German Error Message is a lo-fi experimental folk band fronted by Paul Kintzing. Though the band has been around since 2004, it wasn’t until more recently that they’ve started releasing music. And with their self-titled EP in 2008, the flood gates opened. The subsequent debut LP, To Carry Alongside, was released in early 2010, followed by a January 2011 release of and EP called SPPLIT and a February 2011 release of After The Warmth.
After The Warmth is the one I’m familiar with, and I’ve been listening to it for a few weeks now. The songs are light and bedroom-pop-like with softly sung vocals, soft guitars, and brushed percussion. Despite many listens, I’ve had trouble pulling out a weak song on the album. And I’ve had the same problem selecting a favorite. “Reaching Out” and “The Warmth” are both great, but honestly you can say that about all the songs. Still, if I had to pick, I’d probably select “Discontent” and “Rejoicing”.
Oddly enough, the band has garnered comparison to local haunts like The Microphones. This is only partly true, as that band’s repertoire features both soft songs and loud ones. German Error Message is soft all around, but there are definite similarities in the two bands’ vocal styling.
Head over to the German Error Message bandcamp page and check out After The Warmth in its entirety. At this time, Kintzing has made three releases, this one included, available for free digital download. You can also pick up a limited issue CD-R of After the Warmth for only $5.
Download: “Reaching Out” by German Error Message
Download: “We Arose” by German Error Message