there was a nice buzz around brachland even before we played our first show. people weren't allowed to visit us during rehearsals but people just knew this is gonna be a great band. I remember getting on the bus once and - in the last row - there was this huge Edding-painting of pure heavy metal imagery - and on top: our logo! definitely not my work :D but thanks anyway!
our song "3098" was responsible for an aggressive series of vandalism - especially on the bus & train lines that led to our small village and we had to drop our first bandname because of some very active members or friends of the band promoting the group via graffiti.
but a major impetus for our popularity was the fact we were on the internet. the public web was still pretty young back then and showing some presence was influencing. our page was established by some nice lad - also responsible for the visual appearance of a small but radical group called A.R.G. that soon attracted some attention by authorities you really don't want to have around.
brachland and the A.R.G. suddenly were in the main focus of a local neofascist group that was led by some total-nutter. at the same time the band was accused of being this-and-that by the heroes that posted stuff on indymedia, sharing informations that you were only able to know if you were around and visiting our concerts. and since I didn't work most of the time and daily drinking I had lots of time to feel responsible and answer each and every accusation on the web. one night some (then-) close friend told me: "you gotta check indymedia! earlier today we've written some more bullshit about your band there, let's see how people react!" and I had to realize it's mostly ourselves taking part of those discussions about our band, everyone else was just scrolling...
anyway - we had our homepage and I used that thing to publish some essays and political rants. lots of positive feedback there. and most important: people constantly were moaning not being able to understand what I was "singing" and we never printed that lyric sheet planned - so the song lyric were finally available to check via our page.
during the last few years I crawled through the tons of paper I kept from the brachland-days. I was always sad we weren't able to use more of these lyrics but bandmembers weren't always that dedicated to what we were doing. reading the old stuff is ok. but today I'm glad some lyrical thoughts never made it out there. I'm happy even most of the political lyrics were written from my own personal stance. some later stuff in line-up-three was just written for the cause but didn't represent myself even back then. back then I was just happy having my mate around me but musically and lyrically I was entering new territories while the punk/political scene tended to look backwards. and now? 2021?! I have changed, the world has changed - and some things never will, I guess.
but let's turn back the clock now.
This is the table of contents in an old lyrics-folder, listing our songs in order of starting to work on them:
These are three pages of the lyric-sheet we planned to print: