Der Himmel über Berlin and The Little Mill of Happiness, at Mad Hatters, Inverness.

This was an immensely enjoyable double bill, two bands with a post-punk reputation showcasing the diversity and contrast of the lineage. Italian tourists Der Himmel über Berlin raid the Wim Wenders back catalogue to come up with a distinctly German name. Perhaps easier to pin down as regards influences, a mighty rumbling bass, wall of sound from a single guitar and some gizmos and a charismatic front man drawing on the likes of Spear of Destiny, The Cult and Theatre of Hate for inspiration. In amongst all that a terrific cover of the Joy Division classic Dead Souls. I really enjoyed them.

I think I’m on record in owning up to not quite getting The Little Mill of Happiness at first – had an epiphany at Jocktoberfest a couple of years back and it’s always a welcome opportunity to catch them live since. Three guitars, drum and bass with enigmatic lead vocals fill the stage pretty well to capacity and treat the crowd to some intense, edgy, dark rock tunes. I’m pleased to say there was a really good turn-out for both bands, the crowd were more than pleased with the performances and, there was even some dancing.

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Life-long engagement with music and a truly eclectic taste (although prog-rock and metal will usually have me scrambling for the off button). If pushed, I would have to say the Velvet Underground are one of the most important band’s of all time. Although I consider myself first and foremost a photographer, as regards reviewing I guess I cut my teeth in the vibrant fanzine scene of the 80’s. Around the same time I started taking photographs and, to be brief, performance and photography were made for each other: perfect match.