Meute (band)

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Meute
Meute group photo May, 2016
Meute
Background information
OriginGermany/Hamburg
Genres
Years active2015–present
Websitemeute.eu

Meute (stylized MEUTE) is an eleven-piece self-described techno marching band from Germany. The band arranges Techno, House and Deep House works by well-known DJs, augmenting them with electronic beats created by marching band instruments. In doing so, they seek to "[create] a new genre by combining hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music," thereby "detaching electronic music from the DJ desk."[1] Meute have toured Europe, America, and southern Africa in their four-year history and have performed in a variety of venues, including city streets, music festivals, and classical concert halls.

Band history[edit]

The Meute logo consists of the letters, M, E, U, T arranged and resized to form a stylized coat of arms.

Meute was founded by trumpeter Thomas Burhorn in Hamburg in 2015. The band had their breakthrough in early 2016 when their video for the song Rej by Berlin DJ duo Âme became a viral hit on social media.[2] Within a week, their interpretation of the Deep house song received more than 400,000 views on YouTube.

After the release of their debut album Tumult in mid-2017, Meute toured music clubs in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Luxembourg. In total, the band gave more than 150 concerts in their first two years of existence.[3] In 2018, Meute participated in the showcase festivals ESNS and SXSW, ending the year as one of the most booked festival bands in Europe.[4]

In addition to formal gigs, Meute has given unannounced concerts in several cities. In June 2018, one such performance in Berlin gained widespread attention when a video of the band performing its song "You & Me (Flume Remix)" went viral. As of December 2019, the video has 27 million views on YouTube, making it the band's most widely viewed to date.[5] Meute's unannounced October 2018 appearance in Rome drew attention to their single "Hey Hey (Dennis Ferrer Remix)" in a similar fashion.[6]

Meute's arrangements have earned recognition from their original artists. In 2017, Meute and Laurent Garnier, whose song "The Man with the Red Face" the band had prominently covered,[7] made a joint stage appearance at the 2017 Festival Yeah! in France.[8] In 2018, Meute and Stephan Bodzin took the stage at the Festival Reperkusound in Lyon.[9]

In early 2019, as part of their "Europe 2019" tour, the band toured forty cities across fourteen countries.[10] Later that same year, the band played concerts in South Africa and Eswatini with the help of the Goethe Institute.[11]

Meute undertook their first North American tour in October 2019, with 14 performances in the United States and Canada.[12]

In October 2019, Meute released their first live album, Meute Live In Paris, which they recorded in March 2019 at Le Trianon in Paris. The collection consists of 14 previously released songs as singles or on album, as well as three previously unreleased tracks.[13]

Additionally, Meute supports projects by Musicians without Borders with the help of Musik Bewegt, a German philanthropic organisation seeking to use music to make a difference in education, integration, heath, and youth.[14][15]

Style[edit]

Meute's music is based on Techno, House and Deep House hits. They call their covers or arrangements "reworks". These works are rearranged by the Hamburg musicians and adapted to the instruments of the band. Through the combination of techno and the acoustic marching band instruments, Meute makes electronic music visible and combines these two German music styles. German national newspaper Die Zeit describes the band as placing a unique twist on the genres, in that "[t]he hypnotic monotony of the electronic music is retained, but the sterile sounds from the machine are replaced by the warmer-sounding wind instruments."[2] Per the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the result sounds "Symphonic. Hymnlike. Orchestral".[16]

The band plays acoustic or amplified on major festival stages, in techno clubs, and on the street. Their cross-genre appeal has also lead Meute to perform in classical settings such as the Hamburg State Opera[17] and Vienna Concert House.[18]

Discography[edit]

Singles

Albums

  • 2017 : Tumult
  • 2019 : Live in Paris
  • 2020 : Puls

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MEUTE. "MEUTE - Techno Marching Band". www.meute.eu. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  2. ^ a b Hollenstein, Oliver (2016-06-16). "Meute: Apple meets Manufactum". Die Zeit (in German). ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  3. ^ Meute. "Meute - Techno Marching Band". Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  4. ^ "Meute (Germany)". Euradio. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  5. ^ MEUTE - You & Me (Flume Remix), retrieved 2019-12-16
  6. ^ Meute (2018-10-26). "Meute - Hey Hey (Dennis Ferrer Rework)". Retrieved 2019-06-06 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ MEUTE. "MEUTE - Techno Marching Band". www.meute.eu. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  8. ^ Culturebox (2017-06-13). "Meute vs Laurent Garnier au festival Yeah! 2017" (in French). Retrieved 2019-08-24 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Reperkusound (2018-06-12). "Stephan Bodzin x Meute". Retrieved 2019-08-25 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ Meute. "Meute - Techno Marching Band". Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  11. ^ "Concert: Meute & Bombshelter Beast live! - Goethe Institute South Africa". Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  12. ^ Meute. "Meute - Techno Marching Band". Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  13. ^ This Is EDM Magazine (2019-08-22). "Meute - You & Me (Flume Remix) - Live in Paris". Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  14. ^ Music Bewegt. "Meute" (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  15. ^ "Über". Musik Bewegt (in German). Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  16. ^ Elena Witzeck (2019-03-15). "Straßenband "Meute": Die Rattenfänger von Hamburg". Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin. ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  17. ^ "State Opera Hamburg: Meute at the Opera - on May 10, 2018". Das Opernmagazin (in German). 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  18. ^ "Meute" (in German). Retrieved 2019-08-25.