On the second night of this year’s Puschenfest, Bohren & Der Club of Gore will introduce you into their gloomy slow motion jazz universe and Julia Holter into her mysterious and sparkling cosmic pop world.
Formed in 1992 by longtime friends Thorsten Benning, Robin Rodenberg, Reiner Henseleit, and Morten Gass, self-described German all-instrumental “doom ridden jazz music” quartet Bohren & der Club of Gore was forged from a shared love of grindcore, hardcore, death, and doom metal.
Originally called simply Bohren (German for drilling), the band expanded its moniker in 1993 to reflect one of its biggest inspirations, the Dutch instrumental band GORE.
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore | Welk
In 1994, after the release of an eponymous 7″ EP for Suggestion Records, the group put out its full-length debut Gore Motel, followed in 1995 by Midnight Radio, both of which appeared on Epistrophy Records.
Henseleit left the band the following year, a move that resulted in the group’s sound becoming even more brooding and minimalist. Composer and saxophone player Christoph Clöser joined in 1997, resulting in 2000’s Fender Rhodes-heavy Sunset Mission.
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore | Staub
After a brief hiatus, the same lineup returned for 2002’s Black Earth, 2005’s Geisterfaust, and 2008’s Dolores.
They released Mitleid Lady on Southern Records in 2010, and followed it with Beileid on Mike Patton’s Ipecac imprint in the summer of 2011.
Julia Holter | Goddess Eyes II
Los Angeles composer / multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter has forged a reputable identity in the contemporary music landscape by merging pop melodies with abstract composition.
A true DIY composer, Holter cut her teeth releasing limited run cassettes and CD-Rs releases for labels like Human Ear Music, Engraved Glass, and NNA Tapes.
Julia Holter | Our Sorrows
Holter’s songwriting stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful. Holter’s Eating the Stars EP was a first attempt at musically transcribing this beauty, while discovering the honest enjoyment of unadulterated creativity.
Holter’s debut album Tragedy embraced similar strains of shimmer, but used sparser textures in a narrative context. Julia further refined this sound on her 2012 follow-up, Ekstasis, an album that reflected the conventions of her classical training while also introducing pop structure.
Puschenfest: 2nd Night
w/ Bohren & Der Club Of Gore + Julia Holter LIVE
Friday, 02 August 2013 | 20:00 CET
Heimathafen Neukölln | Karl-Marx-Straße 141 | 12043 Berlin/Neukölln