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Kellermensch

Esbjerg, South Denmark, Denmark | INDIE

Esbjerg, South Denmark, Denmark | INDIE
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"Kellermensch @ Sonisphere Festival 2010 London"

"Although there's something of a sparse crowd in the Bowtime Bar, it's obvious something special is at hand, and Danish newcomers KELLERMENSCH (KKKKK) don't disappoint. They're a mind-bogglingly brilliant musical collision, ending up somewhere between Joy Division, Bruce Springsteen and The Dillinger Escape Plan, topped off with a host of classical instruments. It's impossible to grasp such an expansive performance in such a short time, but by the closing chaos that greets "Army Ants", it's difficult to imagine a more impressive festival showing." - KERRANG!


"Kellermensch @ Reeperbahn Festival, Germany"

Andreas Weitkämper, Head of A&R Warner: "....Kellermensch? They are huge already and they can be really… big – their attitude, their looks, the way they conquer the stage – the singer’s voice – their dynamic. It is complex music and then with that voice on top of it....."


Joachim Braun, A&R Manager, Sony Music: ".... As for Kellermensch – they were amazingly good – in the borderland of Faith No More and The Hives – it’s both modern and with a sense of history to it. And then there are some unique personalities in the band. The singer obviously, but also the bass player – an extraordinary show....."


Yan Mangels, booker, FKP Skorpio: "...I was particularly impressed by Kellermensch whom I also tried to get to see at this year’s SPOT, but in vain – I couldn’t get in. They are really distinct with their gothic element and their metal element. It’s a combination that I believe has a great chance of becoming popular in Germany....."

- MXD


"Kellermensch @ Barfly, London"

The chances are you are probably yet to have heard Kellermensch. Admittedly it's never going to be easy for a heavy Danish band who takes their name from Dostoyevsky's Notes From The Underground to appeal to a mainstream audience, but tonight's performance proved they deserve your attention.

There's a temptation these days to classify every band under a vague, meaningless genre, but Kellermensch are of one of the few bands who transcend genre and are genuinely unclassifiable. Yes, at heart they are a metal band, but how many metal bands make use of a violin, cello and organ? This is a band moving on from the tired cliché that has haunted the metal scene for years. This is a band which sounds like nobody else.

Quite how the stylish six-man band managed to fit onto the cramped stage at the Barfly remains a mystery, especially as they launched into their set with such relentless energy. With charismatic front man Sebastian Wolff staring into the audience as though somebody in the back row had just kicked his dog, there was something genuinely sinister yet captivating about the way they conducted themselves on stage.

An early highlight of the set was 'The Day You Walked' - a haunting funeral march that gradually built and built to a chilling and strangely euphoric climax. Better still was their brooding cover of 'Dirt In The Ground', a little known gem by Tom Waits. It's the wide range of influences, from Tom Waits to Black Flag, which make them such a fascinating proposition, both live and on record.

There was a peak in proceedings late on, as they played their single 'Army Ants', which sounds not too dissimilar to The Gaslight Anthem, with its contagious and anthemic melody. It's the sort of song that would be deemed "life affirming" if sung by the current crop of stadium bands; the kind of song that begs to be heard in arenas across the world.

The band brought the frenetic set to a close with a brutal rendition of 'Moribund Town', the pounding bassline and furious vocals left the crowd stunned – it was a frankly mesmerising finale.

There was no need for an encore tonight; there's surely no way in which they could have improved on what they just delivered. Perhaps the intimate setting of the Barfly helped the band connect with its audience tonight, but there's no denying that Kellermensch deserve to go onto bigger and better things.

Tonight Kellermensch proved to be something that few bands can honestly claim to be – vital.

Læs mere: http://www.myspace.com/kellermensch/blog#ixzz15LUasM8T - Craig Jones


Discography

Kellermensch - Kellermensch - 2010.

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RECKLESS, PASSIONATE AND PERSONAL

KELLERMENSCH has since the release of the debutalbum evolved in to one of Europe’s most exciting rock ensembles. The band released their eponymous debut album in Denmark in 2009 to unanimous critical acclaim, played high profile festivals SPOT and Roskilde the same year, and have today - as one of very, very few bands - played live radio sessions for BBC Radio 1 and Radio XFM in London. In addition to this Kellermensch was made “Mauler” of the week and their song “Moribund Town” was voted in the Top 3 2009 songs by DJ Daniel P. Carter from BBC.

This promising and different new band have, with their brutal and personal stories, proved that they have their very own place on the global rock scene. Their songs are dusty and dirty tales of emotional stress and show a remarkable combination of awkward aggression and melancholy. A rough and simple rock instrumentation joins forces with piano, pump-organ, violins and upright bass in songs with great melodies and distinctive moods. On their debut the band excites with an original take on a long songwriting tradition populated by legends like Tom Waits and Nick Cave, but at the same time refer to pounding, progressive artists like Neurosis and Tool.

KELLERMENSCH find inspiration in both music, literature and paintings. The band’s fascination with old, abstract art, e.g. the German expressionistic movement Die Brücke, has played a vital part in defining the bands unique look and sound. Also, the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky and his novel Notes from the Underground (in German, Kellermensch) has been a big inspiration for the band, as hinted by their name. The often harsh and at times sad stories from a frustrating and confusing everyday-life shape the lyrical themes for the band as they do for the great novelist.

As with the main character in Notes from the Underground - a man who fights against and yet submits to societal conventions - KELLERMENSCH’s music is also based on standard music conventions. However, distorted drums, noisy guitars, ominous strings and dirty growls turn their music into an intensely dark and unique portrayal of frustrated emotions, presented with uncompromising and raw originality throughout the debut’s ten tracks - of which two are amazing and courageous interpretations of Tom Waits’ Dirt In The Ground and Neil Young’s Don’t Let It Bring You Down.

KELLERMENSCH have with their debut album shown rock’s relevance as an art-form - as long as it’s delivered with a reckless, passionate and personal commitment.