INFOBOXGenre(s): Electronic, Jazz/Improvised Music
From: Vienna, Austria
Although the local club culture has become somewhat static, it still can surprise in the formal aspect. No project can illustrate this more vividly than Elektro Guzzi. Playing the idea of techno with the means of a classic line-up was first conceived as a joke. But those who have experienced Elektro Guzzi live, know about the energetic qualities of the trio. Not to mention the ludicrous image-sound-gap which is developed in their performances.
When asked about how to perceive the formal self-image of Elektro Guzzi, Bernhard Breuer has a quick and clear answer: “We definitely see ourselves as a band and have always worked as a band”. The studied jazz drummer shares an academic approach to the instruments with his band mates Bernhard Hammer (guitar) and Jakob Schneidewind (bass). The acoustic venture already began in 2004. The musical socialization of the Elektro Guzzi members is less based on an electronic foundation, but rather stems from traditional rehearsal room sessions. Breuer: “I used to make punk and noise music.” Techno in its purest form will be rarely mentioned as a major influence of the band. The Elektro Guzzi members feel rather at home in experimental music. Keyword: Mego. Not only socialization-wise, but also relating to the working process. The development of the band that has found the self-designation of a “techno-dance band” as an apt description, is to be recognized as a sound experiment. The band has been tweaking and refining their sound in the rehearsal room over many years.
The way out, towards the audience, was first pursued when the band was sure about a homogeneous and coherent form and content. That is why it took until Spring 2010 for their first album to appear. On the occasion of the debut album, the tour schedule led the trio to the most famous clubs on the continent. Their performances at the Berlin Berghain, the London Fabric and their trip to Barcelona for the major music festival Sónar speak for themselves. The overall quality of the band especially unfolds in the live situation. The analog approach with guitar, bass and drums can safely be described as creative purity. All sounds of minimal techno, including well-dosed dub sprinklers, droning from the speakers are exclusively generated live.
On October 26, 2018 Elektro Guzzi released their latest album “Polybrass” (Denovali Records). As the title suggests, Elektro Guzzi have extended their sound for “Polybrass” with a number of brass players. Three accomplished musicians have joined them: trombonists Hilary Jeffery, Daniel Riegler and Martin Ptak.