A German band AnnenMayKantereit (yes, it’s unpronounceable and quite hard to remember but you definitely won’t forget their sound) hit the clubs all over German-speaking countries with their recently released second album. This made us pay closer attention to the upcoming «soft rock» band which is already way too famous all over Germany and has fans even beyond the borders of their home country.
A quick throwback
Back in 2011 three guys from Cologne (the name of the band is built up from their surnames) started building their way as street musicians playing covers (you have to check their Roxanne cover with Milky Chance) and making one-shot live videos. Later, a bass player Malte Huck joined AMK and the band got its current appearance. In 2016 their debut album Alles Nix Konkretes went out and immediately reached #1 on German album charts.
How? It seems that the combination of the distinctive rough voice of the lead singer Henning May and his simple, yet very poetic and sincere lyrics made it through the hearts of millions of people. One of the first songs that Henning wrote, Barfuß Am Klavier, has already got around 50 million views on YouTube.
After touring with their first album and having almost a year break they’re back with their second album called Schlagschatten («drop shadow») which is more mature and intimate. Now they sound like a cohesive band where everyone plays an essential part. Song themes vary from political issues to drug addiction, from self-questioning to partly playful, partly deep love confessions.
Interesting fact: the new album was recorded in a small Spanish village with no proper studio. The set up was a big living room of the old country house, where the band and crew stayed for a month, away from hustle and bustle of the big cities like Berlin.
The second part of AnnenMayKantereit tour starts on the 14th of March. The band will perform at large concert halls and stadiums (all tickets were sold out even before new album’s release!), and then all the way through the summer festivals. The only pity is that they’re still existing exceptionally in a German-speaking field. So, while waiting for their world tour, isn’t it a perfect reason to travel to Germany?
Images: AnnenMayKantereit Archives, Martin Lamberty, Jean F. R. Raclet, Lenny Rothenberg