The Durch trio known as Klangstof were kind of enough to share with us possibly the oddest video I've seen all summer. When you see something this weird, people in bunny suits making love and then attacking each other, one can often wonder "Is this art, what I'm seeing here? Is this good art?". Well when you have a band like the Pixies brining you out on tour it kind of helps to validate any band. The band not only has been touring with the Pixies but the music is great. It's got a mellow trip hop indie pop feel and the groove is a nice vibe. The new single "Truth" is the lead up to their LP ‘Godspeed To The Freaks’.
The band says this about their newest track, "rich with contrasts as the spacious intro, all sweeping waves of bass and sinisterly sweet falsetto, darts into synth-pop territory, creating a tension-and-release dynamic. It’s a real earphones record too, with closer listens revealing subtle, unexpected details such as the pitch-shifted vocal deep in the mix during its middle-eight. And much like the rest of the upcoming album, it deals with recognising and fixing your personal weaknesses - in this case, it’s a twist on an otherwise common lyrical trope."
Klangstof’s Koen van de Wardt says, “‘Truth’ was by far one of the most fun tracks to record on the album. Erik and I had a studio that got up to 35 degrees in summertime. We were jumping around in our underwear jamming on this track the whole day. I came up with the idea to make a bit more of a light-hearted song about cheating. It was one of those moments where we were way too excited to go all dark. The song really transformed during sessions on Vlieland. Wouter played this reggae guitar loop on top of it and it all made total sense. The music was just the burst of energy we all needed.”
This band has also done some work with director Anton Corbin although I'm not quite sure if the evil bunny video is one of Corbin's as it's much more lo fi. Anytime a band is creative in their videos and writes amazing pop songs with such efficiency it's a win all around. I can easily see why this band is getting attention from some elite people. I can say this after previewing the whole record, it's not a fluke, this band is the real deal. Great songs, great record and something you are going to be hearing about in the near future. Do yourself a favor and check out the other appearences of the evil bunnies in videos like "Disguiser" and see if you can be patient for the album to drop in September. Next for Klangstof comes further European shows with Pixies before they return to the UK next month as special guests to The Slow Readers Club. They end the year with another tour with Pixies, this time covering Australia and New Zealand. Klangstof’s UK dates are below, please see their website for a list of all international shows.
Supporting The Slow Readers Club - UK
Sept 09 2022 - Sheffield, Leadmill
Sept 10 2022 - Paisley, Spree
Sept 11 2022 - Liverpool, O2 Academy 1
Sept 16 2022 - Newcastle, University
Sept 17 2022 - Hull, Welly
Sept 18 2022 - Chester, Live Rooms
Sept 22 2022 - Stoke, Sugarmill
Sept 23 2022 - Norwich, Waterfront
Sept 24 2022 - Oxford, O2 Academy 2
Sept 25 2022 - Brighton, Patterns