Pop / Rock

Van Allen Belt / Bernhard Schnur / Chicken

Support: Bernhard Schnur (A), Chicken (A)

The Van Allen Belt is the pop concept of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Benjamin Ferris. Formed in 2008, the band is steeped in a lyrical nostalgia for 1960’s girl-group-pop a la Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector. Consistently self-producing and releasing original material, the band is 3 albums and 2 EP´s strong in their catalog; also writing, directing, shooting, and starring in all 6 of their music videos.

Performing with such luminaries as Stereolab, Atlas Sound, Dan Deacon, at venues and festivals such as SXSW, NXNE, CBGB, CMJ, MPMF & VIA, the band has toured extensively performing over 300 shows in the United States and in Europe.

The live trio are a fully electronic performance with Scott Taylor´s sound design, electronic drums, and video projections providing atmosphere and backdrop for the melodic, polyrhythmic-orchestral synth work orchestrated by Benjamin Ferris. Uniting all these elements are Tamar Kamin´s vocals, sampled and looped in real-time, the voices build lush harmonies along with the melodies. The fiery, beat-driven songs, suited to a hybrid of electronica, techno, and hip-hop form their own energetic space, dynamically in balance with the intensity of the interactive system of synths, effects and loops.

Honest pop with pertinent and progressive themes, punchy and trim production with a love of psych excess and a mature style, The Van Allen Belt are touring Europe in support of a new EP album release planned for the fall of 2018.

Chicken is a recently formed trio with Katrin Plavčak on guitar and vocals, Nicholas Hoffman on bass and vocals and Hari Ganglberger on drums.

Their music is independent songwriting and the songs are interpreted in the classic three piece sound, direct and playful, using driving rhythms and sometimes odd meters, amplified and distorted sounds plus the human vocal system.

Bereits als Sänger der 90er Kultband “Snakkerdu Densk” wusste Bernhard Schnur gleichermaßen zu begeistern, als auch zu verstören. Vier Studioalben und unzählige Tourkilometer: Talentprobe bestanden.

Die Metaphorik seiner Lieder verdeutlicht Schnurs Osteuropa Affinität, unverwechselbare Melodie und Rhytmusführung zeugen von angeborener Popsensibilität. Unorthodoxe Reduktion im Arrangment, Sprachmix im Songwriting und vor allem sein unruhig schrulliges Bühnenspiel sind kompromisslose Trademarks.

Live ist Bernhard Schnur ein unverwüstlicher Veteran der mit seinem Hang zum Surrealismus eine Ganzkörper-Performance abliefert, die sich wohltuend vom usual suspect Troubadour abhebt.
Helge Schneider im Astralleib von Elvis oder umgekehrt?!

Einlass: 20.00
Eintritt: 6€

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