, replaces Jan on bass for this week-end’s three shows because Jan is on tour with Dota und die Stadtpiraten. This run finds the brothers returning to Frankfurt am Main on a Thursday (the third time in Frankfurt within 4 months!) before playing two festival shows on Friday and Saturday respectively. Tonight’s show at Clubkeller is not as well promoted as the first two Frankfurt gigs 16.02.2008 and 24.05.2008. Two former Liquid Vision fans who remembered very well the legendary and outstanding concert Liquid Visions had played at the Clubkeller back in 2004 have booked the Brotherhood for a psychedelic rock-night complete with DJ. Unfortunately Germany’s match in the European Soccer Championship’s quarter-finals takes place today (Germany beats Portugal 3:2) which severely affects the attendance: Just ten paying guests find their way to the very small Clubkeller and altogether maybe 15-20 souls attend the show in front of the stage. Those who watch dig it though despite some really bad luck: During the show Erik’s Farfisa bites the dust! As early as in “Old tattoo” the organ starts to emit a constant high-pichted sound while going uncontrollably out of tune at the very same time. The brave brothers face it professionally trying to pull of a solid performance but for the trained companion’s ear the set launches into ultimate havoc, a sheer musical disaster! “Mind machine” begins with ear-shattering noise and they manage to play a good rendition, fueled by Kiryk’s frantic guitar! Kiryk dedicates “Psychosis” to the football dumb-heads outside: “Der nächste Song ist passend zu dem Tag heute, zu den ganzen Psychos on the street…“. Since the organ continues to sound as if it is about to breathe its last notes Erik gets clearly irritated slaughtering most of his lead-vocals, most obviously during “Dope idiots” which ultimately falls apart with wrong harmonies and way out-of-tune organ sounds. “Divine advice” on the other hands rocks heavily like few versions before. “All because of you” is being perfomed with equal power and the people give rave applause afterwards. Before “Dope idiots” Kiryk acknowledges to the crowd that the organ does not work: “Die Orgel ist auf Acid heute, was soll man machen, sie macht, was sie will. Die Orgel ist ein Dope Idiot!”. Surprisingly, despite the worst case technical scenario, they play an encore consisting of a furious and weird “Invisible people” as well as a very long drawn out “Drifter” (17 min) that centers around an atonal freaky jam (how very appropriate!) and of course lots of smoking guitar by magnificent Kiryk! This show is better forgotten quickly and luckily it didn’t occur in front of a bigger audience. Yet, it is astounding how the band manages to complete it with dignity and charme despite the ridiculous sound. The next day Brotherhood would be be confronted with a serious problem, as they had to find a replacement organ for the next two gigs…
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20.06.2008 - Open Air Hamm, Hamm am Rhein, Germany
Also playing: Jagga Bites-Combo, Timmy Rough Band, Chamäleon
Attendance: 50-100
Time: ~80-90 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, Divine advice, All because of you, Dope idiots, Too much, Mind garage, A thing called love, Last song about you, Suck it, Mimi’s tune, No mercy on ravers, Surrender
Encore: Invisible people, The drifter
Notes: A middle-sized festival near Worms with 2.000 attendees during two days which takes place on a lawn (Rheinwiese) directly adjacent to the river Rhein. During the day Brotherhood faces huge problems finding a replacement organ (it broke down the previous day). Ultimately, the festival promoter finds a very cool original Hammond organ which gets transported to the festival especially for Erik to play it. Showtime 20:00, Brotherhood is the first band of the whole festival. Not too many people have gathered yet, it appears that the Brotherhood is being used as cannon fodder, because the generic Ska and Rock-bands after them face a huge crowd. Thanks to the Hammond organ the Brotherhood’s sound is very interesting and those who witness the band, including the festival organiser, love it. There is even a dance contest and kids do come up on the stage and dance. The bad luck follows the band later that night though: Some drunk guys throw empty bottles some time after the show demolishing Brotherhood’s rented car for which they have to pay a rentention sum. Fuck…
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21.06.2008 - Open Air Fraureuth, Fraureuth, Germany
Also playing: Roadbrothers, Lama, Götz Widmann, Los Banditos
Attendance: 300-500
Time: ~80-90 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, Divine advice, All because of you, Dope idiots, Too much, Mind garage, A thing called love, Last song about you, Suck it, Surrender
Encore 1: Mimi’s tune
Encore 2: Invisible people, The drifter
Notes: A small festival near Zwickau, Sachsen. Luckily, Brotherhood can use the surf-band’s Los Banditos Farfisa organ as replacement for Erik’s which broke two days ago. Before Brotherhood’s appearance the fairly popular songwriter Götz Widman plays a 2,5 hour exhaustive show captivating the audience, that’ why the first 20 minutes of Brotherhood’s set blows off but it quickly gains momentan then and ultimately this turns out to be the coolest show of the week-end…

27.08.2008 - Kildemose Festival, Refsvindinge, Fyn, Denmark
28.06.2008 - Schaubude, Kiel, Germany
Both shows get canceled two, respectively three days before they were to take place. Vogel, Jan’s replacement calls in sick.
18.07.2008 - Burg Herzberg Festival, Breitenbach am Herzberg, Germany
Also playing: Motorpsycho, Colour Haze, Siena Root, Hypnos 69, Obskuria a.m.m.
Attendance: 1.000
Time: 120 min
Set:  Porno, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, The drifter, Divine advice, All because of you, Dope idiots, Too much, A thing called love, Last song about you, Mind garage, Suck it, Mimi's tune, Surrender
Encore: No mercy on ravers, Invisible people
Notes: When Brotherhood was booked for the Burg Herzberg Festival in December 2007 there was no doubt this would be the band’s most important appearance so far! And indeed, for the 109th Brotherhood concert the band meets their biggest audience yet, a crowd of 1.000 freaks who experience and witness the definite show, which encompasses everything the Brotherhood has been about up to this very point! Burg Herzberg Festival is Germany’s and maybe even Europe’s biggest Hippie-Festival, a festival dinosaur who had survived from the Woodstock-era. Situated in mid-Germany, up in the mountains way out on the country-side the festival offers a main-stage as well as a smaller so called “Freakstage”. 10.000 attendees celebrate love, peace and happiness during 4 days. While the headliners of the festival usually include classic acts from the 1960s and 1970s, with a slight focus on German Kraut and progressive music the festival has always offered a platform for contemporary psychedelic acts as well. Bands who have performed and gained a name here include Liquid Visions, Colour Haze, Siena Root and Hypnos 69 to name just a very few! Brotherhood performs Friday night at 2 am, playing a full blown two hour show well until the very morning hours. The Freakstage is not to be found on the official festival grounds but it is situated close to the camping grounds, where people can bring their own drinks and stuff. This makes for a very relaxed and appropriate atmosphere. During the course of the show Brotherhood manage to draw a lot of attention towards their performance, the place in front of the stage gradually fills up until there is packed crowd of dancing and freaking people! Kiryk sports a cool Hippie-poncho for the occasion. In the middle of the set they play a very long version of “The drifter”, reportedly almost an half-hour version! This is the first proper mid-set “Drifter” since 24.08.2007, not counting the first set-closer from 05.06.2008. This version is full of freaky twists and turns, sometimes really abstract and it definitely goes far out places where a Hippie-mind belongs. The concert's sound could be a bit better and it ephasizes a bit the guitar making this peformance a great Kiryk-showcase. During "A thing called love" 30 to 40 people come up on stage for the classic dance-party-riot and the stage including the PA starts to shake enormously almost collapsing which makes the security look very nervous. During the encore they extend "No mercy on ravers" with a drum solo and perform their psychedelic dance in classic 2007 style. All four brothers exhibit great fun on stage, Kiryk has probably not moved that much on stage ever before, and everyone is well into this show, including the audience who dances and gives enthusiastic response, which could also be measured in sensational merchandize sales (the LP version of the band’s album had just been “released” that week and it proved to be the right medium for this audience). Beyond doubt the best and most important Brotherhood gig so far.
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19.07.2008 - Traffic Jam Open Air, Dieburg, Germany
Also playing: Durango Riot, The Real McCoy, Elektromorf and many others
Attendance: ca. 100
Time: 40 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, Divine advice, All because of you, Dope idiots, Too much, Last song about you, Mind garage, Mimi's tune, Surrender
Encore: Invisible people
Notes: The day after the Herzberg performance finds the Brotherhood performing two shows on two festivals in two countries! Including Herzberg that’s actually three concerts within 19 hours in two countries, wow! This is the first show of the day. Traffic Jam takes place near Frankfurt am Main, 140 km from the Herzberg Festival and Brotherhood opens the second festival day, showtime 13:50! They play a 40 minute set for a few dancing people. The whole festival was webcast live. However, the Saturday webcast starts only around 14:20 with a few ongoing drop-outs, that’s why only the second half of “Too much” as well as "Surrender" and the encore “Invisible people” get webcast.
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19.07.2008 – Burn Out Music Festival, Wolfurt, Austria
Also playing: Bloodlights, Harcore Superstar and others
Attendance: 300-500
Time: 30 min
Set: Old tattoo, My flash on you, Gun or run, Cracker, Camera, Mind machine, Psychosis, You can only guess, The drifter
Notes: The second show on this day and the fourth ever Brotherhood gig abroad, the second time in Austria (last gig abroad 11.08.2007). The brother’s make it to the festival just in time from the day’s first show at Traffic Jam (420 km in 5 hours) but their scheduled stage time had been moved 30 min ahead, that’s why they have just 30 minutes left to perform. The crowd gives a rather lame feedback.
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