GEWALT

GEWALT

GEWALT

Am Ende bleibt: „Jeder Mensch schafft sich seine eigene Hölle, Jeder Mensch schafft sich sein eigenes Paradies -
oft sind beide Welten deckungsgleich.“ (Patrick Wagner )

 
Götterdämmerung. Wir sind dem Untergang geweiht. Auf dem Debütalbum Paradies feiern Sie eine allerletzte
Warehouse Party. Stroboskope zerreissen die Dunkelheit. Ein letztes mal sind wir schön wie Gott, für einen finalen
Tanz. Zu einer Maschine, die uns zu verschlingen droht. Ausufernd und tabulos, steng und rauschhaft zugleich. Alle
Energie auf einen Punkt. Es ist, als platze Gewalt aus allen Nähten.
Um uns herum zucken die Körper, Gesichter wie Fratzen, schemenhaft, schön und entstellt. „Wir sind mechanisch.
Wir sind zerbrechlich“. Wir sind viele. Wir tanzen für uns allein. Wir haben unseren Frieden gemacht mit unserer
Einsamkeit.
Die Luft ist geschwängert von Liebe, die wir kaum können, von Sex, Traurigkeit und Euphorie. Wahnsinn wird zu
unserem Paradies. Wir haben keine Er war tung. Es sei einfach nur noch einmal schillernd und wahr, für einen einzigen,
winzigen Moment. Wie schön, gleich geht die Sonne auf, oder nie (Gewalt, 202

 

Z U R B A N D G E S C H I C H T E
Gewalt gründet sich in 2015 in Berlin. DM1 (Schlagzeug), Yelka Wehmeier (Bass), Helen Henfling (Gitarre), Patrick
Wagner (Gitarre/ Gesang). Es folgen 9 Vinyl Singles auf 7-Inch auf diversen großar tigen Indie Labels wie Sounds Of
Subterrania, This Charming Man, Unter Schafen, In A car, Snowhite und Kant Qualitätsschallplatten. Sämtliche dieser
Tonträger mussten wiederaufgelegt werden. Die meisten sind heute vergriffen und finden deshalb ihre Wiederbele-
bung auf der 2. LP von „Paradies“.
Es zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Gewaltgeschichte, dass Bassistinnen kommen und gehen. Jasmin Rilke
scheint aus einem besseren Gewaltholz geschnitzt.
Höhepunkte dieser wahrlich nicht geplanten Musikkarriere waren Auftritte auf dem Haldern Pop Festival, dem Space-
fest in Gdansk (PL), eine Headlinershow im über füllten Berliner SO36 oder eben die Einladung, Jack White auf seiner
Deutschlandtour zu begleiten.
 
D A S B U C H :
PAT R I C K W A G N E R „ PA R A D I E S : G E W A LT “
Die Berliner Collagenkünstlerin Fehmi Baumbach illust-
rier t sämtliche Gewalt Songs. Zentrale Rolle hat dabei die
Umsetzung der Texte in zerbrechliche, an losen Fäden
hängenden Figuren und Welten.
Die Texte zu den Texten: Hinter jedem Gewaltext steckt
eine Geschichte, eine kleine Anekdote, eine Theorie oder
Beobachtung. Mal ergibt sich eine Randnotiz, mal eine
Kurzgeschichte, mal eine Spinnerei. „Ich bin natürlich kein
Autor und will keiner sein. Ich schreibe mein Herausplat-
zen auf.“ (Patrick Wagner).
In dem etwas längeren Stück Prosa „Als wir Könige waren“
gehe ich zurück in die sehr frühen Neunziger Jahre, in ein
Ostberlin direkt nach dem Mauer fall, wir treffen auf einen
20 Jährigen Patrick Wagner, der an einem Tag mehr erlebt
und in sich aufsaugt und erzählt als andere in ihrer ge-
samten Adoleszenz. Nie wieder sollte seine Welt so offen,
unkomplizier t und abenteuerlich sein. Eine Geschichte wie
ein Wingsuit Flug
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T H E S P I R I T O F PA R A D I E S
Twilight of the Gods. We are the heroes without hope. With our debut record release, we celebrate the end. The last
ever warehouse par ty, strobe light ripping through the darkness. One last time to be as per fect as God for a farewell
dance to the sound that will devour us. Sprawling without restraint, intoxicated and strong. Chaos and order colliding
into one. It’s as if Gewalt is bursting through the seams.
Around us bodies shake, expressions of abandon, layered in shadows, beautiful and strange as if to say “We are ma-
chines. We are fragile. We are the many and we dance alone. We embrace our loneliness.“
The air is ripe with love, a love we never knew. Sex, sadness, and euphoria. Madness is our Paradise. We have no
expectations, other than it be dazzling and true for one flickering fading moment. The beauty of the sun about rise, or
perhaps never to be seen again

A B O U T T H E B A N D
Gewalt formed in 2015 in Berlin with DM1 (drums), Yelka Wehmeier (bass), Helen Henfling (guitar), Patrick Wagner
(guitar/vocals). 9 vinyl singles would follow on 7“ on several great indie labels like Sounds Of Subterrania, This Char-
ming Man, Unter Schafen, In A car, Snowhite and Kant Quality records. All of these records sold out and had to be
re-pressed. Most of them are out of print today and therefore find their rebir th on the 2nd LP of „Paradies“.
Highlights so far of this truly unexpected music career were appearances at the Haldern Pop Fest, the Spacefest in
Gdansk (PL), a headlining show in Berlin‘s crowded SO36 and the invitation to accompany Jack White on his German
tour.
Translation by Alex „Olli“ Remzi
T H E P R O TA G O N I S T S
H E L E N H E N F L I N G , singer 2005 - 2011 of postpunk band „LOOKBABY“. She has also worked in 2002 at Kitty-yo Int., 2003 at Mute
Records and 2004 at Gigolo Records. She spins records as Helen Jagger as resident DJ at „Death by Pop“ and „White Noise“. Cur-
rently she works as a freelance editor at Public T V and Broadcast Stations (Radio 1, ARD).
J A S M I N R I L K E lives in Vienna and works as Audiioengineer at Clubs like „Fluc“, „Venster “ und B72. She played the guitar between
2015-2019 at the vienna indie-rock band „Aiver y “.
PAT R I C K W A G N E R played the guitar and sung between 1994 and 2003 in the overrated Avantgarde Band „Surrogat“. Co -Founder of
Kitty-Yo and Louisville Records. Now he is promoting the economic networking event „Fuckup Night Berlin“.
Recorded by S E B A S T I A N M U X F E L D T (HH):
Engineer at Clouds Hill & Bassplayer of Hamburg Post Punk Band „1000 Robota“. Engineer of productions such as: „Teenage Fan-
club“, „Erregung öffentlicher Erregung“, „ Pete Doher ty “.
Mixed by A L E X A N D E R A L M G R E N (NY ):
English producer, based in New York in his ver y own Freshly Baked Studios. Multi billboard char t top 10 producer of acts like:
Born Cages, Skylar Spence, Bondax, Brand New, Dar Williams, Vanessa Carlton, Smoke DZ A and the late Nippsey Hussle.
Album Ar t: C A M E R O N M I C H E L (NY/ Los Angeles):
Plays in Postpunk Wave Band „Sextile“ and works as an ar tist in Los Angeles. He mainly works on large surreal dynamic collages.
His apparently living non-objects that float lost in space per fectly reflect violence of music and lyrics on Paradise.
Book Ar t: F E H M I B A U M B A C H (Berlin):
Freelance ar tist from Berlin. She works primarily with collages and threads. Their measurement of the world and people, which are
only linked by thin threads, illustrates violence so precisely, almost painfully.
Ar twork: P H I L L I P S TA F FA (Berlin) plays guitar in the post-ever ything band „Hope“ and works as a freelance graphic designer

P R E S S E C H O E S
(...)Singer Patrick wore a white suit with a rather ornate, painted decoration of dust, blood and godknows‐what‐else. He was accom-
panied by his two band members, bass player Samira Zahidi and guitarist Helen Henfling, who per formed their duties in a rather
stoic manner. The rhythm section was taken over by a drum computer called DM1, lending an industrialist feel to the gig. From the
beginning it became clear that GEWALT did not come to appeal to the audience and gain fans. For that, their per formance relied
much more on the ar tistic side rather than on the enter tainment side. Most of the spectators fled the room to have a smoke and/ or
beers outside. The ones who stayed got a lesson in existentialist noise with a very artsy “no‐fucks‐given” attitude, which thankfully
lasted only the obligator y 30 minutes. However, the obvious question remains, how on ear th this band landed on the ticket of one of
the greatest rock ar tists around. But that is one of the few remaining charming aspects of the music business that it still tends to
hold a few surprisesonce in a while.
- Live Review Jack White //Dor tmund //Christian Beyermann
https://www.reflectionsofdarkness.com/ar tists-f-j-concer treviews-158/18698-live-review-jack-white-dor tmund-2018
(...)Beforehand, fellow Berlin dwellers Gewalt provide a masterclass in industrial noise that owes as much to metal as it does punk
or psychedelia. Frontman Patrick Wagner cuts an imposing figure while the two-pronged guitar and bass onslaught either side of
him alongside a drum machine that goes by the name of DM1 providing the backbeat. Astonishingly they were only added to the bill
for ty-eight hours before the festival star ted as late replacements for Sonic Jesus, whose hapless transit van brought their European
tour to an untimely halt. However, judging by the response from the huge crowd assembled out front and ensuing queue after wards
by the merch desk, their name will be on many bills going into next year.
- Live Review, Gewalt at Spacefest by Drowned in Sound
https://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4152174-spacefest-2018--the-dis-review
(...)Amazing Berlin-based avant-garde trio Gewalt returns with another dynamically wicked single Deutsch, whose post-punk preci-
sion hits repeatedly like a hammer, not unlike their forbears Einstursende Neubauten, among others, in this eclectic city that has
historically always been a haven for underground a t and cultur

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PRESS PHOTOS


DATES


Date Country City Venue
Paradies – Lesung & Konzert
10.10.21 AT Wien Volkstheater
16.10.21 DE Hamburg Kampnagel
23.10.21 DE Köln Artheater
06.11.21 DE Berlin Zukunft am Ostkreuz