A duo based out of two continents, garage rockers The Kiez (pronounced Keetz) blend
fuzzed out atmospheric rock with reverb-laden soul and four-on-the-floor dance bangers.
Strangers introduced by mutual friends, Hamburg, Germany-based producer and drummer
Lucas Kochbeck and Lincoln, USA-based ex-Eagle Seagull frontman Eli Mardock hit it off
right from the start. The two quickly got to work sending demos and song ideas back and
forth like a game of telephone played over the internet, and produced a collection of song
demos that would eventually become their debut EP - "We Play” - which was released on
Hamburg, Germany label Clouds Hill on 2nd of February 2018.
Influences are worn on the sleeve, from artists as diverse as Iggy Pop, The Cure, Lou Reed,
The Clash, Bowie, The Rolling Stones. But these RIYL tags are too easy, too lazy. The reality
is The Kiez are worth a listen because they have qualities and sound uniquely their own. Yes,
they loosely define themselves as garage rock, but the band is perhaps more "musical" than
your typical garage rock while still full of the same swagger and - dare I say - sass.
The first songs from The Kiez came out of the blue. "Well, I felt like that something wants to
come out," says Lucas Kochbeck. "This was just a chance to let it all out," Mardock says. "I
bottle things up and stay pretty stoic usually. I open in songs. If I didn't, I think I'd implode
under the weight of everything." The songs quickly morphed into more than angry break-up
songs. "From basically the start, this band has never been about... hey, let's make this
insanely difficult, challenging album, etc." says Eli Mardock. "This band is all about what
comes naturally. We're not trying too hard, not forcing anything. It's all about what comes out
sort of organically...everything is kind of in our sweet spot, in a way, because it's not ruined
by overthinking. We're just going with what's visceral, intuitive, our gut feelings, in all these