actually you could get the impression, you're at this somehow
dark atmosphere of the Titty Twister Club, somewhere close to
the mexican border in nowhere country. It's this dark blue and
even darker red lights, (shame for us photographers), reveiling
some odd silhouettes. . And over all there is this magic
sexuall attraction. The only thing missing here, is this sweet
Marihuana small and the vampire teeth, and of course beautifual
Salma Hayed, dancing the snake dance. Oh yeeesssss, we luv to
remember the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino cult movie 'From
Dusk Till Dawn' from 1996, in which Tito & Tarantula
underline the creepy scenery and call the vampires with
their high tension song 'After Dark'.
was so beautiful...!!!!!
But...'From Dusk' Till Dawn' is 13 years old now. Tito is 13
years older (doesn't look like it though :-))) and the Band Line
up has been skinned like a snake over the years.. And to go back
to the blank facts, Tito still lives of this cult, most of all
here in Europe. 'From Dusk 'Till Dawn' is still up to date, it
like there has never been an inbetween.....
Today's show happens within the so called Backstage Open,
lasting for 2 days. But because of the instable weather
conditions right now, the whole event has been changed into an
indoor event. There are 4 acts on this first day, whereby I have
to confess immidiately, I once again miss the first act, the
opener, which is named 'Hassliebe'. That one is a local bavarian
rockband, who goes for heavy metal with german lyrics. And this
lot seems to be very busy according to their official website.
There is not much more I can tell you to tonight's appearance.
Only the setlist I can get hold on, to give you an idea, what
they have played tonight.
Second are Benzin from the bavarain city of Ulm.
To be very honest, I have had no idea about the existence of
this band and also the one before, until this very day. Never
mind, you can't know everything, can you? Unfortunately at that
point most of the audiance is still outside the building
enjoying the refreshed thunderstorm air, enjoying one or two
cigarrettes more. That's why the place still seems pretty
deserted, despit a few curious guests like me, or their actuall
fans. I have to say, I think these boys are very witty and cheek
little sots, the way they beat their punkrock outta of
themselves. They provoke with their comments inbetween the songs.
- German language guitar shit, that's what the band calls their
music, according to their website. And they don't give a shit
about conventions, though they rather look like behaved boys
with excellent maniers. But apart from the visual aspect, Benzin
are beating the hell outta themselves,... yeah well, as much as
the conditions let them do so...
They have 2 records out so far, and the third one is out soon.
With the tune 'Tijuana' they finish their 40 minutes show. And I
can only give you a tiny hint to give 'em an ear... you won't
my full interest now goes to 'The New Black', also from the
outskirts of Bavaria, whom I see here for the very first time
live on stage. This show is introduced by 'The Unknown Stuntman'
from Lee Majors sounding out of the boxes.
I'm mainly curious, as one of the boys is a journalist collegue
of mine named Christoph Lein. And as their is the chance now to
check 'em out, so I definately don't miss that. Meanwhile the
venue is averagely filled by fans, though there are still large
But The New Black ain't impressed by that, and shoot off with
So what shall I say? First impression: I'm very positively
surprised. Respect, I didn't think it's gonna be like that. And
the best thing is, the band doesn't sound like the average
Hardrock Band, and most of all, - they don't sound german. They
really could manage to put a very modern touch to their hardrock,
without sounding alternativ or like new metal. There is no 80s
headbanger sound, but rather fresh and international rock with a
good rhythm, getting stuck in our ears, most of all the first 3
tracks. But also the track 'Welcome To Point Black' meets the
tooth of time, as we say so.
Christoph hat das posen
inzwischen perfektioniert :-)
from that, I'm not surprised, that the debutalbum of this band
got also released in the US. Congratulation, I truly do
like what I see and hear here. And I could easily imagine, that
this band could get somewhere one day.....
and there it is again, this smokey, dark atmospere, which makes
us thinking, that within the next few moments some kind of
werwolfe or Nosferatur comes creeping out of a shadey corner.
Like I said before, the aura is magic, and there is some sort of
sultriness in the air.
Tito Larriva seems somehow untouchable with his sunglasses in
the beginning... Yeah well, like a vampire fearing the light.
Guitarist Steven Medina Hufsteter rather reminds me of this kind
of man, gliding in a higher sphere, playing his guitar riffs
almost unconciously. And those one's again show some sort of
unreal virtuosity. On bass - like always - a woman. It's
Caroline Rippy in our case here, who lives in Germany by the
way. Pretty fit on bass, and the only thing missing is the snake
round her nek... How about that - next time.. Caroline?
Last but not least - Alfredo Ortiz on drums... This guy again
has another little side job, handling the drums with the Beastie
our Titty Twister Club is well filled, although it ain't that
many vampire fans, like last time, aprox. one year ago. Reasons
given for that is maybe the fact, that their are 4 festivals
going on right on this weekend in the nearer surrounding, maybe
also holiday time or the mean
thunderstorm which has just passed Munich a couple of hours ago.
Tito is mexican through and through, with this mystery aura on
stage. During the set, this stinging face expression gets even
more extensive. And it's this somehow unholy and dark,
sexual flair, which seems almost untouchable... Using
spanish lyrics makes it even more exotic.
It's something you just can't get out of it's ban....
No Tito ain't no George Clooney, but he's got this special
little something up there. This litte Something you can't train.
You either got it or don't have it. And Tito definately has got
it with a voice which varies from very smooth to an almost
desperate screaming. There's no doubt about that. And the Titty
Twister Feeling becomes reality.
The hitsingle 'After Dark', by the way - the 13th song on the
setlist comes in the longversion, slow, and very sexy... well 'till
about half way, and then Tito asks the audiance to join him on
stage to dance along the imaginary snake dance.
And our Munich
audiance doesn't need to get asked twice...
The second song from the cult movie 'Angry Cockroaches' closes
the official set.
place is steaming and very very hot, and yet there is time for
another track, wich is the mexican version of the oldie track
'Secret Agent Man', written by Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan, best
knows in the version by the Ventures. This one again ends in a
jamsession to 'Anarchy In The UK from the Sex Pistols, also
performed the spanish way. And you can't deny the fact, that our
Speedy Gonzales has wasted himself 'till the last bit of energy...
Tito's Titty Twister Club here is closing finally it's doors
tonight. But this nonstop, constant vibe, left by Mr. Larriva is
still there for quite a while, giving us the final multiple
However, well done.... without question... and for the 13th time
or even more - in some ways... and yes it's this aura you
know..this god damned aura...
Hey Tito, just to get it straight, this is a luv declaration to
your music, your performance a little thank you for your
friendship and please come back soon....