Music: Klaus Johann Grobe

Klaus Johann Grobe isn’t a single German Synth Pop texturalist, but two distinct Swiss sonic anarchists who play a stripped-down Garage/Jazz/Soul/Pop hybrid and sing entirely in German.

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Klaus Johann Grobe

With nothing else to go on but the severe Teutonic name, you might surmise that Klaus Johann Grobe is a humorless German Synth Pop/Krautrock texturalist who stands alone on stage making icily atmospheric blips and gurgles while staring emotionlessly at his audience. You’d only be partially right.

To begin, Klaus Johann Grobe isn’t a single German Synth Pop texturalist, but two distinct Swiss sonic anarchists — keyboardist/vocalist Sevi Landolt and drummer/vocalist Daniel Bachmann — who play a stripped-down Garage/Jazz/Soul/Pop hybrid and sing entirely in German, creating an entity that suggests a blend of The B-52’s and The Flying Lizards, if they’d been the house band for a seedy bar on the Reeperbahn. Read more about the duo in this week's Sound Advice.


Klaus Johann Grobe plays MOTR Pub Friday with PRIM. More info/tickets: motrpub.com .
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