Kraftklub

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Kraftklub
Also known as In Schwarz
Origin Chemnitz, Germany
Genres Indie rock, punk rock, rap rock, garage rock, post-punk revival
Years active 2010–present
Labels Vertigo Records
Website [1]
Members Felix Brummer (Felix Kummer)
Karl Schumann
Till Brummer (Till Kummer)
Steffen Israel (Steffen Thiede)
Max Marschk

Kraftklub is a five-person band from Chemnitz, Germany. Their music combines rock / indie and Sprechgesang with German lyrics and is generally considered to be a mixture of rap and indie.[1]

Founding and early years (2009 - 2011)[edit]

Kraftklub at Melt! Festival 2013
Kraftklub at Openin Festival 2014
Kraftklub at Kosmonaut Festival 2014

The band first met at school [2] and founded the band at the end of 2009.[2][dead link] On 13 February 2010 they released their first EP, entitled Adonis Maximus at a record release party in the Chemnitz club Atomino.[3]

Kraftklub have performed as the support act for bands including Beatsteaks, Fettes Brot and Casper.[2][dead link] In August 2009 they released their first single, Zu Jung.[4] In September 2010 they won the ARD radio station New Music Award.[5] This resulted in attention from some major record labels. As of January 2011, they are signed to Universal Domestic Rock/Vertigo Berlin.[6][7]

2011 - present[edit]

In 2011 the band represented Saxony in the Bundesvision Song Contest with their song Ich will nicht nach Berlin, coming fifth with a total of 89 points.[8] The single was released the next day where it reached number 45 on the German Media Control Charts.[9] Their debut album Mit K was released on 20 January 2012 and shot straight to number one in Germany.[9][10] In April 2012, Songs für Liam, the next single from their album, was released. It debuted at number 40 and peaked at number 14 in the German Media Control Charts.[11]

Kraftklub refer to their hometown of Chemnitz as "Karl-Marx-Stadt" [12] (this was the name the city was known as from 1953 to 1990) - one of their songs on Mit K is entitled Karl-Marx-Stadt - and they are known for their trademark poloshirts, varsity jackets and suspenders.[2][dead link]

Its first concert outside of Germany was at 19 September 2012, in "La Puerta Grande" Bar in Bogotá, thanks to the "Kolumbien mit K" tour promoted by the Goethe Institut - Colombia, which took them by Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, each one with two concerts respectively, and one in Cartagena.[citation needed]

Till and Felix are brothers [13][2][dead link] and the sons of AG. Geige member Jan Kummer. Since there is no artistic connection to Kraftklub, the brothers use the surname Brummer instead.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2012: Mit K
  • 2014: In Schwarz
  • 2015: Randale (live album)
  • 2017: Keine Nacht für Niemand

EPs[edit]

  • 2010: Adonis Maximus
  • 2012: Live im Astra Berlin
  • 2012: Songs für Liam

Singles[edit]

  • 2011: "Zu jung"
  • 2011: "Ich will nicht nach Berlin"
  • 2011: "Eure Mädchen"
  • 2012: "Songs für Liam"
  • 2012: "Kein Liebeslied"
  • 2012: "Mein Leben"
  • 2014: "Hand in Hand"
  • 2014: "Unsere Fans"
  • 2014: "Wie ich"
  • 2014: "Schüsse in die Luft"
  • 2015: "Blau"
  • 2015: "Alles wegen Dir"
  • 2017: "Dein Lied"
  • 2017: "Fenster"
  • 2017: "Sklave"

Band members[edit]

Song appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120512223812/http://www.visions.de/live/tournee/16818/kraftklub. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e https://web.archive.org/web/20120520203538/http://www.reflect.de/2011/12/kraftklub-interview-%E2%80%9Emicky-maus-ist-ein-bloder-kleiner-klugscheiser%E2%80%9C/. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131109054250/http://www.atomino-club.de/contrexx/index.php?section=calendar&catid=0&yearID=2010&monthID=2. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "KRAFTKLUB | Zu Jung | Diskografie" (in German). Universal Music. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110829051244/http://on3.de/element/6800/new-music-award-2010-kraftklub-raeumen-ab. Archived from the original on 29 August 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Neu! Kraftklub bei Vertigo Berlin!" (in German). Universal Music. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Universal Domestic Rock angelt sich Newcomer-Band Kraftklub". musikmarkt.de (in German). Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120512175713/http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/specials/bundesvision2011/index.html. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b "Kraftklub - Mit K - Music Charts". acharts.us. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120416100710/http://www.freiepresse.de/NACHRICHTEN/TOP-THEMA/Kraftklub-startet-durch-Album-Mit-K-von-0-auf-1-in-den-Charts-artikel7891041.php. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Kraftclub - Songs Für Liam - Music Charts". acharts.us. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  12. ^ "laut.de-Biographie - Kraftklub". laut.de (in German). Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120428173345/http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/videos/player/index.html?contentId=122386&initialTab=related. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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