Bruch (c) Dino Spiluttini
Bruch (c) Dino Spiluttini


BRUCH is the long-standing solo project of Philipp Hanich, based in Vienna / Austria. Experienced in pop culture’s diverse tropes and a wide range of subculture’s standard dances, Bruch leverages the allures of an emotionally charged crooner in lugubrious gray-black, just as much as he knows to convince as a vitriolic spitfire the very next moment. Vulnerable yet forceful, grandiose yet intimate, sometimes stroppy and cracking in overdrive – Bruch’s evocative and unadorned vocal style instantly sucks you into his stories.
Bruch’s first LP released in 2012, ever since he ’s been merging dark electronics with the grand gestures of rock’n’roll (noir) and Schlager music in a highly distinct minimalist manner. Bruch comes in different shapes, appears as a solo act, but sometimes also fully dressed in a band-outfit. Pulling up all styles of music that are suitable for his purposes, Bruch sets out to do something, then: does it. For he `s 1, 2, 3, 4 … various!
Besides Philipp Hanich’s work as a musician and visual artist (his cover artworks are hand-painted, and as stark and uncompromising as his music), he also co-founded the music labels Cut Surface (since 2016) and Totally Wired Records (2012-2016).


Cut Surface – A Label Portrait

Cut Surface (c) Dino Spiluttini

CUT SURFACE: It starts with a cut. After four years and 28 (!) records, the team behind “Totally Wired Records” split and announced the end of the label. The answer to the question of succession … read more »

PICTUREBOOK LANDSCAPES – An overview of the current Austrian pop scene

At the moment in Austria it’s all about that new-found sense of confidence. Once again, a new breed of sharp, good-looking boys, proper rockstars are standing out there front of stage, proclaiming things like “We’re … read more »

Austrian Pop Music – Too Much Going On Round Here

ON THE FRUITLESS SEARCH FOR THE DEFINITE SOUND OF AUSTRIAN POP. By Robert Rotifer. It was June 2013. The singer-songwriter CLARA LUZIA had just played a live session on the MARC RILEY SHOW on BBC … read more »