Fact is stranger than fiction: An A&R of a record company clicks on a friend's posting on a social network - more or less by accident and out of pure boredom on a gloomy winter night. Within a few seconds the talent scout is electrified and has to watch the low budget video for "Die Stadt gehört den Besten" (a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFTz7KmKoeI&feature=plcp">Watch Here.) over and over again - even though you don't get to see much more than four guys bellowing out their emotions. Raw, snotty, unpolished, true and honest.
The friend asks: "They are good, aren't they?" The A&R agrees: "The song is great!"
To sign a band just based on an EP is simply the contrary to what seems to make sense in nowadays' music industry. Still, MARATHONMANN's EP has really gotten under the skin of the CM family by telling the band's story with a mix of Escapado, Muff Potter, Turbostaat and La Dispute.
Just half a year later several chapters have been added to their history: The "Die Stadt gehört den Besten"-EP was released as digital download via Acuity.Music as well as MCD via Let It Burn Records. It received extremely positive feedback from the media as well as fans. Their first shows were a real rollercoaster ride: MARATHONMANN played anywhere from youth centres (including a power shortage), tours with hardcore icons such as Comeback Kid and No Turning Back, opening slots for German chart-stormer Casper as well as festivals ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 people.
It just took a tiny nudge to convince them of making the right move to join the Century Media Family. MARATHONMANN about them inking the deal: "We were stoked that Century Media sent their 'friends' to make sure that everything went smoothly while we were signing the deal. It was probably a good hint for how things would be handled in the future... Seriously: We can hardly wrap our heads around everything that has happened since we started. Still, signing to one of the coolest labels for heavy music is definitely the icing on the cake! We feel 110% comfortable with joining their amazing roster that is featuring bands such as ARCHITECTS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SICK OF IT ALL, IN FLAMES, SUICIDE SILENCE or TERROR despite being a bit different from the rest. Of course it wasn't a troop of ghetto thugs that convinced us, but all the wonderful people working for CM who just embraced us the way we are. We are really looking forward to working with them!"
In July MARATHONMANN started recording their debut album "Holzschwer" at the Tonmeisterei in Oldenburg and are still working on the last bits and pieces. They are just taken a break to play a European tour supporting Living With Lions as well as festivals and some single shows including the Donots' end of the year show in Osnabrueck on December 28th.
15.09.2012 (D) Landsberg - Forget Your Sorrow Festival
28.09.2012 (D) Tölz - Rocks Off
28.12.2012 (D) Osnabrück - Rosenhof (w/ Donots)
European tour with LIVING WITH LIONS
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06.10.2012 (DE) Essen - Cafe Nova
07.10.2012 (DE) Leipzig - Conne Island Cafe
08.10.2012 (DE) München - Feierwerk, Sunny Red
09.10.2012 (DE) Stuttgart - Juha West
11.10.2012 (AT) Wien - Arena
12.10.2012 (I) Egna/Neumarkt - Point
13.10.2012 (CH) Zürich - Eldorado
14.10.2012 (F) Paris - La Cantine de Belleville
15.10.2012 (B) Antwerpen - Kavka
16.10.2012 (UK) Leeds - The Well
17.10.2012 (UK) Kingston - The Fighting Cocks
18.10.2012 (UK) Glasgow - Classic Grand
20.10.2012 (IRE) Dublin - Fibber Magee's
21.10.2012 (UK) London - Islington Academy2
22.10.2012 (NL) Eindhoven - Dynamo
23.10.2012 (DE) Hamburg - Hafenklang
Michi Lettner - bass, vocals
Marcel Konhäuser - drums
Robin Konhäuser - guitar
Thomas Fischer - guitar
Mediafeedback for "Die Stadt gehört den Besten"-EP:
Visions: "Great posthardcore that is giving you a tingling sensation in your belly. The guys from Munich position themselves somewhere between Escapado, Muff Potter, Turbostaat and La Dispute which is right where they belong. "The world can wait"? That's a lie, we want more!"
Music Discovery: "Alternative sounds with typical rebellious lyrics meet screamo sounds. [...] They are rebellious and bold despite a reflective and critical overtone."
Get Addicted: "You can already look forward to when they are launching their next offensive."
Helldriver: "The title track is a real hit. Raw, compact, but catchy and coming with lyrics that are getting under your skin. [...] melancholic, but angry posthardcore."