Fact is stranger than fiction: An A&R of a record company clicks on a friend's posting on a social network — more or less by accident and out of pure boredom on a gloomy winter night. Within a few seconds, the talent scout is electrified and has to watch the low budget video for "Die Stadt gehört den Besten" over and over again — even though you don't get to see much more than four guys bellowing out their emotions. Raw, snotty, unpolished, true and honest.
The friend asks: "They are good, aren't they?” The A&R agrees: "The song is great!"
To sign a band just based on an EP is simply the contrary to what seems to make sense in nowadays' music industry. Still, MARATHONMANN's EP has really gotten under the skin of the Century Media family by telling the band's story with a mix of Escapado, Muff Potter, Turbostaat and La Dispute.
Just half a year later several chapters have been added to their history: The "Die Stadt gehört den Besten" EP was released as digital download via Acuity. Music as well as MCD via Let It Burn Records. It received extremely positive feedback from the media as well as fans. Their first shows were a real rollercoaster ride: MARATHONMANN played anywhere from youth centres (including a power shortage), tours with hardcore icons such as COMEBACK KID and NO TURNING BACK, opening slots for German chart-stormer CASPER as well as festivals ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 people.
It just took a tiny nudge to convince them of making the right move to join the Century Media family.
Commented MARATHONMANN: "We were stoked that Century Media sent their 'friends' to make sure that everything went smoothly while we were signing the deal. It was probably a good hint for how things would be handled in the future...
"Seriously: We can hardly wrap our heads around everything that has happened since we started. Still, signing to one of the coolest labels for heavy music is definitely the icing on the cake! We feel 110% comfortable with joining their amazing roster that is featuring bands such as ARCHITECTS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SICK OF IT ALL, IN FLAMES, SUICIDE SILENCE or TERROR despite being a bit different from the rest. Of course, it wasn't a troop of ghetto thugs that convinced us, but all the wonderful people working for CM who just embraced us the way we are. We are really looking forward to working with them!"
In July, MARATHONMANN started recording its debut album, "Holzschwer", at the Tonmeisterei in Oldenburg and are still working on the last bits and pieces. They are just taken a break to play a European tour supporting LIVING WITH LIONS as well as festivals and some single shows including the DONOTS' end-of-the-year show in Osnabrück on December 28.
Michi Lettner - Bass, Vocals
Marcel Konhäuser - Drums
Robin Konhäuser - Guitar
Thomas Fischer - Guitar