THE DEAD BROTHERS
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|THE DEAD BROTHERS STORY
Foundet 1989 around the Singer and Wild Man Alain Croubalian, the MANIACS, early Swiss Punk and Pierre Omer more or less what_s left of a symphony orchestra after their car crashed today. some heavy metal wind instruments (Tubas, trombones and bass saxophone) a megaphone and a top hat, a nasty french accordion and some sweet lap steel country , they called themselves the Only Real Heavy Metal Band sometimes they had up to 9 Tubas on Stage doing a Bo Diddley Beat Bringing rock_n_roll back to Europe by exploring the musical roots that led to it_s birth or what would the european music that led to rock_n_roll, sound like today?
They make Satie rhyme with Birthday Party, and the Saints singing Besame Mucho. They_re a macabre rock_n_roll party and an old fashioned wedding at the same time. Need your sense of humour when they stage gruesome deaths singing Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Poison Ivy of the Cramps wrote they liked their rendering of Human Fly. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Tom Waits loved their records. Thomas Wydler of the Bad Seeds says their Tod Von Basel penned in the 16th century sounds pretty nasty.
Toured tons with Bob Log III and England with T-Model Ford the tale dragger from Greenville, and they know personally the Reverend Beat-man himself. They are fans of The Kift, famous dutch surrealist jazz family. The Dead Brothers sing blues tunes out of ancient Europe (Totentanz) and famous cajun-core french swingh from Bombay. They_ve been called _the best funeral orchestra along with tubas and electric guitar_ and _the most bizarre act to have appeared in Europe_. Felt at home in Russia, but go as much as possible to the swiss mountains.
Some say they are paradoxal. Difficult to get along with. Try good food.
They started staging a travelling doctor selling some potion from table to table, storming cafis with the well-named Cirque Electrique. They wrote a musical about ...death played on a boat during the swiss national exhibition in 2002, _Day of the Dead_ featured Eleni Mandell, DJ Khan, Reverend Beatman and the whole dead family.
After _Dead Music for Dead Poeple_ and _Day of the Dead_, the third Dead Brothers_ record is the soundtrack to the movie _Flammend_ Herz_ , which is about old german men covered with tattoos. It was recorded in the backstage of theaters in Switzerland, and an old swiss-german radio station. In Theater too, they got hired to sing songs about death in plays directed by Meret Matter at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, then under Christoph Marthaler_s direction.
Look forward to play Brecht and Weil_s Four Penny Opera at the Basler Opera under the direction of Lars Ole Warburg.
You can hire us for circus acts, and bar-mitsvah_s, with the dead brothers every concert turns out to be a surprise. Some hate it. But again, they do funerals, not birthday parties.
in 2010 a New Dead Brothers Area Begun, Changing into a DEATH FUNERAL STRING ORCHESTRA , with only Strings, the Band Turned into wild open again after several Member changes and Still Do what they do best Weird Necromantic Wild and Bizarre Java jazz Blues Oriental Exotica
many mussisians involved in the Dead Brothers so far such as: Pierre Omer , Jean-Philippe Geiser, Fred Schmutz ,Denis Schuler, Dlaney Davidson, Christoph Gantert, Barbara Bagnoud, Olli Franz, Julien Israelian, Zoe Capon ,Axel Jansen, Holger Stehen, Resli Burri (padent ochsner), Jean-Jacques Pedretti, Alain Porchet, Yves Massy, Marcel Salesse, Morback, Matthias Lincke, Alain Meyer ,DJ Scratchy (the clash), magot Flück ( zeno tornado) Stefan Baumann , Patrick Kessler, Balts Dead Nill (Stiller Haas)
Dead Leon Schaetti (Helicon, Accordéon, choeurs)
Dead Alain Croubalian (Vox, Framus tenor Banjo, 1968 Gibson acoustic mahagony, Thüringer Waldzither, Hagstrom 1- 1965 electric guitar, Pauke)
Dead Dide Marfurt (Hurdy-Gurdy, Bagpipes, Emmentaler Halszither, Jews Harp, Tourmaster lap-steel and homemade Stratocaster electric guitar, Maultrommel et choeurs)
Dead Matteo Bordine (Roland Space echo, drums and shakers)
Dead Matthias Lincke (Mandolin, violin, Tambour du moyen-âge, choeurs)
Dead Resli Burri (Harmonium, piano, psycho banjo on black train, synthétiseur Korg Lambda, shakers & choeurs)
THE DEAD BROTHERS - Things are rarely what they seem
When the fog lifts and the wind shifts things are rarely what they seem.
Was it love or was it murder?
It's hard to say in this light.
Is she fifteen or is she twenty?
Who knows past midnight?
The truth hides in deep and murky waters.
Which leads us to the question at hand:
Who are the Dead Brothers?
A surrealist chanson outfit, Penny arcade singers from Bismarck , North Dakota , carny attractions at PT Barnum's or rejects from Hades?
Perhaps taking a closer look at their music will shed some light on this investigation.
Bluegrass clashes with Macedonian funeral marches, Jimmy Rodgers goes line dancing with Bauhaus and Swiss hillbilly folk music becomes the soundtrack to a hardboiled film noir.
The Dead Brothers know a secret is far more seductive than the truth...and they never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn.
Which brings us to the present:
Legend has it that The Brothers recently gathered in a remote Swiss mountain village and fueled by wicked wine and strong spirits, cut a disk that merges the worlds of Richard Wagner, Dashiell Hammet and Georges Brassens.
It will not take long for the analysts to enter the scene and ask:
Is it Jazz?
Is it blues?
Is it avantgarde folk?
Or is it simply Rock 'n' Roll?
The answer is: YES!
It's all of that, tightly wrapped into an exotic little package.
For the Dead Brothers nothing is sacred and everything is profane...or is nothing profane and everything sacred?
So one day when the good Lord sits down to a few glasses of Escorial after a hard day's work and the light is just right you might see The Dead Brothers pulling their pump organ, upright bass, banjo, lap steel guitar and singing saw down the main drag of your home town and sitting down at a Mahogoni bar at the Marquis de Sade's, holding up glasses of Escorial and toasting toward heaven before hitting the stage and seducing you into a world of love, pain and magic.
Mark Littler, Frankfurt, january 2010
THE DEAD BROTHERS - day of the dead
THE DEAD BROTHERS - 5th sin-phonie
THE DEAD BROTHERS - black moose
1. BLACK MOOSE
2. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE THAT YOU OWE
3. DARK NIGHT
4. GOOD LUCK
5. I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY
6. BLACK TRAIN
7. ST DYMPHNA
8. LA MAUVAISE RÉPUTATION
9. HEART OF STONE
10. FEMME FATALE
11. SO WARS, SO ISTS UND SO WIRDS BLEIBEN
12. SHIP OF FOOLS
13. APPENZELLER TANZ
|THE DEAD BROTHERS 'black moose'
LP: VR1285 EAN-CODE: 7640148980449
CD: VRCD85 EAN-CODE: 7640148980524
MC: VRMC85 EAN-CODE: 7640148982207
After the Foundation in 1989 and the Commercial Breakthrough with 'WUNDERKAMMER' (2006) and a dramatic Change in 2010 (5th SIN-PHONIE) with the probably world Darkest and most Deadly Funeral String Orchestra the World has seen , the DEAD BROTHERS ,around Puppet Master of Disaster and Nr1 Swiss-Armenian Madman Alain Croubalian took another Step into the Unexpected Wonderland of Exotica Dark Country Folk and Deadly Strings with some rotten Back pipes and Recorded at the Famous OUTSIDE INSIDE STUDIOS in Italy a Album that takes you into the World of the BLACK MOOSE , a mystical Creature that has been there before the dawn of man a Creature that has witnessed the demise of millenia of civilizations and that is perhaps the driving force behind our perpetual fall into the proverbial dark night of the soul. a trueblues clash with Swiss psycho folklore and medieval troubadours high on ayahuasca. Black Moose is a romantic record - romantic in the darkest sense possible, a record that sheds new light on the ancient notion that all beauty emerges out of pain. Where does Friedrich Nietzsche meet central American revolutionaries and criminal bards drinking pisco sours made of kerosene with the devil himself