Formed near Munich as a post-hardcore band, the Notwist gradually began to embrace a fusion of classic ’80s indie pop songwriting and scruffy electronic backings indebted to Oval and Autechre. The quartet is comprised of brothers Markus and Micha Acher (on vocals/guitar and bass, respectively) plus programmer/keyboard player Martin Gretschmann and drummer Martin Messerschmid. Their self-titled 1989 debut and 1992’s Nook were rough-and-tumble punk LPs. Third album 12 marked the group’s first flirtation with electronics, though the chord structures and vocals of Markus Acher marked the Notwist more as an alternative band. The band then gained an American distribution deal with Zero Hour, and after 12 was reissued, fourth album Shrink — almost entirely abstract electronic in nature — appeared in 1998. Neon Golden (2002) and The Devil, You + Me (2008) were both song-oriented in nature, albeit with electronics continuing to play a significant role in the band’s material. [See also: Potawatomi, Console, Lali Puna, Ms. John Soda, 13 & God, Tied + Tickled Trio.]

Monkeytown Announces Monkeytown Festival, featuring Apparat, The Notwist, MODESELEKTOR

Monkeytown Announces Monkeytown Festival

On December the 5th MONKEYTOWN RECORDS are proud to present the MONKEYTOWN FEST at the Berlin TEMPODROM. The plans have been on the drawing board for sometime, and now the perfect time has come. It’s no wonder, with the label turning five we have all the more reasons to celebrate with a:

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The Notwist Share "Kong" From Upcoming album "Close To The Glass" available in Europe from City Slang (Feb. 24th), and Sub Pop (Feb. 25th).

The Notwist Share “Kong” From Upcoming LP

The Notwist’s Close To The Glass will also be available in the following territories: in Japan from Afterhours on February 12th; in Australia via Spunk on February 21st; and in Europe via City Slang on February 24th. Close To The Glass features the aforementioned “Kong” and the previously released title track, along with highlights,

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The Notwist: Release 'Close To The Glass' via Sub Pop (Feb. 25th / North America). Close To The Glass’ also available in Europe from City Slang (Feb. 24th).

The Notwist Announce “Close To The Glass”

Sub Pop announces news that German band The Notwist will release Close to The Glass, their label debut, on CD/2xLP/DL in North America on February 25th. The album will also be available in the following territories: in Japan from Afterhours on February 12th;

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