!distain | fr

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!distain | fr (released as Distain! in the 1990's, by now the exclamation mark goes in the front of the name) is a friendly and unpretentious synth-pop band from Munich, Germany, consisting of singer Alexander Braun and Manfred Thomaser.

Here's a short band biography:

Band foundation by Alexander Braun, Oliver Faig and Sebastian von Wyschetzki.

First public appearance: "Pop Albert" Contest Augsburg; first record deal with Chrom Records.

"Confession" (E.P.); "Cement Garden" (Longplayer); "Confession"-Tour.

"Liquid" (Longplayer); "Liquid" album release concert at Live Music Hall, Cologne; AIDS-Benefiz Headliner at the CSD, Gütersloh.

"Liquid"-Tour; "Dancing In The Dark"-Festival Berlin.

"Homesick Alien" (Longplayer).

"Homesick Alien"-Tour; "Tears of Joy" (Remix E.P. 1999 - incl. Remixes by Gareth Jones).

In February, singer Alexander Braun and Manfred Thomaser start writing new songs. In autumn the first demo CD arrives at Chrom records. More new songs are recorded, Braun/Thomaser meet with the label in Berlin.

In February, Oliver Faig and Sebastian von Wyschetzki separate from the band to start a new project, frontman Alexander Braun continues !distain | fr together with Manfred Thomaser as duo. Going back to the musical roots of the band, they develope their unique distain!-style and suprise with a bunch of new modern-retro synth-recordings. In September, their single "America" is released.

In February, !distain | fr are back live on stage; the second single is released, "Sex'n'cross". It becomes a No.1 hit in the Sideline charts; the release of the new album "25 frames a second" follows in March.

!distain | fr play live in Moscow. The band works on the release of the remix-album and on new songs.

The new album "Synthphony REMIXed: !distain | fr" released on March, 3rd.

(taken from distain.de) .