The Wars is a New Wave band from Berlin featuring Chris Kowski on vocals / guitar, Gernot Pohle on bass, and Bruce Pankowski on drums. Formed in 2008, the three-piece is considered a second generation post-punk revival project that took its cues from The Chameleons, Bauhaus, and Joy Division, but is also influenced by groups like U2 or My Bloody Valentine. Their songs effectively combine sweeping guitar sounds and droning over-driven basslines with Kowski’s stentorian booms and nihilistic lyrics in a unique way that is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine, especially if you belong to the gloom-laden army of Interpol or Editors fans.
With two EPs already under their belt and a third one in the works, The Wars are finally seeing their New Wave Noir receive some airplay on underground radio stations. Just one listen to their Rift EP is enough to convince you that this band is here to stay.