garish - formed in February 1997 - is an Austrian alternative rock band. After having asserted themselves in the alternative scene inside and outside Austria's borders with their first two records "amaurose pur." and "wo die nacht erzaehlt vom tag", their third album "Absender auf Achse" gained favorable press and fan reaction. Despite German lyrics, it is said that their emotional style of music is their "real language".
The band was nominated for the Austrian music award "Amadeus" five times (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 & 2010), but never won it.
The band's name is an English adjective meaning dazzling, stridently coloured or excessively ornamented, gaudy, ostentatious, tastelessly showy, tacky or in raucously poor taste.
Other music projects with garish' band members include "Polman Reisen" (Thomas Jarmer & Matthias Kertal), "Esteban's" (Christoph Jarmer), "...Auf Pomali" (Julian Schneeberger with others), "Bo Candy And His Broken Hearts" (Julian Schneeberger with others) and "The Beautiful Kantine Band" (Markus Perner; 2002 to 2007)
Kurth Grath (bass, melodica, synthesizer, backing vocals *1980),
Christoph Jarmer (guitars, percussion, glockenspiel, rhodes, synthesizer *1981),
Markus Perner (drums, percussion, piano *1980),
Julian Schneeberger (guitars, banjo, percussion, glockenspiel, piano *1980),
Thomas Jarmer (vocals, piano, accordion, acoustic guitar, e-guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, toy piano, banjo, percussion, hammond, glockenspiel, singing saw *27/04/1979),
Christoph Gausch (hammond & live effects; August 2000 to April 2001)