The story begins in September 2015 when singer-songwriter Johannes “Jojo” Stang posted his first self-produced music videos on social networks. These drew the attention of other musicians and a band project was formed. The band’s first appearances followed only a few months later. In addition to Jojo (guitar, vocals), Michael Simon (drums) was one of the first Rehats. They were later joined by lead guitarist Max Steffens and Nadine Traoré (bass and vocals), who became an integral part of the quartet.
Since then, the band have toured their optimistic sound regularly through clubs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and have performed at major festivals such as the renowned Chiemsee Festival and the Lörracher Voices Festival. The response from their audience proves that there is still a need for authentic, hand-made music. You don’t have to “constantly reinvent the wheel”. It feels equally good to stick to the tried and tested and take it on to the next level.
The songs on their debut album “Nothing but the Truth” reflect mostly deeply human themes. From the melancholy of missed opportunities (“City Lights”) to excessive demands and disorientation (“On My Mind”). But the Rehats are encouraging and optimistic, reflecting also on the value of authenticity, especially in relationships (“Nothing but the Truth”). In the end, they conclude that the feeling of being alive is always present and ultimately serves as evidence of the beauty of life (“Life is Beautiful”).
The album was produced in Cologne at Wolfgang Stach’s Maarweg 2 Studio. Wolfgang has previously worked with “Jupiter Jones” and “BAP” and has already been awarded gold and platinum for his productions. And it was worth it: The album was “Album of the Week” on several radio stations and single releases made it into rotation on various stations, including WDR.