Cortez touring Europe

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
Cortez touring Europe

Geneva-based Cortez will need no introduction amongst connoisseurs of seriously heavy, out-there, post-hardcore metal. After a brief absence, the band returned last year with a revamped line-up and a new album, “Phoebus”. Guitarist Samuel Vaney retired from the stage to concentrate on song writing and acting as the band’s live mixer. His role on stage […]

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp on UK/Ireland tour

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp on UK/Ireland tour

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp’s third album, “Rotorotor”, was unquestionably one of the most exciting and original albums made in Switzerland last year. This is what the highly respected UK monthly magazine fRoots (“The Essential Folk, Roots & World Music Guide”) had to say about it: “We are in the land of the desirably unclassifiable. […]

Larytta with worldwide album release

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
Larytta with worldwide album release

Formed in 2004 in Lausanne, the mysteriously-named Larytta play synth-pop with a hint of Phoenix, a dash of Kraftwerk, a few bleeps of Hot Chip and “Popcorn”, plus a hefty dose of their own secret mixture of spices from North Africa, the Middle East and dodgy 1960s film soundtracks. In order to make their live […]

Kejnu tour of Germany to coincide with album release

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
Kejnu tour of Germany to coincide with album release

30 January saw the release in Germany of Kejnu’s impressive double CD album “Centillion”. It came out in Switzerland last year, garnering uniformly excellent reviews. Formed in the Eastern part of Switzerland around vocalist and guitarist Nuél Schoch who is also an artist and graphic designer, the four-piece also consists of Alessandro Giannelli (drums), Ramon […]

Kruger bidding adieu with last tour

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
Kruger bidding adieu with last tour

After thirteen years at the forefront of the European post-Hüsker Dü hardcore scene, Lausanne-based five-piece Kruger are calling it a day. With their day jobs and their growing families, time became too tight to do justice to the band, says their singer Renaud, adding: “We want to end it with a good feeling and no […]

Open Season album release and tour

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
Open Season album release and tour

Open Season are an eight-piece good-time pop reggae band from Berne. This is what they have to say themselves about the album “Boombay”, their eigth, which was released by Irascible in Switzerland last November: “This is excessive Caribbean-Indian bass music, produced with lots of pumping bass by Arschtritt Lindgren from Stuttgart/Berlin. The songs are about […]

Showcase festivals – cheaper and better with Swiss Music Export

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
Showcase festivals – cheaper and better with Swiss Music Export

Swiss Music Export is represented at most of the major conference festivals in Europe – and even one in the United States. If you are Swiss, or you live in Switzerland, you may qualify for a discount on your festival ticket or attend a number of invitation-only events. At some of the festivals, Swiss Music […]

Five Swiss bands at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival, Groningen 14 – 17 January 2015

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015
Five Swiss bands at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival, Groningen  14 – 17 January 2015

Forget skiing, skating and curling – the only place to be in the middle of January for anyone even vaguely interested in the latest musical trends in Europe is Groningen in the North of Holland. From its humble beginnings in 1986 as the site of a “battle of the bands” between Dutch and Belgian groups, […]

The revived Puts Marie raring to go

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015
The revived Puts Marie raring to go

Towards the end of the last decade, Puts Marie from Biel decided on a temporary split in order to allow the individual members to follow their creative instincts outside the confines of the group for a while. Such was the success of these projects that when Max Usata (vocals), Nick Porsche (drums), Igor Stepniewski (bass), […]

Klaus Johann Grobe touring Germany

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015
Klaus Johann Grobe touring Germany

Word about the confusingly named Klaus Johann Grobe – a duo consisting of Sevi Landolt (organ/synth/vocals) and Daniel Bachmann (drums/vocals) – has quickly spread since the release last summer of their strikingly original debut album “Im Sinne der Zeit” on Chicago-based Trouble in Mind Records. Already featured in Pitchfork and fresh off a UK tour […]

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