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D/B Artist Feature: The Notwist – Is Weilheim the new Seattle?

In the end 1998 “The Wire” was asking “Is Weilheim the new Seattle?” Notwist`s latest album is entitled The Devil, You + Me and was released in Europe in May, 2008. On June 17, 2008 the album was released in North America on Domino Records. A free mp3 is up for download on the City Slang website and at the album’s official site.

The Notwist – Gloomy Planets (Live)

The Notwist perform “Gloomy Planets” LIVE with the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra. Hamburg 8/23/2008.

The Notwist are Markus Acher – guitar, vocals / Michael Acher – bass / Andi Haberl – drums / Martin Gretschmann (aka Console) – programming / O.L.A.F. Opal – producer

The Notwist are a German indie rock band. Formed in 1989, the band moved through several musical incarnations despite maintaining a relatively stable lineup. While their early records moved through heavy metal into dark indie rock, their recent efforts for which they’ve received the most attention have been very strongly influenced by the electronica scene, along with the other groups on the record label Morr Music.

The Notwist – Good Lies (live in Ljubljana)

The two Achers and Messerschmid formed the group in 1989 in Weilheim, near Augsburg. In 1990 they recorded their self-titled debut, a grunge-metal oriented LP. 1992 saw the release of Nook, which has an indie rock sound, while their 1995 album 12 contains their first flirtation with electronics. Martin Gretschmann joined the group in 1997. Shrink, released in 1998, is a jazz-electro-rock album. In 1998 Cynthia Dall did the vocals for a remix of “Torture Day” by The Notwist. The album Neon Golden put them on the map for American listeners, with its heartfelt sentiment and catchy tunes.

The group has been remixed by Four Tet, Caribou, Console, Loopspool, Panda Bear and others. Singer Markus Acher collaborated with anticon. rapper/producer Alias on the song “Unseen Sights,” an effort that shows a surprising musical breadth for both artists.

5.02.09 Berlin, Huxley’s

The Notwist recently formed a group with Themselves named 13 & God, whose eponymous debut was released in 2005. Markus Acher, in addition to his work with The Notwist and 13 & God, also works with the band Lali Puna, while Mecki Messerschmidt now also plays drums for the recently reformed Schweisser. Michael Acher composes and programs for Ms. John Soda.