TITLE & NUMBER OF THE BROADCAST:
INDIE-RE #82 BY RADIO CORAX, HALLE (SAALE)
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENT:
This IndieRE show is hosted by Radio Corax in Halle, Germany. At first, Lena gathers some Halle and Leipzig based bands together (Lafff Box, St.upid) and gets to know one of them (Two Boys) better by asking a few questions.
Apart from that, we’ll discover some more newcoming and young-at-heart bands from Cologne (SMILE) and Berlin (Yfory, YELKA). Speaking of Berlin – the center of all different kinds of music and arts –, we’ll have a look at the independent music label Staatsakt that celebrates its 20th birthday! The jubilee comes not only with a new album by the label founding band Die Türen (german for The Doors!) but also with a book release that gives an insight in the relationships between artists and label and so much more.
The show closes with our special category FESCH that will be served by, again, Berlin based artist Charlotte Brandi and a song of her latest – only female produced! – album »An den Alptraum«.
Welcome to today’s IndieRE broadcast, THE show of the independent radio exchange project here in Europe.
This show is hosted by Radio Corax in Halle, Germany, my name is Lena and I wanna introduce you to what’s new in the musical landscapes of Germany, especially in this very area that we are broadcasting from, the east of Germany.
We’re starting off with a band called Lafff Box who released their first LP in May this year on Turbo Discos in Germany and Neon Taste Records in North America.
On their bandcamp it says that the LP was recorded “after an insane Euro tour in 2022 with the Autobahns which repeatedly brought the Box to the edge of heartattack; they recorded this HOT MESS of a debut LP almost immediately afterwards.
Lafff Box consists of four guys playing in several punk bands, whirring back and forth between Halle, Leipzig and Berlin, where the album has been recorded.
You are listening to their hit single Just a Fool.
Next we’ll listen to an all-female Halle based band called STUPID, spelled ST.UPID, who just toured the south of Germany and Switzerland. Only a couple of weeks ago, they uploaded their demo with four tracks on it, sounding refreshingly experimental, which might have to do with their amateurishness.
I wanna introduce you to another Halle based Band which name is Two Boys.
I did not have the pleasure to see them play live – although they did play live quite a few times already – but I really enjoyed listening to their first cassette that came out in April this year. It is called Dough Touch.
The six songs on the cassette feel all quite different from another, even though there are certain elements that pop up in several of their songs. The variety of musical elements, rhythms, sounds and even languages make the album really interesting and fun to listen to. But it kinda gave me a hard time categorizing – what kind of music are Two Boys doing? What genre? Does it even make sense to ask that question?
Amber, one of the two girls of Two Boys, helped me out with her opinion on music genres.
I also asked: What is the best part of being in band?
The first cassette by Two Boys is named “DOUGH TOUCH”. You can see Amber and Rese on the cover of the cassette box, their upper bodies are covered in some kind of dough. Some dough is whirling around and sticking to the fingers.
I asked Amber about the dough and its relation to their music.
You are listening to the IndieRE radio show hosted by Radio Corax, this is Lena talking. The song you just heard is called DUBAI and it’s the last song of Two Boys debut “Dough Touch”.
We now shift our attention to a band called Das Behälter, which translates into “the container”. Das Behälter is a band from Essen in Western Germany and is out there for a couple of years already. This year, they released their second album which is called “Star of the future”. On their bandcamp, their music is being described as “anarchist, excessive groove of the schizo disco”.
Find out yourself what that’s supposed to mean. This is “Back to normal” by Das Behälter.
Back to normal by a band called Das Behälter. Das Behälter is part of the label Fun in the church Records. This little independent label was introduced to me by the artist Felix Kubin, who has been on our IndieRE show himself. Fun in the church records is a Berlin based label that combines all different musical styles from international artists and declare that they bring out “outernational music for interplanetary people”.
Another german band on that very label is called YELKA. YELKA consists of musicians who have quiet some experience in music making already, and I wanna say, you can hear this.
One year ago, they released their first album, two already followed this year, and one is yet to come in the end of October.
The cover of their third album 1976 shows a retro looking bottle of perfume, that lets you think of Kölnisch Wasser, eau de cologne, that reminds me of old men with white hair and a walking stick.
However, YELKAS music is nothing like that. Even though one might think of retro vibes when listening to 1976, YELKA succeeds to transform their knowledge and experience into something new and exciting. Congratulations on a great album!
This is Brasilia from the band YELKA.
You listened to the Welsh speaking band Yfory and their song Chwaer Pwy? – which I probably failed to pronounce correctly – that came out in May this year on Static Age Musik. Their debut comes with four tracks that carry early post-punk vibes – very danceable, but also chill.
Next, we have another post-punk band that is quite new in the game. The band is called SMILE, is based in Cologne and they just put out their first album which is called Price of Progress.
Two singles have already seen the light of day, one is called Doohickey, the other is called Protection. Thank you to Rubee for announcing the song yourself!
Earlier today I already talked about the Berlin based label Fun in the church records. Actually, this label belongs to another Berlin based indie-Label that now exists for exactly 20 years! The name of the label is Staatsakt, and in all these years, Staatsakt has grown to be associated with THE german indie-bands – the ones that do get some attention in the media, but still whirl around in the indie-cosmos that doesn’t know great deals or advanced payments and such.
Even though many indie-music fans might not have heard of Staatsakt Records before, it is most likely that they have heard of at least one or two artists or bands that worked with Staatsakt before. Here are some of the bands: Isolation Berlin, Die Türen, Bonaparte, Fraktus, The Düsseldorf Düsterboys, International Music, Christiane Rösinger, Locas in Love, Friends of Gas. The list goes on.
In celebration of the jubilee, a book just came out, which is called “Was erscheint, ist gut, was gut ist, erscheint”. That means, “What’s being released, is good, and what’s good, will be released”. Which seems to be the motto of the label.
The book is a collection of so many voices from artists that worked with Staatsakt Records. It gives some very personal insights as well as praise and critique on the music industry today and the possibilities and challenges that indie-artists face nowadays.
One band, that is inseparably connected to the label is “Die Türen”, since the label has been built by some of the bandmembers. They just released their new album “Kapitalismus Blues Band” that is easily understood in English as well – capitalism blues band – probably a self-designation.
Speaking of german bands with german lyrics and german band names, here is another release of that kind for you. In September, the band “Das Kinn”, which means “the chin”, released their album “Die Kanten” – the edges. Greetings to my Austrian colleagues from Graz with that song called “1-2 Eisberg” which gives me heavy Falco vibes. Maybe you feel the same.
I have two more releases for you that I am pretty excited about. One comes from the band “Ostseetraum” that translates into “dream of the Baltic sea” if you will. Their LP came out in August and is called “Wie ein übersäuerter See” – “like an over-acidified lake”. Did they think of the Baltic sea after oil pipelines exploded and polluted all of the eco-system? We don’t know. What we do know is when listening to the album that exciting versatile music is still possible even in Germany. Every song is different from the other; each one has potential to be a new favourite track. I couldn’t decide which one to pick, so let’s do two songs that follow the order of the album. They are called “Wut” – fury – and “Leer” – empty.
Last but not least we have this special category when Radio Corax hosts the IndieRE Radio show, and this category is called FESCH. Fesch means something that is new and trendy because some people know about it but it’s still not mainstream. One release that fits into that category came to my mind. The artist’s name is Charlotte Brandi and her latest album called “An den Albtraum” – to the nightmare – came out this year. On this album there is a track that is very much like a hymn or a choral because it it only vocals, no instruments. Charlotte Brandi sings about someone who used to be a friend but turned his back on her and she wonders why. She comes to the conclusion that it seemingly has to do with her body, the tone of her voice. In the end, she knows what the problem is: This guy is just afraid of women. That’s it. No surprise.
Thank you for listening to today’s radio show!
FEATURED ARTISTS/PRODUCERS (WITH LABELS) OR FEATURED LABELS:
- Lafff Box – Just a Fool
- St.upid – Lying faces
- Two Boys – Rubber lover
- Two Boys – Dubai
- Das Behälter – Back to normal
- YELKA – Brasilia
- Yfory – Chwaer Pwy?
- SMILE – Protection
- Die Türen – Grunewald is Burning
- Das Kinn – 1-2 Eisberg
- Ostseetraum – Wut
- Ostseetraum – Leer
- Charlotte Brandi – DER EKEL
RADIO & COUNTRY:
Produced by Radio Corax, Halle (Saale)
NAMES OF THE JOURNALISTS/TECHNICIANS/ANNOUNCERS WHO PRODUCED THE SHOW:
Prepared, produced, mixed and announced by Lena Ulrich.
SHORT BIO OF THE JOURNALISTS:
Lena Ulrich is a student of art history in Halle (Saale). She is a member of the music editorial at Radio Corax since 2021. A special interest lies in the history of punk, electronic music and music productions in capitalist societies.
FEATURED SONG #82
TITLE: SMILE – Doohickey
TEXT FROM THE FEATURED SONG:
SMILE is a newcoming post-punk band based in Cologne, Germany. Their debut album “Price of Progress” just came out on the 13th of October on Vienna based indie label Siluh Records.
Their hit single “Doohickey” saw the light of day a bit earlier. It was released in July, together with a fun music video that shows the singer Rubee strolling and dancing around a town, peacefully wrangling with someone of her size, as you do.
ARTIST – SONG (ALBUM, LABEL, YEAR):
SMILE – Doohickey (Price of Progress, Siluh Records, 13th October 2023)
RADIO, COUNTRY, SELECTOR:
Radio Corax, Germany, Lena Ulrich