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Peter Kernel is a Swiss Canadian post punk band formed in 2006 by graphic designer Aris Bassetti (Swiss) and filmmaker Barbara Lehnhoff (Canadian). The two met in visual communications school in Switzerland and quickly launched the band and their own label On The Camper Records. Throughout the years they have been well noted for their clever and witty humour in communication and DIY approach.

In 2008 they were invited by Spencer Krug from the Canadian band Wolf Parade to open their UK and European tour. With the release of their 2nd album White Death & Black Heart in collabora- tion with French label Africantape the band received a particularly warm welcome in France, launch- ing Peter Kernel straight into the heart of the European musical scene.

In the past years Peter Kernel have played over 600 concerts across Europe and Canada, in a variety of different venues and festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, the fashion week in Milan, Paleo Festival, The HMV Forum in London, Les Rockomotives Festival in France, The Great Escape in the UK, and Eurosonic in NL.

In 2016 they were nominated for the Swiss Music Grand Prix. The same year they scored the music for the lm ‘Il Nido’, by the Swiss Peruvian lm director Klaudia Reynicke. The lm was world premiered at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.

In 2017 they were nominated as Best Live Act at the Swiss Live Talents. The same year they started an orchestral version of the band called Peter Kernel & Their Wicked Orchestra, rearranging their songs for piano, harp, cello, harmonium and viola.

On March 2018 they released their 4th album called The Size Of The Night, receiving a huge interest from a wider audience and new countries. With the new album they tour intensively in UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy.


“One of the most refreshing, out of the box, duo-bands to be releasing an extraordinary album” – Louder Than War, UK

“If you are open to dark, brooding experimental sounds, you will be richly rewarded. 9/11” – The Rock Club, UK

“…hypnotic and encapsulating. Dreamy…” – Listen With Monger, UK

“…Peter Kernel yet again, you can never have too much Peter Kernel…” – The Organ, UK

“… extraordinarily exciting…”-  Backseat Mafia, UK

“…must-hear…” – PunkOnline, UK

“…If you don’t know this band, you should. 8/10…” – The Quietus/Louder Than War, UK

“…They are doing a really phenomenal job of fabricating something organic…” – Listen Before You Buy, USA

“…au sein de la sphère rock inter- nationale…” – Mouvement, FR

“…J’en suis convaincu, on tient là le meilleur groupe de toute une génération…” – Indie Rock Mag, FR



The Size Of The Night
On the Camper Records(2018)
Thrill Addict
On the Camper Records(2015)
Il Pomeriggio Non Si Sa Mai Bene Cosa Fare
On the Camper Records(2011)
White Death & Black Heart
On The Camper Records, Africantape(2011)
How To Perform A Funeral
On the Camper Records(2008)

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