Just two years ago, JEREMIAS released their debut „golden hour“. And what a debut it was: sold-out tours were followed by millions of streams and concerts in front of thousands of fans. With the rapid development came the realization: every wheel, no matter how beautiful, can turn too fast.
Exactly this ambivalence is the subject of „Von Wind und Anonymität“ (Of Wind and Anonymity), the now released second album by JEREMIAS: „The wind can destroy, but also drive a sailboat across the ocean.“ The wind - that is here just also an analogy on JEREMIAS itself. The band is the vehicle that drives the members to the most diverse places, that creates confrontations, provides for change. On „Von Wind und Anonymität“ the band processes the last two years in the lives of singer Jeremias Heimbach, bassist Ben Hoffmann, drummer Jonas Hermann and guitarist Oliver Sparkuhle. While things were looking up from the outside, the four band members were struggling with the dark side of the omnipresent present. Playing concerts sometimes became a burden, writing blockades had to be broken through and the band had to reinvent itself in order to find each other again. „Von Wind und Anonymität“ is also about stepping back behind the music, giving it all the space and being able to merge into it.
With „Wir haben den Winter überlebt“ JEREMIAS released the core of the album this spring. It bundles the whole wealth of past, painful experiences associated with life as a band and combines the challenges with a positive and reflected outlook. At times you get the impression: a band has just saved itself to the shore once again, now it can go on. Stronger than before, more mature than before. „We‘ve always talked about finding it nice to make a long album,“ say JEREMIAS - a whole fifteen songs have found their way onto „Von Wind und Anonymität“. It‘s a departure reflected in the album‘s musical diversity, to which all band members contributed.
„Egoist“ in turn revolves around singer Jeremiah‘s move to Berlin. At some point he has had enough of Hanover, has to break out, out into the wide and also anonymous world. Actually a small piece of music - an untight nylon guitar leads through the song: „My role model was always just the wind“, Jeremias sings about the decision to be free.
For „Von Wind und Anonymität“ the band took their time. Unlike its predecessor, which was created with a large pinch of spontaneity in one place, JEREMIAS now traveled through various studios: the legendary Studio Nord in Bremen, the equally legendary Hansastudios and the Funkhaus in Berlin, in Hanover and in Bavaria. The songs became more and more tangible. You listen to a band well-rehearsed through countless concerts as they further develop their found sound, shift nuances and break new ground.
There is no other band in Germany that sounds like JEREMIAS. JEREMIAS sounds like JEREMIAS. The follow-up to „golden hour“ is bursting with refined harmonies and clever, reflected songwriting. At times the album reminds you of greats like John Legend and Sam Smith, between gentleness and heaviness you inevitably imagine the band on the very big stages. The longer you listen to JEREMIAS on „Von Wind und Anonymität“, the clearer it becomes: This is a truly outstanding German-language pop album from a band that has found its very own sound and set out from that point to dare to experiment.
„Von Wind und Anonymität“ is about dark times, but counters them with a basic trust in life, gives itself confidently and testifies to a band that has learned to trust its own dream again. And that is very good news.