THE STOPS (Portland / Sabotage Records) Dark, moody and melody-driven Music; their songs create an atmosphere of driving, distorted punk which is at times informed by power pop guitar riffs and tight vocal harmonies. The band features members of Red Dons and former members of the Pedestrian and Pataha Hiss. Casually formed in 2011, the group's initial incarnation consisted solely of guitarist Ruby and drummer Fukuko. Soon after, RIta and Cissie joined the band on guitar and bass, respectively. The current lineup has existed since 2013, when Ruby approached Lizzie about doing vocals. https://thestops.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/thestops
CROSS STITCHED EYES (Bremen, Oakland, Bristol / Alternative Tentacles) Rightly compared to Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, and Killing Joke, Cross Stitched Eyes, formed in 2005, breathe new life into the anarcho-crust genre. Drummer and vo- calist Jason Willer played in Lookout Records' Enemies (with Dave Ed of Neurosis), The UK Subs, and Drain the Sky; guitarist Tim Crow was in Sworn Liars, Zygote, Bad Influence, and Smart Pils; and guitarist Chris Hutto played in Black Mass. Rounding out the rhythmic pedigree is bassist Mr. Stevie of Tourette Syndrome and Anger of Bacteria, plus Subhumans (UK) drummer Trotsky. All this name-dropping and reference-checking only matters insofar as the music kicks ass with a steel-toed boot. https://www.facebook.com/crossstitchedeyes https://crossstitchedeyes.wordpress.com/
ALARIC (Oakland / 20 Buck Spin) Comprised of Bay Area punk vets from bands like Dead and Gone, Enemies, Cross Stitched Eyes and Noothgrush, Oakland’s Alaric came together to play dark, ’80s-inspired post-punk that sounds instantly familiar and completely unique. And though dark music has seen a resurgence among the indie scene lately, the group stands apart from such trite fashion and lo-fi tinkering, more inspired by and indebted to the sounds of Killing Joke, Rudimentary Peni, Christian Death and the like. https://www.facebook.com/alaricband https://alaric.bandcamp.com/
Venue: Autonomes Zentrum Köln, Luxemburger Str. 93. Doors: 20:00h Bands: 21:00h.