Soft Grid Live w/ Bad Stream, konkrit

ANTIME & Spex – Magazin für Popkultur presents:
Soft Grid Live
Bad Stream Live A/V Show PREMIERE w/ Jupiter
Hainbach Live
konkrit (Dj-Set)
+ special guest


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28.01. Urban Spree

E: ANTIME will celebrate itself, the music and all the people behind it on January 28 at Berlin’s finest Urban Spree. Roughly five years after its inception, the Berlin-based collective will bring together new and old faces that make the multifaceted label-turned-platform what it is. Soft Grid have released their debut LP »Corolla« last fall on ANTIME and went directly on tour to promote it in concert halls throughout Germany right after. Their whirling, eclectic mix ranges from steady Post-Rock rhythms to wandering synthesizer worship, but is as all times as focused as it is energetic. The three-piece will be supported by ANTIME founder Martin Steer’s new audio-visual project Bad Stream with an exclusive premiere of his new musical ventures, modular wizard Hainbach’s hypnotic grooves and the Acid-tinged antics of Leipzig resident ABIGAIL.

GER: ANTIME feiert am 28. Januar in der Berliner Urban Spree sich selbst, die Musik und natürlich die Menschen dahinter. Gut fünf Jahre nach Entstehung bringt das Berliner Kollektiv alte Bekannte mit neuen Gesichtern zusammen, die die vielseitige künstlerische Plattform zu dem machen, was sie ist. Soft Grid veröffentlichten im Herbst ihre Debüt-LP »Corolla« über ANTIME veröffentlicht und gingen schnurstracks auf Deutschland-Tour, um sie zu promoten. Nun kehren sie mit ihrem ebenso furiosen wie kuriosen Mix zurück, der von pluckernden Post-Rock-Rhythmen bis zu ausgedehntem Synthesizer-Worship reicht und sich trotzdem aufs Wesentliche konzetriert. Das Trio erhält Unterstützung vom ANTIME-Gründer Martin Steer, der an diesem Abend exklusiv sein neues audiovisuelles Projekt Bad Stream vorstellen wird. Außerdem wird Modular-Magier Hainbach seine hypnotischen Grooves beitragen und der Leipziger ABIGAIL malt die Nacht in Acid aus.

With their debut LP Corolla for ANTIME, the Berlin-based trio Soft Grid captures the explosive energy of its celebrated live shows. Soft Grid was started in 2014 in an abandoned hospital ward by Jana Sotzko (of Dropout Patrol) and Theresa Stroetges (alias Golden Diskó Ship), who had previously been working together in the improvisation project Epiphany Now. After their spontaneously composed and recorded tape release Stingrays was issued through Berlin’s Twaague Records in the summer of 2015, the British drummer and producer Sam Slater was recruited more or less directly from a Berlin dance oor to join the band for live shows. He became a full member in no time. Since then, the three-piece has shared stages around Germany alongside such diverse acts as Des Ark, Milemarker, Messer, or even Tolouse Low Trax.

Corolla is as much of an improvisational effort as their live shows: not really. Just like their gigs – which have all members wandering around to take over duties on synthesizers, bass, guitar, viola, and microphones – Corolla is a carefully mapped out, compositional whole, recorded live over two days in Salon Berlin by Sylvain Livache. It showcases the trio’s taste for ventures into the realms of extreme acoustic sounds and electronic textures as well as their knack for catchy hooks and driving rhythms. Even amidst the heaviest synth breakdowns, there’s something joyful to cling to. Soft Grid make music that is continuously twisting and shifting, which immerses itself in the steady flow of sonic events without losing focus. Anything goes on Corolla, and when it does, the three head in exactly the same direction.

From the massive opening chords of »Herzog On A Bus« to the subtle Chicago-style Post-Rock influences on »Hospital Floor« and the erratic finale which is the title track, Soft Grid create a musical narrative throughout their debut LP which reflects its lyrical themes. While the lyrics of Corolla, themselves a collaborative effort, sample everything from a Werner Herzog documentary to the eerie atmosphere of that hospital ward where the band was born,
there is at least one leitmotiv which ties them together:
Soft Grid are first and foremost concerned with
moving forward. And they will.

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 Stimmen zu »Corolla«:

»Ein zusammenhängender, vor sich hin mäandernder Strom an, bei dem sich aus jeder musikalischen Idee bereits die nächste herausschält.« – SPEX, Daniel Welsch

»In diesem Album steckt mehr drin als in so mancher zehnalbigen Diskografie.« – LUXEMBURGER WORT, Vicky Stoll

»Soft Grid [konstruieren] ihre wie Momentaufnahmen wirkenden, live eingespielten Stücke aus vielen Schichten und nach genauen kompositorischen Ideen.« ZEIT ONLINE, Vicky Rose

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