The Erkonauts will be performing at the Taihu Midi Festival, Suzhou on April 2017, along with several other venues in Hong Kong, Wuhan, and Beijing. Their tour was supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council.
Formed in 2014 with two ex-Sybreed, The Erkonauts are an eccentric foursome playing a high-octane style of their very own, striving to pack kick-ass modern power, execution and production with subtle vintage tones. After touring worldwide between 2014 and 2016 (with shows in USA, Europe, Asia and Russia), the band released their first album on Kaotoxin Records in 2016, a trip atop a giant rubber trampoline of funky-metal basslines, huge metal riffs, crusty punk vocals and serious Prog, and has been hailed as one of the revelation of 2016 (ranked #1 in Hard Force Mag, “Top 15 albums of 2016” on MetalSucks.net and Naptser.com. The Erkonauts just finished the production of their 2nd album “I Shall Forgive”, produced by Drop (Samael, ex-Sybreed). Slated for a 2017 release, the band is in discussion for North America, Japan, Europe and Russia tours to support their new album.
Ales Campanelli started playing the piano at 4, and took an interest in the bass when he was 9. As of 14 he was teaching bass to make some extra money. After playing with several Geneva area bands, he joined Djizoes: in 2002; then Sybreed in 2011. Ales currently play with both The Erkonauts & Obsydians. He has participated in numerous recordings and has performed hundreds of shows around the world. He is endorsed by EBS-Professional Bass Equipment.
Sébastien “Bakdosh” Puiatti was working with the Rock/metal magazine “Transit” to promote the Swiss scene in the late 90’s. He organised several shows (Transit Festival, Brutal Festival, as well as bringing in international acts such as Cannibal Corpse, Angra or The Gathering) with the aim of promoting the local scene. After this he played with Nostromo and 7Tone who toured with Young Gods and Meshuggah, before joining The Erkonauts.
Sebastien Hideux “Sebos” is a rock/metal guitarist who started guitar when he was 13. He quickly joined several bands and after a few years was playing with the likes of Stormfist (CH). Sebos studied the Berklee guitar method by William Levit and went on to the french music School “ATLA” in Paris. He has recently joined The Erkonauts.
Kevin Choiral developed an interest for the drums at the age of 5. He joined his first major band, Sybreed, in 2006 – with who he recorded several albums and toured regularly on an international level. He currently plays with The Erkonauts & Obsydians, and is endorsed by TAMA, ZILDJIAN and EVANS.