Amsterdam-based das bisschen Totschlag proclaims they’re “all about the beauty of vulnerability in the Digital Age” and continue with… “nothing really matters”. How do you get emotive experimental pop from a group of artists who are inspired by the two simultaneously? We had a quick chat with Fabian Kiepe ahead of their Shameless Limitless Berlin show next Thursday to find out.
The project, named after the song “Die Goldenen Zitronen” and loosely to “that little bit of manslaughter”, began through an experimental process and continued when Fabian co-booked a show in 2016 where a support act was still needed. Max (brother on drums) and Niklas (cousin on guitar and synth) were asked to play songs he wrote, and the project has expanded from there.
“The most inspiration for writing these songs and lyrics was when my partner left to another country very far away, so we were faced with having a long-distance relationship. I got interested in the way we communicate feelings and maintain intimacy in such situations – long distance relationships were always a thing, but I think through the possibility we have nowadays, it’s very common. Long-distance relationships leave you overthinking about the struggle to maintain a bond together when you actually live different lives, but it still gives you the possibility to love. This ambiguity and the blurriness of digital and analogue in such relationships is something we try to mirror in the music.”
Their debut album “easy care + softener” will be released on March 22nd.
What? Shameless/Limitless: das bisschen Totschlag (Amsterdam) / Aporia
When? Thursday, March 28th, 2019, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Where? Loophole Berlin Boddinstrasse 60, 12053 Berlin, Germany
Tickets at the door.