This is Gracchus

And this is loud



Vocals, Guitar / Bernhard Schnellmann

Drums, Vocals / Allan Murphy

Bass / Marcel Bütikofer

Guitar, Vocals / Jeff Elrose



As a child, he played the violin and the piano, as a teen, Bernhard discovered his passion for the guitar. Playing in a band during his high school years, he realized very soon that this was what he wanted to do in his life.

So off he went to the USA to attend the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles to get his AA in Music Performance in Guitar. To live the dream of being a musician.

Heavily influenced by Metallica, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold and all of this American heavy rock goodness, he wanted to form his own band. His vision was to focus on that said heaviness, but without any glamour influences, without any bells and whistles, but instead just raw and honest music.

With those ideals and one of Kafka’s short stories in mind, Bernhard formed Gracchus together with his friend Allan Murphy, in the year of 2015. Since then, Allan, a singing, incredibly talented drummer (who, by the way, also plays the bass and the guitar extraordinarily well) helps shaping the sound of Gracchus with his sense of rhythm and his great musical ear.

Marcel Bütikofer joined Gracchus after listening to the demos that Bernhard had recorded during his stay in the US and was immediately on board. By now, the man with a brown belt in karate is well known for his groovy bass lines and his winning stage presence.

Lastly, the search for a second guitar player began – which turned out to be somewhat of a challenge. Finding a dedicated member who is disciplined enough to practice and show up when needed proofed to be a bigger task than expected. Finally, USA export Jeff Elrose joined the band in July 2017 and extends Gracchus since then with his unique playing style.




New songs in the making... Stay posted!



It's official! Gracchus will be supporting Diablo Blvd @ Hall of Fame Wetzikon on October 17th!

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Check out our interview in today's edition of the "Zuger Woche"!