Guitar, bass, percussion, vocals. That's how simple and straightforward rock music can be. Meet the young Hamburg band Baby Benzin, which translates to Baby Gasoline, or Baby Petrol.
Jo Varain, Simon Bergholz and Max Schneider - who compose Baby Benzin - combine powerful rock music with clear political statements. They got together in Hamburg in 2007, all three driven by the same mission: to create the perfect band.
Fast, energetic and smart, they're now on the springboard to a big career. Citing influences from Toto to Led Zeppelin, they mix a little punk, a little rock and some catchy, German sing-along choruses.
But they're not just into making a lot of noise on stage; they're a protest band a la 2010. "My lyrics are a refreshingly radical. At least the choruses are strong, sometimes with a political statement. So the listener has to do some thinking," singer Simon quips.
Profound or not, they are a must-see live performance and were participants in the 2009 edition of "Pop Camp" - an educational seminar for up-and-coming pop musicians sponsored by the German Music Council.
Author: Matthias Klaus
Editor: Louisa Schaefer
PopCamp is a high-level band coaching project