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Fatal Shore

Fatal Shore

Fatal Shore


Fatal Shore is a Berlin-based band formed in April 1996 by Englishman Phil Shöenfelt (Phil Shöenfelt & Southern Cross, ex-Khmer Rouge) and Bruno Adams (Once Upon A Time) of Melbourne, Australia. One month after founding the band, they embarked upon a hectic tour of war-ravaged Bosnia-Herzegovina, as part of a package tour sponsored by the People In Need Foundation. Travelling from Sarajevo to the Muslim enclave of Gorazda in a slow-moving UN convoy, they came under fire from Serbian snipers. Read more on Last.fm
Fatal Shore is a Berlin-based band formed in April 1996 by Englishman Phil Shöenfelt (Phil Shöenfelt & Southern Cross, ex-Khmer Rouge) and Bruno Adams (Once Upon A Time) of Melbourne, Australia. One month after founding the band, they embarked upon a hectic tour of war-ravaged Bosnia-Herzegovina, as part of a package tour sponsored by the People In Need Foundation. Travelling from Sarajevo to the Muslim enclave of Gorazda in a slow-moving UN convoy, they came under fire from Serbian snipers. In Delnice they were stoned by mujahadeen, who objected to the younger generation of Muslims being exposed to "decadent" western rock music.

Soon after this dangerous beginning, Chris Hughes (Once Upon A Time, Hugo Race & The True Spirit), another exile from Melbourne, joined the band on drums, and the line-up was completed with the arrival of bass player YoYo Röhm (Ben Becker Band, Les Hommes Sauvages) in 2001. The first Fatal Shore self-titled CD The Fatal Shore (1999, Moloko +, Germany), was recorded in Lucanec, Slovakia, during the height of the Moravian floods. On route to the studio the band were held hostage in their train cabin by pistol-waving Ukranian migrant workers, who heard the band practicing their songs and insisted on being entertained. Similar hair-raising stories have multiplied over the years, and it seems that the band attract wild and bizarre scenes as a matter of course. This element of wildness is reflected in the band’s onstage performance, which is highly-charged, charismatic and full of emotion.

The Fatal Shore repertoire consists of both cover versions and original songs, performed in the band’s corrosive style of dark, psycho-delic blues. In April 2001, at the invitation of American record producer Dan May, the band flew to Covington, Kentucky, to record the follow-up Fatal Shore CD, Free Fall (2003, Moloko +, Germany). May had heard the group’s first CD by chance, and within a few weeks the Fatal Shore were flying out of Berlin. More bizarre events followed after they arrived at The Church, a studio built in a converted nineteenth century Baptist church. The atmosphere was filled with strange vibrations, a feeling heightened by May’s collection of automatic weapons, war memorabilia, German military uniforms and shady hangers-on.

Arguments and death-threats abounded, and the recording was finally completed two hours before the group’s flight left for Berlin. The result is a collection of classic songs, ringing with the eerie environs of The Church. Fatal Shore's latest album, Real World, was released on the Hamburg-based label, Amboss Recordings in March 2007. It's the first Fatal Shore album recorded in the relative calm of Berlin. Then Yoyo Röhm left the band and John Barry (Last Bandits) was playing bass during the "Real World" tour.

Fatal Shore were touring Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic and Hungary, throughout March and April 2007. The members of Fatal Shore have played and collaborated with many noted musicians and bands, including Nina Hagen, The Fall, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Ben Becker, Hugo Race, Jaki Liebezeit, Mick Harvey, and Kristof Hahn. Their own music has a wide range of influences, from the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson, to singer-songwriters such as Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Townes Van Zandt, to the soundscapes of Einstürzende Neubauten and Can. Read more on Last.fm.

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