Steamboat Switzerland - Wertmüller (03.2005)
It’s been three years since Steamboat Switzerland created a sensation
with the release of the CDs Budapest (GROB 315) and ac/dB [Hayden] (GROB
316). Since then the bad has played over 100 concerts and expanded it
repertoire considerably. The Hammond organ post-progrock and post-death
metal trio of the Swiss men Dominik Blum (organ), Marion Pliakas (electronic
bass) and Lucas Niggli (drums) has included numerous compositions of other
composers in its program, has worked out an acoustic set (with piano instead
of organ, and an amplified acoustic guitar instead of the electronic bass),
has played two-fisted rock sets, curated festivals, and has merged into
larger ensembles. A new, long overdue Steamboat CD could have meant anything:
a rock CD, an acoustic set, work with a larger ensemble.
From this rich pool of work, they have decided to release a cycle of work:
twelve compositions that Michael Wertmüller (who can be heard as
a drummer on
; some of his compositions are collected on
) who wrote for (the fully amplified version of) Steamboat Switzerland.
In addition he chose five poems from Michael Lenz, which appeared in the
poetry volume Aller Ding in 2003. They are recited by Daniel Lieder, who
is known as a singer of the legendary free-core combo Alboth! And by the
way, Michael Wertmüller played drums for them.
The music is austere in the clearest sense of the word: exact, without
embellishments, worked out by composer and musicians into the smallest
details (Wertmüller participated directly in the recording production
and studied the text parts meticulously). This unshiftable order does
not serve to create drab, monotonous or brutal music, however. The music
is alive and very lithesome. The compositions correspond to the complex
way the band works and the band has downright absorbed the compositions
– nothing sounds put on here, nothing played with effort, or even
haphazardly. A dialect relationship: the musicians completely submit to
the compositional material and the compositions become a means through
which the band expresses itself.
On Wertmüller he most exact order is the catalyst for the vivid performance.
The compositions are in constant movement, the music appears to move itself,
reels, shoots forward and back. Therefore it rocks and there are terrific
thundering power passages. But they also step back behind a multifarious,
dazzling, constantly homogenous tonal image.
Dominik Blum (Homepage)
Lucas Niggli (Homepage)
Marino Pliakas (Homepage)
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