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BAND/AUTHOR:

THE PICTUREBOOKS

(GERMANY)

TITLE:
THE HANDS OF TIME
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS
GENRE:
STONER
"With a sense of skeletal purity that belongs only to him, The Picturebooks manages to take us for a journey through the United States where rock in its simplest shape."
CHILDERIC THOR - 08.03.2019 -
The Picturebooks is the most American of all German bands. His (blues) garage rock evokes vast stony expanses that are crisscrossed by riding a powerful two-wheeled machine, with hair in the wind and freedom in the eyes. This could be the soundtrack to a remake of "Easy Rider". No bass but a song soaked in the bayous. 

After a lot of concerts, Fynn Claus Grabke and Philipp Mirtschink are back with a fifth opus. "Home is A Heartache", his predecessor, had left us somewhat disappointed. We probably expected too much of it or something else, a good psychedelic cake for example. In its place, we had a soft desert rock with southern hints on a road crushed by a blazing sun. 

At least we now know what to expect. Especially since our two lascars have a very marked aesthetic, an arid universe filled with greedy girls from the nudes of the 60s, whom we frankly want to taste and love. If "The Hands Of Time" seems to follow the same path as its predecessors, with their charm but also their (relative) disappointments, its precious juice finally springs up after many comings and goings in the wet depths of its rocky intimacy. 

After a first introductory title and a cappella with the appearance of a shamanic incantation, the opus unrolls a menu of a beautiful diversity of touches and features, furiously catchy and full of a desert feeling that smells like wild pampas. Sergio Leone is sometimes not far away ('Rain'), and neither is the sticky America of John Boorman's 'Deliverance' ('The Hands of Time' and its hot slide like embers). 

If their skin is thick, tanned like leather ('Howling Wolf', 'Electric Lights'), this time the Teutons show a sensitivity that we didn't know much about them, like the superb 'Like My World Explodes' haunted by a degraded harmonica and whose vocal lines are tearing. Let's also mention "The Day The Thunder Arrives", which sinks into the marshes guided by a piano escaped from a honky-tonk and this vicious slide. On 'You Can't Let Go', the duo is joined by the mythical Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders for a southern and creeping lament. 

With a sense of skeletal purity that belongs only to him, The Picturebooks manages to take us for a journey through the United States where rock in its simplest shape mates with a bony blues. Besides, an album with a cover showing a chick sticking out her tongue simply can't be bad!  

More informations on http://www.thepicturebooks.com/

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TRACK LISTING

01. Horse Of Fire
02. Howling Wolf
03. Like My World Explodes
04. The Hands Of Time
05. The Day The Thunder Arrives
06. Electric Nights
07. Rain
08. You Can’t Let Go
09. Lizard
10. Tell Me Lies
11. The Rising Fall
12. Horse Of Fire
13. Howling Wolf
14. Like My World Explodes
15. The Hands Of Time
16. The Day The Thunder Arrives
17. Electric Nights
18. Rain
19. You Can’t Let Go
20. Lizard
21. Tell Me Lies
22. The Rising Fall


LINEUP

Fynn Claus Grabke: Chant / Guitares
Philipp Mirtschink: Batterie
Chrissie Hynde: Chant / Guitares / Invité


TAGS:
Bluesy, Southern
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