review: ZENTRALHEIZUNG OF DEATH/SCHNAAK @ rhiz, vienna, 21.02.13

on the occasion of the release party of the highly recommendable underground magazine Rokko’s Adventures, two great bands and some nice and insane people gathered in this ritual at the rhiz dancing to THE FALL and drumming away on buckets.

SCHNAAK: these two guys from berlin are a great noisy powerhouse live with just the right amount of insanity/inspiration. the guitar players main guitar is a stratocaster with one bass string in place of the low e string through a bass amplifier – loved it. lots of unexpected turns, ups and downs in their music – some would call it „math“, i think you should describe it as „all genres with great experimentalists/instrumentalists“. straight up noise guitar, then funky rhythms, then jazz, then breakcore. stir and repeat.

their set was nice and long, ending with some BOREDOMS-esque tribal drumming jam session with the audience.

ZENTRALHEIZUNG OF DEATH: given SCHNAAK’s incredible performance, it was hard to follow without sounding tame compared to them. ‚tame‘ not as in ‚lacking energy‘, these guys had plenty of energy. they played surfy rock‘n'roll at hardcore speeds with a lot of dedication. but i was too mindblown by the other band, so i could not really dive full into dancing and raving, because these 5 guys from leipzig sure know how to make you dance.