SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Turbostaat, various venues, until 8 January
Compile a list of some of the most relevant German bands today and Turbostaat will likely top the list. Formed in 1999 in Husum, and now headquartered in Flensburg, the five-piece punk rock band has carved out a niche for itself among the descendants of the so-called Deutschpunk genre, taking a place alongside contemporary bands such as Muff Potter, Die Ärzte, the Beatsteaks and others.
Last year, Turbostaat released its fifth album, “Stadt der Angst.” It boasts the band’s typical sound: sometimes upbeat, sometimes aggressive, sometimes melodic, with thoughtful and heartfelt lyrics.
The band initially wanted play a show at Festsaal Kreuzberg, but because the venue burned down last year, the concert shifted to another punk rock landmark: SO36. However, that show sold out quickly, so three more were added, at Schokoladen, Lido and Bi Nuu. The latter is the only one that hasn’t yet sold out, so if you weren’t lucky enough to claim tickets to the other three, consider picking up a few before they’re gone.
For the record, here are more details on Turbostaat’s four-day Berlin tour:
February 5 at Schokoladen with My Kung Fu
February 6 at Bi Nuu with Freiburg
February 7 at Lido with Ascetic
February 8 at SO36 with Findus
Events, venues and admissions vary — check website for full programme.