The Intersphere Bio:
A band that has already rocked the masses at Rock am Ring twice (Germany’s biggest open-air festival) only three years after getting together, couldn’t have done too much wrong. The story of The Intersphere reads like a modern day rock fairytale. In 2006, four musicians in their mid-twenties met in a practice room, and what happened on that day surprised them more than anyone else. “ Back then I really only wanted to take some of my songs and play ‘em live”, remembers singer Christoph Hessler . It was quickly clear to everyone that all four shared the same musical vision, as the melodies and grooves just seemed to flow together by themselves and they experienced those magical moments that only rock music can provide. With their debut album “s.o.b.p.”, The Interesphere had already created a small sensation in the German rock scene. On their follow-up album “interspheres >< atmospheres” they have finally done what other bands have been trying to do their entire musical careers: an album that captures the listeners from the first to the last note and takes them on an acoustic journey of discovery.
“It’s music that demands you to listen – and to put on a good set of headphones”, answers Christoph when asked how to best describe their music. It is a journey into an intermediate world that sounds like the soundtrack for a film yet to be made. It’s not just with their music, but also with their lyrics that The Intershpere take you on a ride into foreign realms. “I have always been interested in thresholds and borders”, says Hessler. This is expressed in his lyrics: time and again you can feel the inner turmoil of someone who feels like he doesn’t really belong to the world around him and observes and describes it from the outside looking in. The album has the markings of a traditional concept album, where one song builds on another and together with the cover artwork forms a unity seen only in a work of art.
A line like “I have a place for you on google earth” somehow brings everything together: this is what progressive rock of the Facebook generation sounds like. But at any of the four’s given concerts, you won’t just find young hipster in the audience. You can also find a few “rock-oldies” who experienced the progressive rock of the 70s in the audience whenever The Intersphere give one of their energy loaded club concerts. Their music bridges divides.
Even though the band has learned what it is like to play on the big stage since their gigs at “Rock am Ring”, they are still looking forward to touring the clubs with their new songs. “So far we’ve played around 70 concerts a year,” explains Christoph Hessler – “and we have nothing against playing a few more”. Neither would the legions of The Intersphere’s fans.
The avid listener can detect the trails left by 40 years of rock history and still be surprised by The Intersphere’s strongest talent: they have created a distinctly original sound that is influenced but not dominated by others. Recorded in Horus Sound Studio in Hannover under the direction of producer Fabio Trentini (Guano Apes, H-Blockx) frontman Hessler, guitarist Thomas Zipner, Sebastian Wagner (bass), and drummer Moritz Müller have delivered 12 songs with such originality that it makes it hard to place them into a just one category. They mix art rock with alternative, throw in a bit of spring reverb that floats the psychedelic guitars and creates a sound that is beyond hippie beatitude. Powerful and post-rock-modern, their sound creates the image and smell of thrashing mobs in sweaty t-shirts in small clubs and on summer festivals. If the guys are half as cool as their songs, than they will be able to handle the upcoming comparisons with bands like Muse, Dredg, or Incubus. Especially since The Intersphere, with all their infatuation with experimentation, have never let themselves be distracted from the essence of a good song: fabricating melodies that anchor themselves a little deeper into your subconscious the more often you hear them. In short, an album that sounds as if Pink Floyd and The Police got together over a couple of magic cigarettes and talked about concept albums and perfect drummers and exchanged the recipe for the perfect song at the end of the night.