It’s time for a new discovery from the lively Leipzig tape scene: a new release from the DIY label Cassettendienst.

In mid-March there was a new release on Cassettendienst, a Leipzig tape label that operates 100 percent in DIY mode and that any friend of the local underground band scene should definitely have on their radar screens. Founded in 2021, everything from production to design almost always comes from a single source. Namely from that of illustrator, musician and poster show organizer Markus Färber alias Holob.

The latest creation on Cassettendienst bears the beautiful name Gummer, whereby the label boss has probably stuck himself behind the keys and the mixing desk. Together with his two comrades-in-arms David Hummel and Wilm Beckhoff, the music with synth, e-drums, bass and violin was recorded live over a 4-track recorder in several sessions.

And that’s what the six pieces on “#1” sound like too – noisy, hypnotic, herbaceous, electronic and analog at the same time. There is hissing, there is drumming, the filter is twisted, everything is demanded of the instruments. Fans of experimental, kraut and post rock and those who want to become one will get their money’s worth here. As always, the EP with six tracks is rounded off with a stylishly designed tape, including Risoprint artwork and poster.

Another tip for tape fans – Busy Hands Fest

By the way: If you like cassettes and concert posters – or preferably both – you should definitely mark the period from May 12th to 14th, 2023 in your calendar. Because then the next poster show will take place in the Neues Schauspiel Leipzig – as part of the „Busy Hands Fest“ with a label market. This and other tapes can be heard and purchased here.


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