Date and place of start: 1971, Hamburg, Germany

Place: Germany

Theme: music

ECC Participation: artist

photo: Markus Wustmann

Faust is a German avant-garde rock legend and krautrock pioneer, alongside such bands as Can, Neu!, and Amon Düül. The group, founded by Zappi W. Diermaier, Jean-Hervé Péron, and Hans Joachim Irmler in the early 70s, was famous for their experimental combinations of psychedelic rock, improvised jazz, and elements of electroacoustic music, along with their cut-and-paste recording technique. Their concerts resembled situationist performances. Despite having survived a mere four years in its original lineup, Faust left a significant legacy that has inspired numerous artists, such as Dälek, Radiohead, and To Rococo Rot.

“The whole point of music is to express the inexpressible and the purest form of music is music that consumes the body.”

Throughout its forty years of existence, the band has produced a rather modest discography. Most of their material, including ”Faust” (1971) and ”Faust So Far” (1972), was released in their early years and during their stint with Britain’s Virgin Records, which was looking to turn them into the next Beatles. It soon turned out that Faust’s music garnered the greatest popularity among critics and public with sofisticated taste, as was the case with the classic LP ”The Faust Tapes” (1973). The band gave up touring in the mid 70s, opting instead to publish archival recordings on Recommended Records and to give the occasional concert. Their cult following nevertheless continued to grow.

Faust announced a new tour in the early 90s and began collaborating with other musicians (Tony Conrad, Chris Cutler, Jim O’Rourke, Sonic Youth). Today, the core of the group consists of two founding members:  Zappi W. Diermaier and Jean-Hervé Péron. Faust has recently released the album ”Something Dirty”, featuring an international lineup of artists.

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