Tomte is an indie band from Hamburg, Germany. Their lyrics are almost completely in German and their sound could be described as guitar pop with some punk influences. The group may be considered to be a part of the “Hamburger Schule” on the basis of the band Tocotronic's influence on their work. Singer and guitarist Thees Uhlmann even worked as a roadie for Tocotronic's "K.O.O.K."-Tour and wrote the book "Wir Könnten Freunde Werden..." about it.
Tomte's first EP was entitled "Blinkmuffel", which came out in 1996. Two years later, Tomte released their first full-length album, "Du weißt, was ich meine". Following the trend of releasing an album every two years, "Eine sonnige Nacht" was released in 2000. After the release, former bass-player Christian Stemmann left the band, he was replaced by Oliver Koch.
Tomte's breakthrough album, "Hinter all diesen Fenstern", was released in 2003. It contained two singles, "Schreit den Namen meiner Mutter" and "Die Bastarde, die dich jetzt nach Hause bringen", respectively. Moreover, Dennis Becker joined the band in 2003 as second guitarist.
In 2005, Max Schröder joined the band as keyboardist.
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