Tim Freitag Make You Wanna Cry!
Whether you shed tears of joy or tears of woe is totally up to you – the Boys from Zurich cover the entire spectrum of feelings with their driving songs and bittersweet lyrics.
You never know where you stand with them – just like dating in the urban jungle, overgrown with strangling fears of commitment: the common thread that runs through the song-stories of their debut album, «Monsters Forever». When pieces like «Another Heart Has Lost Its Place», «Bruises», or «Hold On» begin softly, it is only to give the coming thunder of guitar-strings more time to ramp up to a more explosive entrance. The driving new single «Brick By Brick», in contrast, doesn't dilly-dally around with unnecessary foreplay, but aims straight for the hips. Together with the emotive, passion-pregnant «Tip Toe», it testifies to the Timmies' Alternative-Pop heart – and this pulsating core keeps perfect time in synchrony with the heartbeats of the hundreds of thousands of listeners worldwide who, together, have already racked up an incredible six million song plays.
The all-male Sextet achieve, gig-after-gig-after-gig, what many Swiss (Alas!, also international) acts rarely succeed in doing: entertaining and enchanting a new, previously unknown audience over the course of an entire show. The secret of this magic lies in equal doses, on the one hand, with the cool, charismatic, easy-on-the-eye, yet eccentric front man, Janick Pfenninger, and, on the other, with the impressive quantities of artistic sweat that Tim Freitag pour out onto audiences during their stage performances – and, therefore, more or less collectively forego upper body clothing.
This total dearth of torso garments saves the Timmies a few pennies of laundromat money; money the band prefers to invest in maintaining the band bus that not only shuttles them from club to club, but also to well-known music festivals. With already more than 150 live concerts to the Five Zürich Boys’ performance-credit, they have performed gigs at such in-scene music epicenters as Gonzo or the Rote Fabrik; prestigious locales such as the (sold out!) Kaufleuten; but, also, on the grand internationally-famous stages of the Gurtenfestival, Blue Balls Festival, Zermatt Unplugged, Stars in Town, and Moon & Stars. Tim Freitag are welcome regulars on the radio, too – not least of all thanks to their receiving the prestigious Best Talent award from the venerable Swiss pop music institution, SRF3.
Tim Freitag are and always will be: Janick Pfenninger (Vocals), Nicolas Rüttimann (Guitars), Severin Graf (Bass), Lorenzo Demenga (Drums), Daniel Gisler (Keys) , Martin Künzle (Keys, Bass)