WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN Leipzig 19.05.2018 Day 2

written by Marko Jakob

Readership Hostile

The US band Readership Hostile was founded by former members of bands MEPHISTO WALZ and CHRISTIAN DEATH. They have released an album, an EP and several singles. Day two and the Täubchenthal door had opened a little earlier, but not yet many people had arrived at the location. It was still fairly empty, and the programme was delayed 15 minutes. The wait was definitely worth it, because when READERSHIP HOSTILE started, the hall was by then half full. The concert started with a long guitar intro followed by singer Adrienne entering the stage. The band played a great mix of Death and Gothic Rock and the Punk-style voice of the singer proved pretty interesting. The set included ‘Who Buried God?’, their latest single from May 2018, as well as a cover version of CHRISTAN DEATH. The audience received them very well and the band appeared to be having fun too.

Setlist 01. Lost Tapes/Who Buried God? 02. Heavens Favorite God 03. Ho, Darkness 04. Failing Fools 05. Unconscious Favors 06. Damaged Parts 07. Ghost Lived Fire 08. Deathwish (Christian Death Cover) 09. Chemical Embrace 10. Shadows Of Pure Delight


JOY/DISASTER is a post punk band from France, founded in 2005. They have released several albums, including live albums. The current release from March 2018 is ‘Resurrection’. The timetable in Täubchentahl was now somehow confused and the French band took over the stage 15 minutes earlier than planned and faced a well-filled hall. Vocalist Nicolas and the guitarists jumped wildly around on stage, providing a fun, very energetic show. In the program were many songs from the current album, but also some older pieces. The concert overall was great fun and Nicolas addressed us as “A wonderful crowd”. After an hour-long show JOY/DISASTER were rewarded with great applause.

Setlist 01. Incest 02. The Light 03. Whispers 04. Fade Away 05. The Last Day 06. My Secret Garden 07. Paranoia 08. Hate You 09. Kisses & Pain 10. White Attraction 11. Something 12. Falling Angel 13. Lobotomy 14. Artemis 15. Ressurection 16. Yesss Yess Yes

Second Still

SECOND STILL is an American Post Punk/Coldwave band. In April they released their new album ‘Equals’. The band integrated the performance at the Wave Gotik Treffen into their current big European tour. Misty fog and dark light heralded the appearance of SECOND STILL. This perfectly matched the atmosphere of the music, which took the audience on a journey into the “underground” of the 80s. However the extremely heavy fog meant the band could hardly be seen from the gallery, even hiding the red vinyl clothes of the singer! People danced regardless and had fun to this perfect post-punk music with its deep, dark bass. It was a grand premiere for these Americans at the Wave Gotik Treffen.

Setlist: 01. Echelons (For Against Cover)  02. Recover  03. You Two So Alike 04. Untitled New Song  05. Sleep  06. Strangers  07. Ashes  08. Altar  09. Automata  10. Opening  11. Judgment  12. Try Not To Hide

Frank the Baptist

The band FRANK THE BAPTIST was founded late 90 in San Diego / USA. For over ten years, singer Frank Vollmann lives in Berlin now. In 2015, the band’s fourth album was released, titled ‘As The Camp Burns’. The running order had returned to its schedule and FRANK THE BAPTIST entered the stage punctually at 9pm.

The Täubchenthal was now almost full again, and all who were there enjoyed a fine mix of Alternative and Death Rock. The concert started after an intro with the song ‘Letters To Earth’. Singer Frank, who usually carries a black cylinder as a trademark, really convinced the fans with his powerful live voice and I found the holder for a beer bottle on the bassist’s mic stand really funny. One of the songs was from the new EP, which was almost sold out at the merchandise stand and Frank thanked the audience for that.

All Gone Dead

The band ALL GONE DEAD was founded in 2004 by singer Stitch, previously a member of the band TRAGIC BLACK. Their album ‘Fallen and Forgotten’ was released in 2006 and in 2008 the band announced their breakup. Full of anticipation, the fans were waiting for the gig of ALL GONE DEAD. For a band that really does not exist anymore, the Täubchenthal was bursting at the seams and none of them would be disappointed that night. Even a few small technical problems did not disturb the band – they said that they have more of a problem with Trump than they did with the technology! With an awesome atmosphere in the club, singer Stitch really hyped up and many in the audience dancing wildly all meant a really cool performance by a band that has not existed for about 10 years. ALL GONE DEAD, please come back! A great end to the second day in Täubchenthal.