After the chaotic dissolution of a five-piece band, singer and guitarist Camilo Betancourt and drummer Julian Schmauch picked up the remains and founded CHAOS COMMUTE in 2016. They’ve just signed to KROD RECORDS for a new album set to be released in November.
The goal: easier workflow, harder sound, more direct lyrics. They recorded their first demo “Nice Try” in their rehearsal room and released the first single “Not that easy” in the fall of 2017 with an accompanying video. The first shows were quickly booked, they also organized a fundrasing show for anti-fascist organisation “Faust Hoch”. The band played shows in Berlin and all over Germany and the audience loved them more and more.
Soon CHAOS COMMUTE caught the eye and ear of Andreas Hartmann, drummer and producer of German Punk Rock band RADIO HAVANNA. They quickly wrote, recorded and produced the band’s first “proper” EP “Mirror” together.
The first single of that record “Get Out” was released in the fall of 2018. Three more followed: title track “Mirror”, power ballad “All your life” and “Holy ship” in late 2019. Three of their videos were directed by creative mind Jochem Koschlig. More shows were played, bigger support slots kept coming in - by the end of 2019 about 50 gigs in total.
The energy that Camilo and Julian emit on stage drew the attention of Stefan Schumacher, European booking agent for RICHIE RAMONE, drummer for the legendary RAMONES from 1983 to 1987. After a show Stefan approached CHAOS COMMUTE and offered to take them on as a support act for Richie’s European tour. And finally in March 2020 the tour began, being chased by the incoming Corona pandemic. Nine of 25 planned shows were played. the last one on March 13, 2020 in Mannheim. Back in Berlin the band took freshly written material to producer Andreas Hartmann. The production of “Fairytales and Nightmares” took place all over 2020.