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2018, Sun, Jul 29

The Zombies | Friedrich Sunlight

The Zombies | © Promo

The Zombies | © Promo

Using a dreamy mixture of classical, jazz and R&B The Zombies have been enchanting the Beat audience since 1964. After hits like She’s Not There and Tell Her No, however, commercial success was over. Their masterpiece Odessey & Oracle is today mentioned in the same breath as the visionary Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys; but by the time it was released in 1968 the band had already broken up. To celebrate the album’s 50th birthday four of the five original members will play the legendary album plus their greatest hits, with a little help from musicians from Brian Wilson’s touring band.

Friedrich Sunlight | © Ferdinand Klotzky

Friedrich Sunlight | © Ferdinand Klotzky

Friedrich Sunlight

The quite bearable lightness of being: Friedrich Sunlight play sunshine pop, whose breezy melodies and babadaba background choirs conceal the complex arrangements behind them. References to 1960s British pop can be heard – but the Augsburg band around the singer Brent Kitahama expands its music around German texts, bringing in another reference point to Manfred Krug’s chansons. They see themselves as a counter proposal to the scene of discourse pop – encasing the hard German language in a velvety bed of music.