Kaufmann Frust are a fourpiece from Stuttgart/Berlin. Their sound takes cues from a variety of genres, postpunk, slowcore and post-rock being the most audible in a way that allows flickering associations with bands like Codein or Slint. Sometimes slomo and downbeat, sometimes propulsive and noisey, never missing a close dance with big pop moments. Over Layers of nifty surf guitars drifting into post-rock and intricate drum patterns, vocals are spun telling stories of the isolation and angst of modern living. There are a few bands that manage to capture the Tristesse of our time and turn it into such a passionate manifestation on record and into an almost joyful celebration of catharsis on stage.
Founded in 2013 and performing live since 2014, Kaufmann Frust have played concerts all over Germany, Shows in France and in the UK. After the 5-song EP „Unter den Augen“, which has been released through the Label „Chicos Records“ by Producer Ralv Milberg, the band recorded their full-length debut „Aus Wachs“ in extensive and nerve-racking live sessions at the Milberg Studios. The record now has been released through My Favourite Chords/Broken Silence on October 19th 2018 and is yet handled to be one of the most urgent and uncompromising records of the year 2018.
1: The Record of the Year 2019 will come from „Das Feuilleton“ from Leipzig.
2: There is a crack in everything and that’s how the light get’s in.
3: Kaufmann Frust are Florian, Jan, Matthias, Oliver and would not be a Band without Lukas, Christoph and Thomas.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Snippets of Conversations on Trains, Rejection, Failure. Sudden Sobriety in daily situations that make you see beyond the things you normally never question. Lyrics often turn out to seem pretty introspective. We definitely use inner processes, anxiety and all these bigger and little uncertainties as foundations for our songs. Still, they only become relevant once they are transferable to outer processes such as political and social phenomena.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
We all grew up in small villages in the south of Germany where making music was something to somehow get a glimpse of what else there is out there. We started playing in bands as teenagers pretty much to escape suburban boredom and narrowness of a town dominated by industry. Jan and Flo played together in Bands since their early teens. Later, then all based in stuttgart, we met and founded Kaufmann Frust in late 2013.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Jawbreaker – Dear You
The For Carnation – The For Carnation
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate
Biffy Clyro – Vertigo of Bliss
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Liberation. Warmth. Coldness. Width.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Berlin: Volkspark Rehberge.
Stuttgart: The Sofa at Milberg Studios.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Ollo would like to become an archer. Jan would open a kebab store in Vienna with his brother. Matze would become a professional soccer player. Flo would become a sailor.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Sloe Paul – Paul Abbrecht’s Album
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Singing with Dagobert and writing lyrics with Matt Berninger of The National.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Performer: Release Show „Aus Wachs“ at Merlin Kulturzentrum Stuttgart.
Spectator: Mogwai at Maifeld Derby.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Our songs have pretty basic singer/songwriter foundations. Without working with effects and stuff, we’d pretty sure wont be able to achieve the sound we’re having. It’s almost sobering to see how big the influence of delay/reverb/fuzz is. Everyone of us uses certain technical stuff for other projects. Further, it get’s more and more important working between Berlin and Stuttgart to exchange ideas on which we can all work on the distance.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
We alle have siblings and they’ve all been to our shows and support us with all their means.
Kaufmann Frust plays at Kantine am Berghain on Thursday, 13th December 2018 along Icelandics Indridi and Hekla.
Photo © Verena Ecker