German post–modern noise rock ensemble ZAHN present their second full–length album Adria, an 80–minute–long journey into the heart of classic European holiday culture, set for release on 24th November (Crazysane Records). Adria offers a bold escape from your daily life through technicolor transmissions of post–rock, krautrock, dark jazz, noise–rock, post–punk and electronic music.

Consisting of Chris Breuer (Heads., ex–The Ocean Collective), Nic Stockmann (Heads.) and Felix Gebhard (Muff Potter, live–Einstürzende Neubauten), ZAHN stands in the progressive tradition of musicians from a local scene working together on albums and exploring new grounds regardless of the respective bands they became known for. With a debut album that was recorded in only two days, this trio revealed an insatiable thirst for creation and boundless ambition in rhythm and texture.

Adria is a testament to the incredible power of this trio and its ability to effortlessly ensnare your attention for the duration of a ten minute–song of purely instrumental music. Over the course of the albums 11 tracks ZAHN emerge as a form of Pink Floyd of noise rock, relentlessly pushing the envelope on what’s already accomplished while remaining tasteful and tasty at every corner.

We spoke to the band about 3 releases that have influenced their musical career a lot…

 

Radiohead – Kid A

Chris Breuer:

Before I listened to this album I was completely restricted in terms of my musical taste. I was essentially ignorant. When I first heard Kid A it just blew me away because I had never heard such energy mixed with so much beautiful melancholy before. Especially the blend with the electronic elements were entirely new to me and made me much more open-minded. A relentless album with the most stylish basslines I have ever heard.

Madvillain – Madvillainy

Nic Stockmann:

A constant companion on my 256mb mp3 player as a teenager, one of the first records of my vinyl collection, the most listened music of my life so far and until today a source of fascination and enthusiasm. Not even a terrible concert of someone who pretended to be MF Doom, arriving 3h late and leaving after 30 min because the air was too smoky could diminish my continuing love for this record.

Bad Brains – Rock For Light

Felix Gebhard:

When I was 13 and getting into hardcore and punk rock, I went to a local music distribution in my hometown that sold stuff from their storage space. I had saved money for two LPs. It was intimidating because all the guys that worked there were way older than me, hip skateboarders and cool punk rockers. When I was asked what I wanted to buy I pointed at a Toxic Reasons album solely because of its cover artwork showing a big skull. I had no idea what else to get, so I asked one of the guys for a recommendation. He gave me a record with a bright yellow sleeve that did not look as exciting as the Toxic Reasons one and told me: “This is what you need.” I was hesitant. The four rastas on the back did not coincide with what I thought punk rockers should look like. But I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of everybody, quickly paid for both records and went home. The next weeks I spent exclusively listening to the Bad Brains. The album blew me away and it does to this day. It is one of my favourite records of all time. I still listen to it often. The other one I traded in for a pair of Vans.

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