RPWL is a German progressive rock band from Freising, Bavaria. This name consists of an acronym composed of the initials of the founding members of the group: Phil Paul Risettio (drums), Chris Postl (bass), Kalle Wallner (guitar) and Yogi Lang (vocals and keyboards). They first offered covers of songs by the British group Pink Floyd before recording their own compositions and gaining a certain recognition in the progressive world, as evidenced by their participation in several festivals. RPWL (pronounced RPVL) delivers inspired elaborate, powerful, and symphonic music. Influenced by Pink-Floyd and close to Porcupine Tree, they bring to neo-progressive rock a very personal creativity that contributes to the renewal of the genre.
The group emerged from the ashes of the Violet District group, which included Kalle Wallner and Chris Postl, as well as Stephan Ebner, alongside Yogi Lang as producer and guest musician. After previously playing together in an unnamed band in 1996, the members formed RPWL in 1997 as Pink Floyd’s tribute band. Yogi Lang’s voice was similar to that of Pink Floyd lead singer David Gilmour. However, RPWL quickly developed their own musical style, releasing 15 albums between 1998 and 2017.
This first version of the group recorded in 2000, the album God Has Failed; however, they lose Chris Postl. He is replaced by Stephan Ebner. They also recruit Andreas Wernthaler as second keyboardist. With this lineup, the albums Trying to Kiss the Sun (2002) and Stock (2003) were recorded. Thereafter, the formation changes again. Phil Paul Risettio left the band and was replaced by Manni Müller on drums. This band recorded the album World Through My Eyes, released in 2005; he brought in former Stiltskin and Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson for the track Roses. The album is released in both conventional audio CD and hybrid SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) formats.
Chris Postl, founding member and returnee from the European tour, takes over the bass from Stephan Ebner. Chris Postl never lost contact with the group and participated in all the albums released after his departure as a guest musician. The band was also supported on tour by keyboardist Markus Jehle, who officially joined the band in 2009. In October 2005, the double live album Start the Fire was released. The live album notably features Ray Wilson as guest vocalist. Additional songs from the tour were released in 2007 on the 9 album. Like Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma album, 9 contains a live half with songs by the band and a studio half, each with a composition recorded by Pink Floyd. each member of the group.
In 2008 the album The RPWL Experience was released. After the release of the album, the line-up changed again. Manni Müller’s successor on drums becomes Marc Turiaux. In 2009, the band released Experience Tour recordings titled The RPWL Live Experience, released as a double album, and CD/DVD.
In 2010, the album The Gentle Art of Music was released on the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album, on the band’s own label, Gentle Art of Music3. Ray Wilson again takes part in the vocals. In 2012, the band released their first concept album, Beyond Man and Time, in both regular and limited edition audiobook releases. It speaks of a musical journey through the world outside of Plato’s cave. On February 22, 2013, RPWL held a concert Beyond Man and Time in Katowice, Poland, released as a live DVD and double live CD in September 2013 as A Show Beyond Man and Time.
On March 14, 2014, the band released the album Wanted, also a concept album, and follow-up to Beyond Man and Time. It is available in three versions: CD single, limited edition CD/DVD with 5.1 audio mix, and double vinyl album. In celebration of the album’s release, the band released an official music video for the lead single, Swords and Guns, which the band said “shows how the story of the album began hundreds of years ago. of years. »
For the next few years, the band focused on releasing live albums; for example, three of the last four exclusively released albums contain live recordings. Also, on October 31, 2015, the band recorded a concert of the track A New Dawn (from Wanted). The concert was released on July 14, 2017 on Blu-ray, DVD, double album and triple LP. It reached number 100 on the German Albums Chart and number 10 on the German Music Videos.
- Jürgen « Yogi » Lang – vocals, keyboards (since 1997)
- Karlheinz « Kalle » Wallner – guitar (since 1997)
- Markus Jehle – keyboards (since 2008)
- Marc Turiaux – battery (since 2009)
- Werner Taus – bass guitar (since 2010)
- Andreas Wernthaler – keyboards (2002–2003)
- Stephan Ebner – bass (2002–2005)
- Manfred « Manni » Müller – keyboards (2002–2008)
- 2000 : Signs of Life (Pink Floyd tribute album)
- 2000 : God has failed
- 2001 : More Relics (Pink Floyd tribute album)
- 2002 : Trying to kiss the sun
- 2003 : Stock
- 2005 : World through my Eyes
- 2005 : Start the Fire (album live)
- 2007 : 9 (édition limitée)
- 2008 : The RPWL Experience
- 2009 : The RPWL Live Experience
- 2010 : The Gentle Art of Music (double-album)
- 2012 : Beyond Man and Time
- 2014 : Wanted
- 2019 : Tales From Outer Space
- 2019 : God Has Failed – Live & Personal
|Past members||Chris Postl|
Phil Paul Rissettio
Notes and references
- (en) « Music – Check Out This Band: RPWL » [archive], sur Bloody-Disgusting (consulté le ).
- (nl) « CD: RPWL – A New Dawn » [archive], sur FOK!, (consulté le ).
- (pt-BR) « RPWL: Conheça o “Pink Floyd” alemão » [archive], sur Whiplash (consulté le ).
- « RPWL Plays Pink Floyd » [archive], sur neoprog.eu (consulté le ).
- (de) « “A Psychedelic Christmas, Part 3” mit RPWL » [archive], sur was-wann-wo.de (consulté le ).