Friday, November 4, 2016

Swiss Brutal-Jazz Power Trio SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER Announce November 2016 USA Tour

Swiss Brutal-Jazz Power Trio
November 2016 USA Tour

Swiss power trio Schnellertollermeier (guitarist Manuel Troller, bassist Andi Schnellmann, and drummer David Meier) doesn't screw around. The group's uncompromising attitude is apparent before you even hear a note of its music -- it's right there in that deliberate tongue-twister of a name. A fresh, bold and highly energetic mix of jazz, punk, rock, sound art and free improvised music, executed with great musicianship and astounding group interplay, its music hits the bullseye.

Schnellertollermeier has performed at jazz and experimental music festivals across the European continent; this November 2016 USA -X- Tour marks its first appearance in the US after having released X, their internationally acclaimed 3rd album, on the American label Cuneiform Records.

"Schnellertollermeier...marries brutality to avant-garde rock and jazz. A classic power trio from Switzerland, the band plays with punk fury and a dazzling technical dexterity to create booming, bone-rattling music that stalks, confronts, and astonishes.”
- Jim Fusilli, "The Best Music of 2015: A Banner Year for the Bold", Wall Street Journal

Schnellertollermeier -X- Tour
USA November 2016

November 8 - Chicago, IL
The Whistler
2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
773.227.3530 /
9:30pm / FREE / 21+

November 9 - Cleveland,OH
The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library
15617 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216) 481-9444
8 pm / 21+

November 10 - Pittsburgh, PA
4509 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

November 11 - Washington, DC
6950 Maple St NW
Washington, DC 20012
8pm / $10 suggested donation / all-ages
also appearing: Jim Ryan / Gentle Men

November 12 - Baltimore, MD
Orion Studios
2903 Whittington Ave Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21230
410.646.7334 /
8pm / $15 / all-ages

November 14 - Ridgewood, NY
915 Wyckoff Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
8pm / $10 [Buy Tix] / all-ages

November 16 - Harrisonburg, VA
Golden Pony
181 N Main St
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

November 17 - Asheville, NC

Lazy Diamond
98 North Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
9pm / $5-10 suggested donation
also appearing: DFW Trio / Bill Coonan / Patrick Kukucka

November 19 - Cincinnati, OH
The Comet
4579 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223 - fb event
10pm / Free / 21+
also appearing: Hissing Tiles / Jennifer Simone+Zijnzijn Zijnzijn

November 20 - Chicago, IL
Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

For Tour Updates, see:

[WATCH: Schnellertollermeier @ Schaffhauser Jazzfestival 2015]


On X, Switzerland’s Underground-Rock Emerging Stars
Sharpen their Edge, Intensify their Vision
& Carve Out a Spot on the Global Stage

“Schnellertollermeier’s X makes a statement about what is possible for the guitar trio in terms of composition and performance in the 21st century, yet asks many new — and at the moment unanswerable — questions about them as well. It rocks.”
- AllMusic


STREAM/SHARE: "X" [excerpt]

Cat. #: Rune 402, Format: CD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Genre: Rock / Experimental / Brutal Jazz / Minimalist Rock

Schnellertollermeier is
Andi Schnellmann
- Bass
Manuel Troller - Guitar
David Meier - Drums

All arrangements by Schnellertollermeier.
Compositions 1, 5, 6 by Troller; 3 by Meier; 2 & 4 by Schnellmann/Troller/Meier.

Engineered by Willy Strehler
Recorded in April 2013 by Thomas Gabriel at Gabriel Recording, Stalden, Switzerland
Mixed by Willy Strehler and Schnellertollermeier at Klangdach, Guntershausen, Switzerland
Mastered by Willy Strehler
Design and band photo by Camillo Paravicini
Produced by Schnellertollermeier
Co-produced by The Lucerne School of Music

Brutal jazz /minimalist rock power trio Schnellertollermeier don’t screw around. Their uncompromising attitude is even apparent before you hear a note of their music -- it's right there in that deliberate tongue-twister of a name. On X, their Cuneiform Records debut, Schnellertollermeier boldly emerge from their key position in Switzerland’s underground rock scene with sharpened sonic knives, dialed up intensity, and laser-edged tunes to carve out a spot for themselves on the international stage. X is the young trio’s third recording, and in it they don't merely redefine their sound, they reinvent it. The tunes the band came up with -- after cloistering themselves away in a house in the Swiss mountains that served as their musical mad-scientist's laboratory -- recast the traditional function of the guitar-bass-drums lineup, expanding it into new territory and combining the brute force of Schnellertollermeier's 2008 debut with the conceptualism of their second album for something that's ultimately beyond the scope of either one. The Alps had given the trio space to let their imaginations soar. Against the sublime mountain backdrop, they perfected stark, powerful compositions and expanded their ideas. While later recording, they continued their experiments, playing with sound, and even recording reflections on glass to enhance their music’s natural brilliance.

The resultant album, X, is a masterful work of instrumental musical intensity. The songs, whether long or short, crushing or ambient, have absolutely no padding on them. The challenging, sometimes downright confrontational mix of jazz, minimalism, experimental rock, noise, punk, free improv, modern composition, avant-garde and electronic influences erupting throughout X is what this genre-blind trio of 30-year-old musicians effortlessly, even unconsciously, does, obeying only internal logic. Refreshing, highly-energized and original, their music can perhaps be compared with other beyond-genre bands, a crossing of Zs, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Ben Frost.

The album is named for the 20-minute title suite that occupies its first half, though "occupies" is probably too passive a term for a piece that alternately hammers you into submission and plays a haunting hide-and-seek game with your nervous system via its sturm und drang dynamics and breathtaking stop-start structures. “X,” the record's centrepiece, is a suite composed of four parts, and named after the letter that “stands for these four parts”.  On “X,” the trio aimed to become more like a single mighty instrument than three distinct players. It's an idea that can be traced at least as far back as Ornette Coleman's concept of "harmolodic" music, where the whole band is playing the melody, harmony, and rhythm together instead of individual instruments staking out exclusive territory. But when it comes into play via the piledriver rhythms and crushing riffs of this album's namesake cut, it makes for a strikingly visceral impact – you don't so much listen to the music as feel it…in your gut.

The rest of the record hits just as hard, even when the band drops the dynamics down a touch. Just as it was originally envisioned, X is truly the sound of Schneller, Troller, and Meier disappearing into the bigger, bolder entity that is Schnellertollermeier, from the almost tribal beats of "Backyard Lipstick" to the careful balance between control and chaos played out in "Riot," which offers an idea of what it might feel like to live inside a cuckoo clock; from the dark ambience of "Sing for Me" to the thrash-progfrenzy of "Massacre Du Printemps" and the cinematic sprawl of the expansive-but-urgent minimal/post-rock closing cut, challengingly titled "///\\\///."

Listening to the album, one doesn’t focus on any single performer; in fact, the band felt that here it had finally achieved its goal to “sound like one compact organism, with every element having its own importance and clear function.” Schnellertollermeier’s very name celebrates the fact that it is a single-minded entity, a trio of musicians melding their minds and functioning as a single organism. The band’s name is a creative -- as opposed to literal -- combination of the 3 members' surnames. Guitarist Manuel Troller, bassist Andi Schnellmann, and drummer David Meier, are all eclectic souls versed in the realms of rock, jazz, classical, and more. Schnellmann earned a degree from the Jazz School of Lucerne and toured with the international Swiss Pop Star Sophie Hunger; so did Troller, who studied with British art-rock guitar legend Fred Frith and has collaborated with for example famed U.S. jazz drummer/composer Gerry Hemingway and internationally acclaimed jazz-funk conceptualists Nik Bartsch's Ronin Rhythm Clan; Meier also works with improv outfit Things to Sounds, plays in Christoph Gallio’s Day & Taxi and in the international band Trio Riot among others.

While two of the bandmembers had known each other since High School, Schnellertollermeier formed in 2006, when their paths again crossed at the School of Music in Lucerne. They made their debut recording in 2008, the album Holz, whose influences ranged from Tim Berne to John Abercrombie to Mr. Bungle and more. Blending fiercely heavy rock, left-field jazz, and daring free improv in a dizzying sonic swirl, Holz struck a sonic nerve in Switzerland and generated significant buzz. The album and frequent live shows helped transform Schnellertollermeier into underground sensations. The trio soon started working on new material, seeking a more personal sound, both compositionally and improvisationally. The follow-up album, Zorn einen ehmer ├╝ttert stem!! (Veto Records), came out in 2010. It simultaneously expanded and refined the band's musical vocabulary, as new elements from modern classical music, minimal and experimental music, and noise found their way into Schnellertollermeier’s playing and composing. Enthusiastically received by critics and the public alike, Zorn… led to Schnellertollermeier playing in prized clubs in their homeland, and in numerous festival performances abroad, from Austria to Russia.

On X, Schnellertollermeier transformed their sound again into something new, and larger; former 'traditional jazz' elements have been subsumed by the brute energy from rock and experimental music, as well as improvisational soundscapes, minimal music and, finally, jazz in the modern, broad, experimental sense. After writing their compositions in the Alps, and before recording, the group test the material on the road, touring extensively in Switzerland, Russia and Austria.

Finally, they painstakingly recorded it, going beyond any procedures they’d previously done on their own or others’ recordings. In their words:

“For the recording, we also did a lot of research, planned the room/studio/miking-situation really precisely. We used many more microphones than we ever did before (also more than in other bands’ recordings) – For example, the drums and its room were recorded with 14 microphones, also recording the reflections on glass to get a lot of natural brilliance. As you would imagine, the mixing process was exciting, but also sometimes a b****“!”

With the intensity ratcheted up even further than before, the compositional approach more all-encompassing than on previous albums, and the overall sonic heft of the band reaching what can only be considered maximum capacity (at least for normal human beings), X stands as Schnellertollermeier's most resonant recording to date. Following X’s worldwide release, Schnellertollermeier will be touring extensively in Switzerland and at jazz, rock and experimental music festivals abroad.

"This young Swiss trio...helps redefine the conventional guitar-led power trio format and succeeds on many fronts. It's an adrenalized outfit that abides by a thunderous posture, amalgamating progressive rock, metal, minimalism and Sci-Fi style free improvisation amid devastating bass and drums interactions. At times, the band's high-volume force-field could make Black Sabbath sound like a hotel lounge act."
- All About Jazz

Together [Schnellertollermeier] operate as one compact organism. This organism is savage and dangerous, but can be caressing and dreamy when it wants…. They...explore the unusual… It’s safe to say there’s nothing quite like Schnellertollermeier’s music out there ... With X, we get the trio at its finest form, twisting, stabbing and swirling, with full, merciless power. Elements of rock, jazz, metal, noise, industrial and ambient...woven and merged in a genre-defying way. The six compositions simply burst with electrifying energy and edgy experimentalism, providing a skull-shattering, mind-boggling and body-stimulating experience. X is ambitious and wonderfully bizarre and hectic."
- Igloo Magazine

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