Jens Ausderwasher asks big questions and answers calmly: “When it’s over, it continues” opens the new record “Mir”. And she asks, “When are you staying with you? When do I stay with myself? Jens Ausderwasher is always with himself – except for the name. Because behind the one-woman band is that of Geringswalde …
Jens Ausderwasher asks big questions and answers calmly: “When it’s over, it continues” opens the new record “Mir”. And she asks, “When are you staying with you? When do I stay with myself? Jens Ausderwasher is always with himself – except for the name. Because behind the one-woman band hides Jenny Kretzschmar, born in Geringswalde near Mittweida, in 1995. She is part of various musical projects, among others plays at the hardware store and at the Projekt Hässlich. Jens Ausderwasher is his solo project. She got the name because a friend would sometimes call the gesturing Jenny “Jens” and because that “silly laundry look” seemed appropriate to her – as well as playing with that “man-woman thing”, as she does. said.
Jenny also enjoys performing in her songs – not just almost all of the instruments themselves (friends have little guest appearances), but mostly with words, with language. People walk “apathetically in pairs” or “fast for part-time work”. In a song about a friend who’s hooked on methamphetamine, she asks, “If he says what he’s doing, he knows what he’s doing. She sings: “I am terribly isolated, I am terribly engaged, terribly interdisciplinary.” Jens Ausderwasher allows herself more than just a “train of thought”, she dialectically declares: “I want to be your friend and not be alone.”
Kretzschmar is an intelligent observer. She sings as Osmar Osten paints – poses everyday phrases to their actual content and the image of life behind them. It sounds funny and absurd at times, but it reveals a critical, self-critical attitude with no raised index finger. When, for example, she sings “shitty luxury for everyone” in “Introduction to Matter” or declares on the “iso swing”: “When the swing is up, the bottom is down”. “I think more of the lyrics than the music. The music has a vibe, the words are, so to speak, on top, very carefully.” In her two “Corona songs”, she deals with “dissatisfaction, the fear that her skins will fly away”, caricatures the lack of humility in the pandemic.
In fact, Kretzschmar is a physiotherapist by training, but has been exclusively engaged in various group and art projects for several years. “Art – it’s an attitude towards life. It stabilizes my life. I give something and I get something in return. If I don’t, I will come in.”
You can also hear this devotion in his songs on “Mir”. The disc will be part of a trilogy. The first installment, “Dir”, came out in 2020 and got great reviews online, “although hardly anyone bought the tape,” as Jenny notes with a smile. But she certainly won’t give up. She already has “hundreds of ideas” for the third album with Jens Ausderwash. In the coming weeks, she will perform solo and with the group Baumarkt. And he has his “long-term goals”: “Write a book, program a computer game, try everything possible, maybe one day live in a four-sided yard with friends. And maybe “calm down – but only in ten years.”
In concert: Jens Ausderwasher can be heard on July 28 with Baumarkt at Conne Island Leipzig. In Chemnitz she will play on August 4 and 20 at the Aaltra and on August 15 during the inspections. On September 4, she is in the hardware store of the “Unanbeatbar” Schwarzenberg.
The record “Mir”, released by the Rö13 label on cassette and CD, is available through Bandcamp. iinexx.bandcamp.com