Friends Don’t Lie



Rising Insane

What a long weekend! Ascension Day on Thursday and a day off on Friday for a short Napoleonic re-enactment holiday in Vauchamps/Champagne just to cover the gig of SETYØURSAILS‘ first headliner tour at Kesselhaus of Schlachthof Wiesbaden on Sunday night can be called the perfect weekend. As the icing on the cake, I’m confirmed for an interview with the amazing vocalist Jules Mitch just before the show. You can read the interview in a fortcoming article, but I can assure you that it was damn good fun to meet her in person. Here are a few photos of her during the show.

Surprise Opener doesn’t lie

But now let’s come to the concert, the double headliner Unite & Conquer tour by SETYØURSAILS and Rising Insane, supported by Vinta, which even surprises us with a fourth band as first opener, Friends Don’t Lie from Frankfurt.The trio consists of Markus Ziesch on vocals and guitar, drummer Jens-Ole Emser and bassist Stefan Suchoroschenko. Their style can best be described as modern pop punk rock. Although their name is in English, most of their lyrics are in German. Most of them have a clear statement against the abuses of the present. During their half an hour lasting set, Friends Don’t Lie give every drop of sweat and blood. It is a very energetic show, which makes the audience in the small club boil.


Bleibt doch noch – Friends don’t lie – Gegen euch – Solange das hilft – Alles leicht – Halt Dein Maul! – Gedankenspiel – Love & Solidarity


Vinta catching Up

The second band of the evening is Vinta from Cologne. The five-piece combo consists of singer Jakob Kutter, two guitarists, a bass player and a drummer. Some of you may know them under their former name Dickes Gebäude. Vinta play a wild mix of metalcore and alternative with German lyrics, so don’t confuse them with the Canadian chamber folk quartet of the same name. Their slot is as long as the opener’s and just as intense! By the time Vinta’s last chords are played, we already feel well done.


Schon okay – Durch die Nacht – Durch den Monsun (Tokio Hotel cover) – Allein – Du fragst nicht mehr – Gift – Kopf zu laut


SETYØURSAILS and sail away

After a longer change of the stage setup, support bands share a drum kit, headliners have their own, it is time for the first headliner and the band I came to see: SETYØURSAILS, also based around Cologne. During the interview Jules told me that she is from the Rhein-Main area, so she is welcoming family and friends from the area. SETYØURSAILS just released their new album “Bad Blood” a few weeks ago, so of course their set includes a lot of amazing new stuff. SETYØURSAILS are Jules Mitch on vocals, André Alves on guitar, drummer Henrik Kellershohn and Nicolai Hoch on bass.

Positive Aggression

I first saw them supporting Lord Of The Lost last year and they surprised me with their fresh modern metalcore and impressive vocals. Their lyrics are in English and sometimes not for the faint hearted, as songwriter Jules doesn’t hold back her thoughts in the slightest. The music is aggressive in the most positive way, but that is exactly what the audience expects and deserves. There are some sentimental moments though, as Jules’ parents are guests on the show. Today is Mother’s Day, and like a good daughter, Jules has arranged a bouquet of flowers for her mum, which she presents to her in the middle of the show. What a lovely moment! And because on Thursday was, internationally known as Ascension Day, but in Germany better known as, Father’s Day, she hands him a bottle of beer over. Well, it is a traditional drinking day in Germany, but it is non-alcoholic beer.

Circles, Drums and F*ck Off

During the crazy show, Jules calls for circle pits, mosh pits and a wall of death. She commands, the audience obeys and becomes a wild crowd with bassist Nicolai in between. And we can enjoy a drum-solo for a surprise because they are quite uncommon in modern metal but it gives Henrik “his” five minutes of full attention. His drumming deserves it more than enough. Unfortunately everything has to come to an end and so does SETYØURSAILS‘ set with their kind of trademark song “F*ck Off”, two minutes long on the album. Two metal-heads join the band on stage and it turns into a singalong that never ends. Oh how much I enjoy it, along with 350 other metal maniacs who make it a completely sold out show, low tickets had already been announced before!


Bad Blood – Halo – Nightfall – Into the Storm – Dangerous – Best of Me – Why – Bad Company – Lately – Drum Solo – T.F.M.F. – Eternally – Ghosts – Mirror – Fckoff


Isane Insantity Rising

The last band of the night, after another change of stage setup, is Rising Insane from Oldenburger Land. Rising Insane consists of singer Aaron Steineker, Florian Köchy and Sven Polizuk on guitars, bassist Ulf Hedenkamp and drummer Robert Kühling. Their style can best be described as post-hardcore metalcore with English lyrics.

Sweat and more sweat

After the unbelievable and outrageous amazing  show of SETYØURSAILS it is a bit difficult for them to catch up. Nevertheless, Rising Insane give every drop of sweat in the already very hot venue and I can tell you, it is a lot of sweat. The crowd appreciates it and pays them back with the same energy. So finally Rising Insane get the attention and feedback they really deserve with their fine set of well chosen songs.


Burn – Reign – Drag Me Under – Chemicals – Maniac (Michael Sembello cover) – Malicious – Monster – High Hopes – Something Inside of Me – Breakout – Meant to Live – When My Anger Burns – Blinding Lights (The Weekend cover)

Small Clubs Count

I saw four bands at the end of an amazing weekend, that’s what I call perfect entertainment. That’s what counts. There is something special about live music in small clubs. You are close to the bands, you can meet them at the merch or even in the audience. You can have a drink or a chat or both with “your” artists, there are no boundaries except respect for each other. Respect the artists, their efforts, their work, their passion and remember that what they sell at the shows is the biggest part of their income as a band. Buy some merch, get them to sign your CD and give them a little tip. You can afford it and you are supporting what we love most, live music in small clubs.

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Proof reading by DeepL

Concert photos by Friend.X aka Mr. Deep

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