garish, formed in February 1997, is an Austrian alternative rock band. After having asserted themselves in the alternative scene inside and outside Austria’s borders with their first two records amaurose pur. and wo die nacht erzaehlt vom tag, their third album Absender auf Achse gained favorable press and fan reaction. Despite German lyrics, it is said that their emotional style of music is their "real language".The band was nominated for the Austrian music award "Amadeus" five times (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010), but never won it.The band’s name is an English adjective meaning dazzling, stridently coloured or excessively ornamented, gaudy, ostentatious, tastelessly showy, tacky or in raucously poor taste.
Other music projects with garish’ band members include "Polman Reisen" (Thomas Jarmer & Matthias Kertal), "Esteban’s" (Christoph Jarmer), "...Auf Pomali" (Julian Schneeberger with others), "Bo Candy And His Broken Hearts" (Julian Schneeberger with others) and "The Beautiful Kantine Band" (Markus Perner; 2002 to 2007)