“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.
We will announce another special concert in Sydney soon.
06 December 2018 | Port Macquarie | Lounge Room
07 December 2018 | Newcastle | Lass O’ Gowrie
08 December 2018 | Wollongong | Servo Food Truck Bar
20 December 2018 | Sydney | The Dock Redfern
21 December 2018 | Dee Why | Halfback Books
05 January 2019 | Sydney | The Townie
09 January 2019 | Canberra | Smiths Alternative
10 January 2019 | Melbourne | The Tote
11 January 2019 | Melbourne | Bombay Rock
SNOB CLUB is a noise-rock trio based in Bremen, with Matthias Weisshoff (Party Diktator) on bass, Gregor Hennig (Saprize) on drums. Split LP in August 2018, German tour dates below.
02 August 2018 | Berlin | Schokoladen
03 August 2018 | Dresden | Schokofabrik
04 August 2018 | Fintel | Krähenberg
07 August 2018 | Hannover | Glocksee
10 August 2018 | Hamburg | Hafenklang
11 August 2018 | Bremen | Schaulust
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 505Chase 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.
Hinterlandt: ‘Patches & Paths’ (excerpt). Recorded live at Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 October 2015 by Mathew Steffen. Bronwyn Cumbo: violin, percussion / Natalya Bing: violin, percussion / Simeon Johnson: cello, percussion, effects / Jochen Gutsch: guitar, trumpet, percussion, effects. Full album: artascatharsis.bandcamp.com/album/ensemble
RealTime 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 …”