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Giant Rooks - From the classroom to the stage

Giant Rooks were able to find the time to drop in at CEBIT. But who is the german newcomer Giant Rooks?

12 Jun. 2018
Source: Nils Lucas
Source: Nils Lucas

The band Giant Rooks was formed in 2014. Their musical style is indie-pop. They released their first album "The Times Are Bursting the Lines" in 2015 and in 2016 they won the Best Newcomer Category at the popNRW Awards.

From the Classroom to the Stage

It's great the Giant Rooks were able to find the time to drop in at CEBIT because the quintet are currently touring through the world and rocking the biggest festivals. And it’s no wonder: The young band is currently regarded as the hottest newcomer on the German indie scene.

It's not that long ago that the members of Giant Rooks were sitting in their classroom. Since then, a lot has changed in the lives of the band from Westphalia, who have been compared with major international stars like Arcade Fire and Alt-J for some time now. And despite the fact that they've only been making music together for four years, the Giant Rooks' sound is already quite unique; really experimental, combined with pop elements. They‘re sounds to immerse yourself in, accompanied by the mellow, raw voice of lead singer Federik Rabe.

Start them young - that's true at least for Frederik and the guitarist Finn Schwieters. The pair are cousins, and they started making music together at the age of eight or nine. About 10 years later, they added three more band members and released their first EP. That was the start of a career at lightning speed. In 2016, Giant Rooks went on tour as a support band for various groups including Kraftclub and Von wegen Lisbeth.

In the last two years, the band has played over 200 concerts and has put out its second EP New Estate. So the five young men from Hamm are not short on live, on-stage experience, and they are definitely proving this on the festival tour. Singer Fred recently revealed in an interview that he sometimes misses a normal daily routine with his erratic life as a musician. Just get up in the morning, have breakfast, go to school. But of course, he wouldn't swap the life of a musician for double.

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