SERGE, was founded during 2012 in Berlin. The band consists of Sergio Herfert – vocals, guitar, Astrid Schöning – guitar and Hubert Deters – drums. The band’s debut album (no title) will be released in Spring 2014 and was producd be Hubert Deters & Krischan Kunkel, while recording and mixing took place at Studio Wong, Freudenhaus Berlin by Krischan Kunkel & Armin Scholz. The album was mastered by Ingo Krauss at Candy Bomber Studios.
The recording was done live and completely in analog, while there was no editing. SERGE recorded in Kreuzberg in the artist district of Berlin. Their goal was to capture the live vibe and not to make the sound too perfect, keeping the music authentic and picking up the sound of the 60’s / 70’s. The band who used vintage equipment for their recordings are just starting out and have no label yet.
Flawless from the very first second, this is the kind of indie rock album that makes you sit down and listen; the kind of album that makes you sit in silence even after it’s finished playing, refusing to put another album into your player because there’s such a rare chance another album is going to measure up to this!
The first song, “Rumours”, sets a mood and it’s sustained throughout; the album hits its highs with some moving rockers, mellows with a couple of ballads, and hits a bunch of notes in-between, but all the while, there’s a common sound; a singular vision created by a band that clearly know how to deliver that 60s Acid Rock sound that made groups like The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead visionaries of their time.
Throughout the 8-tracks, there are no lyrical apocalypses, no guitar heroes or ace drummers and there’s no technical-caliber production miracles. This is just a damn fine Rock n’ Roll album; tuneful, emotional, rocking, and good from start to finish. How often do you think that happens today?
This is truly a great sound and a great album. Normally it will take me a bit to warm up to an album or at least most of the songs, but I loved it from the first listen. I probably am biased as I grew up in the era when this type of music was originally making waves. When you put an album onto the turntable, and then played it for about eight or nine months in row. Way before the mass-produced disposable melodies, which we’re so familiar with today, came along. I’m not knocking today’s music, as there is still some standout stuff being released. It’s just that SERGE remind of a time when music creation was dictated by how loaded your soul was…not by how loaded you needed your bank account to be.
Sergio has a haunting voice that can be soothing yet still rock at the same time, while he is backed by some darn good musicianship all-round, by Astrid and Hubert. SERGE fuse soaring melodies, infectious chorus hooks and 60s Acid Rock into their sound; the result is intriguing and unique.
What makes this such a special album for me is its consistency in maintaining the authenticity of its core sound. The standouts include: “Rumours”, “Set On Fire”, “Lost At Sea”, “Love Storm”, “Pouring Rain” and “Stranger”.
It’s almost futile trying to describe how good this album is. Or maybe there are not enough superlatives I could think of. However if you’re looking for truly timeless music, freshly made only yesterday, then this album will serve you more than well.