Strome Nr. 2


Ströme's long-player debut Ströme Nr. 2 is a characterful, wonderfully warm and sensitive yet powerful body of work. It's loaded with the ultra-rare and cult Moog IIIp modular synthesizer sound and features other analog synths almost equipoised live-, or session-like with the modular system A100 by Doepfer. The A100 is Ströme's main live equipment. An album that fulfills all your dance needs, lets you relax to ambient spacey tracks, as well as serves pop and a booster dose of '60s/70s injected krauty songs. For the latter, Ströme (Mario Schönhofer and Tobias Weber) have hit pure gold here, as they team up with Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand for "Right Now", "Das Modul", and the beautiful "Stadlberg". Nick was born in Lancashire, England in 1974, but moved to Bad Aibling, Germany in 1977 because of the "sad and bad economic situation in England," says Nick. Then he studied upright bass, piano and composition at the Richard Strauss Conservatoire in Munich, joined the krautrock band Embryo during his studies, and he played bass for the art school band Kamerakino. Then he moved to Glasgow in 2001 and was a founding member of Franz Ferdinand, which had a worldwide hit with "Take Me Out" (written by Nick and Alex Kapranos), from their Mercury prize winning and Grammy nominated debut album, they toured several times around the globe and recorded four albums. He is also a member of Box Codax, Manuela, The Nix. Nick accidentally met Mario and Tobias at his London studio: Sausage Studio... with the machines. Nowadays, Nick is back in Munich working in a studio complex with Ströme. Before Mario Schönhofer (bass player) and Tobias Weber (drummer/percussionist) founded Ströme in 2015, they were members of the very popular brass band LaBrassBanda. Ströme are a unique act, performing live with analog modular synthesizer systems, as well as the Cirklon sequencer, Emulator 2, and Mini Moog. Their music is in the vein of raw analog techno, electro, synth-pop, while the sound identity is reminiscent and has ingredients of the early krautrock and synthesizer music scene from the late '60s like Popul Vuh, Amon Düül, Tangerine Dream, Embryo, Guru Guru, Cluster, Eberhard Schoener, Kraftwerk, and onwards to the more experimental analog techno live outfits of the '90s (Sähkö, Panasonic, Air Liquide, etc.)