Rock, Rock, Zurich
– “The mastermind behind TBOG, Michael Sele, is a gifted songwriter and singer, who with just a few skilfully implemented rock elements is capable of...Read Biography
“The mastermind behind TBOG, Michael Sele, is a gifted songwriter and singer, who with just a few skilfully implemented rock elements is capable of creating a completely intense atmosphere full of independent and diverse pearls of darkwave music on his 7th album in 10 years.” -SONIC SEDUCER
“The Beauty Of Gemina” have been performing live for ten years. Six studio albums, top-ten hits in the alternative charts throughout Europe and sold-out concerts all over the world line the trail of the darkwave band around the mastermind Michael Sele.
None of this randomly happened by accident. Not the music, which simultaneously enlightens the mind and masterfully celebrates the aesthetics of the darkness. Not the subjects and lyrics, which poetically illuminate the dark corners of society in a non-invasive way. Not the huge fan community that stretches across Europe. Instead, it is the well-deserved result of many years of persistent consistency through constant evolution.
Their rise is documented through an impressively long list of concerts at home and abroad. The band has not just covered great distances geographically speaking, but musically, too. They have been invited twice to the legendary gothic festival in Whitby (UK), three times to the M'era Luna Festival in Hildesheim (Germany) - not to mention all the tours from Russia to Greece and from Denmark to Portugal. The band’s other highlights include performances at the Jazz Festival in Montreux and the Greenfield Festival in Interlaken, concerts in London, Prague, Madrid and sold-out shows at the prestigious jazz club Moods in Zurich. But even more important than the 180 concerts and the 150,000 kilometres travelled, is the musical development The Beauty of Gemina has experienced.
Whereas in the early days, the references to the gothic and industrial scenes were clearly apparent, neither these nor any other stylistic clichés fit the band today. And they demonstrated this beautifully with their highly acclaimed acoustic album The Myrrh Sessions (2013), which they bolstered with the cello and violin. Rather than simply reducing their music to an “unplugged” session, the additional organic instruments brought unprecedented folky and jazzy nuances to the fore, while Michael Sele on the piano or the guitar dove into his pool of soundscapes from classical and contemporary music.
“Rarely is music able to penetrate right to the core of the body and trigger emotions previously unknown… to call these genius strokes of simplicity would be an understatement.”
(SLAM MAGAZINE, GERMANY)
In addition to the consistently high-quality song-writing, live shows buzzing with energy have also made the band an integral part of the international wave scene. There are three top musicians in the band with Mac Vinzens on drums, Ariel Rossi on guitar and Andi Zuber on bass. They contribute many years of live and studio experience as well as having expertly mastered their instruments, which they always use with great sensitivity and conducive to the respective song.
The band officially entered the Media Control Charts with the albums Iscariot Blues (2012), Ghost Prayers (2014) and Minor Sun (2016), and the music by The Beauty Of Gemina was discovered by an ever-growing and ever-widening audience in Switzerland. Minor Sun was also in the alternative charts in Germany for several weeks. The Rolling Stone magazine drew further attention to the band. The thrilling live appearance at the M'era Luna Festival on the German TV channel in the summer of 2014, plus the live broadcast and received rave reviews. The band went on its first extensive headlining club tour through seven countries in Europe with the new album Minor Sun, in the autumn of 2016.
“The Beauty Of Gemina burns a true firework to melancholic music, thereby making the statement of such a categorisation obsolete. “Lach mal” [Laugh sometimes] is still hanging from my wrist - and when I think back on that fantastic evening, I can do very little else.”