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Yellowhouse: The band consists of Hartmut Kreckel (Guitar), Stefan Weihe (Bass), Jensen P. (Vocals) and Florian Dufour-Feronce (Drums). The band plays original material only, guitar-oriented melodic rock with lyrics in English, spiced up with good hooklines with seventies roots in a nineties approach. The band recorded their debut CD "What´s Shining Through" (MMN 002), that contains newer songs like "Return To The Sky", "Now You're Gone", "Mrs Gentle" and "Hollywood Cell", which are straighter than their previous output "Living In The Light".
Why this name?
It was just a name basically...
Do you play live?
Lots of shows.
Yellowhouse's set consists of old and new original songs:

"Silver Shadow" is a song about teenage fan-mania, while "Red Light Diamond" is about those women, who only have an interest in men's cash, a rock song about how to snare a millionaire. "Mrs Gentle" is dedicated to the guitarist's late great-aunt; "Burn, Learn & Turn" is about keeping time in any learning process, "Evolution" describes the process of getting established and the tendency to petty bourgeoisie. "Fair Share Of Nothing" is dedicated to all the unscrupulous managers, agents and record companies in the music biz, who try to give the artist that kind of share, while "Damnation" also addresses the dangers in the music biz.

"What´s Shining Through" is about the veil between the artist and his audience. "Ain´t No Cure (for a messed up youth)" speaks about the problems of youth, caused by insitutional red tape, that keep holding you back. Institutional danger is also the topic of "Between The Wheels", while "For Ever" is generally a song of hope, a song for everybody, which might remain a vision to some people. "Diana" is fictional, it certainly has nothing to do with the princess, the same goes for "Return To The Sky", a science-fiction type song about an angel, who, while visiting Earth, gets to see both sides of the social dichotomy: the one of the rich folks and the one of the poor; after experiencing both sides, he decides to say, "Goodbye, Planet Earth." Another sci-fi epos is "Land Of Lightning" which is about the surviving few after a catastrophe in search of a better world. "Ahead Of Our Time" is about the dangers of being one step ahead. "Babylon", "Now You´re Gone" and "Sweet Empty Life" really don´t need explanations... "Signs" is about the habilty someone´s got to have to interpret certain signs in the right way.

"Sacred Feelings" is telling you, that your own ambitions are strung up by the powers that be, while the message of "The Silent Screaming" is to follow your very own inner voices. "Nobody Needs You" is a very positive attitude song, contrary to what its title may suggest at the first glace: self reliance is the way at the end of the day, get rid of people that keep on riding your back once for all, before it´s too late... "Leaving Too Late" could be a extension of this song in one way... and "What Goes On" is about the most beautiful thing in life to happen again after a self imposed exile...
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It will provide some illusions to mostly anybody, it´s a good tool to distract from the fact that music industry sells us rubbish most of the time. Internet has the hability to to blind our eyes and steal our dreams, at the same time it has benefits too...
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
It always depends on terms and conditions, I´d be watching out for the sharks and other swamp creatures, before I´ll put my signature under a contract.
Band History:
Once Upon A Time...

Founded in late summer 1995 by guitarist Hartmut Kreckel & singer Jürgen Weißig, Yellowhouse was heading towards a melodic guitar-oriented sound with meaningful lyrics and straight ahead beats. Both Kreckel and Weißig had played in Blame, a Berlin-based band that had enjoyed some notoriety in Hungary. Soon a drummer was found: Lars Thomas, who later played in East Germany´s well-known punk-rock band Die Skeptiker. A bass player was found at the last minute: Ulrike Steinbart. This was the time songs such as "For Ever", "Silver Shadow" and "Burn, Learn & Turn" were written. With three weeks of rehearsals, Yellowhouse (Mark 1) went into Masterix Studios in northeastern Berlin to record their first demo "Living In The Light" in the week of 4 December 1995. This demo contained four songs: "Diana", "For Ever", "Burn, Learn & Turn" and "Ain´t No Cure (For A Messed Up Youth)". It was very well received by the press, promoters and fans. Eventually Lars Thomas was replaced by Björn Timmermann and Yellowhouse played several shows, most notably at the Franz Club in Berlin (now unfortunately closed), where a video named "Live...Welcome To The Club", was produced. However, some internal conflicts led to the departure of Jürgen Weißig and Ulrike Steinbart, which meant the end of Yellowhouse Mark 1 in late 1996. Hartmut Kreckel: "It wasn´t fun anymore, they had the wrong attitude and it probably showed at some gigs..."
So it was left to Hartmut Kreckel to renew the yellow building. At a party in late 1996, Hartmut Kreckel met bass-player Toralf Kaiser, who was the founding member of the well known East German band "Infamis". Yellowhouse Mark 2 was born. With Toralf Kaiser, Lars Thomas' return to the house, and singer Dominic. O. S., who was previously with Berlin-based hard rockers "Bad Dam", the band started to rehearse new songs like "Now You´re Gone", "Mrs. Gentle", "Ahead Of Out Time", "Damnation" and "Return To The Sky" and old songs from the "Living In The Light" demo, in addition to "Between The Wheels", "What´s Shining Through" and "Fair Share Of Nothing" in August 1997. Yellowhouse hit the road and their gigs helped them to gain a loyal following in Berlin, very good press reviews and interest from promoters wanting to book the band back. Toralf Kaiser remembers, "I felt great playing these gigs and it was really worth having only four hours of sleep afterwards, it was a great time. When we got to play at Non Tox and the bass went down during my intro spot in Ahead Of Our Time, I felt scared and thought it was the end..." A live-video from these shows, entitled "Through A Private Eye", was produced. But that success couldn´t heal the rift between Dominic O. S. and the rest of the band. Hartmut Kreckel remembers: "It started to become routine and while the band progressed very well and was getting more attention, it became hard work for me, as opposed to a labor of love, which it had been previously. The situation with the singer was terrible, we just seemed to become good actors to perform a show and that was it. We weren't a team anymore, we just pretended to be one and I didn´t feel honest going on anymore. It didn´t yet shine through to the audience, but it was unbearable." Eventually Yellowhouse fired their singer in February 1998, and Lars Thomas also left the band. A new episode began, the exhausting search for new capable members...
The yellow building was renewed again, but the birth of Yellowhouse Mark 3 was slow, much slower than expected: the number of people applying and auditioning for both vacant positions must have reached 100. Hartmut Kreckel and Toralf Kaiser remember: "It was awful, really awful, so many people, who could not play drums or sing, it was a waste of time. We had an agency, that did nothing for us, and eventually we had two good drummers who auditioned the same day. We also tried out some singers, who didn´t make the cut at all; one guy turned up to the audition so drunk that he couldn´t read the words on the lyric sheet." Eventually Yellowhouse found two new members in November 1998: drummer Mike Koch from Milwaukee and a this time a lady to sing: the 24 year old Alexa Weber.
However, both candidates proved to be short-run and were subsequently replaced by vocalist Jensen P. and Drummer Detlev Bruckhoff in September 1999. This version of Yellowhouse (Mark 4) recorded the CD "What´s Shining Through".
Eventually Yellowhouse found a permanent drummer with a professional attitude and musical fit: Florian Dufour-Feronce.
What came as a surprise to many people, was long overdue: Toralf Kaiser called it a day... and was replaced by Nick Behr.
However, Nick Behr proved as not fitting to the band and was replaced by former "Bordstein" bass-player Mathias "Matze" Pfund, who was replaced by Stefan Weihe.

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