Speyer is a city with tradition when it comes to rock'n'roll. This year took the 7th Stomp (24th Edition) in this city place . Very good weather was registered for the weekend, so we left home early to be sure we'll get a good parking space in front of Halle 101 (2 years ago this was a problem). When we arrived, my astonishment was huge, the parking lot was half empty. After we found our friends, the first beer fell. We picked up the tickets for later without any problems. At 5 o'clock, Halle 101 opened the 6th time the doors for the Stomp. Shopping was announced, the merchandise could be better represented at a festival like Satanic Stomp. There were also years when merch was better.
The Mindstompers made the introduction followed by the Guitar Slingers. The first band that got my interese were the Surf Rats ( nice old-school psychobilly sound ). Their banner-motto was, 'killer tunes from beyond the reef ', that is also a song from their last album 'Welcome To... Killafornya' (2009). They were followed by the Highliners. I had this year the opportunity to see them for the 1st time live on stage. The band was founded '84 in London. Their hit Henry The Wasp was not missing from this festival. The next 3 bands (Long Tall Texans, Mad Sinand Guana Batz) need no presentation, but the Guana Batz show, 2 years ago was better than this one in my oppinion. The 1st festival day ended with a party as always.
The next day, doors opened at the same hour. We partied longer on the parking lot and the first show we watched was SIR PSYKO & HIS MONSTERS who jumped in for Captain Drugbuster. This change was anounced a few days before the festival started. The show was very good. It was the 3rd time I’ve seen this guys live on stage and they are getting better and better. The audience was rewarding them with warm applauses and their program extended by more than one song. The Astro Zombies didn't convinced me even if Mark Carew (Long Tall Texans) played the bass. The Go Getters from Sweden played for the 1st time on the Stomp. They played also covers of The Clash, Undertones, Rolling Stones and Ramones. The Coffin Nails made as always the audience laugh with their funny costumes. 2 years ago Hummungus was wearing a Borat tanga, this year they've been dressed like the Village People in YMCA. The shows of Demented Are Go and Batmobile was just great in all aspects. Sound and atmosphere was great and they played a lot of good,old songs.
Conclusion: There were not as many people at the Stomp this year as in previous years. The ticket was pretty expensive comparing to other 2-day festivals, on the other hand you have the opportunity to see many well-known psychobilly bands. Merchandise could be better and what I missed this year was the appeal of new bands (except the Highliners which I've seen for the 1st time on stage). There were no bands from outside Europe and UK this year. Otherwise, the organisation has worked out fine. Food and drinks were adequate. The party on the parking lot was fainter than in previous years but that is again seen from a subjective point of view. I’m curious how this festival will develope during the coming years. The Stomp gets 7 out of 10 points this year. Song of the festival was 'Should I Stay or Should I Go' - who was there knows why!:))
Stay Sick Stay Psycho
@by Vlad Rusu (Dr.Bones)