After "Oh What Pretty Thing", "On the Ruins", the new album of the band WIR HATTEN WAS MIT BJÖRN, has now been released. It sounds stronger and bolder than before. The songs still tell about being human; however, on this album the immersion in one's own wild intimacy sometimes turns into an outburst - angry, strong and without restraint. The world in between is never lost though, the intimate sounds close to the ear, almost in the head and then in the heart.
"On the ruins our friendship began, laughing in anger and oppression..."
The acoustic sound of the quartet, consisting of double bass, vocals, trombone and drums, is expanded on "On the Ruins" by synthesizers and electronic sounds, at times guitar and piano. It is an album that gives each song the sound it needs. And they, this band, can sound strong and also very tender at the same time. There is always a pinch of humor, combined with the idea that in the end you can't take being human so seriously.
The musical journey of WIR HATTEN WAS MIT BJÖRN began with singer Maika Küster and trombonist Maria Trautmann in 2012. The two musicians joined forces and have been creating the band's pieces together ever since. The quartet also includes Caris Hermes (double bass) and, until 2022, the effects tinkerer Manuel Loos (drums). Since 2022, this is represented by the no less talented drummer Lukas Joachim. On "On the Ruins" you can also hear some friends who joined the band for single tracks. The album was released on 26.8.2022 by Jazzhaus Records.
"Beautiful music from Bochum: We had something with Björn is a duo that tries in various extended lineups, against the radio-suitable mainstream, music as an authentic phenomenon to experience. Even if Björn is not there, a lot of liveliness and confidence shimmers through the sentimental basic sound of the band. With trombone, bass and suitcase drums, the indeterminacy of postmodernism is finally overcome and Björn ad Acta is put to rest." - Klanglabor Berlin
Maika Küster – vocals & effects
Maria Trautmann – trombone
Caris Hermes - double bass
Lukas Joachim - drums