Peter Kernel

Peter Kernel


New wave, desperate noise pop music, Boy/Girl vocals, calmed down tunes broken by schizophrenia or epilepsy, sex-oriented lyrics, explicit, bodies and organs getting too old, not exactly a band to bet on for rainbows and unicorns.


Peter Kernel is an alternative pop band from Switzerland. Founded in 2005 by Aris (guitar), Barbara (bass) and Däwis (drums), the initial idea was to give a voice to moving images. Their rehearsal room enhances the desire to evade (musically speaking), a filthy and dank attic of a fry house.

Highly influenced by experimental moviemaking of the bass player Barbara (videomaker as well), they begin to assemble tunes around the end of November 2005. These will become the soundtrack of the experimental movie LIKE A GIANT IN A TOWEL, interpreted by all three components. A twenty-minute, super8 short directed by Barbara, screened the following summer at the Locarno International Film Festival.

In January 2006 they come back from Canada (Barbara’s native country) with lots of new material, and print fifty homemade copies of the film & soundtrack, which soon sell out, that will be an input for new ideas. The outcome is a demo tagged HOME RECORDINGS, with home made tracks recorded between Winnipeg and Lugano. It’s printed in thirty copies. In April 2006 they start doing live gigs, that brings them to hit stages in Switzerland and Italy, where they get to know a duo called AMAVO, two girls from Venice. Together they put out a limited edition, of fifty copies, split cd entitled AMAVO EL TOCO.

In April 2007 the identity of Peter Kernel is completed with the arrival of the second guitarist Anita. The relationship between the four components grows intimate. To the point of influencing new ideas, later recorded during long, hot days of August 2007 at Sauna Studio, in Varano Borghi (Italy). It’s their first real release entitled HOW TO PERFORM A FUNERAL. The disc comes out the first of March 2008.


Like a giant in a towel - movie and soundtrack - 2005 (CDR + DVDR)
Home recordings - 2006 (demo CDR)
The Kernel - 2006 (demo CDR)
Amavo el toco - 2006 (demo CDR)
How to perform a funeral - 2008 (debut album)

Set List

01_Flies die
04_I counted them to die properly
06_In case
07_Happy to see you
08_He's a heartattack!
09_Be bambola
10_Shoot back
11_Videotapes in Dubai
13_What the hell

1 hour set