Performances Reviews

Faust Performance in Albany Reviewed

Werner "Zappi" Diermaier with Faust ...
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From the Albany Times Union:

The fact is that the concert was as much a ’60s art happening as it was a rock concert. Drummer and co-founding member Werner “Zappi” Diermaier spent some time banging away on a slab of sheet metal. Newer band recruits James Johnston (of Gallon Drunk and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) and his wife Geraldine Swayne switched off of guitar and keyboards, although Swayne was also Peron’s key foil on vocals. There were long interludes of sonic chaos and spoken word between such songs as “Miss Fortune” and “Jennifer,” the latter of which began with a touch of hippie flower power and turned dark as Diermaier took an electric sander to his sheet metal, sending sparks flying across the stage and nearly into the crowd.

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Don’t Call Faust ‘Krautrock’

A Faust profile from Washington City Paper:

Almost 40 years after the fact, Faust remains a standard-bearer of Krautrock, the German experimental rock movement of the early 1970s.

Just don’t call Faust a Krautrock band.

For one thing, says Jean-Herve Péron, one of the group’s two remaining original members, Faust doesn’t have many fans in Germany, even though it’s still based there. For another, none of the musicians on the current tour, which stops at the Black Cat Sunday for the final night of the Sonic Circuits Festival, happens to be German. Péron is French, original drummer Zappi Diermaier is Austrian, James Johnston is British, and Geraldine Swayne is Irish.

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