The band known simply as Pickers, after an Arctic Monkeys song, has long ceased to be a secret on the scene. They turned up in Berlin in 2011 and won their first fans – and found management – while busking at Alexanderplatz and other places around the city. Since then they’ve released an EP, a studio album, appeared on the Bundesvision Song Contest, won various awards, and toured with established bands such as Sportfreunde Stiller, Kakkmadafakka and The Subways. Now they’re finally working on their second studio album proper with production handled by Strokes producer Gordon Raphael. They used to sing almost entirely in English, now they’re writing the same scorching indierock numbers but using their own language a whole lot more, and it sits very well.
They hold a special place in indieberlin’s hearts not only because we love what they do but also because way back when indieberlin first launched, our first ever article was a review of Pickers’ first headlining show in Berlin. So it’s doubly a pleasure to go back and see what they’re up to two years later.
This is one of those bands that you know are going places within two minutes of hearing them. They’ve chosed intimate Berlin live location Intersoup as their first 2014 public outing and frankly I would strongly recommend getting there early to avoid disappointment. Brilliant live act, brilliant songs, brilliant voice, brilliant band. Can’t wait myself. Support is UK band Stonedrifters Sound Brigade.
Article by Noel Maurice