Having released “Lucifer II” earlier this year, the psych rockers Lucifer embarked on a European tour recently and one of the stops was Hamburg’s Hafenklang on a chill Monday evening.
Our evening started with the hippie rock band My Little White Rabbit. With their colorful tunes and psych/pop elements, the band took us back to the 60s&70s from the first moment. There was no rough rock’n’roll or fancy stage show but a rather more organic set to calm the minds and nurture the souls of the audience. This was also obvious from the colorful outfits of the band; the psychedelic mushroom T-Shirt of the drummer caught our attention in an instant! They were also in a great mood overall; a little bit of the ‘Monday mood’ could be felt in the audience but it was obvious that the band was as happy as the audience to be there and share the stage with Lucifer.
Musicwise, our highlight was the front woman Rike Pfeiffer’s charming and diverse singing style as well as the dynamic drums. We always appreciate multi-talented vocalists and this was also the case with the band’s set; at times Rike was singing her heart out and playing the guitar and at the other second, she was rocking it with the tambourine. We gotta admit that our eyes searched for a keyboardist in the show but we loved the natural flow nevertheless; the band had a great dynamic within themselves and with the audience. After this awesome and colorful set, My Little White Rabbit definitely became a name we won’t forget!
Highlights: Secret, Neckbreaking Ride
Lucifer at last… After some line-up changes and the release of “Lucifer II”, this show was anticipated for sure. Throughout the set, the band delivered a great blend of different styles as expected; one definitely hears and feels the influences and vibes ranging from the 60s to 80s with the personal touch of the band. We also couldn’t help but notice how confident they were – and especially the front woman Johanna Sadonis – on stage; this was even more obvious in a small venue like Hafenklang! Johanna was headbanging almost at every song while Nicke Andersson was killing it in drums as the guitarists delivered that 70s vibes with their outfits and their attitude. Such a great dynamic!
In a long set like Lucifer’s, the band surely did not forget some old classics such as “Abracadabra” and “Purple Pyramid” as well as some cover songs. One highlight for example was the band covering Paul Stanley’s “Take Me Away (Together As One)”; apparently the audience was not so familiar with this but Johanna’s words were “Let’s teach them” and so they played this beautiful cover. Another awesome highlight was Nicke Andersson on guitar duties towards the end of the set for “Before The Sun”; this was a perfect moment for the ones who weren’t familiar with Nicke to see what a fucking talent he was. Not only did he nail it in drums but we could see he was basically a joker; be it on guitars, vocals or drums!
Now those of you who read our review of Lucifer’s “Lucifer II” might be like “Well…You didn’t like the album that much though…”. Yes indeed… However, especially after that night, most of the songs in the recent album were definitely better live than the album version. So it’s fair to say that it is definitely worth to see Lucifer live!
What else is there to say? My Little White Rabbit and Lucifer took us back in time for that ultimate 60s and 70s experience. We loved the fact that both bands were different but delivered a unique and unforgettable sound!
Text : Başak Günel
Photos: Heavy Harlequin