Palais Wittgenstein presents an unbeatable double bill of 2 firm D/B local favorites this October with indie duo Lonski & Classen and loopmaster Guido Möbius both gracing the stage at the Volksbühne’s Roter Salon.
In terms of rock and pop music, the past decade was a good one for band duos. Between the profoundly catchy guitar riffs of the Black Keys and the dream chamber pop of Beach House, nearly every type of playing has had its own representative of this genre, which in terms of sophistication and sound density easily measures up to acts with a conventional “full” lineup.
The same can be said of Lonski & Classen. With songs so extensively arranged, the well-considered text woven so deftly and unified in two strong voices, the two friends have forged a style into something their own, one that hardly reflects their joint beginnings with a first grunge band in the mid-90s. Their songs are emotional without falling into kitsch, evoking the gamut from over-the-top euphoria to desolate elegy.[vimeo 105742674 w=620&h=300]
Decisive for these mood changes are Felix Classen’s drumming and Lukas Lonski’s careful guitar playing. Often it is also the details, a subtle piano, the spring reverb and crescendoing electronics, which set their newest album “All Tomorrow Is Illusion” apart from classic productions. And then there is of course also Lonski’s singing, which not infrequently reaches heights comparable to Antony Hegarty.[vimeo 158601354 w=700&h=481]
Always having an eye on the groove, Möbius has a special liking for small parts of polyrhythmic percussion-patterns and constantly changing harmonies. You could call it playing around with hearing expectations or creative restlessness and fear of stagnation. Well, it´s definitely a highly original idea for popmusic.
Previously Guido Möbius has mostly given lyrics a wide berth. On his last album „Gebirge“ Möbius’ strategy to avoid meaning and pathos altogether was the collaboration with Andreas Gogol with his wordless dada-song. And although Gogol’s highly musical stuttering is also present on Spirituals, Möbius now goes the other way on his fourth album: this time he’s allowing himself to indulge in meaning and pathos.
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Lonski & Classen and Guido Möbius
Sunday, 30th October 2016 | 20:00 CET
Roter Salon in der Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte