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KYTES

2016 looks like being a great year for the lads from KYTES and in fact it started out with a “bang,” early on at their performance in Austin Texas at the SXSW festival. Shortly before, the band managed to get through US customs control with their 20,000 or so guitar effects, all vaguely resembling small explosive devices.   Meanwhile hoards of sweaty US kids found their way to the dance floor taking a well-earned break from the beer and barbecue: KYTES were on stage.   Between Austin and Munich is a 8823 kilometer stretch separating two very different worlds, but these worlds were about to merge together and they did so on this night in Austin, deep in the heart of Texas. This connection was all the more evident when US lists of Spotify users suddenly contained presently available KYTES songs.   Some hard facts first: KYTES are named KYTES because the band name has a sexy stage presence.   Yeah, it looks good under hot lights with a multi colored backdrop. It rolls off your tongue easily, has a unique power and a little sense of mystery as well. The band is underway now for about a year and the members, Michael Spieler (lead vocals + guitar, lyrics), Timothy Lush (drums + lyrics), Kerim Öke (lead guitar) and Thomas Sedlacek (bass + synthesizer) go back a long, long way...almost forever.   The band performs using English texts reflecting the group’s multicultural backgrounds (German, Austrian, Turkish, Czechoslovakian, Australian).   The desire for international success and recognition make this a necessity, fact is that more than half of the world do communicate in English. So Austin displayed promise and yet Rostock and Nürnberg remain just as important for KYTES as the word spreads here in Northern Europe about this new music from Germany.   Up on the tip of the continent the boys get identified as a Swedish band, now in Bavaria, Germany Facebook comments frequently appear in English...the message has arrived, as it seems.   Till now the band has two successful tours under their belt, in November 2015 and again in April 2016. Drummer Timothy Lush commented, “even at this early stage the bands followers know all the song lyrics and sing along perfectly in sync with the group, and that those singers are predominantly females! Must be a good sign”. Hip Hop, Metal or Electro music fans even feel at home with KYTES and have found a place in their hearts for the quartet from Munich. The music is building bridges.   An attempt to describe the music in words will certainly fail; still one needs to do so. It’s an electric Indie pop based sound with very danceable tempos, and a strong accent on unforgettable melodies embodied in eloquently formed lyrics. Yes the group can spin a good yarn. The whole package glances on a CD and burns on a live stage as the band rocks. Similarities with bands like Mando Diao, Foals or Two Door Cinema Club is to note, but KYTES is nevertheless a standalone product, totally original and unique.   Start of this year the “buzz“ began: Vodafone selected the bands composition, “On The Run“ for their newest campaign. The “Call Ya” mobile phone advertisements were everywhere to hear and see in the media; internet, TV and radio reaching out to an incredible 1.25 million users.   KYTES got smart and invested their payment in a new band bus, rented a practice room 50 meters away from Munich’s main river and set about producing and recording their debut album to be called “Heads and Tales.”   “Heads and Tales” contains 13 original KYTES songs, all written and produced by the band. For those of you who prefer the retro effect, the release will be available on vinyl as well, so dust off that turntable and set it to 33 and one third.   KYTES’ philosophy is “that your future and creative potential lies in your own hands, those who seek will find, and you can´t get anywhere without first making the journey, so don´t get stressed out, do what makes you feel good, main thing is you get out there and do it.“
So the decision that all four-band members wind down their day gigs and concentrate 100% on the music is indeed reflective of these beliefs. Perfect self-reliance won´t come overnight, but doing gigs at Melt, Dockville Festival and the up and coming Autumn tour will certainly get the ball rolling in the right direction. By the time of the release date of “Heads And Tales“, this process and the first leg of this journey will be more complete.   Music lovers of infectious rock music will be delighted with the CD. It`s this classic 3 minute melodic song writing (Heads) interwoven with subtle but eloquent lyrics (Tales) that hits you right between the eyes, leaving you hungry for more with that special quality control from the music makers of KYTES.   KYTES make a point of staying away from text passages containing the word love, at least for now, because they believe it’s simply been milked dry by too many other artists of late. That’s not to say they are afraid of themes that tackle emotions and feelings, they just relate to them in that special KYTES-like way, using a more subtle and obscure description with parallel meanings and double entendre.   On the other hand nothing about KYTES’ music could be said to be misleading or not understood.   Songs like “I Got Something“, “Head To Toe“ or “Future Kids“ give you that gentle kick in the backside, others like “Talk“ or “In The Morning“ get more reflective, but, in the end, the sun is still shining for the listener. Lead singer Michael laughingly commented “one day, in the distant future, we might do a song where love is the theme but that will probably be the day that KYTES have sold out.”  

Old Tourdates

Date City Location Tickets
21-04-2017 A-Dornbirn Dynamo Festival
09-12-2016 Berlin New Music Award
04-11-2016 CH-Luzern Schüür
30-10-2016 Passau Zeughaus
29-10-2016 Nürnberg Nuernberg.Pop Festival
28-10-2016 München Muffathalle
27-10-2016 Regensburg Heimat
24-10-2016 Stuttgart Keller Klub
23-10-2016 Darmstadt Centralstation
22-10-2016 Bayreuth Kneipenfestival
21-10-2016 Augsburg Kantine
20-10-2016 Würzburg Cairo
18-10-2016 BE-Leuven Vleugel F
17-10-2016 Köln Blue Shell
16-10-2016 Düsseldorf FFT
15-10-2016 Bremen Tower
14-10-2016 Aachen Musikbunker
13-10-2016 Münster Gleis 22
12-10-2016 Bocholt Alte Molkerei
09-10-2016 A-Wien Flex Café
08-10-2016 A-Innsbruck Weekender
07-10-2016 A-Graz PPC
05-10-2016 Dresden Groovestation
04-10-2016 Leipzig Täubchenthal
02-10-2016 Berlin Musik&Frieden
01-10-2016 Chemnitz Atomino
30-09-2016 Magdeburg Kulturwerkstatt / Festung Mark
29-09-2016 Braunschweig Eulenglück
28-09-2016 Kassel Goldgrube
27-09-2016 Hannover LUX
24-09-2016 Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival
22-09-2016 Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival
20-08-2016 Hamburg Dockville Festival
19-08-2016 Moosburg a.d. Isar Utopia Island
18-08-2016 A-Feldkirch Poolbar Festival
12-08-2016 Aham Unta de Bam Festival
06-08-2016 A-Lustenau Szene Open Air
31-07-2016 Trebur Trebur Open Air
30-07-2016 Elend bei Sorge Rocken am Brocken
29-07-2016 Dangast Watt'en Schlick Festival
23-07-2016 Schondorf Sammersee Festival
21-07-2016 A-Sittersdorf Acoustic Lakeside Festival
17-07-2016 Bochum Bochum Total
16-07-2016 Gräfenhainichen MELT!
15-07-2016 München Kammerspiele @ 20Jahre M94,5
07-07-2016 Bergheider See Feel Festival
01-07-2016 Mainburg Festival Holledau
24-06-2016 Berlin Lido @ 20 Jahre Karrera Klub
21-06-2016 LUX-Kayl Place Du Bril @ Open Air
11-06-2016 Kirchanschöring Im Grünen Festival
10-06-2016 Kaltenberg PULS Open Air
09-06-2016 Leipzig Campusfest
07-06-2016 Regensburg Campusfet
04-06-2016 A-Kufstein Indie Sunset Festival
03-06-2016 Cottbus Sommerfest der BTU
28-05-2016 Kassel Oben Air
27-05-2016 A-Linz Sounds LIke Music
21-05-2016 Reichenau Early Bird Open Air
13-05-2016 Salching bei Straubing Pfingst Open Air
02-05-2016 Rostock Campus Erwachen
30-04-2016 Nürnberg Club Stereo
29-04-2016 Eggenfelden Club Platinum
28-04-2016 Ulm Roxy
27-04-2016 Coburg Sonderbar
22-04-2016 A-Herzogshof Noppen Air
21-04-2016 A-Wien Chelsea
15-03-2016 US-Austin SXSW
27-02-2016 Viechtach Shred'n'beats
20-02-2016 Oberhausen TubeCon @ Turbinenhalle
19-02-2016 Kassel Weinkirche @ plentymarkets
16-01-2016 Passau Impuls Festival
13-01-2016 München Audi Dome
05-01-2016 München Muffatewerk @ Lichtdicht Night
28-11-2015 München PULS Festival
27-11-2015 Erlangen PULS Festival
26-11-2015 Leipzig Täubchenthal
25-11-2015 Hamburg Nochtspeicher
19-11-2015 Kassel Goldgrube
18-11-2015 Frankfurt Das Bett
17-11-2015 Regensburg Heimat
13-11-2015 Bayreuth Indoor-Indie-Festival
12-11-2015 Ilmenau BD-Club
07-11-2015 Bremen Tower
06-11-2015 Berlin Musik&Frieden
05-11-2015 Dresden Altes Wettbüro
03-11-2015 Köln Yuca
31-10-2015 Würzburg Kellerperle
30-10-2015 Stuttgart Keller Klub
29-10-2015 Augsburg Soho Stage
28-10-2015 Konstanz Kulturladen
25-10-2015 A-Wien Buzz Boutique
20-10-2015 CH-Zürich Bar Rossi
10-10-2015 Friedrichshafen Seekult Festival
26-09-2015 Berlin Berlin Independent Night
14-08-2015 Moosburg Utopia Island
08-08-2015 Rothenburg Taubertal Festival
12-06-2015 München Strom