Hans Platzgumer was playing a show in his hometown of Innsbruck, Austria— the one he left 30 years earlier to become a rockstar in the USA. That evening, while talking with bass player Chris Laine in the Hotel, he concluded this was a good place for such an ending. He had played nearly 2000 gigs all around the world, starting out as HP Zinker, 1987, in NYC, recording on the newly formed labels Matador and Thrill Jockey; playing out with luminaries with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., and Nirvana.
But now Hans was almost 50 and a successful novelist. His last book, a bestseller.
It’s enough, he said. No more gigs. Maybe even stop recording.
Suddenly the burden was gone. And into the spot of this profound illumination, stepped a figure. A musician from a fishing town in Norway (Kongsberg to be exact), Colin Holst, named after the dead-end street where, in obscurity, he wrote and recorded songs that reflected the breadth and beauty of his home with the skepticism of a hermit and the deep understanding of a half-century of Rock and Pop.
So, as Colin Holst, Hans sat down at his piano, possessed. Long time collaborator Hannah MacKenna delivered words, Chris Laine channeled some Phil Spector. Half a year later the album had been written and recorded.
The result is Convertible’s sixth album, Holst Gate. An unusual collaboration between Vienna, Cambridge and LA, that nevertheless manages to inhabit the endless sub-polar expanse of the Norwegian Northlands.
‘It was the perfect sort of night’, as the album begins. A true triumph of the imagination.
CONVERTIBLE „Holst Gate“
LP (noise66), CD (noise67) & Digital
Label: Noise Appeal Records
Vertrieb: Rough Trade Distribution
All songs produced by Hans Platzgumer at Holst Gate, 2017/2018
All Instruments by Hans Platzgumer
Additional guitars on The Gate: Chris Laine
Additional brass: Maagnus Lässer
Cover Art and graphic design: Max Parovsky
Extra Sauce: c.Alien
Convertible is: Hans Platzgumer – Hannah MacKenna – Chris Laine
Mastered by Castle Mastering / www.castlemastering.com
Photos by Kurt Prinz / www.kurtprinz.at
2018, Noise Appeal Records
Published by Noise Appeal
CONVERTIBLE – SANDY BEACHES Digital EP
Inspired by the imaginary world of HOLST GATE (their fictional alter-ego from Kongsberg, Norway), CONVERTIBLE (Hans Platzgumer, Hannah MacKenna, Chris Laine) return from the north with a perfect summer single. A dreamy dose of smoky sex. A trip into the blue.
Striped shirt – Dripping wet.
A chance encounter and resulting wonder.
Let’s take a ride – Let’s drown some fear.
The Convertible/Holst Gate sound is a rich, pulsating, tapestry; refreshingly persistant, just like a summer lover.
Sandy Beaches – I just wanted you.
Digital EP, noise64, 2018
10" - Universal Music Austria, 2003