„Pop-Punk is dead“ – A statement we all heard a lot lately from self-proclaimed music experts and big gun scene moguls. So how does a young band full of beans from Eastern Germany react to such assumptions? Take a good guess…
Storyteller came into existence in Summer 2012. After a couple of touch-and-go months it became soon apparent which way the five guys from Dessau wanted to head towards. They simply strove after playing the music they always listend to and personally loved for years despite any advice about which sound is hip these days or will be the next big thing.
This innocent, almost kidlike, simplicity in making decisions and following your dreams reveals the honest, dedicated and upright characters that make up the band Storyteller. It’s an overall „We do want we want“-attitude which has nothing to do with the negativity and destructiveness of the early punk-scene but rather embodies a positive mindset and lifestyle based on the original values of the hardcore community, where the bandmember are dug in.
On these grounds it came quite naturally that one of the most reputable European Hardcore Labels, Let it Burn Records, took notice of Storyteller and decided to release the band‘s „Take Me Home“ debut EP through their digital sublabel Acuity.Music in February 2013. A huge pile of overwhelmingly positive responses and 4 months later Let it Burn Records and Storyteller decided to step up their liaison and announced the release of „Frontier Spirit“, the band’s first full length album, to be released in October / November, 2013.
With Aljoscha Sieg (Pitchback Studios) Storyteller teamed up with another strong and reliable partner in the process of bringing „Frontier Spirit“ into being. Having worked with bands such as The Haverbrook Disaster, Light Your Anchor or Vitja, Aljoscha Sieg has emerged as THE up-and-coming producer for heavy and melodic music in Germany. Storyteller enter the Pitchback Studios in July with a clear-cut goal no less than creating the best European Pop-Punk album ever.
Despite all plans to create a larger-than-life album Pop-Punk is still a music genre that comes to life on stage. A place where Storyteller felt very much „at home“ since day one. When being offered a 3-weeks European tour with Germany’s post-hardcore sensation Marathonmann and singer-songwriter Grey Gordon from Indiana for November 2013 by Europe’s leading booking agency for underground music, Avocado Booking, everything came into place like a stroke of fate.
So this is 2013, this is Storyteller. A band who would not give a fuck about „Pop-Punk is dead“ and who is unlocked and loaded to prove the exact opposite with a big heart and a giant bag full of „Awesome, let’s do this!“.