Strom & Wasser: Gossenhauer: Release Information
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Release Date: 03.03.2006
TT Catalogue No: 4491
STROM & WASSER - Apocalyptic Folk Music
...musical cabaret, apocalyptic folk music, singer-songwriter in the most extreme
way, Punk with accoustic instruments...“: The attempt to describe the unique
performance of Strom & Wasser makes you anticipate the whole spectrum of
their program! In over 300 concerts throughout Germany in the last two years
, Strom & Wasser made their audience concerned and emotional, made them die
of laughter and were responsible for controversal discussions. They toured with
Götz Widmann and Konstantin Wecker and were placed in the Lieder-Bestenliste
(april 2004-february & march 2005).
Their songs are played on countless local radio stations, but also on the Deutsche
Welle, the Deutschland Funk, Deutschlandradio, WDR, NDR, SWR, and many more.
In january 2006 they were invited to the ZDF-Nachtstudio.
Strom & Wasser like playing in youth centers, in Punk-clubs, speakeasies
or gas stations as well as cabarets and national theater. They released three
CDs: „Randfigurenkabinett“, „Spielt keine Rolle“ and
in march 2006 their new album „Gossenhauer“.
What kind of music can you expect from someone who already moved 47 times in
the middle of his thirties, who lived in Peru, Argentina, Spain, Saudi-Arabia
and Scottland, who was a conscientious objector and lived as a homeless, who
was kicked out of all the sixteen schools, homes and boarding schools, who
was an acting school drop-out to make it his own way and who now, after he
eight books, five audiobooks and had several music projects releases a CD called „Gossenhauer“ with
his band „Strom & Wasser“?
On their third album the formation around frontman and radical poet Heinz Ratz
presents itself more colourful and vivid than ever. Thematically closed, but
with with the habitual musical spectrum, that admits Ska-Punk as well as Waltz,
Tango or stalwart Accoustic-Rock, Ratz and his musical companions get ready
to shoot a colourful broadside on everything grey and stiff in our society.
the first song „Surrealist“ foams over with brute nonsense, bevor
it smoothly passes into the grotesque groove ballad of „Pazerfahrer Jupiter“ (tank-driver
jupiter), who already sang the german national anthem in his mothers belly and
with childish pride wishes back the time of great Germany. Strom & Wasser
don’t stick to any presettings and don’t want to be restricted
by expectations. A joyful anarchy makes its way through the CD, but leaves
space for serious topics, gutter-poetry and worldview statements a flashy live-show,
the waiving of electric guitars and blasting sound, the joy of improvisation
and their ratty cabaret tone makes them so succesful - autonomous from status
and age of their audience.
On „Gossenhauer“ they succeeded in making songs from the rat-perspective – songs
that see behind the curtain of our society and drive their apocalyptic greetings
through the livingrooms of honest citizens.