Anni di attività
1978 – 1982 (4 anni)
Luogo di fondazione
Bern, Bern, Svizzera
At the end of 1979 Marco Repetto (drums) and GT (bass) left the punk band Glueams to reorientate themselves together with Martin Eicher (guitar, vocals). Martin / Tinu mentally supported Glueams on their single. In early March 1980, they gave their first concert as a gray area in the Club Spex in Bern. Martin's brother Stephan Eicher (guitar) and Claudine Chirac (saxophone) joined the group temporarily in live performances and recordings.
Grauzone became known through the two pieces Eisbär and Raum, which they recorded for the 1980 compilation album by various bands Swiss Wave - The Album. Eisbär met the lifestyle of the time and got radio airplay in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The piece was released as a single and reached # 6 in the Austrian and # 12 in the German charts.
However, the group refused the commercial requirements and focused on film and studio work. In the winter of 1981 they returned to Sunrise Studios, where the songs Moscow / A Dance with Death and I love them were recorded. In July and August 1981, Martin and Stephan Eicher went with Marco Repetto again in the sunrise studio and recorded their first and last studio album. In February 1982, Ingrid Berney came to Grauzone to support Martin and Stephan Eicher live. After one last studio session where I and you were recorded, the musicians parted ways. After not even ten concerts, four singles and one album, the group broke up in 1982.
GT and Marco Repetto re-formed with former glueams guitarist Martin Pavlinec and drummer Dominique Uldry, first as Missing Link, then under the name Eiger North Face. GT then switched to the action group Red Catholic Orthodox Jewish Chorus inspired by Futurism by the performance artist Edy Marconi, in which Marco Repetto also played for a time. Later, the group called itself I Suonatori. Stephan Eicher started a successful solo career. In 1988, Martin Eicher published the EP Spellbound Lovers, a fancy but unnoticed work. Marco Repetto worked as a DJ and musician (including remixes for mittageisen v2) from 1989 in the techno and ambient scene.
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