The Beatsteaks formed in 1995 in their native Germany playing local shows at food festivals, and by the end of that summer, the punk-popsters were recording a demo, Die Erste (“The First”) which went on to sell more than 1000 copies. Still only in high school during this time, the Beatsteaks steered straight for their musical dreams, constantly participating in area competitions and talent shows. In 1996, the band won a competition that led them to open for the Sex Pistols in Berlin, in what was only their tenth gig ever. The latter ’90s were also spent recording and touring; in 1997 their debut album proper, 48/49, was released, and a spring tour followed, as well as support dates with Lagwagon, Bloodhound Gang, Dog Eat Dog, and Faith No More. By 1999, the band had inked a deal with Epitaph and recorded their international debut, Launched, with Uwe Sabirowski (Mad Sin, Thumb).
Their big breakthrough came in 2004 with their fourth album Smack Smash, which won them the MTV European Music Award for Best German Act. As the band became more successful, more of their time was devoted to touring, meaning longer waits between albums.
Returning in 2017, this punk rock band delivered Yours, their infectious and surprisingly lengthy 21-song eighth album.