Stollwerck Single – The Phantom Band / Drums Off Chaos


                                                                                 Music sourced from around the web. Words by Juno  Stollwerck Single

Emotional Rescue presents a limited edition 7” with two songs that while not featuring on the Stollwerck Sampler reissue (ERC026), make a unique piece together as they are focused around the legendary drumming of Jaki Liebezeit.

Coming out of the European Free Jazz movement of the mid-60s, by the end of decade Liebezeit had moved towards psychedelic realms of rock and alongside Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and David C. Johnson formed the pioneering ‘Krautrock’ band, Can, in 1968.

His unique “half-man, half machine “metronome style was integral to the band’s development and success throughout the following decade, a centre-piece to their sound as they became acclaimed international stars.

The Phantom Band / Drums Off Chaos

With the slow hiatus that engulfed Can in 1980 each member went on to work on new projects. For Leibezeit, this saw him team up with guitarist Dominik Von Senger to form Phantom Band. Releasing just 3 albums, each are highly regarded, encompassing an extension of latter-day Can’s funky-jazz fusion with metronomic rock and experimenting with African rhythms.

Out of this came the Von Senger led Dunkelziffer (ERC007/8/9), all centered around the warehouse art spaces of Stollwerck. When the recordings for a special “Sampler” album bought together various artists and bands based in the space it was logical that Liebezeit would be heavily involved.

The Sampler’s LP collage of post-punk, krautrock, dub and avant-garde music saw many unusual collaborations and for this limited 7” we present two such pieces, including the first ever recording of his drum ensemble, Drums Off Chaos.

First, Phantom Band team up with the unknown Linear Johnson & The Protons. A mixture of krautrock meets 50s USA rock’n’roll delivery makes for a wondefully odd combination, but the interplay between drums and Von Senger’s guitar marry with R&B vocals to jovial perfection.

On the flip, here then are the beginnings of Liebezeit’s Drums Off Chaos. Some 5 minutes of pure drumming explosions, this unique recording was not followed up for a further 20 years and is therefore, a special document in a comprehensive music career.       



The Phantom Band / Drums Off Chaos is out now via Emotional Rescue– buy from Bandcamp or Juno.

CF Smith

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