Schaedelbasisbruch: a brief history

Unlike other girl-groups, Schädelbasisbruch was not assembled in a corporate board room. The girls of Schädelbasisbruch met at an international boarding school in the midlands of Great Britain. All of them were outcasts, discriminated against for their love of hard 'n heavy music. The girls met regularly in the school's basement for a-cappella practice. They always had to hide from the strict headmistress, who punished them severely and regularly because of their outrageous looks. One fateful night the girls snuck out of the boarding school and secretly hitchhiked to Soho. It was there, in a seedy bar, that they met international glam metal veterans MÖTLEY CRÜE. Impressed by the girls' dedication to rock and roll, MÖTLEY CRÜE financed studio sessions for Schädelbasisbruch, and helped the band secure several gigs. After the release of the first Schädelplatten, things started to move fast. One concert followed the next, and the girls became trashmetal superstars virtually overnight. But fame took its toll. In April 1999 rumors of drug abuse began to surface. The band emphatically denied that they used any illegal drugs, and claimed that the only substance they consumed was canned beer, albeit in massive amounts. Everything changed when band member Liz committed suicide on August 13, 1999. Initially the public was not informed about the circumstances of Liz's death, but little by little the truth came to light. The girls had to start facing the loss of their friend, and they sought treatment from the celebrity psychiatrist Anna Zorbe. As a part of their prescribed therapeutic program, the band read Liz's farewell letter out loud to an audience of 20,000 in Philadelphia, setting off a media firestorm. But the ever rebellious girls had endured far worse than this latest scandal, and Schädelbasisbruch emerged unrepentant and unscathed

After Liz's tragic death, the other band members fell into a serious depression. On the surface, the band seemed fine. They went on doing things as usual – giving concerts, doing interviews, practicing, and recording in the studio. They didn't talk about Liz at all. But their personal appearance (and their sudden lack of personal hygiene), reveals how the girls really feel. World renowned psychiatrist Dr. Anna Zorbe: "By refusing to don their old glamorous outfits, the band showed that the suicide has had a huge and terrible subconscious impact on their already fragile psyches. It's comparable with the tradition of wearing black at funerals: certain outfits communicate internal suffering to others, and demonstrate that earthly matters are of no longer of any interest to the bereaved. I also believe that the girls were in deep denial. By not talking about it at all, they were trying to pretend that the suicide never happened. I prescribed antidepressants and therapy for all of them. Part of their treatment includes a little ceremony for Liz that the band gives at each concert. Ever since they began their treatment, I see a great improvement in their psychological states. They even wrote a song for their departed friend."