Sportfreunde Stiller - Burli
Reviewed by Rall on 9th September 2005
Despite the fact that me nor anyone I know has ever heard of Sportfreunde Stiller, I don't think it really matters. They seem pretty damn popular with our German cousins. They've even toured with people I've actually heard of - Franz, the Zutons, Nada Surf and Ash according to the magazine they sent (which appears to be some kind of fan club magazine and even includes a list of '101 reasons to be a Sportfreunde-fan').
SS are a three piece with, for this album at least, a late-Britpop kind of sound (their logo instantly reminded me of Supergrass). This is most noticeable on tracks such as the opener for the album Lauth Anhören (which I think might translate as listen louder) and Ungewwöhnlich (unusual, complete with McFly harmonies). There's definitely a bit of a late Feeder about them. Im Namen der Freundschaft, despite it's cheesy lyrics, has a definite summer of '95 feel to it, complete with 'ba-ba-bah'-ing.
They look and occasionally sound like they want to be a bit heavier than they are e.g. Wir Kommen (was hier los ist!!!), Ich, Roque and 1. Wahl, but they are at least the better tracks. If only because I think they're a bit funny.
Sportfreunde Stiller look like your normal uni band. Only having now also listened to the lLive album they sent, I now believe that they're actually quite good. So see if you're around on the dates below...
- Wed 14th Sept - Brixton Windmill
- Thu 15th Sept - London Garage
- Fri 16th Sept - London Metro
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