A hint of Americana and fluffy West Coast, smooth harmony vocals and lively indie pop. Groups like "The Kooks" or "Mumford and Sons" provide the role models for the band's singer-songwriter and guitarist Johannes “Jojo” Stang. But together, the band are confident and talented enough not to have to copy, but to create their own sound. That’s the Rehats!
"The Rehats" - it's all in the name. Combining different influences from pop and folk music, such as role models like The Kooks or Mumford and Sons, under one roof, the young band from Freiburg produces their very own sound with a touch of Americana, fluffy Westcoast, smooth harmony vocals, and elated indie pop.
"On My Mind" is the second single by the Freiburg newcomer band "The Rehats" and another refreshing foretaste of their first album "Nothing But the Truth", released in spring 2020. The song was produced in Maarweg Studio 2 in Cologne by Peter Mödl. The harmonic backing vocals of bassist Nadine and the slightly retro-sounding sound of the electric guitar accentuate the song, which is rounded off with the subtle keyboard sounds of Franz Wieland-Filz.
Since then, the band have toured their optimistic sound regularly through clubs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and have performed at major festivals such as the renowned Chiemsee Festival and the Lörracher Voices Festival. The response from their audience proves that there is still a need for authentic, hand-made music. You don’t have to “constantly reinvent the wheel”. It feels equally good to stick to the tried and tested and take it on to the next level.
“Jojo” writes his songs mostly in English, which is where he feels most comfortable. Groups like “The Kooks” or “Mumford and Sons” are his musical role models, but the band is self-confident and talented enough not to have to copy, but to create their own sound.
The songs on their debut album “Nothing but the Truth” reflect mostly deeply human themes. From the melancholy of missed opportunities (“City Lights”) to excessive demands and disorientation (“On My Mind”). But the Rehats are encouraging and optimistic, reflecting also on the value of authenticity, especially in relationships (“Nothing but the Truth”). In the end, they conclude that the feeling of being alive is always present and ultimately serves as evidence of the beauty of life (“Life is Beautiful”).
The album was produced in Cologne at Wolfgang Stach’s Maarweg 2 Studio. Wolfgang has previously worked with “Jupiter Jones” and “BAP” and has already been awarded gold and platinum for his productions. And it was worth it: The album was “Album of the Week” on several radio stations and single releases made it into rotation on various stations, including WDR.