Kummerbuben

The Kummerbuben are among the hottest bands the Swiss music scene has to offer. With their propulsive folk rock they span an arc from America’s Wild West to the Balkans. Their music could be the score for a dark romantic film or a wild night of dancing. The banjo goes punk, the mandolins make your heart ache, the beats beat remorselessly, the guitars grab you by the throat. Experienced live, this acoustic mix is a force of its own. Cries of amazement have been heard at concerts in Switzerland and abroad.

The Kummerbuben and their unmistakable style have set clubs and large festivals across Switzerland and Europe on fire. Their potent and spirited stage show is unique in the Swiss music scene. As one newspaper put it: «One of Switzerland’s best rock bands.»

In their song lyrics, the six musicians from Bern provide the soundtrack for the big emotions of the small people, those for whom joy and tragedy lay a hair’s breadth apart. These are songs of dangerous liaisons and small-town desires, of broken bohemians and daring suburbanites.

Initially the Kummerbuben built their reputation with their unique interpretations of forgotten Swiss folk songs. Almost instantly they reached a broad audience. Today they draw even bigger crowds with their pulsating folk rock sound. Their fourth album «Dicki Meitschi» («fat girls») was released in 2015.

Some Press Quotes

«The Kummerbuben are a Swiss musical miracle…on the well-trodden paths of pop surprises are still possible»
Rheinische Post

«Raw gypsy music, rumbling offbeats, twisted burlesque und again and again the airs and graces of Rock n’ Roll – the Kummerbuben’s roots reach deep»
Südostschweiz

«They are full of yearning, keen, vertiginous. And always wild at heart»
Aargauer Zeitung

«The Kummerbuben sound as if the Balkans and the Wild West eloped together»
Basler Zeitung

«Rarely has a band worked its way from insider tip to cult combo in such a short time»
Mittelland-Zeitung

«The highly sensitive be warned: blood will flow»
Aargauer Zeitung