With a name that sticks in the mind with power, BROCKHOFF presents songs that hit the head and heart as well, but don't shy away from vulnerability and the illusory search for the supposedly right path. Between empowering pop and uncompromising fuzz sounds, the 22-year-old musician from Hamburg hits a surprisingly adult intermediate tone with her songs in an unimpressively honest way. Drawers of stereotypes are opened, only to rummage through them in the next moment, dump them out and re-sort them without a raised forefinger. Accompanied by raw and unfiltered guitars, questions of peer pressure, loneliness and thrills shimmer through their songs, building stories around the big in the small. "Feel your pleasure's biting my tongue," she sings - slayed by overwhelm and boredom in the face of the general urge to belong at parties - making the challenges of her generation audible in fine detail.
With her debut EP "Sharks" BROCKHOFF tells stories of coming-of-age, longing and her role between big city, small town and self-perception. Always oscillating between energetic rock with 90s references and bittersweet US pop of the present, she wraps intimate, bold stories in unpretentious indie sounds. No one should be fooled by the burgeoning tenderness that surrounds her songs: Behind every romantic memory, every daydreamy drop, there's a trapdoor that opens grandly and touchingly as you listen. "If it feels so good, how can it be that bad" - unfiltered and direct, her lyrics let us look deep into the shark tank of everyday banalities, decisions and emotional madness that we are all constantly confronted with.
BROCKHOFF's music was created after her move from a small town to Hamburg: she fully immersed herself in the big city, let herself drift, and found herself confronted with a curious creative environment. All this gave new impulses and formed the polarizing sound of the artist. Four instrumentalists support the songwriter and guitarist live in order to release the energy of the studio recordings.
The band knows how to take a step back at the right moments in order to replace the unobtrusive voice of the newcomer with three guitars in the next bar. Closeness is created between outburst and dreamy immersion, and BROCKHOFF thus finds exactly the right combination of tidy pop arrangements and garage sound mentality on stage.
With self-confidence, BROCKHOFF helps the emerging wave of self-evident feminism of her generation to gain momentum and shows that young female artists from Germany can also do other things than smooth, introverted pop. At the same time, she doesn't have to hide from international role models. Her music evokes 90s memories of bands like The Cardigans, Foo Fighters or Sheryl Crow and at the same time picks up elements of US artists like Snail Mail, Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy with her sensitivity. This is music with more than a vague idea, coherent harmonies and a pinch of criticism - this is lived-in realness with savvy hooks, vulnerable songwriting and impulsive personality. That this sound is yet to make big waves is inevitable.
BROCKHOFF's concert is part of the project "Wunderkinder - German Music Talent 2023", in cooperation with the Reeperbahn Festival and supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.