In February 2007 it was finally time, and the go ahead was given to record in Hamburg, accompanying them was a new man called Peter Tiedeken who, during auditions was chosen over Evil Jared. One thing was clear: the recording of the new songs would go very differently to the way they went on the last record. It should be frisky and out of control, colourful and psychedelic. And that is how the concept of the live recording was carried out.
they moved away from the over precise sound of „They Think They Are The Robocop Kraus“, and towards a more open and lively sound. For days on end the amps were moved from here to there, the drums were taken apart and then built over again in every possible corner of the recording studio and the positions of the microphones were changed until finally they were able to capture the distinct live sound in the stereo microphones. The concept of the recording was envisaged so; the whole band, in one room together, at the same time, playing without headphones and other modern stuff. The new songs were written in Nuremburg and in the studio rooms of Station 17, with a rock band of mentally disabled musicians in Hamburg, and were now played with different instrumental accompaniment. Markus Steckert abused several Casio kids keyboards, Matthias Wendl practised the Banjo until his fingers bled, Hans Fuss got a Conga Solo, the bass and drums were rearranged, and all echoes were directly recorded on tape – there was no turning back now.
Unexpected support came from KundeKoenig (a sister rock band of Station 17 ), in the form of a choir and slightly Beatles' sounding improvisations. In the end The Robocop Kraus had recorded 13 prismatic songs, which they took to Los Angeles, the studio town, so that Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Helium) could take care of the final mix. Adam knew instantly what the deal was: „It sounds good. But it sounds too good!“ ,so he applied his distortion and delay effects to corrode the sound. Instead of concentrating on pop appeal and making the lyrics compatible for the radio he concentrated instead on the charming contradictions, which make the songs the most exciting the band have ever recorded.
Meanwhile the gents Lang und Wendl recuperated by the pool and decided to record the whole album on a ferrum audiocassette, in order to achieve a more home recorded sound a la Ariel Pink. How does it sound? Whilst teams of German and French bands go to pains to sound like The Robocop Kraus in the „Living With Other People“ days, the band has gone leaps further. „Blunders and Mistakes“ marks a new beginning for the band: there‘s a new guy on bass and there‘s a new sound. The band is experimental and pushes the musical boundaries of the band cosmos further and at the same time positions itself further apart from the mainstream. Everything that we thought was great about The Robocop Kraus is there, the anthems, the melodies, the emotions, but there is also another side to discover, a new atmosphere, and a love of musical details, that has never been heard from them before.
„Snake“ is shards of fading childhood memories that have built up in the canyons of ones mind coupled with Pavement style melodies, hot spots on the map of never-ending adolescence are pin pointed in Thomas Langs lyrics in „Standing in the Punchline“, „Hyenas“ has buckets of satire and mockery, and the trials of love come out as disco hits from the depths of a musical hell („Automotive Man“, „Chances“). „Minions of Satan“ is something like an open letter to a relative that is in the claws of organised religion and „Gibraltar“ is the first official protest song of the band, which manages to work with practically no guitars and instead vocal percussion suffice. With „Ease The Pain“ they achieve the most eccentric ballad since „Purple Rain“ and with that they close the album, which leave many questions and mouths open. But one thing is clear: The Zeitgeist, which had once had them in its clasp and deferred them from their correct path, has let them go.
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