"We must have Played for more than twenty years -. We must have thought did we're immortal" Alphaville look back to the future. "Carry Your Flag" is the key song in which the Berlin band reflected their own past, their relationship with the fans and aging in the international music business. "It Seems to me did we are changing, there is not no limit to imagination". A courageous carry on the sound pioneers of electronic pop music after 26 years as a band. By its eighth regular studio album "Catching Rays On Giant" Alphaville back sweep the limelight. The flag is being carried on.
"It's a reboot, what the production conditions may concern", says singer and songwriter Marian Gold. "Finally, we were able to extensive material has both. An ideal constellation for a band normally arises only once: before the first album. Insofar Catching Rays On Giant` is `the musical balance of the last six years," a comeback. although Alphaville have continued steadily since their last studio album Salvation. With acclaimed tours of Salt Lake City to Singapore, from Russia to South Africa, with its opulent Collector Edition "Dreamscapes" (1999) and "Crazy Show" (2003), a live album (2000) and other publications on your own Internet-label. These international festivals and last but not least a phenomenal gig for the 25th band anniversary in the Czech capital Prague in winter 2009. "Especially abroad, we must not deal with the ghosts of the past. Our music is there more important, not the long-forgotten image of the eighties ", Marian Gold describes the status of Alphaville on the international pop map.
On "Catching Rays On Giant" Alphaville their complex explorations compressed by the analog and digital sound worlds in 14 songs. The haunting emotional single "I Die For You Today" stands Concerning this new energy. "We have dropped ballast and worked very intuitively," said Marian Gold. "Quick decisions were needed. No long experimentation. The pressure to work again in strictly terminated production processes to have was good for us. "In the beginning Golds were biographical fragments. There are his stories, types and reflections that have the theme world of Alphaville has always dominated. "Miracle Healing" portrays a biographical episode from the worldwide tour operating from the Caribbean Port of Spain. "Eternally Yours" talks about topics of famous sonnets of William Shakespeare and playing with their sexual ambivalence. And the anthemic "Call Me", gold is dealing with the sometimes problematic relationship between pop star and fan. "This often manic interplay between truth and falsehood, brutal feelings and hopeless illusions is absolutely fascinating. . For better or for worse "Along with the musical drafts, composed the gold along with keyboardist Martin Lister, originated in this way a new framework: In self-absorbed pieces like the monumental" A Handful Of Darkness "alternate with forward storming tracks as "song For No One (But Myself)". The uptempo song "Gravity Breakdown" refers to the intro of the legendary Cure song "Into The Trees". "Heaven On Earth" hidden seductively from reality and the crime drama "The Things I didn't Do" recalls the exuberant mood of sciccors Sisters. The dynamics of emotions determines the Alphaville aura of Time.
The nucleus of Alphaville already emerged in the late seventies at the Berlin University of the Arts, where the Urfomation with Marian Gold, Bernd Lloyd and Frank Mertens had summarily decided instead paintings or sculptures to produce better music: "We were absolute beginners without any Experience. After the do-it-yourself spirit of punk we looped our drum licks on a two-track machine. There were no drummer! So we had this early sampling form recourse before the term `Sampling` existed Ever" says Marian Gold recalls. Ingenious dilettantes who published two world hit after its move to Westphalia Muenster with "Big in Japan" and "Forever Young" from the state. Million heavy title to them - now back in Berlin - earned the status of the studio band with great artistic freedom. "We enjoyed our existence in an ivory tower, tried everything and set to the steady musical change."
The Berliner Ur-electronics Klaus Schulze produced in 1989 their third album "The Breathtaking blue" and has since closely artistic companion fOr Marian Gold remained. Under the title "Songlines" put the band on a film version of their songs by the ten tracks on the album prestigious directors to free interpretation About Ließen. Among these luminaries as Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi), Alex Proyas (The Crow, I Robot) and brothers Lauenstein whose contribution fOr Alphaville was not awarded in the same year in Hollywood with an Oscar for Best Short Film were. While in the techno clubs of the capital early synthpop ideas were transformed into hard techno grooves, Alphaville tinkered to their own designs. "I have the development of Techno pursued very curious," says Marian Gold. "That was exciting at the start, a sort of reinvention of rock'n'roll. But as a band we kept their distance. We were interested in more the screens in cinemas and in our minds as the dance floors in the discos. "
Since the mid-nineties Alphaville tours crisscross over the globe, while the remaining members of the early formation of go overboard with Ricky Echolette and Bernhard Lloyd 1996th Their positions have since the British Martin Lister (keyboards) and David Goodes (guitar) a, this is the Hanoverian Jakob Kiersch on drums. 1997 appears with the album "Salvation" a return to classic Alphaville songs. 2000 followed by the live album "Starck Naked" and 2003 finally Overwhelming Webproduktion "Crazy Show", in which the global fan base could trace the origin of a new album from the first embryonic beginnings to the final completion webcast. "Since then we have advanced our sound, wrote a lot of new pieces and intended jetted 20 times around the globe," says Marian Gold. A new chapter of Alphaville story begins.
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