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.
Indie Music Promotion: If This Hat Is Missing
Music Indie Promotion: Witches! Witches! Rest Now In The Fire
Indie Music Promotion: Automatic Heart
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),
Schenkel (guitar, trumpet),
- Verena Gropper (violin, vocals),
- Daniel Roos
- Paul Kenny (drums).
Get Well Soon Discography
- 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)
- Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon (2008)
- Vexations (2010)
- If This Hat Is Missing I Have Gone Hunting (2008)
- Witches, Witches! Rest Now In The Fire (2008)
Indie Music Promotion: Angry Young Man
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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Vexations New Album By Get Well Soon
Indie Music Promotion: Listen! Those Lost At Sea Sing A Song On Christmas Day
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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