Music / Indie / Germany

Some say indie is dead, or at the very least tired. Wrong. Over the past few years, Die Sauna have shown how unwarranted even mild pessimism about the genre is – as long as you know where to look. In the Bavarian Forest, for example. According to their founding myth, that is where the six boys met in a – you guessed it – sauna. OK, actually they met in a band that played cover tunes, but it doesn’t really matter. The band name and history are as playful as their music sounds, which blends everything from eighties post-punk, Neue Deutsche Welle, nineties alternative and the contemporary wave of retro sound with indie vibes. The best part: At no point does the six-piece sound like an imitation. Instead the band comes across like a consistent evolution of these genres – one into which German musicians have rarely poured so much blood, sweat and tears.