The story begins in a small forest town called Ebersberg in southern
Germany where the young Eva Katharina discovered her passion for
writing songs. Together with her sister, a modern/ballet dancer, she set
off on series of live performances at small theatres and festivals
around Europe. This gave way to a strong visual sense which has remained
with Eva and is evident now in the bands stage performances and video
Having come to songwriting through the guitar Eva soon realised that
she wanted to explore other instruments and the opportunities they
present and while still a teenager she moved to England, bought a cheap
keyboard, a drum machine and a harmonica.
Settling in Brighton she met Tim Cotterell (keys, electronics) and
Steve Elston (guitar and vocals) and together these three form the
nucleus of Das Fenster, with ex-Elastica drummer Justin Welch and Chris
Deyl on bass.
They spent a couple of years honing their craft on the local live
circuit, attracting acclaim from the likes of the BBC's Tom Robinson,
the Daily Telegraph and others; preferring to keep their own counsel
before embarking on the recording process for their remarkable, epic
debut album "And found no end, in wandering mazes lost".
In the album they have created a vast swirling landscape as backdrop
to Eva Katharina's songs; at times dark and even sinister, while infused
with melody and beautiful vocals throughout. It's difficult to
pigeon-hole a record that fuses rock with strong classical elements,
folk with the avant garde! The band is currently putting the finishing
touches to the album which is due for release next spring.
In the meantime, a taster: The My World EP delivers four immense
tracks and features the Iskra String Quartet. Says Katharina: 'We wanted
players with a bit of an edge to them , because of the songs, so those
guys were perfect, having worked with Johan Johannsson, Sufjan Stevens
and Radiohead.. . We'd also heard them playing Dvoraks Lento and
loved their interpretation'.
The My World EP is released on iTunes and all good download stores through Dharma Records on November 28th.