The Robocop Kraus
...was founded by Thomas Lang, Matthias Wendl, Johannes Uschalt and Roman Maul in Nuremberg, Germany in 1998 after they had found an old organ in the house of Funky Disl's parents. After they had written the first songs Roman Maul left the band. Markus Steckert joined as organist and Tobias Helmlinger was the new bassist.
Their first release was the split LP with the German band The Cherryville on the Swing Deluxe Record Company, the label which is run by Johannes Uschalt and Thomas Lang.
With the new record they toured Germany together with the band Yage from Cologne, sometimes performing together as a ten piece. Later these shows where referred to as the now legendary eye of the tiger performances.
In 1999 the album "Inferno Nihlistique 2000" was released on Swing Deluxe, a manifestation of the band's rather chaotic concept of rock'n'roll and failure, nihilism and love. This "concept album about the end of our sinister world" aroused considerable attention in the independent music press.
In 2000 the song "Poor Soul Relax" was released on the "Achtung Autobahn" compilation on swing deluxe. A little later the Band produced a video clip to this song.
The Robocop Kraus went on tour extensively throughout Europe with Yage and The World Inferno Friendship Society from New York. In 2001 the record "Tiger" was released on the Czech underground Label Day After Records. It is distributed internationally and gains some good reviews and press. In 2001 the band played more than 70 shows in Germany, France, Holland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ireland and England together with bands like The World Inferno Friendship Society, Monochrome, The Make Up, Milemarker, Yage, etc.
In Spring 2002 they released the double CD "As Long As We Dance We Are Not Dead", a compilation of their earlier sold out material. The "poor soul relax" video is on there as well.
Together with The World Inferno Friendship Society they toured the USA in April 2002. There they climbed the Empire State Building, met the clowns, were offered a dubious job as manequins, had to eat in the waffle house, learned about the battle of the wounded knee without having asked for it, and played some of their most adventurous shows.
And then The Robocop Kraus toured Japan in November 2002. There they made a lot of friends, ate raw eggs on pickled seaweed for breakfast, communicated without words, used heated toilet systems, ordered french fries from a machine, saw ordinary people wearing helmets and played four times in one city.
In March 2003 they will tour the most of Europe. The new album "living with other people" will be released as a label co-operation between L'Age d'or and Day After.