21 Grams is the title of a project by the brothers Nik and Max Emch which they perfected for many moons at the Langstrasse Bar3000 here in Zurich. By the way and if you don’t know already: scientists claim that 21 grams is the precise weight of our soul. We immediately lose those grams the moment we’re knock-knocking on heaven’s door. This fact or at least possibility became the story line of a stylish and haunting 2003 film of the same name directed by the great A.G. Inarritu.
While often weightless in its approach, the attributes stylish and haunting are also present in 21’s guitar play. Nik on the accoustic Guild guitar and brother Max who joins with a distorted Gibson together the two are on to something. With propulsive guitar play and riffs and licks they take off in sojourns that can journey to the familiar. Or the anywhere. Some sequences strongly invite the visualization of explorations into the wide open spectrum of experimental sound. Other pieces are classically composed and have both feet firmly placed on the ground. Their interpretation of soul has weight - they’re warmhearted and touchy-feely. And their meandering stoner blues steamed up the Langstrasse Bar3000 all winter long. After a break from concerts and many hours spent in their practice space they put together a recording session and from it got themselves a 10-inch vinyl that was produced by Patrick Hollenstein aka Kay-Zee.
They’ll be here from to street to the ally with inventive music on two guitars that can lift you with them on the road to… anywhere.