German Blind Date (1): Los Campesinos! über Tocotronic, Blumfeld, Ja Panik

Eine neue Rubrik im Popblog! „German Blind Date“ – ausländische Bands wagen sich auf deutsches Soundterrain und sprechen aufgrund ihrer gänzlichen Unkenntnis der deutschen Musikszene frei von Vorwissensbalast über heimische Bands!
In der ersten Folge die walisischen Tweecore-Heroen Los Campesinos! über tocotronic, blumfeld und andere!



1. Tocotronic – Let There Be Rock


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Besides the slightly incongruous ‚Final Countdown‘ synth part that threatens to ruin the song, I quite like this. Sounds like Pavement covering Green Day’s ‚When I Come Around‘ or something, and the brass in the chorus is rather lovely. There should be more vocoders in pop music too. Hopefully there’s a version without the Europe riff, somewhere…




2. Mikrofisch – The Kids Are All Shite


Mikrofisch – The Kids Are All Shite


Kinda charming, bedroom indie-pop slagging off generic post-Strokesian bands. Like the Moldy Peaches with a drum machine, maybe. And while I can’t disagree with the sentiment of the lyrics, isn’t it a bit late now? Shouldn’t they turn their barbed tongues to something more relevant like, say, Chill-Wave and Dubstep and Witch House etc.? Either way, was relieved not to hear ‚Los Campesinos!‘ mentioned in the second verse. Maybe that’s on the next album…




3. 1000 Robota – Hamburg brennt


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Uh oh: I hope Mikrofisch don’t hear about 1000 Robota, as this song fits rather neatly into the list of bands that get eviscerated in ‚The Kids Are All Shite‘. It’s scuzzy indie-rock with lots of ‚tude. It’s alright, I guess, but doesn’t do anything new or particularly exciting. They seem like they’re having a marvellous time, though, and doubt they give a shit what some nobody from a middling indie band like me thinks.




4. Blumfeld – Eine Eigene Geschichte


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This has the best production of all the tracks, and the song’s kinda cool too: all urgent guitars and an unrelenting drum beat. The slightly chaotic, Mark E. Smith/Eddie Argos sing-speak delivery of the vocals adds to the excitement too, as it bounces all over the track. Wish I understood German, as this has the most interesting vocals of all the tracks.




5. Ja, Panik – Nevermind


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If they’d double-tracked the vocals and played it on an acoustic guitar, I could compare this to Elliott Smith’s ‚Needle in the Hay‘, but it’s grungier than that. Again, I wish I understood what he was saying, as the earnest delivery of the vocals makes me think it might be kind of important. It’s good, though: nice minory melodies and a tense, patient build-up with a satisfying big, rock payoff at the end.


(Antworten: Tom von Los Campesinos!)

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  1. Pingback: German Blind Date (2): The Walkabouts über Tocotronic, Ja Panik, Hans Unstern etc | Monarchie & Alltag

  2. Sehr schöne Idee. Gerne mehr davon!