pandoras.box formed in 2004 and consists of five guys from the Lower Bavarian province of Geisenhausen, Germany. Heavy-headed, “different”, twisted, exertive and provocative, the band is not easy to categorize. The musical character of their debut album was created, influenced and shaped over the course of many years.
On the run from itself, pandoras.box is in search of detours, orientation, alternatives and singularity in today’s fast-paced circus of life. Together the band members have experienced the intensive, formative moments and phases of their musical existence and lived out their youth in one of the most deeply conservative regions of Germany. And this is where Barriers was recorded – a very personal soundtrack to their rather impartial days of youth, which were nonetheless accompanied by specific problems, disapproval and doubts. For the five longtime friends, music has always been both a mouthpiece and a form of ego therapy at the same time.
The young band is known for an enormous range of spacey sounds which, in this multiplicity, are reminiscent of the likes of bands such as …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead or Radiohead. pandoras.box constructs a paranoid and polarizing post-rock sound with experimental electronic influences, warm piano lines, organic guitar sounds, the integration of a string orchestra, avant-garde wind section arrangements, a down-to-earth, almost groove-like drum & bass fundament, and very personal, but accessible lyrics revolving around explosive topics of universal relevance. A subtle overall impression sets in after the initial foggy-stormed prelude, culminating in intangible, yet ever present emotions. Barriers quite possibly aims at unsettling its listeners and giving them a good jolt before leaving them behind, hushed and contemplative.