GRANDBROTHERS

COUNTRY: Germany
LABEL: City Slang
ALBUM: Open
STYLE: Electronica experimental piano
LINE UP: 2
BOOKING: France
TOUR: February, April, Jul/Aug, Oct/Nov


Grandbrothers will tour Europe from November onwards, showcasing tracks from
their second album, Open, which is released by City Slang Records on October 20,
as well as 2015’s acclaimed debut, Dilation.
The duo, Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel, first met seven years ago, forming the synth-
free Grandbrothers in Düsseldorf only a short while later. Pairing Sarp’s piano skills
with Vogel’s talent for building the formidably intricate mechanics with which he
exploits his partner’s instrument and also designing its software, Open explores
dimensions at which their debut, Dilation, only hinted. On stage, Sarp works at his
ivory keyboard while, from behind his computer keys, Vogel live-samples his
partner’s notes, triggering further effects with the aid of homemade apparatus that
physically manipulate the piano’s strings and body. Live, the inventive contraptions at
the heart of their work provide a physically astounding and visually astonishing
display, so it’s no wonder their music was once memorably described as “open heart
surgery on a grand piano.”
Their performances underline the complexity and vigour of their work, bringing their
love of techno and club music to the fore. As Sarp points out, “We don’t only make
music for listening to, after all. As much as we enjoy playing concert halls with the
audience seated we also love to play at sweaty clubs where people are standing and
dancing around us.“

Press:

«  Magical and magnificent » – Stereogum (US)

« Giddying, cinematic heights » – Lauren Laverne / BBC6 (UK)