This is second of the 3 album release, with excerpts from kröter sessions at the oktofon cabin berlin, during 2017.
vocals by mr.vast
guitar / bass by jo zahn
drums'n'synth / trumpet
recording / production / artwork by christoph rothmeier
bassguitar on "tricky task" and
guitar on "etiopium" by special guest kalle zeier
released September 17, 2018
Since the foundation of the band end of 2016, this band have trodden a path inbetween genres. As the shapeshifting, ever evolving and regenerating qualities of the creature they named themselves after- Kröter (Toad) are 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 band is run as a collective - continuously cross fertilising with other musicians. These recordings feature Kalle Zeier (Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers) and Jörg Hochapfel (Piho Hupo, Hosho, Hunger, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra).
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!
2018 sees the release of their 3 album debut “ ( kröter ) *a, *b, *c “ a big bucket full of toadspawn fished out of …live session recordings of the past 2 years….Nutritious ,disgusting and very potent!
....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.