This is Gracchus
and this is loud.
Bernhard Schnellmann / Vocals, Guitar
Allan Murphy / Drums, Vocals
Marcel Bütikofer / Bass
Jeff Elrose / Guitar, Vocals
As a child, he played the violin and the piano, as a teen, Bernhard Schnellmann 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 and 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 proved to be a bigger task than expected. Finally, in the summer of 2017, Jeff Elrose came to Switzerland to write songs, play gigs and practice with the band. The New Jersey native and Bernhard had known each other since their studies in Los Angeles, where they discovered their musical as well as their personal compatibility. After two and a half months of intesively working together, the whole band was convinced that they had finally found the ideal fourth wheel of Gracchus.
Photo Credit: Mirjam Eschbach
Our EP “Cluttered and Crowded” is out now!
Our newest video is NOW on YouTube. A collage of everything that has happened to us over the past three years. Sometimes things go unseen and unheard. We pour everything into our music, make sacrifices in our personal lives to continue to do what we love.
This is our take on Black Sabbath’s Into the Void. We hope you get to know the way we see and experience Gracchus and understand what this band is all about.
We’re not kidding around.
Sometimes the tougher road is worth travelling.
Cheers to what’s about to come!
Our new EP "Cluttered and Crowded" will drop on September 28!
Pre-order your copy here.
Ever wonder what Bernhard, Allan, Mäsi and Jeff listen to? Here you go:
Our new live video, recorded at our first gig in Liechtenstein, is now online.
New songs in the making... Stay posted!
Check out our interview in today's edition of the "Zuger Woche"!