|Genre||Neue Deutsche Welle|
|Gesang, Gitarre, Synthesizer||Martin Eicher|
|E-Bass||GT (Christian Trüssel)|
|Gesang, Gitarre, Synthesizer||Martin Eicher|
|Gesang, Gitarre, Synthesizer||Stephan Eicher|
Gray area was a Swiss Music Group early 1980Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW). With their greatest hit Polar Bear The group succeeded in entering the Austrian and German Charts. Years. She was one of the pioneers of
The end of 1979 left Marco Repetto (drums) and GT (bass), the punk band Glueams to get together with Martin Eicher (guitar, vocals), a new musical focus. Martin / Tinu had Glueams already in their single mental supported. In early March 1980 she gave her first concert as a gray area in the club Spex in Bern. Martin’s brother Stephan Eicher (Guitar) and Claudine Chirac (saxophone supplemented), the group temporarily, with live performances and recordings.
Gray area has been notified by the two pieces Polar Bear and SpaceWhich they recorded the LP in 1980 published the “Swiss Wave – The Album”. Polar Bear met the lifestyle of the time and got radio airplay in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The song was released as a single and reached number 6 in the Austrian and German 12th place in the charts.
The group refused, however, the commercial requirements and concentrated on film and studio work. In the winter of 1981 they returned to the Sunrise studios where the songs Moscow, Dance and I love them were included. In July and August 1981 Martin and Stephan Eicher went again with Marco Repetto to Sunrise studio and recorded their first and also last studio album. In February 1982, Ingrid Berney joined gray area in order to support Martin and Stephan Eicher live. According to a recent studio session, in which I and Thou added, was parted ways the musicians. Less than ten shows, four singles and one album the group broke up 1982nd
GT and Marco Repetto regrouped with former Glueams guitarist and drummer Dominique Martin Pavlinec Uldry, first as a “Missing Link”, then under the name “Eiger North Face.” GT then switched to the Futurism style similar action group “Red Catholic Orthodox Jewish Chorus” to the performance artist Edy Marconi, in the temporarily played Marco Repetto. Later called the group “I Suonatori. Stephan Eicher launched a successful solo career. Martin Eicher 1988 published the EP “Spellbound Lovers,” a flashy, but unnoticed work. Marco Repetto worked up from 1989 in Techno– And AmbientScene as DJ and musicians (e.g. remixing mittageisen v2) a name.
December Formed in 1978 in Bern, the punk band Glueams. After some changes Eicher 1979 met Martin as a guitarist and a few months to later by his brother Stephen, both have music experience with the Noise Boys Project collected. You name around in Gray area and tried to expand their music concept multimedia: They complement their instruments with synthesizers, light effects and super-8 film projections. The editor of Punk magazine in Zurich “No Fun” Urs Staiger is attentively at a gig on the band and brings Gray area in the Studio to record for his Swiss Wave Sampler two pieces: “Space” and “Special”. The latter is a large radio and Diskothekenhit in Switzerland.
1981 suggests the label Welt-Rekord/EMI among the Swiss and by now better Promotion and sales reached the single “Special” a Top Ten ranking in Germany. But most of all the missing TV appearances – the band consistently refused – and ungewöhniche Live concerts without their hits, but with much Synthiesizer improvisations were not conducive to the success of gray areas: “If want to hear a polar bear, he should buy the record “ so the brothers Eicher.
End of 1981 appeared in his own eponymous LP recorded Sunrise Studio (without the “Special”) And by the departure of G.T. and Marco Repetto gray area also shrank in the meantime the duo and appeared somewhat below. Then in 1982 with the single “Dream with me” one last musical signs of life of the band. located on the Maxi next to the title track, a newly recorded version of “Furious Glass “.
Defiance and perhaps because of its modest instrumentation with drums, Synth and guitar on this record were timeless electronic Beads as “Furious jar or “The way Couple “. Martin Eicher runs after the dissolution 1982 retired from the music business, while his brother Stephan has since released numerous solo albums.All in all they have, even if they wanted it never to the “Special” NDW co-written a great piece, the cold synthesizerlastige Music with the worst text then hit exactly the zeitgeist. Also today they are reduced to this song.
Polar Bear, 1981
Dreams with me, 1982
Polar bear, as in 1988 MCD LPs:
Gray area, 1981 CDs:
Gray area, 1991 (3Klang/Line)