Von Spar

Cologne, Germany



Precarious bon vivants, gifted musicians, radical guys – VON SPAR are many things, but above all, they are one of the most amazing bands in the realms that the British music press once baptized as Krautrock. Sebastian Blume, Jan Philipp Janzen,Christopher Marquez and Phillip Tielsch have in past been praised even more than the revenants of the genre (in 2012, together with Stephen Malkmus, before the watering eyes of CAN founding members Irmin Schmidt and Jaki Liebezeit, they provided a reinterpretation of the album “Ege Bamyasi” at the Cologne Weekend Festival) – even if the four were inspired equally by techno, synthpop, noise, post-punk and new music.

Since 2003 VON SPAR have released four albums and numerous 12″s on labels like L’Age D’Or, Tomlab, Italic, Areal and Irr (along with remixes by Prins Thomas, Prince Language, ADA, John Tejada). Von Spar’s music appeared on compilations and mixes by Innervisions, Fact Magazine, Output and many others.

In their studio (Dumbo Studios Cologne) and on stage the band collaborated with such acclaimed artists like Marker Starling, Stephen Malkmus, Scout Niblett, R. Steevie Moore, Kuniyuki feat. Henrik Schwarz, ADA, Damo Suzuki, Popnoname, Barnt…