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ASBEST


ASBEST

Asbest (the German term of Asbestos) is a fibre that is part of the structure and yet its existence is undesired. As soon as an attempt is made to remove Asbest, it becomes harmful. Asbest is the systems own inherent contradiction.
Asbest use different musical styles which share a certain aggressiveness. Post punk, noise rock and shoegaze are the cornerstones. This melange is an angry to desperate reaction to the general events of our time, but it also reflects Trachsel‘s personal experiences as a trans-woman in a cis- and heteronormative society. Accordingly, Asbest display an urgency and ennui that is omnipresent.

The trio from Basel, Switzerland was founded in November 2016 by singer and guitarist Robyn Trachsel, bassist Judith Breitinger and drummer Jan Häfele. In January 2018 Jonas Häne (Heavy Harvest) took the position behind the drums. In April Asbest visited the Malthouse Studios in Bristol, where Dominic Mitchison (Spectres, Velcro Hooks, LICE) produced their debut „Driven“.
„Driven“, at the same time the opener of the album and a noise-rock thunderstorm which turns into a veritable doom piece towards the end, stands for Sturm und Drang: to simply do it, no matter what the consequences might be. This can provoke the loss of control and indeed letting go is the theme throughout the songs that follow. Including the slow moving and aptly named Chain Reaction with the lines „I‘m knocking over. A chain of dominoes. That has been standing there long before it fell“. But as little as there‘s control over the falling of the stones, the more the course can be set when setting up the route. Driven isn‘t just shouting out loud: „by illuminating the particular we criticize the general: we criticize the repressive form of society using the gender discussion as an example.“ The complexity of thoughts driving Trachsel is also reflected in the music. Asbest neither stop at the styles mentioned above, nor do they shy away from jazz elements like the 13 bar walking bass in „Means Of Reproduction“, or the atmospheric „I Need A Spacesuit To Leave Home“ which could serve as the second part of „Message To Harry Manback“ never written by Tool.

Sep. 28th 2018 will see the release of ASBEST’s debut album DRIVEN through Czar Of Bullets in Cooperation with A Tree In A Field Records. Would you be interested to write a review ? Interviews or other features are welcome as well.
ASBEST is a trio from Basel, Switzerland. They use different musical styles which share a certain aggressiveness. Post punk, noise rock and shoegaze are the cornerstones. This melange is an angry to desperate reaction to the general events of our time, but it also reflects Trachsel‘s personal experiences as a trans-woman in a cis- and heteronormative society. Accordingly, ABEST display an urgency and ennui that is omnipresent.
Shows:
01.09.2018: CH-Kreuzlingen, Horst Klub w/ Heavy Harvest
02.09.2018: DE-Freiburg, Slow Club w/ Sudden Infant
04.09.2018: DE-Kassel, Sandershaus 
07.09.2018: DE-Dresden, AZ Conni w/ Eric Ayotte
08.09.2018: DE-Nürnberg, Project31 
18.09.2018: CH-Bern, Frauenraum w/ The Franklys
06.10.2018: CH-Winterthur, Albani, w/ Obacht Obacht
12.10.2018: CH-Basel Kaschemme, Rausch & und Ester Poly
30.10.2018: CH-Düdingen, Bad Bonn, w/ Die Nerven
23.11.2018: CH-Olten Coq D‘Or Olten, w/ Whispering Sons

ASBEST – Interstates

ASBEST – Projection

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Band location – Basel Switzerland

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