SANDY BIRD
CONCERT CHRONOLOGY
2010


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04.02.2010 Berlin, Liebig 14
Attendance: 30-50
Soundcheck: included The second cry Pt. IV, April showers bring forth May flowers (both partial)
Time: 50 min
Set: Industrial Intro -> All women are witches -> April showers bring forth May flowers -> The ravelling sea, The second cry Pt. IV // E: Tiny spiderwebs
Notes: This is a very intimate show played in a Friedrichshain squat. The concert is part of a ten day long Antiräumungsfestival which includes concerts, parties, demonstrations, workshops and theatre taking place in a variety of alternative venues across the Nordkiez. Sandy Bird are the only band in the house tonight (just across the street in another squat three hardcore bands perform) but there is a crazy queer performance after the concert. During the band's set the tiny room fills up comfortably with friends and fans as well some people from the quarter's squatter-scene. They begin with the debut of a new instrumental piece tentatively entitled "Industrial intro". The seemingly yet unfinished song builds up around multi-rhythm percussion structures as well as disjointed noisy tones by the bass and the guitar. The transition to "All women are witches" comes unexpectedly and is very smooth. The highlight of the show is the experimental dance number "The ravelling sea", debuted at the preceding show. Developping out of the noise 'n' loop mayhem of "April showers" the song starts much more fast paced than the previous version. When the bass-drum beat kicks in Dennis and Vanessa deliver the vocals (with Vanessa clearly holding back and not going all the way unfortunately): "I'm / your / ravelling sea / whoaho / I'm / your / ravelling sea / I'm / your / I'm". After the song they stop and give the audience a chance to clap. Dennis whishes the residents of the Liebig 14 house-project of which a few are in attendance "good luck for their fight". Then they launch into "The second cry Pt. IV" but after the first riff they have to stop because Dennis has to tune ("Dieser Song braucht ein G."). After a brief tuning interruption they kick it off again and eventually deliver a rather confused rendition of the oldest piece in the set. They leave the small stage but the intimate crowd of fans demands an encore so a bit hesitatingly they play a stand-alone version of "Tiny spiderwebs". An unpretentious and low-key show in a nice setting to start off the third Sandy Bird year!
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10.03.2010 Berlin, Magnet Club
Supporting: Savoy Grand
Attendance: ca. 150
Soundcheck: included Industrial, The Ravelling Sea (both partial)
Time: 42 min
Set: Industrial -> All women are witches -> April showers bring forth May flowers, The Ravelling Sea
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"Industrial" on YouTube
"Ravelling Sea" on YouTube

16.03.2010 Dresden, Societaetstheater
With: P:hone
Attendance: 130 (sold out)
Time: 45 min
Set: Industrial -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers // E: The Ravelling Sea
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"Witches" on YouTube

25.03.2010 Hannover, Feinkost Lampe
Attendance: 60
Time: 52 min
Set: Industrial -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers -> The Ravelling Sea // E: Zauberwald Disco
Notes: "Zauberwald" debuts!!!
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"April showers" on YouTube

26.03.2010 Oberhausen, Druckluft, Sous Les Pavés Tape Release
With: Katzenmusik, A Giraffe and many more
Attendance: ca. 50
Time: 45 min
Set: Industrial -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers -> The Ravelling Sea
Notes: Sous Les Pavés label night commemorating the release of "Valeur aratoire".
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28.03.2010 Potsdam, Fritz, Unsigned
Time: 5 min
Set: The Ravelling Sea
Notes: Live in the studio - on air at Fritz! The band is also being interviewed and the host Christoph Schrag plays "Time" (the tape version) and "The second cry pt.II".
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"The Ravelling Sea" on Fritz.de

31.03.2010 Berlin, Bang Bang Club
Supporting: Mimas
Attendance: 20
Time: 35 min
Set: Industrial -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers
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03.04.2010 Berlin Tacheles
Attendance: first set ca. 70, second set ca. 60
Soundcheck: Improvisation
Time: 45 min / 60 min
First set: Industrial -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers // E: The ravelling sea
Second set: Zauberwald Disco -> Industrial -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers // E: Improvisation, The ravelling sea
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09.05.2010 Berlin, Café Zapata
Supporting: Ef
Attendance: ca. 100
Time: 40 min
Set: The ravelling sea -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: On a Sunday evening Sandy Bird supports the Swedish post rockers Ef at Café Zapata, incidentily also at Tacheles, where the previous concert took place. A strong and perfect crowd assembles and the band surprisingly opens with "Ravelling" which was only played as set-closer so far. The tune is rearranged: The new arrangement trades the ebb and swell of the old version for a rather constant groove and a noisy burst-out at the very end. Dennis's guitar is turned way up tonight which gives the noisy parts a heavy in-your-face and ear-shattering quality. The violin part of "April showers" is also rearrangened with a more melodic quality. Another convincing support gig -- not as important (and perfect for that matter) as the Efterklang shows but effective anyway...
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21.05.2010 Dresden, Ostpol
Supporting: Ikaria
Attendance: 60
Soundcheck: all songs of the set except except "Industrial" plus "Capri Fischer"
Time: 50 min
Set: Industrial -> The ravelling sea -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: After the sold out show at Societaetstheater earlier this year the Birds return to Dresden for their second concert in the Saxon capital, which is actually Sten's hometown! Spontaneously booked on short notice the band plays a support slot for the Berlin based Indie Rock band Ikaria. Ostpol, opened just two years ago, has quickly evolved into the city's finest small live music club (comparable to Schokoladen in Berlin or Astrastube in Hamburg). As the name suggest the venue offers a charming trip back to the DDR in the 1960s. The two seperate rooms of the club, one for the bar and one for the concerts, are charmingly designed and stuffed with a lot of retro-chic with great care for small details. The concert room itself is a rectangle room with a small stage, a wooden floor, old coal-ovens in the corner and a capacity of ca. 100 people. The Birds take the stage around 22:30 and go on to play a brilliant and beautiful set featuring excellent sound. The concert room quickly fills up during the first two songs and is comfortably crowded for the remainder of the set. The people listen attentively and silently, no-one talks! "Ravelling" has never before been played as second song (only as last or just recently as opening song) so naturally there are interesting new transitions between the first three selections. "Tiny spiderwebs" features a new surprising ending: After holding the climax for a while the band abruptly launches into a couple of big and bold rock riffs to finish off the tune -- way cool! Dennis introduces the band and says thank you before "April showers". This version finds him unusually expressive during the build-up loop part -- he kneels on the stage holding the mic and SCREAMS into it while the loop's white noise sweeps around him! Wow! Justifiedly the Birds receive great applause (effectively stealing the show from Ikaria!). A sweet spring night in Dresden, which seems to treat the Birds nicely!
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22.05.2010 Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Schützenhaus
Supporting: Might Sink Ships
Attendance: 25
Soundcheck: all songs of the set except "Industrial" plus "Sweet home Alabama", "Horse with no name" and an improvisation (dubbed "sinnbus jam")
Time: 50 min
Set: Industrial -> The ravelling sea -> All women are witches -> Tiny spiderwebs -> April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: Hohenstein-Ernstthal is a small city (40.000 inhabitants) near Chemnitz. This city happens to be the home of the independent label Sweet Home Records, which releases records by Playfellow (with whom the Birds have played shows together on 21.11.2008 and 05.06.2009), Radar, Might Sink Ships, Bombee and many others. This show was actually intended to be another Sandy Bird-Playfellow joint line up but Playfellow couldn't play. When arriving in HOT (as the town is commonly abbreviated locally) the contrast to the previous day couldn't be more stark -- the town feels deserted and Schützenhaus is a very provincal culture center offering merely a low-ceiling multi functional room without stage. About 50 people appear at Schützenhaus, the crowd is a strange mix of some short-haired hooligan type guys with young normal people. However, when the Birds take the stage only 25 people gather in the concert room. Of these 25 only five persons (including the other band) care to actually watch and listen to the band, the others devote their attention to 60 liters of free beer and loud talking. The poor Birds are nothing less than IRRITATED. Vanessa sends destroying looks towards the worst chatters and Dennis sports a huge worry line in his forehead. The intro to "Ravelling" totally drowns in drunk chatting and consequently they do not nail the vocals. While it gets just slightly more bearable as the set gets louder it's most obvious that the Birds want to get over with this as soon as possible. A horror setting and definitely the worst experience yet for the band (comparable but certainly not rivaled by 03.04.2009 and 07.11.2009). What a shame! Experimental music does not seem to work in the province (unless it's an artists enclave)! Strangely enough the main band who orginates from this town suffers an equal fate but since they have a more rocking sound it doesn't hurt as much. The week-end trip however ends conciliable with some late night fun in the center of the small town as well as a marvelous Pentecost meal in a local Gasthaus the next day... [For the lenghty and pretty tedious soundcheck the band pulled out some famous country-rock numbers fooling around in a hilarious way.]
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18.06.2010 Gingerbread Festival, Sopot, Papryka, Poland
Attendance: 30
With: How How, Touchy Mob & Helen Fry, Wooden Peak and others
Time: ca. 50 min
Set: included Tiny Spiderwebs, All women are witches, The ravelling sea, April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: The band's first concert abroad! The first of two shows in Poland.
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pictures by Adam Pawlowicz
"The ravelling sea" on YouTube

"April showers" on YouTube

19.06.2010 Poznan, Meskalina, Poland
Attendance: 70
Time: Set I ca. 50 min, Set II ca. 70 mins
First set: included Tiny Spiderwebs, All women are witches, The ravelling sea, April showers bring forth May flowers
Second set: included Wild Horses and many other cover versions
Notes: The band's second show abroad. Beautiful Poznan greets the Birds with a newly opened venue and fiendly staff. Free admisson to the show and about 70 people show up -- many listen attentively but other also talk loudly through the set. It takes the band a bit to gel with each other. Tonight's highlight is a way noisy outro of "Tiny spiderwebs". Extended for some very long minutes, screeching, feedbacking, nasty and furious! Three hours after their regular set a good party is going on at the venue and the three guys decide to jam a bit. Taking the stage they begin to improvise freely. Eventually Vanessa also joins and the Birds indeed pull off a proper second set -- without playing any of their songs, just fully improvised! During the set they touch many cover versions, teasing and quoting, sometimes covering the songs -- even with vocals. A unique moment in the Sandy Bird history which made going to Poland and sleeping on hard floors ultimately worthwile!
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24.06.2010 Fusion Festival, Klein Kalkutta, Lärz
Attendance: 50-80
With: Pirate Bride and others
Time: ca. 50 min
Set: included Tiny Spiderwebs, The second cry Pt. IV, All women are witches, The ravelling sea, April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: Sandy Bird's second performance at the Fusion Festival. The gig was confirmed just two weeks before the date. The band's name is listed on the timetable but unfortunately not in the actual program of the festival. Showtime 19:00 on the first official festival day. The setting is beautiful but the crowd is sparse considering there are 55.000 people at Fusion!
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03.07.2010 Localize Festival, Potsdam
With: Dis-Connect
Attendance: ca. 150
Time: ca. 60 min
Set:  Tiny Spiderwebs -> The second cry Pt. IV -> All women are witches -> The ravelling sea // E: Intro -> April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: A small art festival run by students from Potsdam. The concert takes place open air in the yard of a run down library -- a post-modern era buidling. Sandy Bird plays a brilliant gig featuring a chrystal clear sound. A couple hundreds meter away, on the city's main square, Billy Idol and Joe Cocker play free shows before and during the Birds concert!
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27.07.2010 Hannover, Café Glocksee
Attendance: ca. 250-300
Set: Tiny Spiderwebs -> The second cry Pt. IV -> New Song -> All women are witches -> The ravelling sea // E: Industrial, April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: Ruby Tuesday concert series with free admission. A really packed house. The new song (called "Neu neu neu" on the setlist) debuts. It's an instrumental piece with a Sigur Rós-like feel. A great party takes place after the show that finds the Birds dancing until dawn.
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pictures by Daniel Junker (www.danieljunker.de)

06.08.2010 Fintel, Krähenberg Festival
With: 3rd Stone Free, Chairwalk
Set: unknown
Notes: A small local festival near Wohnste, the place where Dennis grew up.
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07.08.2010 Hamburg, Knust
With: Red Light White Light, Klein, Mia Diekow & Band, As In Rebekkamaria
Attendance: ca. 100
Time: 30 mins
Set: All women are witches -> The ravelling sea -> April showers will bring forth May flowers
Notes: Knust celebrates its birthday with a line up of the booker's four favourite bands from Hamburg plus Sandy Bird. Again, the birds find a thankful and attentive crowd (just like 24.11.2009) and sell many CDs!
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short excerpt of "All women are witches" on YouTube (starting at 1:45')


21.08.2010 Flink Festival, Berlin, Lovelite
With: Jagoda, Touchy Mob, Kyst, My New Old Bellyache and many many more
Attendance: ca. 200-250
Time: 50 min
Set: Tiny Spiderwebs -> The second cry Pt. IV -> New Song -> All women are witches -> The ravelling sea // E: April showers bring forth May flowers
Notes: FLINK!!! An overwhelming success!!! The last show with Tobias... "Industrial" is on the setlist but is omitted. The new song has a different arrangement compared to Hannover three weeks ago...
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"April showers" on YouTube


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