Leopold Kraus Wellenkapelle
Since 1996, the grand Leopold Kraus Wellenkapelle perform surf, beat and swing. Due to the geographical isolation of Freiburg/ Black Forest, their homebase, the creation of their own style, however, took place differently than in most new surf bands.

Neither with the songwriting nor with the choice of equipment, this band wanted to be strictly authentic. With these guys, you won’t find any original 1962 Fender Jaguar & you won’t hear the ubiquitous classic tracks of surf (Wipe Out, Misirlou, Pipeline).

Instead organist Torpedo Tom wrote a descent bunch of original under a good influence of former guitarplayer Flydt Schimpchen, being at least a little surf with his ‘lipstick pick-up’s’ on his instrument.

Insisting on melodies, likably pretentios, musically limited but highly ambitios were the first gems they carved.

Inspired by all records of the Miracle Workers and Les Robespieres up to Vampyros Lesbos they could get their hands on, they tumbled carelessly through the world of early ‘60’s teenager music.
Taking apart old-fashioned elements, putting them back together, the young Leopold Kraus Wellenkapelle threw their sound, which they labeled surf, into the faces of the German independent scene.

They got away with this con for quite awhile, but after some time they found that ‘real’ surf music was something else and also had the distinct ‘wet-sound’. That’s when they consequently came up with their own fitting label ‘Black Forest surf’
New members came on to enrich the cocktail, as there are Willi del Mare on a McCartney bass and Tim Düse contributing the wetsound.
Drummer Jens Dampf also lives up to his name (‚Dampf’ in German means ‘steam’), but that’s not meaning that monster reverb orgys a la The Bambi Molesters or Jon & the Nightriders are a priority here but the unspeakable alliance of Duane Eddy & Dr. Klausjürgen Wussow, Link Wray & Ady Zehnpfennig (Wussow and Zehnpfennig being actors in a famous cheesy German soap opera about a hospital in the Black forest).




Releases on Kamikaze Records:

15 Black Forest Surf Originals
Schwarzwaldfieber




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