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Protestant Work Ethic


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protestant work ethic was started in 2003 as the solo outfit of simon usaty (kes). influenced by both new and old folk music, he created emotionally gripping songs with deliberately simple structures; omitting the superfluous, focusing on the musical and lyrical essence. quiet songs, accompanied by guitar, ukulele, banjo, accordion and glockenspiel: in this way simon recorded the first protestant work ethic album on his own - excerpts of it were released as an ep on the german netlabel 12rec in 2008.

performing live, simon sometimes plays solo, sometimes with band - that’s also
how protestant work ethic’s second album “the jar and shock” was done: some
pieces were recorded mostly by simon on his own, some in full band-outfit,
whereas the former ones make up the more peculiar, the latter ones the more
easily accessible, buoyant songs of the album.

current line-up:
simon usaty: acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals
stephan bauch: bass, vocals
david schweighart: guitar, vocals

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  • valeot

    new album out now on

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
  • chepe_fs

    love this music!!!

    30 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Gurdonark

    Your work on 12rec is so very lovely. It's been in my mp3 player for months. I like in particular your song "weather side". This simple, would-be-naive approach to music making has a feel to it akin to minimal music, though it is not at all minimalistic. The way you capture the vulnerability in your vocals is very appealing.

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • valeot

    den nehmen wir! :)

    7 Sep 2008 Reply

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