Venue: Rock my Ass festival (Germany)
By: Nina Mende
Rock my Ass festival is a psychobilly festival in Lichtenfels/Bavaria in Germany
which took place for the second time.
But I wasn’t there for the whole festival, only to see Blitzkid.
It happened that I saw most of the Mad Sin show as well, but I didn’t watch
it that close so I could write about it.
BUT I can tell you about the Blitzkid show:
Blitzkid began in the winter of 1997 in Bluefield, VA. with guitarist/vocalist/songwriter
TB Monstrosity and bassist/vocalist/songwriter Argyle Goolsby. After recording
a 10 song demo just for fun titled SONGS FOR THE AESTHETICALLY CHALLENGED the
band became a bit more serious and gained it’s first 3-piece lineup. In 1998,
the trio began songwriting, rehearsing, and started playing local gigs. In May
of 1999, they recorded the 7-song REVISITED EP. This particular release showcased
a more hookladen “horror rock” approach that the band had already
hinted at. The recording also showcased some of the band’s most popular
material to date in the songs Nadine, the original recording of Slaughter At
the Sock Hop, and Hate You Better. By the winter of 1999, Blitzkid entered Lively
Sound Studios in Lewisburg, WV to record the 13 song full length TERRIFYING
TALES album. Extensive gigs soon followed in their hometown as well as branching
out for the first time into surrounding states. Soon afterward, the revamped
creeprock trio quickly began work at Real 2 Reel studios in Blacksburg, VA in
the summer of 2001 for the 12 track LET FLOWERS DIE album. LFD was unleashed
upon unsuspecting fiends December 29th, 2001. In December of 2003, Fiend Force
Records(from Germany) began working with the band and placed a track by them
on their debut compilation album THIS IS HORRORPUNK, followed by the Euro release
of their 2003 recording TRACE OF A STRANGER. Fiend Force Records officially
released the Blitzkid/Mister Monster split EP EXHUMING GRAVES AND MAKING DATES.
After extensive touring to promote both releases(including the band’s first
successful stint in Europe with the Spook on the now legendary “EVERYDAY
IS HALLOWEEN” tour in October 2004), Blitzkid regrouped with Fiend Force
as their official label and continued to play nonstop rounds of shows. In the
time that followed, Blitzkid found themselves at SS Studios (Hamilton, NJ.)
in May of 2005 tracking what would become their fifth full length album, FIVE
CELLARS BELOW. By early 2006, Blitzkid had completed work on the new record
and embarked on more live shows that led to them touring Germany once again
(to promote the impending release of the new album) successfully with Fiend
Force’s The Crimson Ghosts in June, and once they returned stateside, the band
embarked on their biggest U.S. tour yet that saw them play 58 dates from June
29th to Sept. 12th. On August 25th, 2006, FIVE CELLARS BELOW was released worldwide via Fiend Force Records and in October, the band set out to tour Europe for
a third time on the HELL NIGHTS TOUR with labelmates The Rezurex, the Other,
and Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space. The tour will saw them playing the
Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Austria, Holland,
Hungary, and The ever kick ass Germany.
So here we were in Lichtenfels, at the Rock my Ass festival which was an indoors
festival. So we didn’t even need to worry about the nasty weather that was outside.
And everybody seemed to have fun watching some of the 25 bands that played each
day. Blitzkid played at midnight on the second stage. Tonight was their last
show before they would go back to the USA to record their new album which will
be released in Spring 2008. Blitzkid is not only a great band to listen to on
CD but also a gorgeous live band.
Especially Goolsby is a very active person on stage, jumping around and playing
with his bass that you are really afraid he might break it.
But the audience wasn’t less active, they moshed and jumped around like hell,
bumping into everybody and having a great time. Only crowd surfing didn’t quite
work out. For the last song they got up a random quy from the audience to play
bass, it was a little kid but he was a good bass player.
Blitzkid played songs like: “terror in the haunted house”, “cannibal
flesh riot”, “Jane Doe No 9”, “Genus Unknown”, “Teenage Necrophilian Love”, “Starlite decay”, “Terryfying tales”
and some more off their upcoming album.
After a little more than an hour the show was over. Really sad because I love
to see Blitzkid live and they didn’t get to play the gorgeous song “Mary
and the storm” but they’ll be back in spring.