Düsseldorf, Germany-based Kreidler combine catchy, acoustic-based compositions (e.g., guitar, bass, drums) with bizarre electronic tangents, an approach that initially allied them with such American post-rock outfits as Tortoise and Trans Am.
However, Kreidler’s music was both more filled out than the former and less derivative than the latter, and was probably closer to that of fellow countrymen Can and Faust than any of the more contemporary rock-based extrapolators.
The band, formed in 1994 by Thomas Klein, Andreas Reihse, Stefan Schneider, and Detlef Weinrich, debuted with the cassette-only Riva in 1994 and released a pair of discs – 1996’s Weekend and 1998’s Appearance and the Park – on the PIAS subsidiary Kiff SM.
Kreidler | Jaguar
Schneider left to concentrate on the like-minded To Rococo Rot and was replaced temporarily by Alex Paulick, who played on the band’s self-titled 2000 album, its first for Hamburg’s Wonder label.
Kreidler put together a second album for Wonder, 2002’s Eve Future, as well as a remix disc, prior to a break that lasted several years. The band resurfaced with Mosaik 2014 and Tank, the latter of which featured Paulick’s bass once more.
Stabil Elite | Expo
In the past three years, Düsseldorf’s Lucas Croon, Nikolai Szymanski and Martin Sonnensberger aka Stabil Elite have created a vast cosmos of driving bass lines, jumping rhythms, floating pads and shimmering electric guitars.
They combine glamour, emotion and cosmic transcendence, are well aware of their musical heritage from electronic pop to krautrock, yet do not seem overly reflective for even a second.
This event is highly recommended by Digital in Berlin! We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Kreidler” as the subject.
Kreidler & Stabil Elite LIVE
presented by Digital in Berlin
Thursday, 13 September 2012 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte