Since their foundation in 2016, this band have trodden a path between genres. Combining the shapeshifting, and evolving qualities of the creatures they named themselves after- Kröter (Toad) can be tadpoles wiggling in jazz pop ponds, then sprouting back legs they begin to jump around in techno and krautrock even hopping casually onto land for a moment to sound like some fucked up radio play.
Henry Sargeant, former singer of Wevie Stonder and Mr. Vast, known for his Absurdist Opportunism, is the bands vocal artist. Needless to say the humour from Sargeants previous projects is also here but this time tempered with alarming moments of emotion and sincerity. Switching between stories and more traditional song structures as well as other less definable self made language experiments, the mouth of Kröter can flick out a tongue which could catch any fly!
Christoph Rothmeier, drummer of the band Hunger is handling simultaneously the drums and a pack of genuinely unpredictable synthesizers. To this blunt yet agile rhythm section he adds wood trumpet and an impressive array of home-made percussive instruments. All of which blends seamlessly into a common sound, glued and moulded by the oily interaction with the bass and guitar playing of Jo Zahn whose nutritious slide guitars and blues riffs, noise bass and invented chords are chewed up, and spat out again with aplomb.
Run as a collective the band continuously cross-fertilises with other musicians. These recordings feature Kalle Zeier (Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers) and Jörg Hochapfel (Piho Hupo, Hosho, Hunger, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra).
Kröter are perhaps best understood live. Always improvised, the sets are based on their pool of formerly recorded pieces. Visually they are “full on” …Expect self-made costumes, weird stage designs and videos. Slippery in water, on land and somewhere in the swamps between – this amphibian troupe are delightfully hard to define… indeed at times they are deliberately provocative and abstract, but If we are up to the challenge, it seems these magical creatures are inviting the listener into unexplored terrain, intangible and intensely present!