... is the 5th album,
another bucket full of toad spawn fished out of the kröters sessions.
Recorded at the Oktofon cabin in April 2018.
As usual, there are no second takes in this pond.
All is nutritious, spiraling and slowly growing legs.
( kröter ) *e the second of a 3 album release.
vocals by mr.vast
guitar / bass by jo zahn
samples / processing by chris umney
drums / synth / trumpet / production / artwork by chr chr
released May 16, 2021
2021 sees the release of another 3 albums “ Kröter *d, *e, *f “ another big bucket full of toadspawn fished out of …live session recordings of the past 3 years….still Nutritious ,more disgusting and still very potent !
Since the foundation of Kröter as a "band" end of 2016, it trodded a path inbetween genres. As the shapeshifting, ever evolving and regenerating qualities of a creature that named itself after- Kröte (Toad), a bunch of tadpoles wiggling in Jazz Pop ponds, then sprouting back legs they begin to jump around in Techno and krautrock even hopping casually onto land for a moment to sound like some fucked up radio play.
Henry Sargeant, former singer of Wevie Stonder and Mr. Vast, known for his Absurdist Opportunism, is the bands vocal artist. Needless to say the humour from sergeants previous project is also here but this time tempered with alarming moments of emotion and sincerity. Switching between stories and more traditional song structures as well as other less definable self made language experiments, literally anything is possible the mouth of Kröter can flick out a tongue which could catch any fly!
Christoph Rothmeier, drummer of the band Hunger is handling simultaneously the drums and a pack of genuinely unpredictable synthesizers. To this blunt yet agile rhythm section he adds wood trumpet and an impressive array of home-made precussive instruments.
All of which blends seamlessly into a common sound,glued and moulded by the oily interaction with the bass and guitar playing of Jo Zahn whose nutritious slide guitars and blues riffs, noise bass and invented chords are chewed up, and spat out again with aplomb.
The Kröter Project is run as a collective -
continuously cross fertilising with musicians.
Jörg Hochapfel (Bruchgold und Koralle, Hosho, Hunger, AMEO),
Kalle Zeier (Elle, AMEO),
Chris Umney (Wevie Stonder ),
Ansgar Welken (Ansgar Welken),
Linus Weichsel (Marlene Stunke),
Brian Morrow (das Helmi)
kröter are perhaps best understood when performing live. Always improvised, the sets are based on their pool of formerly recorded pieces. Visually they are “full on” …Expect Bizarre costumes, weird stage designs and videos. slippery In water , on land and somewhere in the swamps between - This Amphibian troupe are delightfully hard to define…indeed at times they are deliberately provocative and abstract , But If we are up to the challenge,it seems these magical creatures are inviting the listener into unexplored terrain, slippery, intangible and intensely present!
....tadpoles wiggling in Jazz Pop ponds, then sprouting back legs they begin to jump around in Techno and krautrock even hopping casually onto land for a moment to sound like some fucked up radio play.