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The Robocop Kraus

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I may have mentioned before that I am living in an essentially boring town. In particular a town where we get to see very few live gigs. So the fact that any band makes their way here means that you may feel compelled to go and see them. Of course this is even more attractive when you’ve actually heard some of a bands songs before and yet more attractive when you’ve liked one enough to put it on one of your favourite compilation CDs.

And that’s the case for The Robocop Kraus, a noisy German band that played in a pub just fifty metres down the road from our flat. Needless to say that I went there. It’s a rather small place, meaning that it ended up being sold out and incredibly hot in there – thanks to having ceilings that are around 2,50m high. And before The Robocop Kraus came on we had to endure their support act, Räuberhöhle.

The ‘band’ just seemed to be a girl singing and dancing to pre-recorded music. And screaming a lot. Too much, for my taste. It was a bit tedious. She had also brought a little puppet theatre in which she spoke with a teddy bear. That was quite funny for a minute or so but widely overdone in the end. The music was mediocre but the recording or the amplifiers were set up badly, which made this a rather stressful experience in total. A few nice ideas, poor execution, overdone. Not good.

The Robocop Kraus started to play some apparently newer songs which I didn’t like too much. But as their gig went on, I started knowing more songs and being a bit more relaxed as it got hotter and hotter. In the end, everybody ended up in a more or less wet mess and secretly hoping that the band wouldn’t play another encore because there was a definite need for fresh air. When we went out to get some fresh air afterwards, everybody was literally steaming. My flatmate Daniel actually steamed for a whole ten minutes or so.

The band looked distinctly un-hip and not even trying to be – quite unlike most other bands I have seen. It looked like the mixing for the concert was done on a G4 in the back. I wondered whether that isn’t a bit cumbersome in comparison to a proper mixing desk.

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January 15, 2005, 2:16

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Comment by joe: User icon

i don’t elieve you this band kicks more than shit should’ve check the lyrics too!

March 15, 2006, 17:14

Comment by Dillan: User icon

before I begin, I have to say I love this site for the english translations of Wir sind Helden— they’re most definitely one of my favorite bands, despite the language barrier. I live in the United States and saw robocop kraus live in May when I was at a concert for Art Brut. I thought they were pretty good, but I was a little disappointed— they played only one song in German. Was that because it was an English-speaking audience or because most of their stuff is in english?

June 22, 2006, 17:49

Comment by ssp: User icon

Thanks for your interest in all these posts and all the comments you left, Dillan!

I read about those Art Brut gigs where The Robocop Kraus were the support band. I so would have loved to see those! What a great combination (I actually did see both bands play at the same festival last year, but we missed most of the Art Brut gig there because we didn’t get in in time.)

While (to me) The Robocop Kraus look very German on stage, their songs are mostly in English. No dumbing things down for an English speaking audience or so, it’s just what they do.

June 23, 2006, 1:55

Comment by Dillan: User icon

It was interesting to see them together— it was a really small venue, and there werent many people there— so I did see some intermingling between the two bands, which was rather cute. Robocop Kraus has pretty awesome pins. My friends and I all got one.

June 26, 2006, 2:42

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