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The Kiez

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Hamburg, Germany-based drummer and producer Lucas Kochbeck and Lincoln, Nebraska-based ex-Eagle Seagull front man Eli Mardock were introduced via email by mutual friends who knew they’d be a musical match-made-in-heaven.In their sound nothing is out of bounds: lo-fi electronics, fuzzed out soul, garage-rock infused dance beats and shoe-gaze guitars. All elements are combined perfectly in their upcoming EP We Play. It`s a surprisingly focused and fully realized collection of songs full of coy swagger, teen malaise, and garage psychedelia. Lucas and Eli have crafted sonic textures ranging from overdriven bass to quirky synths and organs, dreamy background vocals, and the rolling pidder-padder of garage rock drums. Eli’s lyrics capture a wide range of moods and emotions: the boredom of youth, the deep gratitude of real love, the electric up and down moments of a one-night stand, and a general us-versus-the- world sort of attitude.The Kiez is a pop band. But, like the best party- inducing pop, there is always a hint of insight towards the ineffable.Their debut album will be released in 2018 through Warner Music Germany.

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February 1st 2018

The Kiez

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 songs."

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