The Notwist

Indie
© Patrick Morarescu
© Patrick Morarescu

From the small Bavarian town of Weilheim to the big, bad world: 30 years after they formed, The Notwist are still one of Germany’s most in-demand groups internationally. The two constants in “Germany’s biggest small band” (Die Welt) have always been the brothers Markus and Micha Acher. Their albums regularly hit the Top 10 in the German charts, and that despite the fact that The Notwist stand for maximum unpredictability. Anything can happen when the Bavarians give concerts: indie-rock, noise jazz, kraut, minimal music or electronic pop. And above it all, Markus Acher’s delicate singing. The Notwist are sophisticated, but never overly intellectual; catchy, but never trying too hard to please – and they are very danceable. An amazingly eccentric band for whom “technology is never a gimmick, but always used only to seduce” (Die ZEIT).