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Navel / Gloria Palace

Stadt / City Frankfurt 
Land / Country GER 
Web www.navelband.com
Datum / Date04.05.2008 
Bildergalerie / Picture gallery Navel_2008 
Photos: Cindy Bansemer / Eric Schreiner 

A fresh breeze from Switzerland can be felt in the smog of Frankfurt. NAVEL are in Town and intend to light up the local night life, as headliner after many festival gigs, long tours and shows with Wolfmother, Turbonegro, Eagles of Death Metal, Sonic Youth, Queens Of The Stone Age until August, The recent debut CD ‚Frozen Souls‘ will be presented live.
Their support that night is the local band GLORIA PALACE who kick ass right away. Felix (git.,voc), Lea, (git, voc) David (b) and Jan (dr) have already played in Frankfurt area and therefore gathered some fans here, offering them half an hour of diverse Indie Rock. Vocals and Sound are indeed interesting.

About 21:30 h finally NAVEL enter the stage, and right away with the first song ‚MANNERS’ the audience knows what´s about to come: Something loud, steamy and wild. Jari Altermatt (voc, git), Evelyne Monney (b, vod) and Steve (dr) go directly from 0 to100. The bass sounds powerful, the drums raw and when Jari shouts ‚KEEP ME DRY’ you feel like watering him - indeed, too much sweating out! Punk Never Broke. Every song is deeply emotional, „I got a bleeding hand, I got a foreign name, I got a frozen soul, no love around....“ are lines of ‚FROZEN SOULS’ that starts slowly and builds up with Blues and Rock and Slide to a LedZep Monster Song with „I got a loaded gun – we kill you all“.

Angry and thoughtful, sinister and without compromise they present their music, and music rules. Let´s rock, because it hits home and not because it´s "in". ‚FORSAKEN SPEECH’ is as stingy as in 2006 when being released, and in the front rows heads are banging, enjoying the sound. The songs are so down to earth that they could reach the core. ‚VOMITING’ continues what ‚LOVETRAP’ has set up, every song is a different experience. ‚SOMEHOW’ is the first single of the new album, where Jari attacks guitar and microphone in a manner that reminds you of Soundgarden, Nirvana or Melvins. Nobody can stand still. ‚OUT OF MY WAY’ is song 11 that night that is lead by Evelyne’s powerful voice and fits nicely into the set. The encore is ‚NOISE SAM’ and concludes this great show.

Summary: Live they are eye and ear candy, and if you want to see them just check out their tour dates, or get the album and play it at home very loud!

Cindy Bansemer, transl. K.Weber

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