Welcome to the strange world of Sharping. On the debut album “Unser Charping” there’s room for Minnegesang, German ’70s rap, and Lars Eidinger bashing. Half of this indie pop group is made up of Stuttgart natives Kevin Kohn and Angelo Fonfara.
Sometimes you take a seat on the “night train to Naples”, which then only arrives in Osnabrück in three to four times. Prehistoric creatures dance in a funky new wave in “DieDinosaur, Bitte!” Until the comet hits a shaggy brook rock. Sometimes in the song “Alles gut” between the highway and traffic jams, between “miez, miez” and “woof, woof” real life is sought in error. And sometimes “The Power of Love” leaves open the question of whether or not Frankie goes to Hollywood, or Jennifer Rush or Huey Lewis and the news were the inspiration.
“Stuttgart was really great. That was once”
You never know what’s going to happen next, nothing is certain in this whimsical 13-piece pop universe of blurs hosted on this album, Our Charping, the debut of the quartet Scharping. A band like this could only thrive in the beloved Friedrichshain district of Berlin. However, half of the exotic is imported from Stuttgart. Kevin Kohn is best known as the drummer for the band Dienerve, but also as a member of Wolf Mountains and as a backup and occasional drummer in every band that has ever formed in a Wagenhallen environment. Lives in Berlin for some time. Angelo Fonfara had moved there from Stuttgart years earlier. “I haven’t been to Stuttgart for a long time, but everything I can remember is no longer there: the tube, the 33rd rocker, the basement, the 12th club,” says Fonfara. Stuttgart nostalgia theme. “Stuttgart between 2005 and 2010 was really cool. There were so many local bands, so many different genres. That was one time.”
A great mix of genres and styles
Since nowhere else are there as many performance opportunities for bands as in Berlin and the rehearsal rooms there are still reasonably affordable, it’s no wonder that all the musicians are drawn there. So Kohn and Fonfara are now together with Jermaine Herold and Christian Hurdt Sharping. The band has been around since 2017. A few demo cassettes and great performances later – for example at the Reeperbahn, but also in Stuttgart – Sharping’s debut album has finally been released.
Indie rock general store
The four men at the table at an indie rock general store called Sharping, who take turns as songwriters and singers, don’t fit together either — at least as far as their taste in music is concerned. This is where the preferences for electropop, jazz, R’n’B, shabby indie, loud rock noise, and mysterious metal meet. “But I think what we all have in common is that we all have such an affinity for radio pop songs from our childhoods, and one-hit wonders from the ’80s and ’90s,” Cohn says.
Have coffee with Lars Edinger
Sharping: We drew
Kevin Kuhn (DieNERS), Angelo Fonfara (Nille Promille), Jermain Herold (Lost Girls), and Christian Heerdt (Botschaft) are Scharping and almost something like an indie pop band. In 2019, they released “Powerplay” with cool titles like “Hey Jan Böhmermann, get that alcohol now!” or “Wodka Lemon (Miami Shice)”.
“Unser Charping” (Glitterhouse), released in April, is a cabinet full of curiosities in imitation of Frank Zappa’s offbeat pop experiences or Wayne. This is where new wave meets hard rock and hip hop and Maine vocals.
If you want to listen to Scharping live, you must first travel to Berlin. The band celebrates their album release party on May 21 at the indie rock club Chocoladin. Kevin Kohn can be seen with Nerves on June 12 at the Maifeld Derby in Mannheim and on June 21 at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg (there at the Einsturzenden Neubauten opening ceremony).