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1989 – present (29 years)
Weilheim in Oberbayern, Bayern, Germany
Acher, Acher, and Messerschmidt formed the group in 1989 in Weilheim, near Munich. In 1990 they recorded their self-titled debut, a grunge-metal oriented LP. 1992 saw the release of Nook, which has an indie rock sound, while their 1995 album 12 contains their first flirtation with electronics. Martin Gretschmann (aka Console) joined the group in 1997. Shrink, released in 1998, is a jazz-electro-rock album which in some ways anticipates Radiohead's Amnesiac. The album Neon Golden (released in 2002) put them on the map for American listeners, with its heartfelt sentiment and catchy tunes.
The group has been remixed by Four Tet, Manitoba, Console, Loopspool, and others. Singer Markus Acher collaborated with Anticon rapper/producer Alias on the song "Unseen Sights", an effort that, while not considered to be among either artist's best work, shows a surprising musical breadth for both artists.
In 2006, Messerschmitt left the band on friendly terms. Marks Acher stated that "it just didn't work anymore".
The band have completed recording a new album entitled The Devil, You + Me, expected to be released in June 2008, accompanied by a European tour between April and July.
* Markus Acher - guitar, vocals
* Michael Acher - bass
* Mecki Messerschmidt - drums
* Martin Gretschmann (aka Console) - programming
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