Bruch is the long-standing solo project of Philipp Hanich, based in Vienna / Austria. Experienced in pop culture’s diverse tropes and a wide range of subculture’s standard dances, Bruch leverages the allures of an emotionally charged crooner in lugubrious gray-black, just as much as he knows to convince as a vitriolic spitfire the very next moment. Vulnerable yet forceful, grandiose yet intimate, sometimes stroppy and cracking in overdrive – Bruch’s evocative and unadorned vocal style instantly sucks you into his stories.
Bruch’s first LP released in 2012, ever since he ’s been merging dark electronics with the grand gestures of rock’n’roll (noir) and Schlager music in a highly distinct and minimalist manner. Bruch comes in different shapes, appears as a solo act, but sometimes also fully dressed in a band-outfit. Pulling up all styles of music that are suitable for his purposes, Bruch sets out to do something, then: does it. For he `s 1, 2, 3, 4 … various!
Besides Philipp Hanich’s work as a musician and visual artist (his cover artworks are hand-painted, and as stark and uncompromising as his music), he also co-founded the music labels Cut Surface (since 2016) and Totally Wired Records (2012-2016).
»So geht die Essenz von archaischem Rock’n’Roll-Hall in synthetischen Kathedralen« – Fritz Ostermayer // FM4 (Album of 2020 @ FM4 Im Sumpf)
»No other crooner has ever been so unafraid of kitsch since The King (and here i mean: Drafi Deutscher!) left the building. You better bring a hanky to this party.« – Jaques Braque
»Was Bruch auch anfasst, hat meist was smart Mitreißendes und wie genau er es anstellt mit diesen wenigen Mitteln den Kern-Essenzen eines soliden Popsongs nachzuspüren, fragt man sich beim Hören dann oft schon wieder auch nicht mehr, weil man bereits zu sehr im Songsog und dem dabei meist von seiner Stimme getragenen und angenehmen Gefühl zeitloser Illusion von Geborgenheit. « – Christian Egger
„BRUCH. I love this dude. His music is like Scott Walker, the Cramps, Beastie Boys, Roy Orbison, synths and 808s had a baby. So sick.“ – sixofswords
„Well crafted pop songs that sound like Lee Hazelwood and Alan Vega were locked in a room for a month and told to make a record.“ – Codex Empire
»Deep and haunting« – American Pancake
The Fool (LP/CD // Cut Surface & TROST Records 2020)
Kohlhaas / I Surrender (7″ // Fettkakao 2020)
The Lottery (LP/digital //Cut Surface 2016)
My Name Should Be Trouble (LP/digital // Totally Wired Records 2014)
The Freaks (digital // Totally Wired Records 2013)
I’m Back (LP/digital // Totally Wired Records 2012)