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Snow Blind Twilight Ferries

Snow Blind Twilight Ferries

1991-1992

Yref (Rainer Frey) - guitars
Horst Neff - drums & percussion
Paul Outlaw - vocals & lyrics

“Keep All The Sunshine (Locked Up)” - song featured in the Oscar-winning short film SCHWARZFAHRER (1993)

“Beneath My Skin” - new version of the song produced by Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson and performed by Paul Outlaw in the play THE LATE, LATE SHOW (2013)

“Oilnwater” - song performed by Paul Outlaw in Boston Court Pasadena’s production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2018)
 
 

A singer, a guitarist and a drummer walk into a rehearsal room…stop me if you’ve heard this one.

In the first wave of Post-Wall Berlin, the members of this Kreuzberg trio attempted to create a sound that would juxtapose and blend their individual backgrounds in jazz, rap, funk, pop, musical theater, performance art, post-punk and electronica, something nearly commonplace today but mostly unheard of in the early ‘90s. Although they were never able to commit to a bassist for longer than a gig or a recording session, Snow Blind Twilight Ferries (the name comes from a line in a Dylan Thomas poem) managed to compose several dozen songs, record some respectable demos and burn up stages at major clubs across the city in its brief existence.

Before personality clashes and toxic masculinity caused the band to implode, the Berlin press described Snow Blind Twilight Ferries’ sound as

  • “Harsh funk, mutated blues...” (Spandauer Volksblatt)

  • “Whiny, hypnotic...” (Der Tagesspiegel)

  • “Metal-funky, jazzy, blues-rocking, avantgarde rap-pop...” (Prinz)

  • “Strong, soulful, conservative, strange...a triumph of expressiveness...” (Die Tageszeitung)

A quarter of a century later, the band’s music is having a second life (see left). As recently as March 2018, a young German producer wanted permission to sample “Keep All the Sunshine” for a “lo-fi house track.”

Stay tuned (no pun intended).