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19.11.2023 Hyperculte

19. November 2023, 21:00 - 22:30

Hyperculte spielt am Sonntag 19.11. um 21.00 h / Band-Foto von Diego Sanchez

Ein transpop-poetisches Erlebnis, das sich jedem Kategorisierungsversuch entzieht.

2014 in Genf gegründet, ist Hyperculte mehr als nur eine Band; es ist eine klangliche Odyssee. Die Duo-Komposition entführt in eine Welt, in der Minimalismus auf Grösse trifft. Ein tanzbares Wechselspiel zwischen Melancholie und Nostalgie, das so in der Schweizer Musikszene einzigartig ist. Ihre Mission? Herzen öffnen, um jeden Preis. Ihr Sound vereint Elemente, die so gegensätzlich erscheinen und doch eine verblüffende Harmonie erzeugen. Es ist eine fortlaufende Reise, die Emotionen und Gedanken stimuliert. Der Rhythmus nimmt mit, die Melodie lässt nicht los. Ein transpop-poetisches Erlebnis, das sich jedem Kategorisierungsversuch entzieht.

Simone Aubert – Drums

Vincent Bertholet – Bass


Das allmächtige Duo Hyperculte meldet sich mit einem großartigen dritten Album zurück: La Pangée. Hyperculte ist mehr als eine Band, es ist eine Superband (!), in der sich zwei Persönlichkeiten der Genfer Subkulturszene zusammengefunden haben: Vincent Bertholet  und Simone Aubert. Wer die Band noch nicht kennt, kann sich auf wütenden Krautrock, energiegeladenen Post-Punk und ätherische Stimmen freuen.

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Eine Info zu ihrem Album ‚La Pangée‘

Emanating from Geneva’s diverse DIY music scene, postpunk / experimental rock duo Hyperculte return with their third album. Mixing disco rhythms with gothic gloom, the band retreat from capitalism’s chokehold while saluting environmental activists and countercultural communities

La Pangée – the third album by fiery and versatile Swiss postpunk duo Hyperculte – is a rhythm-forward, forward-thinking release that reaches back 200 million years or so for its inspiration. The clue to this particular paradox is their chosen recording venue. Simone Aubert (guitar, drums, vocals) and Vincent Bertholet (double bass, vocals) travelled from Geneva to a village farmhouse in La Baume Cornillane, laying down these songs in the studio of Johan Caballé over two five-day sessions. La Baume Cornillane, geologists believe, is at the precise centre of what was Pangaea (La Pangée in French) before it broke up into smaller continents.


Whatever this means in the here and now, La Pangée sounds like it should be the epicentre of something. The eight songs, lasting 34 minutes, are briskly economical in their arrangements, using the studio cleverly to give the impression of a wider array of instruments than are actually present. 


La Pangée will be shared with that world almost exactly one decade after Hyperculte formed, at short notice, to play a show with iconic Dutch punk troubadours The Ex in December 2013. The duo’s second and previous album, Massif Occidental, was released in April 2019, after which they toured on and off between commitments to their other groups. A two-week Hyperculte tour of New Zealand the following March was cancelled after three shows; once Simone and Vincent were back in Switzerland, the ongoing pandemic put this project on ice for two years.


A period of reflection, though enforced, proved useful for Simone to refocus on Hyperculte as a project. Did she and Vincent have the drive to continue, after downing tools for so long, and were their motives artistically honourable – as opposed to simply writing a new record because that’s what bands do? A long discussion between the pair demonstrated a mutual conviction, and La Pangée demonstrates that too. Not without playfulness, even wit, it’s nevertheless hard to miss the ratcheting up of intensity levels here.


The notion of retreating from capitalism’s chokehold holds sway over La Pangée as a whole. Sometimes it’s presented as an impossible dream, as on Le Chemin: bassline-driven and peppered with woodblock percussion from Simone, the song gets louder and heavier in its second half, culminating in a full-scale noise breakdown in its closing stages as it speaks of unquenchable forest fires caused by global warming in the face of governmental apathy. Sometimes it’s an achievable goal: Jamais Trop, built from cowbelled-up disco drums, staccato guitar and Anglo-French dual vocals, is about strength in community, and prizing the things which keep communities united in straitened times.


Sonically, La Pangée is Hyperculte’s darkest album yet – no accident on the duo’s part – and much of that darkness is concentrated in its latter stages. Les Malheurs, a lament for the migrants who face desperate peril crossing European waters, makes heavy use of dub echo amidst Simone’s sinewy post-punk guitar line. Les Pierres had a working title of ‘Bauhaus’, and while the finished article is no clone of that classic band it leans stylishly into a ritualistic goth-rock vibe, with Simone singing in Latin: a witchy incantation to change the world, she says. 


Simone and Vincent draw on a wide base of musical inspiration in Hyperculte, not least their other projects, but in this case music is a subcategory of cultural expression – dance productions, plays – and of the ups and downs of daily existence. The creativity and solidarity of the DIY/experimental scene in Geneva, itself part of that daily existence, is essential fuel for their fire; without it, we may not even have a La Pangée to discuss. “Money is evil, and art will save us all!” state Hyperculte, and it’s a slogan that matches the spirit of their sound.



19. November 2023
21:00 - 22:30


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