Kettcar

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Kettcar
Kettcar Band.jpeg
Background information
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Grand Hotel van Cleef
Associated acts ...But Alive, Rantanplan
Website www.kettcar.net
Members Marcus Wiebusch
Reimer Bustorff
Erik Langer
Christian Hake
Lars Wiebusch
Past members Frank Tirado-Rosales

Kettcar is an indie rock music band based in Hamburg, Germany. The band has released four studio albums. The band released their fourth album, Zwischen den Runden, on February 10, 2012. The band name is derived from the Kettcar, a riding toy produced by Kettler since 1962.[1]

History[edit]

Marcus Wiebusch of ...But Alive and bass player Reimer Bustorff, who were both members of the ska band Rantanplan, decided in 2001 to break away from punk's and ska's traditions of aggressive, political lyrics in favor of developing a more emotional, laid-back style. Together with Erik Langer (guitar), Frank Tirado-Rosales (percussion) and Marcus' brother Lars Wiebusch (keyboard), they formed Kettcar as a guitar pop group exploring the experiences of grown men in their lyrics.

When they failed in finding a label to publish their finished first album "Du und wieviel von deinen Freunden", Marcus Wiebusch and Bustorff banded together with Tomte-singer Thees Uhlmann and formed the independent music label Grand Hotel van Cleef out of Wiebusch's own B.A.-Records and Uhlmann's label Hotel van Cleef. In early 2002 "Du und..." became the first record to be released by the new label. Its success, while still moderate, exceeded expectations by far and Kettcar became darlings of the German music press.

They managed to record and release the even more successful second album "Von Spatzen und Tauben, Dächern und Händen". On 18 April 2008 Kettcar released their third album called Sylt and debuted at number 5 in the German album charts. On 31 August 2008, she played at the Club Kampnagel a sunrise concert with acoustic versions of some of their titles, supported by a string quartet. A recording of this concert is the main part of the DVD Live at Kampnagel - 5:43 am, which appeared in fall 2009. In November 2009 they came back with this program, supported by strings, the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, on a six-concert tour. From the concert tour in the temporary buildings in Hamburg appeared on 22 January 2010 an eponymous live album on CD and vinyl, which contains the songs of the concert without the intervening announcements. In June 2010, Frank Tirado-Rosales known that he is leaving the band in order to pursue other projects. His successor, Christian Hake, already drummer at the Home of the Lame and Olli Schulz. On 10 February 2012, the band will release their fourth studio album, which will be called Zwischen den Runden (In English: between rounds).

Musical style[edit]

Kettcar are classified in the German indie rock and indie pop. The band is often mentioned in connection with the Hamburger Schule. Following statements by Marcus Wiebusch he does not see this relationship, only the origin is the same. Reimer Bustorff denotes the style itself as guitar pop.

Discography[edit]

Kettcar discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
Live albums 1
Singles 8
Music videos 8

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
GER
[2]
AUT
[3]
CH
[4]
2002 Du und wie viel von deinen Freunden
  • Released: October 28, 2002
  • Label: Grand Hotel van Cleef
  • Format: CD, Vinyl
2005 Von Spatzen und Tauben, Dächern und Händen
  • Released: March 7, 2005
  • Label: Grand Hotel van Cleef
  • Format: CD, Vinyl
5 49
2008 Sylt
  • Released: April 28, 2008
  • Label: Grand Hotel van Cleef
  • Format: CD, Vinyl
5 12 78
2012 Zwischen den Runden
  • Released: February 12, 2012
  • Label: Grand Hotel van Cleef
  • Format: CD, Vinyl
5 15 40
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
GER
[2]
AUT
[3]
CH
[4]
2010 Fliegende Bauten
  • Released: January 22, 2010
  • Label: Grand Hotel van Cleef
  • Format: CD, Vinyl
32
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album chart peaks
GER[5]
2003 "Landungsbrücken raus"
  • Released: February 10, 2003
Du und wie viel von deinen Freunden
2005 "48 Stunden"
  • Released: February 14, 2005
Von Spatzen und Tauben, Dächern und Händen 45
"Deiche"
  • Released: May 9, 2005
Von Spatzen und Tauben, Dächern und Händen 69
"Balu"
  • Released: September 12, 2005
Von Spatzen und Tauben, Dächern und Händen
2008 "Graceland"
  • Released: March 28, 2008
Sylt 57
"Nullsummenspiel"
  • Released: May 30, 2008
Sylt
"Am Tisch"
  • Released: August 29, 2008
Sylt
2010 "Money Left To Burn (live)"
  • Released: January 8, 2010
Fliegende Bauten
2012 "Im Club"
  • Released: February 3, 2012
Zwischen den Runden

References[edit]

  1. ^ kettler.net News: Kettcar 50 years
  2. ^ a b "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  3. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Kettcar - 48 Stunden". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  4. ^ a b Steffen Hung (2008-04-18). "Kettcar - Sylt". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Stand January 26, 2012". Musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 

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