Indie Music Promotion, Underground Bands, Music Recommendations - Gropper And Get Well Soon

Recognition for some bands are unobtainable - they don't get the recognition they deserve.  Charities like Strummerville do help sponsor and resource musical talent, however, it can take years of indie music promotion to get some band's work noticed.  In this series of articles, I intend to help by sharing my knowledge of some fantastic indie bands that I have discovered.  These underground bands need exposure and can only get somewhere through the words of their fans.  Much of the arts have difficulties in getting their work heard - how can anyone possibly appreciate something that they have no knowledge of?  It is here that I will expose you to some music recommendations that are just below the indie radar.

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Music Recommendations: Get Well Soon

Not feeling so well? Despite their name, Get Well Soon are one of the most diverse and imaginative bands that I have had the pleasure to stumble upon. This German founded Indie band have been around since 2005 and released Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon in 2008. I have selected three songs for this indie music promotion from the album for you to listen to. As you might agree, these tracks are both diverse and different. The tracks I have selected from this underground band are:

  • If This Hat Is Missing
  • Witches! Witches! Rest Now In The Fire

  • Tick Tack Goes My Automatic Heart

Typically for Get Well Soon there is a melancoly hue to the sound, typically for the style of music that I enjoy (Arcade Fire, The National, Editors and Joy Division). However, the debut album was released by NUDE Records in the UK and reached number 91 in the French music charts in September 2008. The album received acclaimed reviews from the NME, Word Magazine, Uncut, Artrocker and the Guardian.

  • '25-year-old German is startlingly talented. His debut album as Get Well Soon is an ambitious and omaginatively arranged mix of exultant Motown pop, electronica, soundtracks and noir-ish alt. rock. Fans of the Arcade Fire, The National and Radiohead will faint clean away'.

UNCUT (4 Stars)

Uncut couldn't have assessed this band better - music recommendations from Uncut are serious and apt. As an Arcade Fire, The National and Radiohead fan, myself, I have been typically stereotyped rightly. If you are like me, with the thirst for this type of music, then Get Well Soon are a band for you.

Valuable Sources For Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon Are:

  • Konstantin Gropper (Founder Member, Vocals and Driving Force),
  • Sebastian Benkler (trumpet, vocals),
  • Timo Kumpf (bass),
  • Maximilian Schenkel (guitar, trumpet),
  • Verena Gropper (violin, vocals),
  • Daniel Roos (accordion, piano),
  • Paul Kenny (drums).

Get Well Soon Discography

EPs

  • A Secret Cave, A Swan (2005)
  • My Tiny Christmas Tragedy (2005)
  • Glaciers, Kisses, Apples, Nuts (2006)
  • All That Keeps Us From Giving In (2007)
  • Songs Against The Glaciation (2008)

Albums

Singles

  • If This Hat Is Missing I Have Gone Hunting (2008)
  • Witches, Witches! Rest Now In The Fire (2008)

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Listen! Those Lost At Sea Sing A Song On Christmas Day

Where there is melancoly there is beauty. Looking at Get Well Soon's website, I can say it is truly beautiful. With a back drop of black and white visuals and the sounds of classical style of violins and cellos, this sets a scene for the framework around this band's heart-felt sound.

January saw the release of their second album, Vexations. In a similar vain, this follows a more polished and beautiful feel than the debut. It is as if the first album was an exploration, an experiment, whereas now the boys have grown into men and found themselves. I have picked Angry Young Man from this album for you to compare and contrast.

Sandwiched between Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon and Vexations,Songs Against The Glaciation was released as an E.P.  The final song that I want to introduce you to is called Listen! Those Lost At Sea Sing A Song On Christmas Day.  The style of this track sounds very Editors, The House of Love and The Stills.  Sad, but with competing fast beats, it reminds me of Shine On and Still In Love Songs by the latter two comparison bands.

Unfortunately Get Well Soon seem to have toured more in the European domain than the rest of the world.  They performed one gig recently in the UK and this was a sell out for which I couldn't attend.  Let us hope that they join the Festival run this year for a wider audience.

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Indie Music Promotion: Listen! Those Lost At Sea Sing A Song On Christmas Day

Get Well Soon
Get Well Soon

Why Are Get Well Soon An Underground Band?

Konstantin Gropper, the driver and founder member of Get Well Soon, was born September 28th 1982. His music style of indie rock merges folk, electronic, pop and classical songwriting aspects. Gropper attended school in Ochsenhausen and was born in Biberach an der Riß, Germany. He studied music at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim playing clavier, cello, drums and guitar . Once he completed his studies, he started Get Well Soon and lives in various locations: Dublin, Ireland; London, England; and Germany. He produces much of the sounds of his music from the studio, taking influences from external, natural sounds and processing them into the tracks we hear on album, looping and reproducing them on stage with the rest of the band.

Get Well Soon are presently an underground band. With people power we can get them known. Why should talent be left to fade when music recommendations from the people can help keep real talent out there to live and thrive. We can not let corporate commercialism starve artist creativity. This is what indie music promotion is about. The only payment I get is on the advertising. It is a public service that I am providing so as good music isn't left out in the cold. TV creates artificial stars, within the box, via the might of the Simon Cowell money factory. He spins another cog in the wheel. Long live music recommendations from the people who truly love music and appreciate good song writing. Let us, the people, refuse to be kept inside the box!

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for another great recommendation. They sound good! And like I said before I love new and good music! Well done, Shaz!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Ann! I have been wanting to introduce this band for some time now and have just had the opportunity to do so. Im glad you like Get Well Soon. Very underground - lets bring them to light! Thanks for reading and listening :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

I am glad you liked this band too. The next band are a little bit different... watch this space:)


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Loved the sound, thanks for introducing me to their music


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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio

This is great stuff....my favorite was "Lost at Sea." When I lived in Nashville...the best music I heard was in the streets and bars. Far too many great bands go unheard. The internet is helping out though. Thanks for sending me the link. :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

jayjay40 - Im glad you enjoyed it:)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Tom.. It makes you think how much wasted talent there is in the world just because people aren't part of the establishment. They say it is not what you know, it is who, don't they? The good thing, as you have highlighted, is people power is taking a stakeholding at long last. Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed:)


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WE5 6 years ago

Great stuff. I agree with others in saying that some of the best musical talent in the world are little known. The reasons for this could be the subject of its own hub (or hubs!) but suffice to say, if commercial appeal is not there or the band is not motivated to jump through the hoops and over the hurdles to please the 'Man' then they're not going to become U2 or the Beatles. Here in Newfoundland we've got an incredible music scene! It's scary how many bands are playing their hearts out every week and no one outside of here is ever going to hear them. Thank God for the Internet! At least they stand a chance with the options that the net opens up.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

They're really good...Thanks for sharing you did a lot of work on this one and it shows.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

WE5 - Wonderful you came to visit! At long last the people have some power to make talent accessible.

In the 1960's the people, with the help of the likes of The Beatles, brought about change through unity. This is what people power is about. Today, the real world is artificial and 'controlled' by people in power, disempowering the people. However, we have a silent resource - something virtual but something that is bringing us together - the internet. We can change things and make it our own by unity.

The hippies and punks have brought about change in different ways, and so are we here on the net!

Wonderful input dear WE5! :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Tammy, my punky twin, how are you? Im glad you like Get Well Soon, they are pretty incredible, aren't they :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Shaz - I love finding new music. . and thanks to you I love love this . .my favorite I think is Lost At Sea. . .but I have to listen again! And you can bet I will be looking into Arcade Fire, The National, Editors and Joy Division too! You rock!!!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Wow, Wavegirl! Im glad you like dark indie too! If you like Get Well Soon, then you would loooove Arcade Fire - Funeral is the best album, in my opinion, and Joy Division are pioneers of this genre - these other bands major influence. Have you seen control? This is about the life and death of Ian Curtis of Joy Division (the founder members are now New Order - heard of them?) it might be a great way for you to be introduced to their early 1980's music. Glad you popped by :)


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.josh. 5 years ago

Excellent hub, Shaz. Two great bands, and always great to see someone bringing attention to 'Get Well Soon.' How they haven't made their way into the mainstream at this point is beyond me.

Another recommendation I'd throw in there is Matthew Good - not exactly the same, but I think he appeals to a similar crowd.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Josh - I love get well soon. Will check out Matthew Good, any song recommendation?


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.josh. 5 years ago

Shaz, there's a lot. He's been around a while. 'Avalanche' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbNbU3JMMVM), 'Big City Life' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjgDSp1WYhs&feature... and 'While We Were Hunting Rabbits' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sdJdjH18RU&feature... are good places to start. Like I said, he's quite a bit different from Get Well Soon, but I think he appeals to a pretty similar crowd (perhaps only after you know how insane he is...).

Another band to check out is ANR. "The Endless Field of Mercury" is a good one (http://youtu.be/L0tGjGePmdU).

Hope you enjoy!


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Josh - I will check out your recommendations. :)

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