Tyske Ludder - Fuck yourself and beat the chart
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Tyske Ludder is one of these bands that made a comeback after a rather successful career in the 90s. Their EBM style didn't change that much, but sounds now more original than back in time. That might be rather strange, but as they say themselves in the interview the bands are much more similar in sound today than in the 90s. In a way it makes the strength of Tyske Ludder and this will be for sure only accentuated by their new album "Anonymous". While "Anonymous" sounds as a rather typical Tyske Ludder-release it also reveals much more diversity in the song writing finally resulting in their most accomplished work today! All comebacks aren't always that successful, but this one is for sure an exception to the rule! (By Stéphane Froidcoeur)
SL: What kind of album did you've in mind when starting the composition of "Anonymous"?
Olaf: We have no special ideas when we start working on a new album. It growth while we are working on it. We have some themes and sounds but no real concept. One of the main question was to know how the different work procedure we decided for "Anonymous" should affect the music.
SL: I personally experienced this album as being the most diversified ones and definitely the most achieved release to date! What importance and meaning does this album takes in your discography?
Z 67: In our opinion "Anonymous" is the most mature album in our discography. We tried to work on advancement but we tried to orient ourselves on the typical Tyske Ludder style. We didn't want to loose our identity as electronic band. We think it worked.
SL: What have been the main sources of inspiration for this new album (musical and lyrical wise) and what does the title "Anonymous" refers to?
Albert: Normally human beings and there behavior inspires us for most of the songs. We catch a theme and then Olaf starts composing the first music lines or I start writing a text. Then the idea growth and when it's ready we work on it together in our studio.
The title "Anonymous" on one hand shows our respect to the Internet activists named Anonymous that fight peaceful against Scientology, but on the other hand "Anonymous" is a synonym for falsehood, violence and cruelty that sleeps behind the anonymous mask of mankind. Titles like "Bastard" or "Narben" discuss sleeping sexual violence like abuse, "Gebet" shows the thoughts of an extremist while he is preparing for murder. "Fixthebeat" decries the calculating song writing of some bands and projects to get into the alternative charts or higher. Take the real beat and melody and your are in. Fuck yourself and beat the chart.
SL: The "Sojus" album released in 2006 symbolized you come back as band, but in which way is this album different with the "Anonymous"-cd?
Olaf: The new album "Anonymous" is different from our other albums. Some songs are more experimental and some are more danceable. We decided to change our working process for the album and had with Sebastian from Wertstahl a second producer for the entire production. The master mix was done by Jan from NoisufX and gave the songs a finishing touch.
SL: Referring to this 'come back' how does it feel today to go on with Tyske Ludder and did you experience some differences in the way of working with the past?
Z 67: When we stopped in 1996 we were burned out, that's right. There were no new ideas neither inspiration and there were a lot of other more interesting things than Tyske Ludder. Today we have a lot of fun and we are very relaxed working together. The whole procedure of producing is different. In the past we had to do the entire album in a few weeks sitting in a studio with our ideas and trying to get good songs in a short time. We worked on our own and we were isolated from other musicians. We were forced to work with an Atari computer and one sampler because of a lack of money. Nowadays each of us has his own small studio and we are sending ideas by email. When we have the feeling to have a good idea we meet at our real studio and begin to form and work out the idea. Some songs need more time while other ones could be ready in one night.
SL: I guess you can perfectly compare the 90s and the 2000 years so what are the main differences in music, writing techniques, recording and production and last but not least labels and distribution?
Albert: In the 90s it was much more harder work to compose songs and find the real sounds. There were limited possibilities getting synths and samplers and we had to work out most of the songs in a studio, but each band had their own sound. Today you have a lot of bands that sound equal playing the same style and sometimes its difficult to say in what way they are different. It's much more easier for them creating a song instead of an entire album. The differences between the labels today and in the 90s is that they have much more choices getting new bands and therefore it's very difficult for new bands getting a good contract.
SL: The re-release of your 90s albums has been a good way to get younger EBM fans a bit more familiar with the 'early' Tyske Ludder albums. What have been the reactions for so far and how did you come to re-release the 90s albums?
Z 67: Most reactions were very positive because people recognized that Tyske Ludder shows advancement throughout the years. A lot of younger fans like the old stuff and we play a lot of old songs in our shows. Most fans knew the lyrics of the old songs and that makes you proud in a certain way.
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SL: How do you look back on your 90s releases and are there some elements -maybe songs- you would have done differently?
Olaf: First statement is that we are very proud on each of our albums and songs. Each song stands for a different time in our history. Certainly there are a lot of elements we would have done different but that's the way composing works. You are never at the end and you always think about making the one or the other thing different. But that's not reduced on the old albums, it's the same with the new ones and also with "Anonymous".
SL: In the 90s you were signed on KM Musik, which was an interesting label, but not exactly a leading label from the scene. How do you look back on this period and don't you have regrets to not have been signed on more famous labels like Zoth Ommog, Machinery Records, Off-Beat ao?
Albert: Why signing a label that begins to control the band? KM Music was the right decision for us because nobody tried to put pressure on the band. We decided which album we released on what time. The contract with Blackrain works in the same way. No pressure but team spirit. That's the only way the cooperation between artist and label can exist.
SL: Back to your new album and more specifically to the "Panzer"-song, which is a cover version of your label mates from Jesus And The Gurus. How did you come to make a cover version from them and what do they think about it?
Z 67: Gabrielle from the Gurus is playing with Feindflug too and was a part of our bus-crew during the "Südsturmtour" in 2008. He brought the first mix of "Panzer" and it was one of our favorite songs. When we recorded "Anonymous" we had the idea to make an electronic cover version of the song and Gabrielle agreed. The lyrics are a powerful illustration of desire for conquest in human history.
SL: What did you try to add on this cover version except the electronic touch and how was it working on it?
Olaf: We tried to make the song in an electronic way but we didn't want to destroy the character of it. It was very easy working on it because you have a lot of possibilities to change instruments without loosing the special drive in the song. It's a very catchy song I think.
SL: Another interesting cut is the "March"-song, which starts a quite funny way! What is it all about and what have been the inspiration to this song?
Z 67: March is a song created in the American civil war. Its an older idea to make the song and we realized it for "Anonymous". The first part works with the original lyrics, but in the second part we tried to give the song a modern touch by writing new actual lyrics referring to the new nuclear menace by countries like North Korea and Iran.
SL: The "Maschinenstaat"-song is one of the most surprising ones in your entire discography! It reminds me to Leftfield influences mixed with EBM. How did you come to write this song and what have been the main ideas behind?
Albert: "Maschinenstaat" is a different and more experimental song by Tyske Ludder. It's a tribute to Olaf and the second producer Sebastian. They like to work out experimental sounds and songs and so Z 67 and I agreed to create such a song for "Anonymous". It's strange but very good stuff.
SL: What has been the input of each member in the composition/release of the new album?
TL: Olaf did the entire composition and the pre-production. Z 67 worked on the drum parts. Albert wrote the lyrics and did the vocals. Sebastian did the end-production and Jan from NoisufX did the end-mastering.
SL: You seem to be extremely active on myspace, having more than 50.000 friends! Where do all those friends come from and what does a site as myspace mean to you as artists?
Olaf: We are members on myspace since December 2005 and we use it to inform all friends all over the world about our work and activities. We are online every day and communicate with a lot of people. Most of our friends ask for friendship and others were asked by us to enter our community. We recognized very fast that myspace and other platforms like twitter and facebook are the best way to make our music popular in every country from this planet and we get a lot of reactions about our work and music.
SL: What can we expect from the new live performances?
TL: We are playing songs from the new album and tried to get a good mix with elder ones. The art of the stage is changed and modified and we will have a hard video show again.. But come and see Tyske Ludder and let us entertain you.
Band: www.tyske-ludder.de / www.myspace.com/tyskeludder
Label: www.blackrain.de / www.myspace.com/blackraind
Posted by: maschinetheist6209 on Sep 21, 09 | 3:19 am
Tyske Ludder is F!@#$ing awesome!
Posted by: BLASTERJIM on Sep 20, 09 | 10:40 pm
Anonymous is the best cd of 2009,and i would say one of the best of the 00s!
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