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Rock Bernd III

by Bernd Harmsen

Raw, rough, sometimes naughty, sometimes sensitive Rock - think Garage Rock in its literal sense...
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Too Much
3:08 $0.99
2. Hell or High Water
2:00 $0.99
3. Bang, You're Out
3:06 $0.99
4. Garden of Grief
3:08 $0.99
5. Huggy Tuggy
1:43 $0.99
6. Ladies from the Past
2:58 $0.99
7. Phoenix
3:02 $0.99
8. Silver Stream
3:32 $0.99
9. Upside Down
2:31 $0.99
10. Where Has Your Trust Gone
2:57 $0.99
11. Wish You Well
2:54 $0.99
12. I Can't Help It
2:42 $0.99
13. Yes or No
2:29 $0.99
14. Flotsam
1:43 $0.99
15. Money, Always Money
2:19 $0.99
16. The Angels' Choir
3:23 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Should my music sound like it was recorded live - then it sounds just right. Because that is what I want to achieve. To me Rock music belongs "out there", out in the streets, halls, clubs, bars, wherever people meet and have a ball. If it sounds smooth and perfect it is not Rock ;-)

You may hear influences of AC/DC or the Rolling Stones in my music. The riff in "bang you're out" is obviously 'stolen', well, derived from the Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash". I like how the riff - my riff - seems to trail the vocals. Actually, the riff was there first. As with most of my songs I had completed the backing track before writing the lyrics and creating the tune, the 'vocal line'.

There are two gentle, romantic songs in this compilation that are not exactly typical Rock Bernd Garage Rock. As for their lyrics "silver stream" and "the angels' choir" are very similar, too, although - or because - they have been written five years apart. They not only deal with the same subject but even share the same image, i.e. swallowing sleeping pills with a glass of red wine. Only after completing "the angels' choir" I remembered that I had always wanted to set "silver stream" to music. The lyrics were originally written to the music of a Canadian guy who never got around to completing and producing the song. I had always found it a pity that my lyrics should not see the light of day in a song. As for their music the songs differ quite a bit: "silver stream" begins with a Reggae rhythm, whereas "the angels' choir" could have become a folk tune, I even borrowed Folk Bernd's 12-string acoustic guitar.

"Flotsam", on the other side, is very typical Rock Bernd featuring cynical lyrics and harsh music, if with a positive message buried within as in many Rock Bernd songs.

On a final note, I would like to share feedback that I received on "garden of grief":

I think the lyric is great! At first I didn't care for the melody line, as it's fairly bland, but after some listening I changed my mind. The verses, choruses and bridges (if I've identified the sections correctly) have an interesting variation between them. And keeping the melody line unobtrusive showcases the lyric and helps it to shine. And the lyric really is the important part here...

I read the lyrics and really liked them. Simple, good flow, tell a good story and maintain a theme - what's not to like?
Then I started listening and enjoyed some awesome guitar, and I like how it fits the lyrics closely - enjoying it over the 'Ive come to kiss you awake' verse, and how it drops and picks back up.

Great lyrics ....give the songs a lot of energy.
The guitars have a great live feel.
Reminds me of the early Jam and Small Faces.
Bags of potential

Hey Bernd. I really liked this. Sort of an early eighties indie feel to it. Love the ringing guitars

Have fun,



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