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Prager Handgriff

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Prager Handgriff was founded in the ‘Ruhr Area’, the biggest industrial region of Germany, at the beginning of a new decade in spring 1990. For this project, Stefan Schäer and Volker Rathmann wanted to leave their unstatisfactory experiences with traditionally punk/new-wave bands behind, so they started using samplers, synthesizers, and sequencers to bring their ideas to life.

Around August 1990 the first tape, ‘Rückstand aus Vormonaten’ was recorded. In 2002 Prager Handgriff had their first release in the USA called ‘Neurotix’. The band started to write lyrics in English, but soon after turned back to their native language of German, mainly so their message would remain clear to the German audience they grew from.

At this point it would be more confusing than helpful to compare the music of Prager Handgriff to others. Although daily life in an industrial area influenced the band, early new-wave and German punk bands played a big part as well. Prager Handgriff attempts to translate a full spectrum of influences into music without having usual clichees. The style of music is left to the listeners and their imaginative power…

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