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«Utopia da lang»
Saturday, 26.08.2017, 21:21
oh what a night...
Ongatu
Mission statement: «We’re five young Zuercher who are actively engaged in creating new and progressive Mundart music» (Straight from the mouth in dialect, otherwise known as «Schwiizerduetsch»). And from their website, ongatu.com, announcing their brand-new album «Utopia da lang» (Utopia is this way):

«In the summer of 2017 we’ll announce the release of our new and dilettante album in which we continue to search for utopia. Since our last albums, a little time has passed, we’re smarter or more stupid but older by the day, that’s just how it goes. But what we still are is - we. We’ve been together since we scratched our names into the school bench. We’ve grown bigger together, we’ve moved into communal living, moved out, lived in a band practice room, recorded albums, played a decent number of concerts in front of a few and less than a few dear souls. The albums, the dreamy «Das Huere Meer» (That Bitch of an Ocean) from 2010 and the 2011 «Hinter Seebach» (Backstreet Seebach) and the 850’000 times we’ve carried the guitar amps into the café made us who we are today. Yes, we’re still here and the fact that we still fight over the sounds and the arrangements, as if it were the first time, is just fine with us». Promise?

The names of the band members are apparently shrouded in mystery and what’s on their new album is also a secret. (For Ongatu to know and for you to find out). But earlier songs could be an indication of what’s on tap tonight. Like the happy «Saeg mal Lea» (Tell me Lea), «Rumpelstilzli» or the heartwarming «Sie schwaebt» (She floats). Unpretentious, no-dub, sans unnecessary effects and with a refreshing absence of perfectionism. Music by a young Zurich band who might fight on stage. You just never know with kids these days.   

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