Grobschnitt called a German rock band that existed 1970-1989 and since 2006 is active again in a new formation.

1970 merged in Hagen the school bands Crew Blues Session, Charing Cross and Wutpickel to the chapel Elias rough cut, which was later shortened to " rough cut ". The name derives from the chapel was rough cut, which had been formed in the First World War soldiers with homemade musical instruments. Most of the musicians and roadies Grobschnitt shook funny sounding artists names by which they were known among your fans. Thus, the founding members Eroc called (drums), Felix ( also drums), Lupo ( solo guitar), wild boar (rhythm guitar, vocals, saxophone), Baer ( bass), mercury (keyboards ), Toni Moff Mollo ( lighting and later vocals).

Music and performances by the band

The band rough cut was for her time as a very innovative group that was offering their many hours of stage shows with a mix of theater, visual effects, cheerful slapstick and extremely long musical improvisation. The longest of these continuous improvisations could take over an hour and was entitled Solar Music or powerplay. The lyrics of the band were at first in English, then later came a drive to German -language texts. In both cases, the band socially controversial issues such as the peace movement, the progress and faith in technology or the protest against the expansion of nuclear power expressed. A typical example of this commitment is the text of Father Schmidt's hiking on the album Jumbo. On the other hand, the band could also tell musical tales, as in the concept album Rockpommel's country.

The band had their most loyal fans in the German-speaking area, although the album was released Rockpommel 's Land in the English speaking Canada, and there achieved remarkable sales figures. An absolute novelty in the German music scene marked the release of the album Jumbo in 1975, which later came out again, first with English lyrics and a year in German.

Another characteristic of the musical activity of rough cut was the number and locations of their performances. They were one of the first German bands that literally occurred in the smallest village. The necessary equipment was from year to year more extensive, until finally, several trucks were necessary for its transport. Leading the pyrotechnic shares the stage show were. Although Grobschnitt were considered German inventor of this form and appearance was initially no experience with it, it never came to a serious accident during the burning of fireworks on the appearance sites.

In 1989, the band split after 19 years with its burden on party tour. The reason for the separation was the desire of some members to be able to go their own personal way to partly 19 years of Community musical activity.

2006 there was a reunion of rough cut, where some of the old members are involved, including their sons. After a test appearance before fans charged in May 2007 took place in October of the same year, the first two public appearances in Aschaffenburg instead. Since then the band comes back on a regular basis. A highlight was the concert in the sold Hagen Stadthalle before 3,000 spectators in January 2009., 2012, the rock fairy tale Rockpommel's land was listed in the city of Hagen Theatre with a symphony orchestra at four sold-out nights.

Band Members

Over the years, the cast of Grobschnitt changed frequently:

Explanation of the abbreviations, and also: lg = solo guitar, rg = rhythm guitar.

In addition, the roadies of the band appeared as an actor. The best known were McPorneaux, Ballermann, Detlev tube, Privy Cheap, El Blindo.

The determining factor for the development of the band was the cohesion despite the changing of individual members. By the end of the active period of the group of the founding members Gerd Otto Kühn ( Lupo ), Stefan Danielak ( Willi wild boar) and Rainer Loskand ( Toni Moff Mollo ) were there. With Joachim H. Ehrig ( Eroc ) and Volker Kahrs ( Mist) two more trendsetting people were more than ten years with rough cut.

Grobschnitt in the media

The media attention was relatively low in the first period. The reasons were manifold: Firstly, the former media such as radio and television could start with the unusual live concept of group nothing concrete. Furthermore, there was misunderstanding with the moderators of live performances on the radio that could not build into their programs the musical concept of rough cut. From the early 1980s, then the situation changed. Popular television magazines dedicated to music such as rock palace, aspects, music store and others came up to the group. The band also had several appearances on the radio, for example, the WDR 1975-1980 in the Radiothek. In these performances, the band came up to twice a year for over an hour to speak and was played by acoustic parts of your live show from the typical for the band mix of music, fun and language comedy. In 2009, rough cut in the WDR 200 Action surprising at 32nd place and thus was more successful than many bands that are played much more frequently on WDR 2. With the title " We want to live " rough cut occupied first place in the annual evaluation of the 1982 hit rally. In March 2011, finished rough cut at Leserpoll the music magazine " Eclipsed " # 1 in the categories " Best Band 2010" and "Best Live Gig 2010" and # 6 in the category " Best Album 2010"

Other aspects of the history of rough cut

One of the major talents of the band was Joachim H. Ehrig, nicknamed Eroc. Parallel to his work as a drummer, singer and electronic tinkerer Grobschnitt he released several solo albums. On the LP Eroc 3 (1979 ) we find the piece Wolkenreise, which became a hit and is still played on the radio today. Eroc already left the band in 1983 in order to devote himself exclusively to his solo productions; he played a together with Hans Reichel "The Return of Uncle Boskopp ". He now operates near Hagen a studio for the restoration and digitization of analog recorded music tracks. After the dissolution of Grobschnitt 1989 Eroc is responsible as editor for the other productions of the band from their playing days.