Toter Roter Fisch

Toter Roter Fisch

The Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) based rock music band was formed in 2002 with the following lineup during their release of the 2004 CD:

  • Nik Gattringer – eb.
  • David Haider – guitar and vocals
  • Florian Neumann – drums

The band released their second CD in 2008, and started to form a new lineup between 2008 and 2009. The new lineup includes:

  • Manuel Mitterhuber – guitar
  • Mario Sadler – Bass
  • David Haider – voice
  • Nik Gattringer – drums

The evolution of rock music

The history of rock music reveals a volatile and unpredictable genre that has constantly redefined and reinvented itself since the early-to-mid twentieth century.

Rock music can simply be described as hard-edged music performed with drums, bass, and electric guitars, and usually accompanied by lyrics sung by a vocalist. But a close look at how rock music has changed over the years suggests how multiple styles and influences have shaped the development of rock over the years.

Though the exact origin of rock music is unknown, elements of rock and roll showed up in old country western and blues songs as far back as the 1920’s and ‘30’s, and by the 1950s, the history of rock music had started.

The 1920s

The phrase rock and roll contained two meanings: in was associated with sex and dancing. The term was first used in the title of a 1920s song by Trixie Smith dubbed “My Baby rocks me with one steady roll” though the actual term “Rock and Roll” may have been coiled by a disk jockey from Ohio called Alan Freed in 1955, marking the start of Rock music.

The 1940s to 60s

By the 1940s, the popular styles of country and blues music had started to evolve into new sounds accompanied by electric guitars and a steady drum beat. The pioneering artists during this period, like Chuck Berry, leaned more on classic blues structures with flair of great audience entertainment. Contrary to the safe pop music of this era, rock had an aggressive attack that suggested a sexual freedom that was found to be rather shocking during the conservative age.

The “Rolling Stones” band further expanded the scope of rock music in the early 1960s by transitioning from singles artists into musicians with the ability to embrace sex and youthful rebellion in their melodies, producing cohesive albums of songs.


By this time, rock was becoming a dominant form of popular music, with new bands coming up based on the strengths of their predecessors while integrating their own sonic elements. Led Zeppelin, one of the most popular bands in the 70s, produced music with a darker and heavier tone that started the genre known as heavy metal or hard rock.

Other bands further shaped rock music by creating concept albums linked together by a single theme, and simplifying rock music down to its primary ingredients: enraged singing, loud guitars, and rude attitude. At this point, punk rock was born.

1980s Onwards

Mainstream rock started to lose commercial stream with its sound growing stale, as other sub genres began to assert their dominance. So, rock evolved to a more introverted style of songwriting described as the new wave, or post punk. College rock was later born by combining traditional rock-band arrangements with introspective lyrics, and became the preferred alternative to mainstream rock.

This form of alternative rock became the norm, as was classified as modern rock in publications. It remained lucrative till the mid 1990s, when rock music re-emerged after the suicide of Nirvana’s frontman.

So, Toter Roter Fisch’s band was formed after the re-emergence of rock music, where artists possess the same spirit as their predecessors in the 1960s.

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