I Blame Coco

I Blame Coco

End of 2009 looked an unexpected guest in the rehearsal room of I Blame Coco in North London over: While Coco Sumner - those Coco so that we, if we are to believe their project name, may be blamed in doubt - just a charity concert in the Union Chapel prepared with the Arctic Monkeys and Richard Hawley and was lost in their music, suddenly appeared slightly apelike silhouette of Ian Brown in a corner of the room and nodded appreciatively. "And then he said that my lyrics just 'mega' are," she says in a fOr them rather atypical approach of self-congratulation. Mega!

"Mega '" says it all over again. "He has expressed that. FOR me, it was one of the largest and sweetest compliments Ever. "Immediately afterwards asked the legendary" Godfather of 'Madchester' ", after all, one of the most original and brilliant pop stars of the British music scene, whether Coco him not with her band on his upcoming tour supporting would support. Since nodded and Coco.

Although she was not even conceived when The Stone Roses should define with their album a musical era to Coco Sumner feels inherently to eccentric characters, misfits (wishbone) and generally attracted thinkers to people who pop the pervade thing by their own rules. Compromises come for you not even in question. That same evening she talked in the backstage area of ​​the said charity event with Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, and was relieved to see that there are other musicians in her age group, the "just genuine and just sweet" are , This description fits quite frankly on the 19-year-old, who now attaches to ask the international pop world with their ambitious (mega) songs on the head.

Coco is namely on the verge of one of the most impressive debut albums of the year posting: "The Constant". After she had been at the tender age of 15 years filed alone on this plate and be exhausted to said (mega) texts and the accompanying soundscapes, she threw last fall all over the pile and walked the matter again from scratch at - completely naturally according to their own specifications. And when she had then temporarily pitched their tents in Sweden, to work with one of the two main producers of "The Constant" in the studio, she ran even the ska and reggae impact of the original raw versions of the program and discovered something very new fOr itself, which was much more powerful and gigantic and overwhelming: She was suddenly the idea to revive the pioneering soundscapes eighties, the early recordings of Duran Duran or the plates of the Psychedelic Furs. In other words, you wanted to try on this unique blend of extremely personal lyrics and epic soundscapes that have one of their favorite bands contemporary - had dug and revamped - The Killers namely. (Cocos comment: "Brandon is quite wooden and stiff exactly what I find sexy about him..")

FOr a singer who in 1991 saw the light of the world, the Eighties sound had automatically somewhat disconcerting; all sounded revolutionary, supercooled, incredibly exciting, for free spaces and border-overruns. They also found the idea exciting that you could shake up the otherwise sterile radio landscape belonging to such sounds. Your producer Klas, known for his work with Robyn - no matter how unusual a pop star with rough edges so - that looked exactly. After only two months in the studio, the two a brand new mission statement fOr I Blame Coco had placed: They wanted a sound create, in the complex life of a 19-year-old shines through who just drive can be through a completely different sonic stratosphere. So how should the sound? Daring, bold and smart, absolutely personal and incredibly right.

Coco reported that she always goes to new and unusual places in their mind when they wrote their texts; a process which must fOr them to run on a very special way: "The words are generally of very special places in my head. I do not try only to understand what I was writing down exactly when I go to these places; that comes later. Is always good when you initially the subconscious simply times make can. "

The foundation of the song "Caesar" for example, the first single from "The Constant", was casually laid when Coco and her producer actually wanted to kill a little time in the studio. It was the last piece that should they take your plate, and at that point they had such confidence in their abilities as a songwriter (Quote: "I knew immediately that me as a great success had succeeded.") That the subconscious could do most of the work. Otherwise it would in this case also does not work: "We were incredibly drunk when we 'Caesar' have written," she remembers, and must itself over this anecdote laugh. "Klas and I just got started, we let it all out like a stream of consciousness. I realized after the fact that it is indeed in the text to political systems to corruption and abuse of power, and that I sometimes just the whole rhetoric of politicians have thus pulled through the mud. Therefore, the reference to the novel 'Lord of the Flies', one of my favorite books for ages "And so a subversive Hitkandidat was in promille containing Umnebelung of torque within a short time emerged". We thought we already that a very thick number is; So we played it the responsible Releases before and found the track immediately great. "

The label representatives were not the only: Also Robyn got a first demo of listening to "Caesar" and knocked then personally Coco on because they really wanted to contribute an additional vocals for the chorus. "Her voice vibrates slightly sweetish with," says Coco, which of course knows that her singing, however somewhat shy and timid has (she's just still a teen). "It fit just perfect. She is definitely a pop star, where you are based and to look up to. "From her mouth that sounds like there it only a few. "It has in any way saying: It really is her sound, her show, and even as far as the artwork she has the reins. Everything is going along with her. In addition, "said Coco," that it is a bit crazy. "

There is still one thing that should not be embezzled longer: Somewhere in Coco Sumner slumbers a gene that is responsible for your HitgespÜr. Her mother is named Trudie Styler, her father called Sting. "I love the two over everything," she says, "but this has nothing to do with them. My music is my own thing. I do what I want to do, and say in my songs, what I have to say "After Coco had already held as four-year-old her first guitar in his hands, she knew before her tenth birthday every chord progression of their favorite album ( "Never Mind the Bollocks" by the Sex Pistols) by heart. At that time she was a little nerd, been an outsider and somewhat clumsy one at that. "I have nowhere reingepasst really." This in turn is characterized most great musicians.
It must be said that it can start absolutely nothing with the usual rock star brats posturing: In Cocos sound and appearance rather shines through, that they questioned her whole day, she has always struggled with identity crises, and that's what gives " The Constant "this irresistible whiff of vulnerability and intimacy. Also it is undoubtedly a damn pretty girl, but says she can not stand her own face. And then she admits even that they fear has had to rehearse before the hustle and especially in front of cameras, and that they struck for 17 hours with the two directors of Hope Audikana (Newham Generals, Dizzee Rascal) in order in the right mental state to come, when it came to shoot the video for their "Caesar" single. Your singing colleague Robyn was also the way of the party and headed a knotless Performance at. "Mentally, I make my way to a very different place if such is present a performance. I lose myself completely in it. "

At this otherworldly "other places" transported Coco the listener repeats on "The Constant", but nowhere it goes further than on their ballad "It's About To Get Worse": While alluding to the title on the precarious situation in the world, presents they here a dark sound in which it the global crisis facing their personal Liebesleid and both crossed in an incredibly smart text each other. "Again, I do not want to know exactly what it all means, and I also do not want to reveal too much or everybody pressing my interpretation of the song. However, as the relationship is crate as theme, but can be interpreted very differently in any case. "

On "Self Machine", their first single, they are loving the idea of ​​a global networked online community continue to the bitter end and draws a picture of a "robot state," which they accompanied by music with the matching Electro / rock sound. Almost as if it had been dealing with a (New) New Wave singer who equally by J. G. Ballard and the Pixar film "Wall-E" was inspired. Another supercooled highlight of their debut album, the track "In Spirit Golden", created under the influence of heavy medication that had to take Coco after they had collapsed in Los Angeles at a dinner. The ugly incident had physical (no smell, barely taste), social (Quote: "I had recently run around all day long with electrodes on the head, because the doctors wanted to examine the effect of the drug that was really sleep embarrassing.. ") and last but not least creative effects:" Honestly was the drug of hammer because I could write it, really good, "What was that again.? Every cloud has a silver lining. However. Incidentally, she sees a well that is also a title such as "Party Bag" (an insanely catchy track) toward "fun with drugs" Lay could. "However, the song is actually more to this Wundertüten, you know, these bags that you get as a child."

As to the title of their debut album, was laid from the beginning. And just like their sound, and her whole being - a contradictory mixture of uncertainty and todsicherem sense - one can also interpret the title "The Constant" quite differently. "The word Constant is on the one hand of course is a constant, for a fixed value. FOr something that never ceases to exist. At the same time, the term also stands for a watch that you reintut somewhere and then explode after a certain number of clocks. "Timeless and explosive at once? Welcome to the world of I Blame Coco!

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