Foto: DŲrte Fiedler
NoŽl came to Eastberlin sometime in the early 90s. I remember to have met him for the first time at a birthday party of a mutual friend. Shortly after he joined ďMina DrugstoreĒ, which became the band Mina later, as a drummer. It was a neigbourhood band, playing live at backyard parties in Berlin-Mitte. The band had a beautiful, orange Robur as a tourbus which unfortunately hasnít taken them further than Mecklenburg, just outside of Berlin.
Every once in a while, NoŽl used to sing along to his own songs already. Most of the time, he did so on his own, thinking noone would hear him. In 1998 he went to Paris as part of his studies of history. But he didnít speak French and consequently he has rarely been seen at Sorbonne university. Instead he asked me to visit him and bring a guitar and a four track recorder. The following months he spent recording his songs to tapes he then sent to Berlin as a kind of diary. Pretty nice stuff, sounding like early Beatles demos sung in harmony.
Anyway, those early tapes made the rounds among friends for a while. At this early stage, Jens Alder, who released our first Contriva album on his Lok-Musik imprint at that time, expressed serious interest in NoŽlís music already. But nothing happened for a few years apart from NoŽl finishing his studies with an MA. His inability to finish an album became some sort of running gag.
But in the last year, he finally got his act together somehow. To a huge extent, this is due to the help of SŲren Schrader who plays the vibraphone in Gaston. Knowing how to play even more instruments, SŲren arranged and recorded the songs with NoŽl. Furthermore, the girls and boys from Contriva, for whom NoŽl played the drums last year, contributed bits and pieces here and there.
A while ago, NoŽl and SŲren played their songs live to a crowd at a friendsí party. I remember Erlend Oye being there as well. He was particularly into the song ďMarvin Greselda ReadsĒ and he suggested NoŽl and SŲren should name their band ďEchoes of AlaskaĒ. But this never happended...
After all, the record which is called ďWrong PlacesĒ is finished. Finally, NoŽl lets his baby go and he does so reluctantly. I am pretty moved listening to these songs ,of which Iíve known some for a very long time already, pressed to vinyl. With all of my heart I wish NoŽl and his music nothing but the best.
Rike Schuberty (Contriva)
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