Drifting psychedelia and fuzzy guitars, intricate rhythms and light-footed vibe, the vocals urgent and with a lot of soul. Songs in which life sometimes tastes stale, but mostly bitter, sweet and spicy. And all this in a detailed and highly catchy sound that can easily be described as German-Turkish indie rock which embraces pop, jazz and psychedelia extremely cleverly and with great gesture.
Raw, hypnotic and always danceable, the band ENGIN from Mannheim tells of all that life reveals. Beauty and dirt, madness and adventure, loneliness and euphoria.
The band’s sound is fed by the friendship between Engin Devekiran (vocals & guitar), Jonas Stiegler (drums) and David Knevels (bass). And from Engin Devekiran’s family history: “In 2020, I started to get more involved with my Turkish roots. My father came to Germany in the 1960s as a child of guest workers. My Turkish, in turn, has a German accent. I asked myself, “Where do I belong?”
Together with his band, he found answers in the cultural richness between the worlds. In the Anadolu rock of the 70s, for example. In the inventive fusions of greats like Barış Manço and Cem Karaca. But also a sincere pop cultural love from Pink Floyd to Altın Gün to The War On Drugs is abundantly clear. As a trio that is also intoxicating live, they are now driven by combining different influences into their very own style with great curiosity.
“[…] clearly a rising star in the indie sky”
– Picky Magazine, DE
“[…] unique style of indie rock with psychedelic elements and Turkish influences”
– Mannheimer Morgen, DE
“[…] with their songs, which are also sung in German, they allow for a moving emotional openness when singing about loneliness, their strengths and weaknesses and, above all, the search for their identity.”
– Stuttgarter Zeitung, DE