Damo Suzuki with Backseat Rhythm : Marco Egger (Drums), Corsin Fuchs (Bass) and Philippe Meier (Guitar)
Last year ended Network performance in Switzerland and this year begun in Switzerland. This offer came quite rush.
Landed at Zurich Airport, through to baggage claim you may see many PR of famous and gorgeous watches on the way. Actually history of watch making in Switzerland has begun 17th, 18th century, farmers wanted to do something in long winter period. So, they found Watch making as side business and became world famous. Swiss made on precision fields, is the world leader and trustable. Swiss is an inventive: Chocolate, Chemical Products (among them LSD, ha?), every boy’s Swiss made Knife and sure Cheese!! Many ideas and playful (like Japan). This few years even breeding sturgeon to get high quality caviar. Also seems to be cannabis land number one (percentage of inhabitant who smokes), Quality is as good as other products in this country.
Somehow Swiss made means quality.
Early morning flight is boring.
Woke up short before 4:00, drive through Autobahn that wasn’t like ice way. We have very cold winter since a week, but this part of Germany there is no snow. Cold and dry.
I’ve a friend Rainer is his name in Uzwil, is a cousin of late M.Karoly. Last time he said If I come next time I should stay one extra day. After four or five stations from Zürich Airport station, I reached Uzwil by train. Rainer was waiting for me drive me with his few months old new VW bus (He is a camper) He took a day off to spend the time with me. Drop at supermarket get some stuff for breakfast. Actually I don’t go to supermarket that often, but if you’re in foreigner country, I think it’s worth to visit (not only buy), you’ll find something different from your country. Living Standards, Taste, etc….even politic, there is always something to develop.
Rainer moved out of his old apartment and lives now in house, shared with young lady named Sabrina. Enough space. Outside is all covered in snow.
I took a bit relax and sleep. During the time, came chimney sweep, Repairman for water as hosts moved to here few weeks before, so Rainer asked me if I was able to sleep. Even didn’t sleep well, main thing is that my body did relax.
Alfred, a Greek, a Rainer’s Companion at his work, He has his parents living in Tesaloniki. They visited me when I performed there few years ago. Since long Greece is in crisis. Hope his parents are well.
The venue is opened for two days a week, every Wednesday open kitchen, and foods for 5 Swiss Francs. It’s autonomy venue, actually it’s not regal. Anyhow police like it as punks don’t hanging around anywhere in the city they comes here. Easy to control, ha?
The Backseat Rhytm, a local three-piece band was tuff, we performed together a set for two hours and they wanted to perform more and audience get together.
Next day, Rainer and his friend, photograph Rene took me to Appenzell, 20 minutes drive from Uzwil. Appenzell is a winter sport resort.
There is Long Skiing Path under lighting system. People in Apenzell are small like you said Rainer, their houses so small house, only 180cm high. And woman had no right for election until 1986, latest place for woman election right in Europe.
I like pocket watches, I found one I like in show window. Don’t think twice I bought this even cap with Swiss Flag wasn’t not a real my taste…I’m not against Switzerland just may works kitschy.
Appenzell is very famous for cheese.
We visited Show Cheese, where you can see process of cheese making. Off course there is a cheese shop even you can try fresh cheese of the day. I wanted to bring this back to Cologne, but I have to eat it on same day, a friendly lady at the shop told me, what’s pity! It’s taste a bit like hard tofu.
Another companion of Rainer, Christoph invited us with some other friends for Raclette evening. Raclette is beside cheese fondue, one of a Swiss national food.
It makes quite full stomach like cheese fondue.
So, I slept not that good.
Next morning Rainer said also same thing.
I’ve been telling you how impossible is der Bahn (German rail) many times. This time happened by SBB wagon. Actually this train brings me directly Basel back to Cologne. I found no wagon that I reserved seat. SBB man told me that wagon is not connected to other wagons as they found damage. No problem, train is really empty, easy to find free seat anyway, after I took myself in Feeding Wagon, a first try in SBB. It’s quite expensive like other things in Switzerland. Anyway after while waiter informed me that I have to change train at Freiburg as they found roof leak at one wagon.
So, Basel – Cologne is not direct..a comfortable travel like on my plan. I had to change train at Freiburg then at Mannheim…
May I have time to introduce you, bring you to one website that called this time I like to bring you to one website that called
they are making action “Come join “ the Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants” Rally!”
… there is Petition for the Realization of Denuclearization and a Society focused on Natural Energy.
Please go this website
Last summer I toured Japan and experienced 4 earthquakes.
Sadly Japan is 3rd biggest country for nuke power plant (54),.
During the tour, I took conversation with some people about this problem with Fukushima happened and to totally stop nuke power plant. Some people showed me interest, but some (many) won’t talk about that or no interest.
Japan as two times victims of nuke bomb and now with Fukushima. It’s not understandable not to showing interest on this.
After Fukushima, world situation has been changed.
Germans will stop Nuke power plant until 2022, then Switzerland will stop too. And few months before Belgium joined this and will stop until 2025.
Nuke is terribly dangerous and they don’t know what do with rest dust of nuke, some through it just into ocean……..
I hope many people sign this petition.
Let’s stop nuke power together!!!!!
Interview in Greek
Damo Suzuki – the former vocalist of the cult german band “CAN”, either the son or the father of psychedelic kraut rock.
The concert of the international project “Damo Suzuki and I Droog Moi Gruzovik” was within the festival of Japanese culture “Tanabata”. The shooting was on the next day after it. The star behaved very decently and shy. Damo is a very calm and kind person. “Gruzoviki” surprised with their thoughtfulness and calmness, too.
Music is international and is able to unite people. But how to unite such bright and different characters in photography? We shot a gang that had been operating in, let’s say, Moscow in the beginning of the XX century. Also we paid attention to the single portraits of everyone involved. We got something evoked by the novels of Boris Akunin.
Damo was also shot in the national look and in the style of the 40’s.
Chris Toyota Guitar, Guitar-Synthesizer, Vocals
Nikolaus Maas Drums, Vocals
Joseph Wenninghoff Bass, Vocals Bass, Vocals
Klaus Tietz Guitar
Claudia Rohnelt Vocals (2,4)
Damo Suzuki Vocals (8)
1.Invisible Man 8:08
2.Far Away 8:49
3.Love of a Woman 6:38
4.Ma Ka Ha Nya 7:54
6.Weihnachten in der Sahara 8:43
7.Things Must Be Done 7:37
8.First Train (of no Return) (live) 5:54
Rezension von Christian Rode
Bands, die die Tradition des Krautrock hochhalten, gibt es vergleichsweise wenige – im Vergleich etwa zur Psychedelic. Spontan fallen mir da Space Debris mit ihren Krautrocksessions ein, Zone Six oder eben Zeitloop, die bereits mit Weihnachten in der Sahara ein zeitlos spaciges Album dieses Genres auf den mittlerweile recht uberschaubaren Markt gebracht haben.
Die Band, die nach Selbsteinschatzung unterschiedlichste Musikstile in ihren Sound einfliesen lasst (Krautrock, Rock/Pop, Jazz, Electronic, Triphop, Ambient, Weltmusik), ist sich stilistisch treu geblieben, hat ihr Klangbild jedoch weiter entfaltet. Der Orient-/Indien-Einschlag ist geblieben, wurde jedoch durch eine erganzende weibliche Stimme ausgebaut, sodass etwas Amon Duul-Flair aufkommt (Far away, Ma Ka Ha Nya). Der bluesig-psychedelische Akzent wurde verstarkt (das vergleichsweise trockene, an Grateful Dead erinnernde Invisible Man, aber auch spaciger Nightmare und Things must be done). Eine relaxt-funkige Nummer gibt es ebenfalls wieder (Love of a woman). Auserdem das jazzrockige Titelstuck des Vorgangeralbums. Abgerundet wird die Scheibe durch einen Live-Mitschnitt mit Damo Suzuki von den Krautrock-Urvatern Can am Gesang.
Insgesamt wirkt Marrakesch mit seinem wunderhubschen, abstrakten Cover noch relaxter als das Vorgangeralbum und erzeugt eine noch starker atmospharisch-hypnotische Wirkung. Zeitloop zeigen wieder einmal – bei leicht veranderter Rezeptur – wie zeitgemaser Krautrock klingen kann, der sich seiner Traditionen deutlich bewusst ist.
Anspieltipp(s): Things must be done, Far away