Beyond Ground Zero
Quickbourn is the project of the two Hamburg musicians Christian Meyer-Pedersen and Thomas Kirschler. More by coincidence both met at a bandsession in the fall of 2006. As different as the musical backgrounds of both of them may be they soon dicovered common grounds due to their fruitful collaboration of which their songs give a true reflection. The musical roots of Thomas Kirschler (born 1959) were inevitably situated in the 1970ies and have been influenced by the great hard rock bands of their time like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath or Montrose. Furthermore progbands like YES or ELP. By the end of the 70ies there were bands like HEART or musicians like Jay Ferguson. Considerable influence on his guitarplay had doubtlessly R. Blackmore on the one side and R. Derringer on the other. A personal and unique style was the result. The Quickbourn songs will be more saturated with rock elements and less with progressive styles. It is a synthesis between classic rock riffs, modern synthesizer sounds and beats as well as charactaristic song melodies that meet the listener. Endless instrumental passages have been dispensed of although the songs will be far longer than ordinary modern pop-productions. The collaboration of Christian Meyer-Pedersen (adMeyer) with a progressive musician seemed unusual at first. Born in 1968 his musical background was coloured mainly by Jazz and Blues. However, he had been influenced by a lot of different styles of music, last not least through his work with Burning Mushroom (a formation of seven musicians) as composer, keyboarder and singer in the early 1990ies. The come back of Rhythm and Blues in the 1980ies and the renaissance of the music of the 1960ies with names like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Les McCann and James Brown, as much as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic and the Beatles coined the musical developement of Christian Meyer-Pedersen. An entire list of influences would be too long and a clear preference of style is hard to determine. The start up of Quickbourn with Thomas Kirschler seems a logical continuation of his quest to cross new musical boundaries and the results of this collaboration speak for themselves.