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The Notwist /ˈn.twɪst/[4] are a German indie rock band.[5] Formed in 1989, the band moved through several musical incarnations despite maintaining a relatively stable line-up. While their early records moved through heavy metal into dark indie rock, their recent efforts for which they have received the most attention have been strongly influenced by the electronica scene, along with the other groups on the record label Morr Music.

The Notwist
The Notwist - Zagreb.jpg
The Notwist live in Zagreb
Background information
OriginWeilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
GenresIndie rock, electronica,[1] plinkerpop, post-rock,[2] post-hardcore (early)[3]
Years active1989–present
LabelsMorr Music, Sub Pop
Associated acts13 & God
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersMarkus Acher
Michael Acher
Andi Haberl
Past members
Martin "Mecki" Messerschmid (1994)


The Acher brothers and Messerschmid formed the group in 1989 in Weilheim in Oberbayern, near Munich. In 1990 they recorded their self-titled debut, a grunge-metal oriented LP. 1992 saw the release of Nook, which has an indie rock sound, while their 1995 album 12 contains their first flirtation with electronics. Martin Gretschmann then joined the group in 1997. Shrink, released in 1998, is a jazz-electro-rock album. In 1998 Cynthia Dall did the vocals for a remix of "Torture Day" by The Notwist. The album Neon Golden (released in 2002) put them on the map for American listeners, with its heartfelt sentiment and more pop-oriented sound.

Messerschmidt left the group in 2007 and was replaced by Andi Haberl. The band's sixth full-length record, The Devil, You + Me, was released in Europe in May 2008.[6] On June 17, 2008 the album was released in North America on Domino Records.

In 2009, the Notwist recorded Storm, the soundtrack to the film of the same name by director Hans-Christian Schmid.[7] In late 2012 they began playing songs from a new album on tour.[8] The album, Close to the Glass, was released on February 24, 2014 under Sub Pop Records.[9]

In 2014 Martin Gretschmann left the group.[10][11]

In January 2015, Close to the Glass was nominated for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award.[12]

Collaborations and side projectsEdit

The group has been remixed by Four Tet, Caribou, Grizzly Bear, Console, Loopspool, Panda Bear and others. Singer Markus Acher also collaborated with Anticon and rapper/producer Alias on the song "Unseen Sights". In 1991, Markus Acher made a noise, post rock band Village of Savoonga in Weilheim, Germany. They released Village Of Savoonga(1992), Philipp Schatz(1996) and Score(1997).

The Notwist formed a group with Themselves named 13 & God, whose eponymous debut was released in 2005. Markus Acher, in addition to his work with The Notwist and 13 & God, also worked with the band Lali Puna until his departure in 2017[13], while Mecki Messerschmidt now also plays drums for the recently reformed Schweisser. Micha Acher composes and programs for Ms. John Soda.


Current membersEdit

  • Markus Acher — guitar, vocals (1989–present)
  • Micha Acher — bass (1989–present)
  • Andi Haberl — drums (2007–present)
  • Max Punktezhal of Saroos (present)
  • Karl Ivar Refseth [2] (present)
  • Cico Beck of Joasihno [3](present)

Former membersEdit



Singles and EPsEdit


  1. ^ John Bush. "The Notwist | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  2. ^ John Bush. "12 - The Notwist | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  3. ^ James Mason. "The Notwist - The Notwist | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  4. ^ Ioan Kaes (interviewer), Martin Gretschmann (2008-05-07). The devil, you + Martin (YouTube video) (Video interview). Cutting Edge. Event occurs at 1:20 and 2:40 – band member Martin Gretschmann pronounces the band's name. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  5. ^ [1] Archived June 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Thiessen, Brock."The Demonic Minds of the Notwist", Exclaim!, July 2008.
  7. ^ Howe, Brian. "The Notwist: Sturm album review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  8. ^ "MAIFELD DERBY MANNHEIM: FESTIVAL-TICKETS ZU GEWINNEN". Musikexpress. December 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "The Notwist Announce New Album Close to the Glass, Share Title Track". Pitchfork Media. November 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "Indie-Rockband The Notwist - "Wir machen keine Kompromisse"". Deutschlandfunk (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  11. ^ Coupé, Pieter. "The Notwist in de Vooruit: Sie schaffen das". De Morgen (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  12. ^ "23 albums up for European Independent Album of the Year Award". IMPALA. 29 January 2015.
  13. ^ swittom (2017-09-08). "Valerie from Lali Puna talks about "Two Windows", our LP of The Week". super world indie tunes. Retrieved 2019-07-11.

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