Hello there Ladies and Gentlemen! We've got our new record ready! And it answers to the name of SMACK SMASH!
Having been busy writing new songs throughout the summer, while y'all were out relaxing by the quarry pond, we embarked on our studio tour of Berlin on October 3 and recorded 12 songs in four different studios. Our producer, MOSES SCHNEIDER, forced us to record LIVE, which led to our getting to know our instruments in painfully new ways... and believe it or not -- in terms and sound and material, SMACK SMASH makes no secret of how it was created: on your marks, amps on, record!
The highlight of the operation was a gig at Berlin's Knaack Club, where the recordings were completed under the watchful eyes of invited friends and family. Subsequently, PETER SCHMIDT (BlackPete) faced the difficult task of putting things back onto the rails again in the mix, if you catch our drift ...
Esteemed Ladies and Gentlemen -- we can hardly stop ourselves from rolling on the floor for sheer delight in our new oeuvre!
SMACK SMASH refects the best that we've got to offer at present. Here's a thumbnail description: following a brief opening, namely BIG ATTACK, the album gets right down to business with VISION, proving that we've dismally failed in hiding our love of loud guitar riffs. AIN'T COMPLAINING and HAND IN HAND are tests to assess just how close our good friend ROCK can get to our good friend POP... HELLO JOE is directed at Joe Strummer, while we owe LOYAL TO NONE to Bernd, something that hasn't happened since SCHLECHT on our first album.
I DON'T CARE AS LONG AS YOU SING elaborates on the vibe which we introduced with HAND IN HAND, and we're dead proud to be able to sound like this. Naturally, EVERYTHING is about love, and WHAT'S COMING OVER YOU takes even us to the verge of tears. Good job we're all back pissing in the same boat with MY REVELATION, setting our good friend ROCK afloat again.
... The longer we listen to SMACK SMASH, the more we approach delusions of grandeur, and that, as we all know, is just about self-confident enough.
With our small promotional tour at the end of January behind us, you'll be able to find us on the euro-pallets of this world again in late March, following the release of SMACK SMASH...