Vanuit stevige wortels in de rock maken Raphaël Vanoli en Gerri Jäger graag uitstapjes naar andere genres. Gerri Jäger, ook bekend van Brown vs Brown, heeft zijn drumset uitgebreid met percussie en een effectbox voor dubs and loops. De veelzijdige gitarist Raphael Vanoli haalt het beste uit jazz, rock, elektronische, moderne en klassieke muziek. Van lage fuzzy rifjes tot stuiterende grooves en hevige geluidsexplosies. De muziek van computergames, maar toch anders, vitaler.
Raphaël Vanoli (gitaar, casio, loops, analoge electronica, drum- en gitaardubs)
Gerri Jäger (drums, percussie, loops, dubs)
“KNALPOT stands for development, inventiveness, acuteness and vitality. What else do you wish to get from music?” (jazzenzo)
“A highlight of Eurosonic/Noorderslag Festival 2010” (kindamuzik)
"The most exceptional band of the festival surely was Knalpot, consisting of two experimenters of sonic worlds: Raphael Vanoli and Gerri Jäger ... It is really thrilling and pleasing to see such courageous pioneers exist." (draaiomjeoren)
“KNALPOT sounds like a motorbike race between Radiohead, Clark and Squarepusher" (Bimhuis)
“An avalanche of dub, noise, rock, drum 'n bass and jazz” (Fret)
“Probably the best rock duo that surfaced in The Netherlands in 2009. Guitar, electronics, drums and an immense dose of energy” (Stream Magazine)
“Despite their limited number, they manage to sound like a bastard hybrid of a load of Rune Grammofon and Warp bands - the skronk of Supersilent, the punk of MoHa, the mathematics of Battles, and the electronic of Pivot.” (Scott McMillan)
“With a freshness that summons up a sunny-day-stoned Can or a jazz quartet freed from a dictatorial star player, Knalpot are onto something.” (Freenoise)
“KNALPOT stands for development, inventiveness, acuteness and vitality. What else do you wish to get from music?” (Tim Sprangers, review of the concert at Rotterdam Jazz International 27.09.2009. http://www.jazzenzo.nl ) "In the upstairs hall of Paradiso: Knalpot put an impressive and screaming end to this year's dutch input at the ‘Night of the Unexpected’. Full of liveliness and dedication, with heads facing each other - the drummer and guitarist brought a smashing avalanche of dub, noise, rock, drum'bass and jazz that is unprecedented untill now. Murdering rhythms and crashing bass while alternating between the subtle and the raw. The cherry on the pie."
Arjan van Sorge/Fret Magazine on "The Night of the Unexpected", Paradiso Amsterdam 09/11/2009
"The most exceptional band of the festival surely was Knalpot, consisting of two experimenters of sonic worlds: Raphael Vanoli (guitar and electronics) and Gerri Jäger (drums). You have to admit it takes a while untill you get into their music and it isn't easy to find the right words to describe it. However, behind their sonic turbulences and the ongoing electronic performance refined listening experiences were hidden. On the one hand there were those futuristic volcano eruptions of sound, the next moment the duo drove you into a breathtaking trance. Almost dreadful psychedelia. It is really thrilling and fine to see that such courageous pioneers exist."
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“Knalpot are a hyper-energetic Dutch two piece - Gerri Jager on drums, and Raphael Vanoli on guitar and electronics. Despite their limited number, they manage to sound like a bastard hybrid of a load of Rune Grammofon and Warp bands - the skronk of Supersilent, the punk of MoHa, the mathematics of Battles, and the electronic of Pivot. Their set began with drilling noises and drone mutating into jazzy post-rock rhythms, before the drummer started slapping his kit with chains as the guitarist spat out bursts of noise, the two coalescing in spasmodic rhythmic fits. AFX acid electronics and casio burble were equally at home among the grooves. Speaking of which, the pair pulled their woolly hats down over their eyes and fell into a ridiculous monster of a groove for the finale, like the locked groove of This Heat’s “Health and Efficiency”, somehow managing to end in sync, and to huge applause from the Bimhuis crowd. Knalpot are ones to watch, no doubt.”
KNALPOT became "Hollandse Nieuwe (the dutch new ones)" according to 3voor12. An interview and a article are online.
3voor12 mediacollective, december 2008
“At a push it'd be possible to squeeze Knalpot into the punkfunkelectro bag, but the seams wouldn't hold the duo for long. Sounding a lot more organic than other similarly tooled outfits, their music is stuffed with loops, blips and Mulder melodies. With the fat Casio bass lines, live drums and a guitar that moves between riffs and wondering, this dipped duo effortlessly slip between sonic approaches. With a freshness that summons up a sunny-day-stoned Can or a jazz quartet freed from a dictatorial star player, Knalpot are onto something.”
Scott McKeating, ROCK-A-ROLLA issue 15, july 2008
“... this mind-blowing number fell on the doormat. It's an awesome little pile driver of a recording by an ferocious and insane duo. It smells entirely of the avant and beautifully fucked up world that is past, present and future Amsterdam, that jewel of (and hope for) contemporary Western culture. It's fun, it's heavy, it's tight, it's colourful and very original, in fact almost indescribable. Check out the website text rather than mine... it's all true.”
Jonny Drury, freenoise.co.uk, april 2008
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