Sugar Factory is not a large venue, yet the number of tickets sold made building a smaller stage in front of the stage a necessity to have the impression of a filled venue. That is not a pleasant sight for a band travelling all the way from Stuttgart to play in Amsterdam (although the previous leg was in Cologne and the next in Groningen). Die Nerven has not conquered The Netherlands as yet.
The trio from Stuttgart came on next. The short, soft bass player, the longer, spiky guitarist and the bit wacko, long-haired drummer showed within seconds that Die Nerven is used to playing shows and playing the strings that excite audiences. Except that did not really happen. I never saw those sparks fly that some songs definitely have in them. Whether the band had to hold back due to or because of the seize of the stage or the audience because of the proximity of the stage, I can not tell. Fact is, Die Nerven, mostly, play music that is not only for listening.
Seeing Die Nerven play for the first time I understand, finally, why I had so much trouble to find out who the singer is: the band has two. Julian Knoth (bass) and Max Rieger (guitar) sing lead alternately. Drummer Kevin Kuhn takes care of enthusiastic shouting in the background. Not everything explains itself in MP3s.
Overall I left Sugar Factory satisfied. The show was short but intensive and Die Nerven a fine band. Perhaps something was bugging them and we received a shorter show because of it. Who knows? What I saw was just fine.
(All photo's by) Wo.
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