THE BLECH
unscrupulous entertainment [ 1985 – 1996 ]

„German band THE BLECH have slashed the throat of the golden twenties and replaced them with an Ibero-Anglo arabesque voice mix. THE BLECH disconcert, irritate, scare and .. make wonderful radical dance music, which may inspire you to listen, reflect or dance through the night“. // Dr. Susanne Binas

THE BLECH toured 12 years through North and South America, Canada, Japan, Russia, Siberia, Europe and the Soviet bloc. The band have been invited 2 times to „documenta“ Kassel, played at rock, punk, jazz, and contemporary music festivals, has received international awards and shared stage with Elvis Costello, Henry Rollins, Nick Cave, Herbie Hancock, Nina Hagen, Klaus Doldinger, Cecil Taylor, Einstürzende Neubauten, Elliott Sharp, Iva Bittova, Fred Frith, Chaka Chan, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Helmut Friedrich Lachenmann, Mauricio Kagel or Luciano Pavarotti.

The Blech

THE BLECH released 6 LP/CD. Their albums have become a treasure-trove of extravagant, groovy dance hall artistry. In addition to their CDs, THE BLECH presented equally radical videoclips and unscrupulous live-shows – the already mentioned „treat for the eyes. The forcefulness with which THE BLECH flung their conviction from the stage into the audience was at once hypnotic, irritating and erotic.“ Zeit

Established by Hubl Greiner and Rupert Volz, who formed the core of THE BLECH.

An anarchistic listening enjoyment with Avant-Garde Rock, bits of Brecht / Weill, Jazz elements, witty tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Dada and the expressive voice of „Der Volz“.

The Blech

THE BLECH live Dokumenta Kassel 1987
Hubl Greiner: Drums
Der Volz: Vocals, guitar, trumpet, Casio
Therofal: Bass, keyboards, sampler

DIE EINSAME TRÄNE – Videoclip 1989
Music: THE BLECH | Text: Heinrich Heine | Video: Hubl Greiner
Many thnnxx to Sonia Ushiyama Souto

THE BLECH live in Moscow 1992
Hubl Greiner: Drums
Der Volz: Vocals, guitar, trumpet, Casio
HB-W: Violine, bariton-violectra, keyboards
Shirley Anne Hofmann: Trombone, euphonium

THE BLECH live in Illingen 1992
Text: Ernst Jandl (Ich kann die Hand nicht heben hoch zum Gruß, Der zertretene Mann Blues)
Der Volz: Vocals, guitar, trumpet, Casio
Therofal: Bass, keyboards, sampler
HB-W: Violine, bariton-violectra, keyboards
Shirley Anne Hofmann: Trombone, euphonium

THE MUSICIANS

Hubl Greiner … drums, machines, objects, marimba, piano, bass, percussion
Der Volz … vocals, brass instruments, trumpet, guitar, lyrics
Helmut Bieler-Wendt (1989-1994) … violin, violectra, piano
Shirley Anne Hofmann (1990 -1993) … brass, piano, accordeon, vocals
Therofal (1986-1989) … bass, sampler, vocals
JP Volk (1992-1994) … bass
Sandra Silva Coutinho (1991) … bass, vocals
Achim „Bagdad“ Schmidt (1987) … violine


Cheerfully across the abyss… and beyond!

THE BLECH (1985-1996)

The German band THE BLECH became known when they came on the scene in 1985, using a combination of experiments with language and music, with a fondness for absurd plays on words. In subsequent years, the band developed these musical experiments into one of the few timeless approaches to pop music in Germany, which enjoyed worldwide acclaim. THE BLECH have helped to overturn an artistic millenium which, as a basis for the relationship between Man and nature, had clung to harmony.


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