Time for a scene show, but this one's a little different. Instead of covering a period of time or a genre of music, this scene show is all about my favorite band in the world, Fury In The Slaughterhouse.
Now, the Furies broke up in 2008, but reunited in 2016 in honor of their 30th anniversary, recording some new songs, putting together a new Best of, and playing some shows in 2017.
I flew to Germany in 2008 to see the band live for the first time, on their farewell tour, and this year, a bunch of Fury fans donated money to ensure I could fly out to see some of the 2017 reunion shows as well.
I've been writing up my experiences, but I also wanted to do a podcast, not just about that experience, but also about the band themselves, to give people an overview of the band's history, play something from each of their albums, and then play something from each of the band members' side projects.
Listen to the show, get the new Best of, then start buying as much Fury stuff as you can. Only one album, "The Hearing And The Sense Of Balance," is available on US iTunes right now, but it's a start.
There are 6 people in the band: Kai Wingenfelder (lead vocals), Thorsten Wingenfelder (guitar), Christof Stein-Scheider (lead guitar), Christian Decker (bass), Rainer Schumann (drums) and Gero Drnek (keyboard, guitar, mandolin, a bunch of other things). They currently have a 7th member with them for the tour, Martin Huch (guitar, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin). Also, there were two other people who were in the band before, Kai Liekenbröcker (keyboard) who left in 1989, and Hannes Schäfer (bass), who left the band in 1996 to become a doctor.
All of the band members are great, and they were nothing but kind to me. Anything I can do to pay the band back in terms of raising awareness is only a small portion of the thanks I owe them.
Here's the setlist, and afterwards, some pictures from the trip. The rest of my writeups should be up in a few days, over at http://devinoch.blogspot.com/ and you can read the longer stuff there.
So this episode in particular is dedicated to Claudia, my host over at Hotel Ernst, who put me up when I was in Germany to see the three Fury In The Slaughterhouse shows a few weeks back.
Claudia and I talked music quite a bit and she had a lot of German bands that she suggested I look into. Most of those bands are featured here, as well as a few English-speaking bands who are similar in style, hopefully to introduce her to some other things as well.
I'm much of the way through writing the story of my trip now, and should have all of that in time for Show 120 on Tuesday, which will feature a lot of me talking and a bunch of music from the Furies (and related Fury projects).
Back once again for another shower, full to the brim of random assortment of music to delight and expand your horizons.
Also, if you're interested in reading the long-form version of my Fury In The Slaughterhouse story, the first part is up here. The full show of me talking it through will be Show 120.
I'm back! Back stateside! I will be doing a big scene show on my Fury In The Slaughterhouse trip (#120) so as to give me plenty of time to organize my thoughts and clear my head a bit. I took 10 pages of just NOTES, so there's a lot to think about and try and put into words... Until then, though, have another fun show full of all sorts of music to tickle your eardrums...
As this podcast drops, I should be getting on an airplane in Frankfurt, heading back to the States, ecstatic and bouncing with energy, after three consecutive Fury In The Slaughterhouse shows. I'm sure I'll have stories to tell, but this show was recorded on 3/2, so we're not there yet.
Hope you all missed me while I was away and said wonderfully fawning, adoring things to me on Twitter or via email. See you all soon!
Around the time this episode goes up, I'm probably amidst tens of thousands of Germans, watching the best band in the world take the stage. That's right - I'm in Hanover, seeing Fury In The Slaughterhouse live. There will be an episode that tells the whole tale - this isn't it. But this should give you music to enjoy.
I'm in transit to Germany right now, so enjoy music of motion...
So I leave Monday morning for Germany to see Fury In The Slaughterhouse at their 30th anniversary shows in Hannover, so I'm precooking 4 shows to cover my absence. This is show one of four.