What is some happy, nervous music

A band that likes to shock

A band that likes to shock

They call themselves sick, describe themselves as "radically abnormal" and live the excess. But the spirit of the Swiss band isn't all that clouded.

Anyone who is sick carries something with them that the body should actually get rid of. Sick have found their own medicine: musical ecstasy. Singer Knüppelfresse Schmidt, better known to most as former Viva-VJ and today's Virus presenter Robin Rehmann, describes Krank's music as a “valve”: “We are actually happy, dear people. But we also carry something around with us that has to get out.

“This something is the guilty conscience that can be gleaned from the simplest everyday situations. "When we let off steam on stage and can shake off all these things from us, we feel liberated, even purified," says the singer. "For a moment you are the king," says Schmidt. King over a people of like-minded people, maybe also like-infected.

Art characters and shock effects

Schmidt is accompanied by guitarist Hellje Hirntod, bass man Massen Mord and drummer Kalle Russel, who according to the short biography actually had Parkinson's, but was put behind the drums by the band to take advantage of the nervous twitches. After an EP and the 2007 debut “Radically abnormal”, the chaos troupe released their new album “Bier, Blut, Bolzenschussgerät” last autumn.

The title fits the concerts even more than their melodic punk music, which usually end in excess and occasionally with injuries. "Sick, that's Swiss German punk, and the name says it all: A show with lots of fake blood, screaming and beer, while Marilyn Manson is a good kindergarten teacher and Alice Cooper a sweet suburban scout," writes the band in the information sheet. And here at the latest it becomes clear: It is a comparison among fictional characters who like to shock a little.

More than blunt anarchy

If you don't let yourself be put off by all of this and listen a little deeper into the lyrics, you will quickly discover that Krank has a certain amount of common sense and that they are not as radically abnormal as they say. Their music is “a reflection of society”, says the band in one of the numerous videos that can be found on YouTube, in the Facebook group or on the group's homepage.

Her songs also contain socially critical texts that go beyond the dull anarchy propaganda widespread in (German) punk circles and denounce and comment on a lot in a subtle way or with a wink. Some sick people are difficult to cure. Sometimes that's a good thing.

Today Sa, Grabenhalle St. Gallen, 9 p.m. (door 8 p.m.); Support: Cruel Noise and Shelta Flares