When The Slags released their album „So What“ in 1992, the German major labels were being infiltrated by black-clad men trying to implement their subversive indie ideas in the industry. The spirit of the punks revived. In the midst of all that were four women from Frankfurt who have been praised in many reviews as the only and best hard-rocking female band in Germany.
„They refused being labeled, neither as part of a youth movement nor Riot Grrls à la L7 or Babes in Toyland, although similarities in style and content are clearly recognizable“ (review about the band)
They did thirteen (!) Tours through Germany, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic. In 1996 they went to take some time off, „raising children, family, cleaning and solo projects and what else mattered“, they said as clear as cryptic at the same time.
In 2006, Guido Lucas (Blackmail, Scumbucket, Donots) produced the comeback album „Run Free“ on blunoise label. But the renewed zest for action of the Slags was thwarted by the serious illness of their bass player Anja Kraft, who finally had to undergo a lung surgery. To celebrate the first birthday after the successful transplantation on
January 10, 2014 singer Bine Morgenstern, guitarist Conni Maly and drummer Suse Michel played Anja an acoustic serenade. This was the birthday hour of Slags unplugged. „The hustle of dragging amplifiers and speakers, practicing in dark rehearsal rooms, was not only too much for Anja”. In the newly acoustic setting, the Slags steped inside the basics of their self-written songs and reduced them to the essentials. “This new concept was all great,“ they remember their second, quieter „Big Bang“.
In July 2014, the legendary appearance at “ the wagon” by the banks of the river main in Offenbach had to be placed outside on a ramp, because of the crowd of visitors. The unanimous opinion of the enthusiastic fans: even without electricity they had enough power to remember the old, noisy days. Unfortunately it would be the last concert with Anja. She died on the 1st of October.
In a relaxed atmosphere, with small luggage, the Slags now travel as a trio and play their great songs stripped to the bone, and as a reminiscence and memory of the unforgotten bandmate. „Anyone who liked the Slags at the time, will not be disappointed today. And by the way, there are always remarkable, funny or sad stories to tell from the past. Good amusement, assured!” the the three do promise.
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