SHOCKED ENOUGH ?
It’s Saturday, 22nd of February and we are headed into Germany on our first gig of that year.
The first shock came when we found out that our vehicle isn’t able to be used because of technical problems. Luckily, a friend of ours saved us and we are going in TOP condition car.
The moment we left Eger Stadt, a strong storm hits and we have to deal with the windy elements. We were close to Františkovy Lázně but far enough to dodge it’s traffic. We glimpsed around The Reservation of Aš (A home to the 8th wonder of the world, rare almost extinct endangered human beings) and swiftly moved onto German land. And we were shocked for the second time the day because we managed to get lost on the road despite we had GPS navigation on board. To Selb, we managed to get in time, but we had to go on an old rocky road where the only thing you’re able to encounter is an agricultural machine or a stoned cow eating hypno shrooms. :)
Nordbayern Music Club lies on the edge of Selb. The fact that it’s far enough from any civilization makes it a perfect place for loud music performances. At the moment we got out of car we met wonderful people, members of SpiteFuel and Dreams in Fragments. That’s when the third and one of the biggest shocks came, they helped us with all of our gear and helped us build it up on the stage.
Well, the whole fact is that we lent them drums and guitar cabs, which might appear shocking to homegrown musicians as well, right?
We were kindly welcomed by organizer family of Prechtl's. Everything goes well, everyone is in a good friendly mood - “kein stress, kein problem”.
The club itself is pretty small but stuffed with perfect gear including light park and fog machine.
The sound engineer Marco was perfectly prepared too, so within few minutes the Switzerland representatives - Dreams in Fragments - are ready with their sound. Next turn is ours. Marco was kindly surprised when he found out that we sent him all of our signals via our stage box so he didn’t have to plug anything else and we were ready within few minutes too. “Alles Richtig”. Last turn at Marco belonged to SpiteFuel. Again, no problems occurred and all the bands were ready to perform.
After a while when we all finished with the sound we headed to backstage to have a dinner, which might also be shocking for our homebrew friends.Everything goes as planned.
At exactly 7:30PM the door of the club opens and we are shocked again! First at the doors are our czech fans. Ladies and gentlemen who came to support us even when the entrance fee was 13€. Money that most of people wouldn’t pay in Czech, right?
Within 20 minutes the club was filled with people - SOLD OUT! If you see there a 15 year old lady, you’re not surprised. But when you see grandmothers and grandfathers, retired people, you don’t believe your eyes! Everyone is kind and friendly and looking forward enjoying a beautiful evening.
Swisses Dreams in Fragments started exactly at time and they were great! Especially the lady singer was in doing great! The band maybe lost a part of it’s sound because of the guitarist who was using Kemper Profiler and was plugged right into the P.A. system and this is really not a good idea in such a small club… The Kemper didn’t stand a chance in comparison with our ESH Amplification.
People were enjoying the show from the very beginning. It would be pointless to try to find someone who wasn't enjoying the atmosphere and not flowing on the same wave.
Then we moved on the stage and we also started right at time. We don’t want to boast but we did our 100% and the reply responded. This is the reason why you do it. For what you love it. It was a real Chupacábra. Adrenaline worked and made us feel like rolling in bulldozer. The only thing we didn’t understand is why is it possible to make something like this happen here but not 15 kilometers behind the borders…
SpiteFuel came on place as a last band. They play typical german heavy metal. Needlessly to say that they were perfectly organized and their performance was excellent! Really great musicians. The only problem was that the set was too long and the energy was slowly fading out.
However, that evening was incredibly fine. That is the moment you wish it never ended. You wish to play for people who smile back at you. For people who understand your music even if they don’t understand the lyrics.
I wish ERELEY only one: more of shows like this!!!
P.S. let’s shock it one more time:
Alexander Prechtl at least half of year before the happening of this show shared our posts on Facebook and other social media, shared information about us and about members and did great job at the promotion. He is a real guy. Thank you very much!
That evening we sold more merchandise than in Czech republic the past year.
Yeah. And the gratification we got would be in czech probably just a ficiton.
Written by: York, El Presidento