Category: 1975

Dennis – Hyperthalamus (1975)

“Carsten Bohn was a pilllar of the first wave of German Rock bands. He drummed for the ‘City Preachers’ (1969) , then for ‘Frumpy’ (1970-1972) before creating in 1973, the band ‘Dennis’, named after his son, with ‘Frumpy’ bandmate Thomas Kretschmer. The band’s headquarters was an old village school outside of Hamburg, where the band lived and rehearsed with often-changing line-ups including Manfred Rürup (‘Tommorrow’s Gift’) and Michael Kops on keyboards, Thomas Kretschmer (Ex-Frumpy) on guitar, Klaus Briest (‘Xhol’) and Hans Hartmann on bass, Willi Pape (‘Thirsty Moon’) on sax and flute, Olaf Cassalich (‘Ougenweide’) on percussion and Carsten Bohn on drums & percussion. The music itself was based on collective improvisation, with either a rockier edge or a jazzier feeling, depending on the musicians, recalling ‘Thirsty Moon’ or ‘Tommorrow’s Gift’… The record is highly recommended.”

Kickbit Information – Bitkicks (1975)

“Pure krautrock gravy from the loins of some of its finest architects, the hairy jazz rock blowout herein being choice enough to even overlook the gristly and distorted warts-and-all recording quality of these never-intended-for-release rehearsal room recordings. Led by Ex-Guru Guru and future Spacebox bassist Uli Trepte, this briefly assembled outfit (which also featured Frumpy’s Carsten Bohn and Thirsty Moon’s Willi Pape) churn out three slabs of classic kraut fusion here in the rawboned and hectic style that Trepte would soon carry forward with Spacebox.”

Dark – The Jam (1975)

“Crafting a musical skeleton that has as much in common with British folk as it does with West Coast jam bands, DARK wouldn’t be unlike a lot of other psychedelic bands in the late sixties/early seventies. What made them different was one thing: a solid understanding of fuzzy guitar. Rather than merely using the fuzzbox to show off, DARK incorporated it into the build of their songs, laying it across moody, heavy tracks that approached sprawling.”

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