Concert review in Sydney Morning Herald

“These idiomatically eccentric pieces variously carried misty echoes Erik Satie, progressive rock, fairground innocence and folk melodies, with phases dedicated to establishing and sustaining rather autumnal moods punctuated by rhythmic and textural surprises. Like a painter working with shades of the same colour, the palette did not shift radically: no starbursts of energy, although there were flashes of elfin lyricism, notably in Sollbruchstelle.” said John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald about our Art As Catharsis concert at 107 Projects with Alon Ilsar. For this concert, we set up in the middle of the room, with the audience around us, and the clip-on bulbs on our note stands as the only light source.

March 2018: “Sollbruchstelle” EP

Following an exciting tour to museums, jazz cafés and indie venues in Hobart, Melbourne, Canberra, Bulleen, Ballarat and Sydney, we are happy to present our new EP “Sollbruchstelle” via Art as Catharsis. “Sollbruchstelle” is a 20-minute piece across three movements. The music is more energetic and rhythmic than our recent albums.

Monique Mezzatesta – Violin
Susie Bishop – Violin (live: Jara Stinson)
Simeon Johnson – Cello, Artwork
Jochen Gutsch – Guitar, Trumpet, Composition, Recording, Mixing

Launch gigs:
02 Mar 2018 | Sydney | 107 Projects | Hinterlandt w/ Hashshashin, Raven
03 Mar 2018 | Wagga Wagga | Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Hinterlandt (2 sets)
16 Apr 2018 | Sydney | Redline at Tram Sheds | Hinterlandt
29 Apr 2018 | Sydney | Sicko @ Slyfox | Hinterlandt w/ DingBats? feat Simon Barker, Sofie Loizou (Anomie)
15 Jun 2018 | Sydney | Halfback Books Dee Why | Hinterlandt w/ Hamilton-Polovineo Quartet
24 Jun 2018 | Sydney | Gasoline Pony | Hinterlandt w/ Jep & Dep, Donna Amini Band, Chintzy Lopez, Geoff Towner
21 Jul 2018 | Katoomba | Hotel Blue | Hinterlandt

Australian Summer 2017/18

Hello. We’re looking forward to the Australian summer 2017/18! To celebrate, we made Bandcamp Downloads of all available releases free (‘pay what you want’ to be exact) and we will play some concerts: museums, jazz clubs, indie bars. Please come say hi, have a chat and a drink with us.

07 Jan 2018 | Hobart | MONA Museum of Old and New Art | Hinterlandt (1pm afternoon, inside Nolan Gallery)
08 Jan 2018 | Hobart | MONA Museum of Old and New Art | Hinterlandt (1pm afternoon, inside Nolan Gallery)
24 Jan 2018 | Sydney | Lazybones | Hinterlandt
25 Jan 2018 | Canberra | Smith’s Alternative | Hinterlandt
26 Jan 2018 | Melbourne | Old Bar | Hinterlandt w/ Fourteen Nights at Sea, 0000 0000 0000, Pilomath
27 Jan 2018 | Melbourne | Heide Museum of Modern Art | Hinterlandt (5pm ‘Art at Twilight’ performance)
28 Jan 2018 | Ballarat | Art Gallery of Ballarat | Hinterlandt (2pm free daytime performance)

For those who are more into dub/prog/rock, we recommend Jochen’s new trio No Mandate, which also has some gigs coming up:

14 Dec 2017 | Sydney | Fuzz Face @ Hideaway Bar | No Mandate w/ Teens of Thailand, Milk Crate Bandits
21 Dec 2017 | Sydney | MoshPit | No Mandate w/ Sonori
22 Dec 2017 | Newcastle | Hamilton Station | No Mandate w/ Sonori, Unfit for Human Consumption
06 Jan 2018 | Hobart | MONA Museum of Old and New Art | No Mandate (1pm afternoon, outdoor stage)
08 Jan 2018 | Sydney | Lazybones | No Mandate w/ Fabels, Kurushimi

More praise for Ode to Doubt

Some more reviews for our latest album Ode to Doubt (in German): “Selten hört man heutzutage noch etwas völlig Einzigartiges und Neues, das in seiner Schönheit kaum in Worte zu fassen ist.” says Betreutes Proggen and hands out 15/15 points. “Hinterlandt zeigen den Himmel und die Erde auf” says StreetclipTV. “Kompositorisch weiterentwickelt” says Trust Fanzine who also featured a long Hinterlandt interview a few months ago. “Ein wirklich bemerkenswertes Album… Wohlklang und anspruchsvolle Kammermusik werden geschickt gemischt” says print-only prog magazine Empire.

In the meantime, more gigs in Australia:

Fri 23 Jun 17 | Sydney | 107 Projects | Hinterlandt w/ Instrumental (adj.), Brian Campeau
Fri 11 Aug 17 | Nowra | Bomaderry Presbyterian Church | Hinterlandt
Sat 02 Sep 17 | Thirroul | Afternoon: Urge Records | Hinterlandt
Sat 02 Sep 17 | Canberra | Evening: The Front Gallery | Hinterlandt w/ Happy Axe
Sun 03 Sep 17 | Sydney | Jura Books | Hinterlandt w/ No Mandate

Ode to Doubt: East Coast Tour

Hinterlandt_BirdsEye_Mofo2017_Thumb150x150We’re taking our brand new Ode to Doubt set to a few sweet locations along Australia’s East Coast:

Thu 23 March 2017 | Sydney | Django Bar
Fri 24 March 2017 | Wollongong | Jane’s
Sat 01 April 2017 | Bellingen | 5 Church Street
Sat 08 April 2017 | Berrima | Afternoon: Berrima Smalls
Sat 08 April 2017 | Sydney | Evening: Golden Age Cinema

Following the successful launch shows at Mona Foma Festival we’ve also had some initial reactions:

“All-acoustic spacious blend of contemporary chamber music, experimental sounds and alternative pop song” – The Mercury (AUS)
“Hinterlandt represents a distinctive, interesting and, I think, important stylistic excursion. Jochen Gutsch’s talent and vision as a multi-instrumentalist and composer has shaped an original project” – CutCommon (AUS)
“The lyricism is personal and witty, the composition is unparalleled, it’s just a fantastic little record.” MyIndieAustralia (AUS)
“A creative approach that is generally considered ‘high-art’, mixed with the qualities and characteristics of progressive/avant-garde music. Strings, brass and acoustic guitars, performing music that is romantic, rocky, creepy, percussive and sometimes mentally conflicting!” – 2SER Bandnextdoor (AUS)
“Gorgeous arrangements sprawling across seven tracks. Chamber music for indie lovers” – Cheap Slices (US)
“…an experiment to test the boundaries of what this format can offer … Overall, it’s a very interesting and diverse release from the Australian sextet.” – Canthisevenbecalledmusic (US)

The Mona Foma set was recorded by ABC Classic FM – an interview and some parts of the recording can be heard here. Another interview with Jochen about the composition can be read here.

New Album: Ode to Doubt

On 19 January 2017 Sydney label Art As Catharsis releases our brand new album “Ode to Doubt”. It has 40 minutes of acoustic indie-chamber music. Three of seven movements feature vocals, the rest is instrumental. Music and words were written, arranged, recorded and mixed by Jochen Gutsch at the Hinterlab in Sydney. The album celebrates the notion of doubt as a healthy basis for critical thinking.

Musicians: Brian Campeau: Vocals | Nicole Smede: Vocals | Natalya Bing: Violin, Xylophone | Susie Bishop: Violin, Xylophone | Simeon Johnson: Cello | Jochen Gutsch: Guitar, Trumpet, Piano, Glockenspiel

You can listen ($0), download (pay what you want), or order a CD ($20) here:

Album Launch Details:

19 Jan 2017 | Sydney | Alpha Gallery
22 Jan 2017 | Hobart | Mona Foma Festival
23 Jan 2017 | Hobart | Mona Summer Jam Series

Other artists playing at Mona Foma festival include Mike Patton, Puscifer, Carolina Eyck, Pantha du Prince, Kelsey Lu and many more.

Hinterlandt Tour & Single


In the second half of 2016 we continue to tour the material from our latest album Ensemble plus a new ‘single’ called Chase a Dream It features vocals from Brian Campeau and Nicole Smede.

Thu 22 Sep 16 | GER | Berlin | Panda Theatre w/ Karsten Troyke
Fri 23 Sep 16 | GER | Hannover | Lima10 (invite only)
Sat 24 Sep 16 | GER | Berlin | Donau 115
Sat 08 Oct 16 | AUS | Sydney | Venue 505 Chase a Dream single launch w/ Wartime Seethearts
Sun 09 Oct 16 | AUS | Newcastle | Royal Exchange w/ Andy Rantzen & Jochen Gutsch
Sun 16 Oct 16 | AUS | Katoomba | Hotel Blue w/ Oliver Downes
Fri 21 Oct 16 | AUS | Canberra | Smith’s Alternative w/ Oliver Downes
Sat 29 Oct 16 | AUS | Melbourne | Nicefest @ Bendigo Hotel w/ Fourteen Nights at Sea, A Lonely Crowd, Instrumental (adj.), Hashshashin, more
Sat 05 Nov 16 | AUS | Sydney | Nicefest @ Chippendale Hotel w/ Tangents, Wartime Sweethearts, Hashshashin, Facemeat, Seims, more

For these dates the ensemble will consist of various combinations of the following musicians: Simeon Johnson, Natalya Bing, Lidia Bara, Daniel Weltlinger, Brianne Curran, Liron Yariv, Brian Campeau, Nicole Smede, and Jochen Gutsch. We all hope to see you there.

Recent Reviews

Realtime-Review_150pxRealTime Arts (concert review): “… the long-form works take the audience on journeys through diverse sound worlds, the unconventional line-up of instruments creating unique possibilities and timbres …”
Echoes and Dust (album review): “… a really original record which is really worth an hour of your time if you’re looking for a break from the self-imposed silo of your usual listening …”
Vital Weekly (album review): ”… best enjoyed sitting down and listening carefully, but in a good mood; preferably with a glass of red wine at hand …”
CutCommon (concert review): “… the meandering music traverses an array of styles, with grooving bass from the cello and trumpet melodies …“
CutCommon (album review): “… this is a group well worth keeping an eye (or ear) on …”
Be Subjective (album review): “… Das Album ist toll, ich bin begeistert. Große Kunst, große Musik …”
MyIndieAustralia (album review): ”… beautiful cello and violin lines drone in and out of melodies between each other, guitars plucked and strummed give measure and rhythm in parts …”
Syke on Stage (concert review): “… five interconnected movements scored to reflect the dynamics of a day, including all the ups and downs one typically encounters; very much in keeping with Gutsch’s predilection for narrative …”