NERVESKADE hit the Bay Area again in May (they ruled again, in case you were wondering), and this time they brought friends from Sacramento. When I hear "bass/drums/female vocals playing UK style punk" my interest is not piqued...so when I tell you that is what VERRÄTERISCH sound like, please trust me when I tell you that they fukkn RULE. This band blew away everyone at the Lipo Lounge that night; three weirdos from 90 miles away showed that basement full (ok, 1/3 full) of jaded Big City Shitbags exactly how to make a room explode. Every song was instantly catchy, I didn't miss the guitar even once, and the repetitive doo-da-doo-da beat that drove every song was perfect for the singer's neon clad one woman dance party...we were all invited to the party, though she was determined to bounce off all the walls whether we wanted to join her or not. The backing vocals are almost comical, just a periodic barrage of "AARRRRRGGHGH" and/or "YYYYEEEEAAARRRGH" that makes is impossible to not sing along with every chorus. The whole thing is sung in German (their name means 'TREACHEROUS'), and don't be alarmed at the chorus of "Hellhunde" which at first listen sounds substantially more nefarious than it actually is. This demo manages to be fierce and angry while still having fun, which is a great accomplishment...hopefully they make their way back down here again sooner rather than later or I might have to go to Sacramento.