DIE GRÜNE WELLE release their new album ‘Wirf dein Leben weg’ on 1st November on Drakkar Entertainment.
DIE GRÜNE WELLE (engl. THE GREEN WAVE). Combining punk rock and German rap, Haiko (vocals, bass), Locke (rap), Alvin (guitar, vocals) and Leon (drums) manage to skillfully add elements from other genres like Indie and Ska to this already explosive
mix, and the icing on the cake is saxophonist Lizzy.
Always staying true to the punk rock idea, DIE GRÜNE WELLE sing about (personal) crises of meaning and politics – nonstop straight into the ears of the listener.The new album ‘Wirf dein Leben weg!’ (engl. Throw your life away!) deals mainly with restructuring your own opinions, including political ones, actions & habits and in so doing, the band wants to show that it’s possible to see differing viewpoints, even though you might not like them.
“In our (German) society one is surrounded by many conventions. The same goes for general stereotypes that seemingly need to be embraced. Whether you can and want to embrace them is up to you though. Additionally there’s a lot of shit happening that you just can’t ignore, e.g. the increasing swing to the right. So it’s just important to stand by your own opinion with valid arguments and not always go with the flow! – Die Grüne Welle
The main goal with new songs was that the (self-)ironic exaggerations in the lyrics are present at all times throughout the entire album. Musically DIE GRÜNE WELLE has grown as well, by emphasizing punk rock elements in their overall sound which felt like a logical step. Thus the energy that comes with the new songs has had a positive effect on the whole band. Especially that Locke and Haiko now share vocal and rap duties has helped uniting the two musical worlds even better. Of course, the guest contributions on ‘Wirf dein Leben weg!’ by WIZO singer Axel Kurth (Dämonen) and German rapper Weekend (Kein Problem) have also played an important role in that regard.
Originally founded as a hip-hop project between two friends, things took a while to take shape. But in 2013 the debut album “BADABÄÄÄM!” was self-released and the band had grown to 1 female and 6 male members. Just two years later, in 2015, the band presented their second album “MACHT BLAU” – again self-released and distributed with the help of Hannes Körber (Ex-KGB). Compared to its predecessor, this album is proof that the band had matured and put more focus on the punk rock part in their music. With the support of Alex Klemm (WIZO / Start a fire) the first 2 music videos were shot and released in support of the album. With that much going on the band was invited to the Music Open at Ludwigsburg Castle to support the Bavarian band LABRASSBANDA in front of more than 5000 people.
With around 200 shows played in the entire German-speaking area, DIE GRÜNE WELLE launched the year 2017 as tour support for the Californian punk legends ZEBRAHEAD and were consistently met with a positive response from audience and critics. Even though in the following months the band underwent some lineup changes, they were nevertheless able to write new songs and emerged stronger than ever with a solid and slimmed down lineup. In October 2018, the band went into the studio to record the new album with renowned producer Florian Nowak (EMIL BULLS, ITCHY, MONTREAL).
Haiko Niewerth (Vocals, Bass), Sven ‘Locke’ Juhrich (Rap), Andrea ‘Alvin’ Banchi (Guitar, Vocals), Lizzy Stracke (Saxophon, Vocals), Leon Huber (Drums
CD / DVD:
01 – Hier im Dreck | 02 – Dämonen (Feat. Axel Kurth) | 03 – Bier Gegen Wein | 04 – Wutbürger | 05 – Kein Problem (Feat. Weekend) | 06 – Wirf Dein Leben Weg | 07 – See You In Hell | 08 – Teilzeitchrist | 09 – One Love | 10 – Gesternmorgennichts | 11 – Für Die Massen | 12 – Knopfdruck |
A 01 – Hier im Dreck | A 02 – Dämonen (Feat. Axel Kurth) | A 03 – Bier Gegen Wein | A 04 – Wutbürger | A 05 – Kein Problem (Feat. Weekend) | A 06 – Wirf Dein Leben Weg | B 01 – See You In Hell | B 02 – Teilzeitchrist | B 03 – One Love | B 04 – Gesternmorgennichts | B 05 – Für Die Massen | B 06 – Knopfdruck