Urlaub in Polen
|Urlaub in Polen|
|Origin||Cologne, NRW, Germany|
|Years active||1999 – present|
Jan Philipp Janzen
After having released their first recording, the eponymously titled EP, through the German recording studio Institut für Wohlklangforschung in 1999, Urlaub in Polen signed to German noise rock label RAKETEmusik through which they have so far released three studio albums, as well as an EP.
Although they are only two man on stage, Urlaub in Polen have built themselves a reputation as a highly energetic live band. Thus they were recognised by Northern Europe's biggest music festival, Roskilde Festival, who put them on the bill in 2003. Live they are sometimes supported with Super 8 slide projections by Mark Witzel.
- Georg Brenner (1999–present) – vocals, Moog, guitars, synthesizers.
- Jan Philipp Janzen (2000–present) – drums, samples, percussion, Moog.
- Oli (1999–2000).
Among Urlaub in Polen's influences have been cited Trans Am and Neu!, but also the influence of as varied bands as Joy Division, Dead Can Dance, The Prodigy and Kraftwerk might be suggested in their music, which merges (post)punk-inspired noise rock, drum'n'bass-rhythms and synthesizer-driven, somewhat ambient and dreamy soundscapes into something new and unique. Roskilde Festival put it this way: "... The music is energetic and relaxing at the same time ... Urlaub in Polen, is highly acclaimed in Germany for their album Parsec, released [in 2002]. They are renowned for having made the most innovative and fascinating album in many years ..."
- Parsec (RKT008), RAKETEmusik/BluNoise, 2002.
- White Spot (RKT012), RAKETEmusik, 2004.
- Health and Welfare (RKT020), RAKETEmusik, 2006.
- Liquid, Strange Ways Records, 2009.
- Boldstriker, Strange Ways/Indigo, 2011.
- Urlaub in Polen, Institut für Wohlklangforschung, 1999.
- Blue Car Live EP (RKT004), RAKETEmusik, 2000.
- Contributed the track Lotus to RAKETEsampler Vol.2 (RKT003), RAKETEmusic, 2000.
- Split 7" limited edition-single (RKT006; 300 copies only) with German trip hop band Dazerdoreal, RAKETEmusik, 2002.
- Panorama, music video, 2004.
- Oli is a pseudonym. His true name is unknown.
- In their 2003 band presentations.
- Wolfgang Frömberg: Review at Intro.de: URLAUB IN POLEN – »Boldstriker« (german language)
- Produced by Gregor Hennig, a German producer, drummer, and songwriter working at Institut für Wohlklangforschung.
- Recorded in AJZ Bahndam, Wemmelskirchen in Germany.
- Directed by Timo Katz