Feine Sahne Fischfilet
Fancy a bit more punk rock?
When they started out, the punk band Feine Sahne Fischfilet was often monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution – because of their “explicit anti-state stance”. The constitution protection office has lost interest now. But the band continues to make music, and this continues to be explicitly against neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists.
By Holger Moos
The new album by Feine Sahne Fischfilet, their fifth, is called Sturm und Dreck (Storm and Dirt). Jens Balzer, reporting for ZEIT magazine, sees the band from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and their current success very much as a diagnosis of its time: “Beyond the political contrasts, there seems to be a huge call for masculine guitar music that feeds and celebrates the sense of “Heimat” – especially where the younger audience is concerned. So in some respects Feine Sahne Fischfilet are no different to a left-wing version of Freiwild [a band from South Tyrol that occupies a far-right position politically]”. In musical terms, Balzer is not really quite convinced by Feine Sahne Fischfilet, you might describe their music “as punk rock with a brass section; if they had more of a sense of rhythm we’d call it ska. But they are as indifferent to rhythmic sensitivity as they are to vocal qualities.” He thinks of them more as “singing social workers”.
Straightforward, powerful and timelessIn his review on laut.de, Christian Kollasch comes to the conclusion “that straightforward, down-to-earth punk still works and deserves the title “timeless”. The band sings of “love and hate, intoxication, tedium, sticking together, self-doubt and political struggles, in songs that are usually eulogistic, always punchy and do not mince their words. You believe every word of resistance from this band”, according to Alexander Müller of Rolling Stone.
It’s made abundantly clear on herzmukke.de: “Feine Sahne Fischfilet clearly aren’t going to be everybody’s darling with their new record. But if you like powerful no-frills punk rock, you’ll certainly be well served with Sturm & Dreck. The record’s really good fun. The boys stand right behind what they do, and that comes across in every single line. For some people that might sometimes be afflicted with too much pathos and sometimes be too cumbersome. But it doesn’t matter, Feine Sahne Fischfilet are on the right track to becoming one of the biggest German bands of their generation.” And on jetzt.de there’s a record review with no words.
Feine Sahne Fischfilet: Sturm & Dreck CD Album
Hamburg: Audiolith 2018