THE PICTUREBOOKS have teamed up with Volcom, one of the leading lifestyle brands for skate, swimwear, snowboarding and more, to release a brand new track titled “Zero Fucks Given.”
Skating is a passion for both members of THE PICTUREBOOKS, who met at a skate park, leading to the band’s formation. This is the duo’s first piece of new music since Imaginary Horse (2014), and is the debut track off their forthcoming album, Home is a Heartache, set for release on March 10, 2017 via Another Century Records.
“Zero Fucks Given” can be heard HERE.
Guitarist/Vocalist Fynn Claus Grabke explains of the track, “Like every other song on this album, ‘Zero Fucks Given’ was recorded in our motorcycle garage next to our studio. We played the music live with just two room microphones to utilize the natural reverb of the stony garage, and later overdubbed the vocals in the same manner. We were looking for some additional percussion for that specific song and found that the huge old and rusty chain that we lock up our motorcycles with was probably perfect. We set up a little wooden platform, and Philipp would just drop the chain in a certain style to create a great pumping percussion. The song has a lot to do with the way we live our lives – we created everything we are and do ourselves. We wouldn’t have it any other way, zero fucks given!”
The German duo — featuring Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums] — performs enticing blues-saturated heavy rock, with Fynn playing on obscure vintage guitars he bought from thrift shops around the world, while Philipp beats a drum set that consists of the largest possible drums that he hits with heavy duty felt beaters. The set has no cymbals whatsoever and instead includes a few self-made percussion instruments with huge chains, bells, and more.
Home is a Heartache will serve as the band’s sophomore release and Another Century label-debut. The 14-track album was recorded in the band’s garage, where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The album captures a raw, rich, and real energy evoking the room’s natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark.
Home is a Heartache track-listing:
1. Seen Those Days
3. Home Is A Heartache
4. Fire Keeps Burning
5. On These Roads I’ll Die
6. I Need That Oooh
7. The Murderer
8. Zero Fucks Given
10. I Came A Long Way For You
11. Get Gone
12. Bad Habits Die Hard
13. Heathen Love
14. Inner Demons
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It’s not surprising that The Picturebooks record in the same garage where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The German duo — Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums] — captures a raw, rich, and real energy befitting of the room’s natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark.
Fynn and Philipp first crossed paths at a local skate park. Becoming fast friends, they realized their mutual interests extended beyond skateboarding and into music like The Smiths, The Cure, and Minor Threat. Soon, they began writing songs together, utilizing equipment Fynn’s dad Claus had accumulated over his years as a musician and record producer.
Mirroring their daredevil skateboarding ethos, they broke rules while recording. For starters, there was considerable physical space between the musicians and the microphones, and it wasn’t simply a sterile studio environment. The concrete floors and airy expanse contributed to the sound, and the overall atmosphere proved quite a propos. They even constructed their own instruments to boot. Fynn picked up thrift shop guitars in Los Angeles. Influenced by the tribal sounds of Native American music, the band built custom percussion and augmented their feet with bells. Moreover, Philipp decided to eschew playing cymbals and adopted large Toms, which he bashes with mallets instead of sticks. They conjured true fire in the garage with that astounding, untainted reverb and their personal arsenal of modified instruments.
Ultimately, all of these pieces form a blues-rock pastiche that’s as individualistic as it is infectious. The band signed with Another Century Records in 2016 with their label-debut, Home is a Heartache set for release on March 10, 2017.
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