Stories From A Canadian Musician In Germany

Traveling outside of Canada can be a bit overwhelming, especially for a Canadian musician who has never left his Continent before. But all it took was one click on the Lufthansa website and I was on my way. Oktoberfest was almost over and I was told that if I missed this Bavarian festival I would […]

An Impression from Abroad: The End Tree and The Revival Tour

As I walked through the backstage poster-ridden corridor of Beatpol in Dresden, Germany, I could hear Chuck Ragan’s growling baritone voice warming up along with tenor Jay Malinowski, who sung as he fixed his hair. To my left was the band’s work station, with computers meant for updating websites and coordinating the next half of the tour. […]

Western America in Germany with Digger Barnes

There are classic attributes assigned to the “Western” genre in entertainment. Western-themed television shows, movies, and art all tell stories of the 19th century and America’s raw beginnings, replete with war, financial struggle, sickness, and everyday life on the range. With any good era and its treasured artifacts, it is generally frowned upon when individuals […]

Berghain Shrines and Purity Rings

The following is a prose poetry narrative inspired by both Purity Ring‘s debut album, Shrines, and a trip I took to Berlin’s infamous electronic music nightclub, Berghain. It seemed apt for Berlin that Berghain was more or less in the middle of the city, yet in the middle of nowhere. The labyrinth of residential streets […]

Words for S ND Y P RL RS’s REX

A while back we profiled a new and upcoming musician/photographer in Berlin, S ND Y P RL  RS (Malte Cornelius Jantzen). The artist just released his latest work, a seven-track, sharp but droney, shoegazey record called REX (Umor Rex Records). When we spoke with him for the last article, Jantzen told us that the poppier sounds of […]

German Dream Pop: Me And My Drummer

In order for non-English-speaking bands to be heard and reach audiences outside of their respective countries, they need to have some kind of tangible, universal sound. Unsurprisingly and overwhelmingly, such a musical objective is met when a band writes and plays songs in English. Since its formation, the German band Me And My Drummer has […]

German Record Label Showcase

Hallo. (That’s how people say “hello” in German.) This article is meant to provide a sampling of information about some of the best labels in Germany. There are small ones and bigger small ones included, but there are no beasts. A beast is a label that makes too much money by ripping people off. There […]

S ND Y P RL RS, or “Sunday Parlours” Without Vowels

S ND Y P RL  RS (formerly Songs For Sunday Parlours) is the solo project of Berlin’s Malte Cornelius Jantzen. He’s German, but you’d never be able to tell. He writes songs in English that easily fit in with today’s American indie rock scene, sounding something like a male Cat Power, with some Conor Oberst […]

A Real Conversation About Music with TV Buddhas

Some bands go through the highs and the lows of their careers thinking more about the system and less about the music, thinking things like: How do I make it in this scene? What websites need to review my music so that I can get big? Who should I work with so that my music can […]

A Peek Inside Berlin’s Most Coveted Nightclub, Berghain

THE BOMBER JACKET sent one of its writers to Berlin’s Berghain nightclub to check out the venue and share his experience with readers. Alright, let’s talk about Berghain. If you live in Berlin, or have just been to Berlin, there’s a very good chance that you’ve at least heard of the legendary nightclub. If you […]

Germany via South Africa with Dear Reader

Dear Reader is a musical act led by the beautiful and gracious Cherilyn Macneil. Macneil’s story is unique; the South African songstress ended up in Berlin after Myspace messaging Menomena’s Brent Knopf with her music, after which he then produced her record and shared it with City Slang Records’ Christof Ellinghaus, and then Ellinghaus signed […]

The Berlin Club Scene with Veteran Act Terranova

It’s common knowledge today that Berlin’s dance clubs dominate the electronic subculture on a global level. The subculture began in the late ’80s after the fall of the Berlin Wall with dance venues like Ufo and Turbine Rosenheim. Today, clubs like Tresor, Berghain, and Watergate reign among Berlin’s finest. With the growth of the scene […]

From Texas BBQ to German Beer with Shandy Mandies

Shandy Mandies is a four-piece rock outfit from Leipzig, Germany and is composed of Oliver Meisel, Patrick Burkholder, Gerald Költzsch, and Jan Helch. Shandy Mandies might be based out of Leipzig, but the band has a bit more international flair, as Burkholder is from the US and Meisel is from the Great Britain. THE BOMBER JACKET spoke with Burkholder about […]

Introducing You to New Radio Waves: FluxFM

In 2004, Markus Kühn, former musician and marketing manager for Germany’s ZDF and Universal Records, and Mona Rübsamen, the former head of MTV Germany, set up a German radio station that focused on alternative music, with roughly 45 percent of the rotation as new music. The attempt was significant at the time, and it still proves […]

Gomma Records Doesn’t Care

The bands on the Munich-based record label Gomma might seem like they reign in laser-infested underground German discotheques, but the collective’s projects and ambitions extend to lots of other settings. Gomma Records was conceived to be a multi-dimensional sonic and visual outet for the label’s artists. In addition to music the label produces an illustration […]