FAUST

"There is no group more mythical than Faust." Thus wrote English musician and eccentric Julian Cope in his classic of the genre, “Krautrocksampler”. Which says it all really, neither the habitus nor the music of the six piece Hamburg group is easy to grasp. Whilst some lauded Faust as the best thing that ever happened to rock, others dismissed them as shameless Dilettantes. Their collage of Dadaism, avantgarde rock and free improvisation radically divided opinion. Their legend was built on the fact that, in the early days, they addressed the media through their producer and manager Uwe Nettelbeck (1940–2006). Precious little was known about the musicians themselves.

When the first LP was unleashed on the world in 1971, Faust were very much the prophet in his own land, as the saying goes: few were interested in listening to their music – in Germany. Not so across the Channel: this is where Faust’s career really kickstarted. These monoliths of avant-garde rock sold a phenomenal 100,000 copies of their third album “The Faust Tapes”, one of the first releases of the Virgin label, then in its infancy.

Now that Krautrock has been revived, thanks to the efforts of bands such as Stereolab and Tortoise in the Nineties, Faust have become one of the biggest names to drop. Worldwide. Their concerts in the USA, Middle East, Japan and Europe are invariably sold out.

Since 2007, the line-up of the Krautrock legend has comprised founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier, the English musician James Johnston, founder of the brutish blues rockers Gallon Drunk and long-standing member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, plus the English painter, filmmaker, author and musician Geraldine Swayne.

On their latest album, "something dirty" the creativity and musical ideas of these four personalities coalesce into a perfect symbiosis of sound. It is at once hypnotic, repetitive, melodic, exhilarating, psychedelic, menacing, dadaist, ethereal. Johnston's guitar saws its way through Diermaier's archaic beats, harmonically enriched by Peron's powerful bass and Swayne's psychedelic keyboards. Time and again, Faust revisit their avant-garde roots, experimenting with voices and unusual instruments. (A flamethrower and goat hooves can be detected in their arsenal of sonic sources.) Best of all, however, Faust have succeeded in reproducing the raw energy and roughness of their live performances on "something dirty". Breathtaking stuff!


REVIEWS

"Something Dirty underscores Faust's reputation as a never-say-die band of avant-rock provocateurs. Something Dirty is a powerful recording. Let's hope this version of Faust remains together awhile: their collective focus is sharp and their execution nearly flawless even at their most delightfully excessive." (allmusic)



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"powerful and multitextured" (Mojo)

"Something Dirty überzeugt durch seine Spontanität, Noise-Eskapaden, Avantgarde und anarchische Energie. Damit fügt die Nord-Fraktion der Krautrock-Legende seinem imposanten Katalog ein weiteres gelungenes Kapitel hinzu." (Musikexpress)

"Wie schön es doch wäre, könnte die Ur-Kraut-Formation Faust hierzulande statt in der Obskur- oder Retroecke verortet zu werden und somit also quasi-verbannt zu sein, all jene erreichen, die offen sind für, sagen wir: hochenergetische Musik respektive Zustände. Denn Faust heben so dermaßen ab, verdammt, das ist groß. Kein Wunder, dass Musikanten von Bowie bis Dälek diese Kapelle sehr, sehr schätzen. Faust kredenzen einen Bombensound, ihr Rock ist groß, riesig groß – allein ohne jede Spur von Bombast. Größenwahn oder Männlichkeitsphantasmagorie. Rohe, heftige, wahrhaftige Gitarren lärmen, monotone Trommeln oder Beats wollen die Tanzkatharsis, der Bass wummert bedrohliche Riffs und Orgeln oszillieren into crazyness. (...) Derart gekonnt gibt es das nur alle paar Jahr auf Platte zu hören. " (Szene Hamburg)

"Düster, kompromisslos, bewusst politisch unkorrekt. Die neue Faust macht da weiter, wo die deutsche Krautrocklegende dereinst Neuland betrat. Doom, Industrial, Kakophonie, Avantgarde – es liegt alles Tür an Tür. Egal, welche Pforte man öffnet, man überschreitet beim Hören immer eine Grenze." (Eclipsed)

"Die Natur ist seltsam. Da verschmelzen Ikonen der 70er mit Meistern der 90er, und es kommt zu einem Funkenregen der Musik, der die gesamte Popkultur in ihrer schrägen Verwachsenheit in einer Art erleuchtet, dass wir erkennen müssen, dass sie nicht mehr ist als ein knorriger Baum auf einem Hügel, dessen hängende Äste beim Wind über das Erdreich scharren (...) BESTES ALBUM DES MONATS" (Vice)


LINKS

www.faust-pages.com
www.myspace.com/faustpages

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