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Retromantics

Formed in 2001 (whoa, it's our 15th this year), The Retromantics had been an acapella-only band for the first few years. The original lineup consisted of Jan Zander, Bart Proeve, Frank Lüders, Frank „Chuck" Söchtig and Marcus Gebert – all of whom had been singing in band projects before, featuring such well-known names as The Chotalls, The 4 Dimes and The Fairytales. It was in 2006 that we decided to add instruments to our live shows and also adjust our musical goals from the more technical acapella standards to the danceable, uptempo Doo Wop sound that we are playing today.

Being a „boy group" (in the original sense of the word – not the cheesy one) worked fine for several years, but it wasn't until Denise joined the group that we were able to give a finishing touch to our sound and arrangements. Finally, we were able to fill the whole bandwidth of background voices and also to do the songs that are only working with a female lead voice. Imagine Jan singing „One fine day you're gonna want me for your boy" – nope, wouldn't work.

The strategy turned out to be right – soon we were invited to play gigs and festivals all over Germany and Europe, from Uddevalla in Sweden to Spain's Eldorado of Doo Wop – Barcelona.

After some changes in the lineup, we were able to force some of the finest singers and musicians into signing our soul-selling contract, featuring such illustrious names as Lutz Degenhardt, Randy Richter and Manuel Boeglin as one of the lead singers. Our latest addition – and completing the band in more than one reference – is Hendrix, the „new kid in town" playing drums.

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