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München, Germany (2004 – present)

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Guitarist Jan Zehrfeld is the founder of this fusion band based in München, Germany. In 2004, he concluded a couple of years search for skilled musicians to play his compositions. The starting point was a quartet of saxophone, guitar, bass and drums. They then rehearsed for half a year and started performing live. In 2005, they released their first album. The album featured Zehrfeld on guitar, Gregor Bürger on tenor saxophone, flo schmidt on bass and Max Bucher on drums. In 2006, another guitarist, Andreas Dombert, was added to the lineup. A new Austrian drummer, Sebastian Lanser joined in 2006, in 2009 Alexander von Hagke joined on tenor saxophone and Heiko Jung on bass, and in 2011, Joe Doblhofer joined as new second guitarist.

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Jan says that at first his vision was a mix between Planet X and Tribal Tech, but he replaced the keyboardist with saxophones, as he didn’t find any keyboard players. When asked about direct musical influences, he mentions Meshuggah, Mats/Morgan, Dillinger Escape Plan, Screaming Headless Torsos, and Allan Holdsworth.
Their music, as Jan says, while being fusion based, has various facets to it. Some of it is derived from and . This diverse sound is in part due to the fact that each band member comes from a somewhat different background and has an affinity for different musical types. Another reason Jan mentions this is that the experimentation with guitar sounds is meant to cover up the fact that there are no keyboards, though he wanted spacey elements in his music.

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