I may have been born in France, but I'm mainly of germanic descent and I've always been interested in "germanic stuff" with of course the exception of aryan race-based mystic bullshit (Are some people really believing Aryans came from Atlantis and the other sad fairy tales ?). I had several problems for being a german rock fan during my youth, but this music really spoke to me, it has some kind of soul you know, and I've never stopped to listen to it since then.
Deutschpunk was all about rebellion against the system, about real rock music with guts, far from progressive tunes for dumb hippies/ hipsters, about alienation and despair but it also had this energy you can only find in punk music. And last but not least it made me be at peace with my roots. Deutschpunk washed away the guilt of being of germanic descent "some people" want us to have in order to manipulate us, but it was never nationalist and that was what I looked for. Back in the days let's call them "kids from the South" at school had the right to be proud of their former country and to openly hate France, but not me. Saying the kafir have to die, white people were all shit and should all be blamed for slavery, world wars, capitalism and colonization, and so on or that the French State is racist seemed very acceptable but listening to anarchist rock songs with some german lyrics wasn't. Fuck this retard country...
90s and early 2000s german punk bands like Wizo, Terrorgruppe, das Untergangskommando or Rasta Knast were a ray of light in the night of my life and 80s deutschpunk bands like Chaos Z, OHL or Razzia had all my respect for having given life to this music. So I grew up mainly with them (and naturally old rock bands singing in english as well as swedish ear-raping anarcho-punk) while all the others listened to french rap, untasty french popular songs, stupid techno, NSBM and seemed to believe every word the Socialist Party/the right wing parties told them, just like their old ones. But that's now history, I'm becoming old, and I'll have to be a part of this system I hate so much quite soon (wearing a tie, selling things to people who don't need it, be nice with fart-faces all day long, you got the picture). Before I totally sell out I wanted to share with you the recent deutschpunk records that have some sense to me and represent some kind of hope for the future, instead of gripping an AK-47 and kill as many stupid shitheads I could in the streets like some dorks did in Norway or in the US.
You'll only find here the 16 latest crushs I had on "new" german punk bands. Some might have been formed in the 90s, but they only achieved "success" in the scene in recent years. I neither wanted to talk about records made by old bands, even if some of them are really great (like OHL's 'Krieg der Kulturen' or Daily Terroristen's 'Tritt in den Arsch' for example), or about old bands with new names, like Wilde Zeiten or The Bottrops. I also didn't list records I listened heavily before 2008, because those early to mid-2000s records were the soundtrack of another part of my life, I feel they now belong to the past. And finally I'd like to add that Germany's home of severals good bands with english lyrics, but I barely listened to them, 'cause I wanted german words in my punk, so there'll be no english stuff down here.
02. Ihr nicht ! - No Exit (2008) East Berlin
04. Fixpunkte und Bojen - Supernichts (2008) Cologne
05. Anders oder artig - Splash (2009) I don't know !
06. Tot aber lebendig - BRDigung (2010) Northern Rhine-Westfalia
07. Propaganda - Katz Kadaver (2011) Northern Rhine-Westfalia
08. Egoshooter - The Stattsmatratzen (2011) Berlin
09. Gegen.Kult - Empowerment (2012) Stuttgart
10. Alles ist vergänglich - Alarmsignal (2012) Lower Saxony
Just like the whole metal thing, deutschpunk claims it hates fashions, but is not totally immune to them. In Berlin there's even what you could call "fashion punk" bands generally producing stuff I'm not really into. Some members of the more classical electrorock band Jennifer Rostock, are part of Kotzreiz who put out maybe the best new generation deutschpunk album from 2012. Fresh, rocky but still biting and funny every song here is rather easy to listen to but keeps the right attitude far from the depressed-white-rich-kids-from-the-big-european-cities hipster bullshit. Great job, for everyone who loves the Ramones and thinks playing dark anarcho-punk is not the only way to be a punk rocker.
14. III - Gottkaiser (2012) Hamburg
Because even rebellion has to have a smoother side.
15. Doch - Affenmesserkampf (2013) Schlewig-Holstein
16. Pauli - Rantanplan (2013) Hamburg
Ska-punk is for fucks !", but from time to time it can be enjoyable as a good alternative to hardcore, if you've enough of classic punk. Germany also has its own ska bands, which are almost all lamer than the american ones (almost, a few exceptions remain). Just like Alarmsignal Rantanplan were part of the game for several years but pressed their masterpiece only in 2013. I liked everything on this album from the beginning to the very end. Great lyrics, great singing, good riffs, excellent production, I recommend this record for both its punky and its more mainstream tracks.