- In 1994 Kreidler was founded in Düsseldorf by Thomas Klein, Andreas Reihse, Detlef Weinrich and Stefan Schneider who was to leave Kreidler in 1998 in order to form To Rococo Rot; his place on bass-guitar was taken by Alexander Paulick (Coloma, Narrow Bridges) until 2001, and again from 2008 on.
- Kreidler have been asked to remix artists such as Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten and Faust among 20 others and cooperated with artists like Klaus Dinger (NEU!), Add (N) to X, Young Gods, Theo Altenberg, Momus, Leo Garcia, Pyrolator and Chicks on Speed
- Their music has been used for high profile fashion shows (Chanel, Lacoste, Giles Deacon), films, theatre and dance performances


2014 marks twenty years of KREIDLER. The band has outgrown adolescence, but remains juvenile, reckless, impetuous. They recorded their new album ABC in Tbilisi, Georgia. And there will also be a film – by Heinz Emigholz, who accompanied the last album DEN with film clips.

ABC. Like TANK, it's two times three: Six tracks characterized by elliptical shifts, where suddenly the bass and drums take over the helm – or a choir appears.

Indeed, a choir. KREIDLER worked together with Georgian singers: Either hovering freely in the meditative pop piece Ceramic, or defining a new space within a space, as in Nino. Nino perhaps most clearly suggests that the album was recorded in Tbilisi, Europe's southeasternmost metropolis, on the former Silk Road at the intersection of East and West.

Nino opens the album – a piece made for setting off in a convertible with the top down, moving at the steady pace through the speed-limited traffic zones with the speakers pumping. A female voice takes over for Alphabet and the mood rises. It rocks as only KREIDLER can rock. Then a short pause with Destino, which displays a melancholy longing that leads to abstract No Wave Funk. Modul is similar to Nino, yet even more relentless. And Ceramic is reminiscent of Crepuscule, the Brussels dandy label, but less of a particular song or band, and more of the label itself, which was perhaps the most European of all record labels: Beauty as an argument. Tornado concludes ABC. Tornado may be spelled out like Alphabet, but Kreidler aren't taking any prisoners here.

A scruffy smoothness unifies the tracks, which rely less on layers or the shifting of variable patterns, and more on riffs. Yes, riffs. But not hashed out on guitar or bass – Alex Paulick is more the sequencer, the lead sound, or the cloud. It is the synthesizers of Andreas Reihse and Detlef Weinrich that provide the definitive propulsion. And wasn't it the case with the last album DEN that KREIDLER even considered making a record without drums? What a peculiar endeavor. Once again, Thomas Klein's distinctive playing was destined to press the songs further forward, onward, ahead.

As always with KREIDLER, ABC is about the exploration of freedoms within a previously determined framework. It is a formulation of convergences, of possibilities within a procedural movement, based on a notion of democracy, with socialism in mind, where one understands that restraint is not merely a strategy of a conceptually inclined band, but that it serves to strengthen the validity, precision and majestic authority of expression.

PS: The cover uses photographic works by Thea Djordjadze. The Georgian artist usually works directly within a space, combining sculpture, painting and found objects into ensembles. Many of her photographic work are comparable, arranging diverse elements in a black (or white) box. Her works reflect art and cultural history, refer to Georgian folk art or even Soviet modernity. They often contrast "poor" and "valuable" materials or combine raw and designed elements. In 2012 Djordjadze participated in dOCUMENTA (13).

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presented by Spex and ByteFM:
May 9th, 2014 // Cologne – Achtbrücken Festival @ Philharmonie
May 15th, 2014 // Nuremberg – K4
May 16th, 2014 // Offenbach – Hafen 2
May 17th, 2014 // Fulda – Kulturzentrum Kreuz
May 24th, 2014 // Düsseldorf – FFT
May 26th, 2014 // Stuttgart – Schocken
May 28th, 2014 // Leipzig – Täubchenthal
May 29th, 2014 // Bremen – Theater Bremen
May 30th, 2014 // Hamburg – Uebel & Gefährlich
May 31st, 2014 // Berlin – Bi Nuu






Check out Heinz Emigholz' video series for "Den".