12-15/06/24 Hradec Králové
Park 360

A German punk institution for over two decades, Donots were formed in 1993 by brothers Ingo and Guido Knollmann in the small coal-mining town of Ibbenbüren. After a few years of local gigs, demo recordings, and shifting personnel, the group settled on a longstanding lineup that included Ingo on vocals, Guido and Alex Siedenbiedel on guitar, Jan-Dirk Poggemann on bass, and Eike Herwig on drums. A catchy mix of anthemic punk, pop-punk, hardcore, and indie rock, Donots released their debut, Pedigree Punk, in 1996, creating enough buzz to attract major-label attention. German support slots for blink-182, No Use for a Name, and other high-profile acts also preceded their signing with BMG subsidiary Gun Records, which issued the band’s follow-up, Tonight’s Karaoke Contest Winners, in 1998. Two albums later, with 2001’s Pocket Rock, Donots broke into the mainstream with their first hit single, “Whatever Happened to the 80s.”