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It’s here! Our first ever music video for ‘Take Me Higher’, filmed in Hamburg and Lincoln – link in bio. We hope you enjoy the ride through our hometowns. Big thanks to @mookwe.filmproduktion for making this happen. Special thanks to our moms for the amazing photos 🖤 Two Continents | One Kiez

💥BOOM💥 Our new video for ‘Take Me Higher’ is premiering on @thepickde right now. Watch it via the link in our bio

AM | PM Big news on Monday. Watch this space!

The music video for our new single „Take Me Higher“ is nearly ready for release! We 🖤 it. Can’t wait for you to see it @mookwe.filmproduktion

Hey friends, we’ve taken a bunch of songs we love and put them in a shiny new @spotify playlist. You can listen to it via the link in our bio. Tell us what you think! Lucas & Eli

Always…so much style that it’s wasted

Dear friends, we have a small favour to ask. We’re officially on @spotify now and to get it all verified and set up properly, we need you! You can follow us via the link in our bio. That is all. Thanks for your support!!! Lucas and Eli

A day in the life. Hamburg to Copenhagen to San Francisco to Omaha

A fleecy beater and some fleecy socks for a warm sound



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A duo based out of two continents, garage rockers The Kiez (pronounced Keetz) blend fuzzed out atmospheric rock with reverb-laden soul and four-on-the-floor dance bangers. Strangers introduced by mutual friends, Hamburg, Germany-based producer and drummer Lucas Kochbeck and Lincoln, USA-based ex-Eagle Seagull frontman Eli Mardock hit it off right from the start. The two quickly got to work sending demos and song ideas back and forth like a game of telephone played over the internet, and produced a collection of song demos that would eventually become their debut EP – »We Play« – which is to be released on Hamburg, Germany label Clouds Hill in January 2018, and their debut album, »Love Is A Good Drug«, which will be released via Clouds Hill in May 2018.

Influences are worn on the sleeve, from artists as diverse as Iggy Pop, The Cure, Lou Reed, The Clash, Bowie, The Rolling Stones, even Peter Bjorn and John. But these RIYL tags are too easy, too lazy. The reality is The Kiez are worth a listen because they have qualities and sound uniquely their own. Yes, they loosely define themselves as garage rock, but the band is perhaps more »musical« than your typical garage rock while still full of the same swagger and – dare I say – sass.

The first songs from The Kiez came out of the blue. »Well, I felt like that something wants to come out,« says Lucas Kochbeck. »This was just a chance to let it all out,« Mardock says. »I bottle things up and stay pretty stoic usually. I open in songs. If I didn’t, I think I’d implode under the weight of everything.« The songs quickly morphed into more than angry break-up songs. »From basically the start, this band has never been about… hey, let’s make this insanely difficult, challenging album, etc.« says Eli Mardock. »This band is all about what comes naturally. We’re not trying too hard, not forcing anything. It’s all about what comes out sort of organically…everything is kind of in our sweet spot, in a way, because it’s not ruined by overthinking. We’re just going with what’s visceral, intuitive, our gut feelings, in all these songs.«

That confidence bleeds through every track of the band’s »We Play« EP & full length »Love Is A Good Drug«, with the band assured enough to layer in shades of different influences from Spaghetti westerns to Lou Reed and Bowie. The duo recently spent 3 weeks at Clouds Hill Studio with Hamburg-based producer Marcus Brosch tweaking and recording the tracks that would become their debut EP and LP.


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