Why do people love silly bands

Volume of the week: The procrastination

The songs of Die Prokrastination are about current topics such as silly titled trends or hipsters. The topics are wrapped in lovely pop rock sounds. Overall, the music creates a euphoria to sing along to.

The accusation of self-centeredness is quickly expressed towards artistic personalities. And even if you should always be careful with quick judgments, in many cases this is probably not so wrong at all. Because in order to put oneself on a stage and assume a priori that humanity would like to know about their own views cast in art, that requires a personality who can reconcile these thoughts with themselves. Something like that can also be traced back to the artists' texts. For example Patrick Wagner, once the singer of the German noise rock pioneers Surrogat. He aggressively made his self-centeredness a major theme in his art.

And even now, a good 20 years after Surrogat, when Wagner appears with his new formation Violence and suddenly the word “you” appears surprisingly often in his texts, one cannot shake the feeling that this “you” is directed at himself again his large personality is split up, so to speak, and artistically enters into a dialogue with himself.

Also in the lyrics of the Munich band The procrastination there is a very strong “you” in the song “Mainstream”. This is accused of boring mediocrity to snappy pop rock sounds - quite drastically and unmistakably from the point of view of the unconventional artist. If it weren't packaged in such extremely lovely and digestible music, it wouldn't be that far removed from surrogate. But musically there is a great contrast in which the quartet around singer and guitarist Katharina "Katha" Gulde moves aesthetically. They complain about interpersonal unreliability ("happy end"), about a social media-trimmed humanity, chasing after the silly titled trends that are actually known by other names ("Bikram Yoga"), or playfully take away the prejudices and Blueprints of supposedly urban hipsterness apart ("Sorry Baby"). The music for this, however, consists of lively and slightly distorted major chords and creates a general sing-along euphoria.

"As an expression of intense feelings, as an angry voice, as a rebellious counterpoint to stuck structures, punk can also be topical and inspiring in 2018", they explain, but: Punk can quickly "appear outdated or satirical if it is lived too boldly". Therefore one tries to find an inner attitude with Die Prokrastination rather than “to carry typical punk attitudes outwards”. The middle ground on which the band, which has been playing together for a year and a half, is not an easy one either. Because one's own anti-attitude is sometimes broken by the accessibility of the music. On the other hand, these are well-written songs that could probably reach a much larger audience than, for example, Patrick Wagner with violence and their anti-music attitude. However, Die Prokrastination is still a long way from the danger of becoming as strikingly rockist ingratiation as Jennifer Rostock is. If only because the music resonates with an indie spirit and subtle intellectuality, which prevent overly large stadium pop rock gestures. It is not quite as bulky and student-oriented as that of Marv Paul, the former band of bassist Gregor
Poglitsch, that was the case. At the moment, however, the balance between accessibility and criticism is very good with Die Prokrastination. They are currently working on their first album.

Style: Pop / rock
Occupation: Katharina Gulde (vocals, guitar), Michael Kara (guitar, vocals), Raphael Brunner (drums), Gregor Poglitsch (bass)
Out: Munich
Since: 2016

Text: Rita Argauer

Photo: Christin Büttner