Pelagic Zone: Shameless Plug

Listen up Kraut popsters . . .  the big J, friend of Krautpod, has a new band.

They’re called Pelagic Zone and you can hear them here : http://www.myspace.com/pelagiczone (Rehearsal Jam # 2 is a nice ‘un — very Santana-like)

Expect to hear them on the next Krautpod soon.

Krautpod #4

The fourth installment direct from the beating heart of Germany’s Musik scene with myself and Julian B. Download it here. Read on for the track listing. Read more

Krautpod#3

Welcome to Krautpod3 with Uncle Pauly and Julian B . . . recorded in Julian’s high-class studio. Featuring Die Fantastischen Vier, Beehoover, Annett Lousian and others . . . download the podcast here.

Beehoover

Beehoover’s unique selling point is that they’re a metal band with no lead guitars. That’s right, when it comes to guitars Beehoover (named after witnessing on TV a bee-bearder’s not entirely cruelty-free method of removing insects from his face) permit only the four-string variety.

beehoover.JPGThe Sun Behind the Dustbin
(0% native) Droney doom rock sans guitar

If the purpose of these Stuttgart lads’ musical mission is to prove that with the right amount of distortion and some funky playing you can make a two-piece metal band with no lead guitars sound like a credible act, then they’ve succeeded and commendably so. The sound is fresh and new but alas for this reviewer, a droning fusion of jazz rock and doom metal is just not his bag. Beehoover’s innovation and sheer laziness in band name selection must though, be saluted.

We’re Germans

A special New Year’s thanks to Christane Link for passing this video my way. My favourite lyric is “We have ze Autobahn gebaut and we love ze Sauerkraut”. I’m sure anyone who’s lived sausage-side can relate.

Krautpod#1 . . . a new era

Fire up your iPods.

My quest to bring eine kleine Bundesmusik across into the UK continues with the first in an occasional series of podcasts.

Issue number #1 is out now: Krautpod#1.

Rammstein

When it comes to Rammstein there is much misunderstanding in the UK. A few years ago Q wrote some tosh about the band’s Nazi links which thankfully, Rammstein had the good grace to ignore, while more recently Ali G. dissed the band live on air when introducing them in his capacity of MTV awards compere – shame on you Sasha. The root cause of this disdain is really all to do with their uncompromising image. Rammstein fulfil all the popular UK cliches of the ‘Bosese Deutsche’ gleaned from a zillion cheesy war movies : singing almost 100% in German, singer Till Lindemann alternately whispers and rasps his way through their (sometimes) dark lyrics in a mock-portentous guttural croak. Meanwhile the CDs feature scary photos of the band embalmed in test tubes and, it must be said, the whole lot of ’em are fond of spouting fire from their gobs at the drop of a hat. Lets’ just say you wouldn’t have ’em as your wedding band. Read more

Toten Hosen

In compiling my Kraut Pop guide I wanted to introduce any English-speaking music fans to a narrow slice of German popular music. Keeping each section succint and to the point was my aim but the thing about the Hosen is that they’ve been there and done it all – two paragraphs ain’t gonna do them justice. Read more