They’re a top alt-folk quartet famous for their own stubborn take on the contemporary interpretations in the very happening genre of modern folk. And when we say different we mean way out different. Out of this world different. From the top of the mountain different. In self-mocking manner, the guys call themselves «Freizeitmusiker with lots of free time» to spare. Fresh and liberating to the listener is their unique implementation of traditional brass instruments. But really hair raising and ears twisting are some of the other doodads they’ve added to the mix (see lineup). Their street punkish pieces defy the band’s Bavarian heritage. Or maybe not. The one to three voices simultaneously engage in harmonically beautiful songs in dialect and take off in lengthy forays into worlds that were hitherto populated only by gigantic mammoths, yes. (There’s one pictured on the cover of their 2012 album). Evoking mountain ranges with gale winds swirling around the cliffs and abysses and through the crevices. And some of them spitting hot lava for real.
The originators of these wondrous and wonderful melodies are Matthias Meichelboeck – tenor sax, trombone, vocals; Martin von Muecke – helicon tuba; Michael von Muecke – guitar, flugelhorn, cornet, tromp, piano, vocals; Maxi Pongratz – accordion, harmonium, guitar and vocals. The call themselves apolitical but the second album from 2014 in an uncanny even visionary peek at the future was called «Zaun» (Fence). «Kunstaktionen gegen die Gletscherschmelze» (Art happening to stop the meltdown of glaciers) and «Demonstratieren gegen Rechtsextreme Umtriebe im Oberland» (Demonstrating against right wing radical activities in the Oberland).The radical folk group Kofelgschroa from Oberammergau in Bavaria is descending into town. Go shout it from the mountain.