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.