A quick check on the InterWeb later, and I was trying to squeeze into my leather jeans and off to a kind of club / collektive / youth organization which, despite my many years in Berlin, I had, in fact, never been to before - the KvU, the Kirche von Unten.
The KvU which, loosely translated, means "The Church from the Underground" has been a Punk Mecca for over 20 years and, as far as I can tell fron their website, has its roots in the Church protests which played an instrumental role in bringing the DDR Regime to an end. In fact according to their web site it is still supported by a Church organisation in Berlin. But that could well be a kind of DADA PR-Story.......
The Inserts are a Berlin all girl (not sure if thats the politicaly correct deffinition!) band and man, they thrash through their set and don`t take prisoners.
I was kinda reminded of X-Ray Spex but actually the Inserts do a more melodic sound that takes me back to wearing cut up leopard skin T-Shirts and listening to dear John Peel on the radio when I was 16 years old to hear bands like the Lurkers. This is music that you could shout Oi!! to - if you were that way inclined.
Erotic Devices are:
Michi Mykilli: Drums - Back Vocals
Tara Ramona: Bass - Back Vocals
Gers Device: Guitar - Vocals.
At least thats what it says on My Space. I was too shy and possibly too drunk to ask them myself.
My Space Tells us that Erotic Devices are influenced by "The Hamsters" - Well I´m not cool enough to know who The Hamsters are (I expect they were formed by some one who baby sitted for Amon Düül or something) ; but if they influenced these guys then I´ll take the time to fill my "Bildungslücke" (Education gap).......
In my humble opinion we are talking Ramones sound and styling (Check Gers Device´s HairDo) with a powerfull musical injection of pheromones, nitroglycerine and Mega Classy Trash/Punk/Pop (did I just write that?).
Anyways, check out these dudes on MySpace here : Erotic Devices.
So if you´re hanging in Berlin and you´re a PUNK KID of the first generation or a Born Again Aficionado of the second - Check out the KvU. Heres a Link to the KvU Website.