The history of ///snippet.upper.laser

Photo Credit: Jürgen Hermann Krause

We’re in the year 2011. I Just graduated from high-school and moved to Cologne to pursue my dream of being a musician. My brother-in-law Leo and I decided to form a band and we started looking for other musicians to join us. First Leo talked to an old friend of his who, shortly after, hopped on to the bandwagon. So we had a vocalist, a pianist and me on guitar. We started writing some material which ended up being pretty slow-paced, singer-songwriter-style kind of music. We liked it, but we were still missing the whole rhythm section, so we posted an ad on various websites and forums, looking for a drummer and a bassist. The first bassist we met joined the band right away. The first drummer we met however, didn’t really seem to fit in, so we continued the search. Needless to say, it paid off. One day I received a very promising e-mail, so I invited the guy to our next practice session.  We invited a bunch of friends over to the practice room that night to hang out, play some music and meet our potential new drummer. Then he arrived. He walked in and it felt like we knew each other for decades… Eventually he sat down at this very beaten up drum-set we already had in the room… And this, ladies and gentlemen, was the moment this guy blew my mind for the first of many times. Without having heard even a second of any of the songs we presented him, he took our drafts and turned them into powerful, groove-driven, all-out rock songs. I was flabbergasted. In fact, I think everyone present in the room (including him) thought “what the actual f**k just happened”? By the end of the night and after many beers and great talks, our band was complete.

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Photo Credit: Jürgen Hermann Krause

Flash forward to the year 2015. By that time we had achieved many things: We won contests, we played concerts in front of thousands of people, we recorded and released an album and we toured around Germany. But some things changed over the years and the vibe wasn’t the same anymore. This inexhaustible drive to push forward and reach new goals was gone and so was the motivation to keep the band together for some of us. So we didn’t. Left behind were three of us: Carsten on bass, Nik on drums and me on guitar. Since we couldn’t just stop being creative and make music together, we started writing new instrumental post-rock material to see where it would take us. Exploring new musical territory, none of us were really sure whether this was something to more seriously pursue or not. Almost another year went by and we came to a point where a decision had to be made. Not having played a gig in over two years, there was this undeniable urge to have a band, record records and get back on stage. Carsten, who was still unsure whether this was the project he really wanted to put all the time and effort in besides having tons of things going on in his personal life, then stepped down and it all came down to Nik and me. After unsuccessfully looking for other bassists to take is spot, we sat down and tried to come up with a plan. As you are reading this right now, you probably know we did. And oh boy what a plan that was. We knew we have the skills, the means and, most importantly, the drive to make this happen on our own. From that night on we went balls to wall, writing songs, planning recordings, executing them and creating what we are today: A kick-ass instrumental rock band!

And now, with the first EP out and our first gig under the belt, the sky is the limit!

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Photo Credit: Carsten Mohr

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