Mental Bend

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Mental Bend

The Berlin-based indietronica duo Mental Bend captures magic city moments, somewhere in between electronica, ambient and dream pop.
Franziska Plueckhan, aka Sissip, was born in the USA and spent her childhood traveling around the world, while Hendrik Havekost was born and raised in Berlin. Growing up to love music, Sissip’s instrument of choice was the bass, Havekost went for the drums. They met studying jazz music in the German city of Mannheim and quickly found out, that they’re musically on the same page, and thus founded Mental Bend in 2013. New song ideas are handed from one to the other, growing into foundations of spheric loops and indulging chords. Sissip then adds the fragile and melancholic vocals, Havekost is in charge of the trippy downtempo beats. Early on they played their first live shows. Without having released any records, they played support for the Canadian band Royal Canoe and made an appearance at the renowned B-Seiten festival.
In 2014 Mental Bend released a five track EP on Bandcamp, recorded in the home studio und produced by Havekost. The song „Take My Hand“ turned out to be an overnight viral mini hit, praised on various tastemaker blogs and generating over 100.000 likes on Soundcloud in no time. In the same year, they played two Germany-tours as well as the Jetztmusikfestival and the C/O Pop festival. By the end of the year they felt ready to move to Germany’s capital.
Inspired by the dull winters of Berlin, Sissip and Havekost started working on their first album. In 2015 the duo was offered the onetime chance to record at the Rubbertrack Studios in New York. It took them five intense days in that inspirational city, to create and complete the title track of their album “One Step”. Together with the tracks created in the Berlin winter, they had all songs together they needed for an album.
A year later Mental Bend traveled to Tokyo for a couple of shows, where they met Dapayk, alias Mo’s Ferry co-founder Niklas Worgt, who was immediately impacted by Mental Bend’s signature sound, resulting in signing them to the sub label “Enfant Fenou”. The album is being released in December 2017.

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