A drawn smilie, electric beats, expressionless vocals. Those who have not yet dealt with the Frittenbude phenomenon will likely dismiss the latest album “Rote Sonne” as a simple party guarantor for friends of various substances at first glance. How much more is behind the superficial facade, fans of the band have long known. On the band’s current fifth album, the seriousness even comes to the fore even more. What still does not mean in the colorful Frittenbude universe that you should not dance anyway. After all, it does not help with our gloomy present anyway, then you should use the time at least sensibly.
Already with the opener “Kill Kill Kill” the pillars of the album are clearly defined. Over a darkly thumping bass, Johannes Rögner talks in the usual unimpressed way with simple but purposeful words about the futility of arms exports, war and its consequences. It is precisely this conscious lack of emotion, anger, despair, grief that makes the current world seem even uglier than any punk rock rammer. But even for brighter moments finds Frittenbude time, just “Vida” dares to 80s synths and is thanks to increasingly demanding beats for dance floor guarantors. Exactly this way is also “canister”, this time, however, even more offensive and supposedly looser. But if the lyrics denounce exactly the life in excess and escapism in general and paint the future in gloomy colors, the double bottom is only really clear. Thematically, however, it does not remain in the socio-critical sector, even the love is central. One can already imagine: Again, it is not pink, quite the contrary. “Everything we do not do” or “Goldie” rely on unsteadily sad beats and devastating words that are never ironed out smoothly, but skewed and very honestly. That sadness is also perfectly suited for dance floors, Frittenbude already proved with “pictures with cat” – and even the current songs lead you into the disco despite a broken heart.
“Rote Sonne” is a typical fries-cookie-album, but even more so on gloomy beats and even less on pure party songs. Musically, it stays cool, the angry news can take over other bands, Frittenbude just keep the mirror before. But then “The darkness must never win” sounds with Jörkk Mechenbier from Love A – and that’s exactly where the text came from. The rejection of populism of all kinds are of course central, but also the denial of one’s own mistakes, because one finally supports Viva con Agua or Sea Shepherd, is criticized. Roughnecks do not sound so rebellious on this album and Mechenbier does it all. Still, despite all the comfort and hopelessness that the album evokes, the song title is perhaps the band ‘s most important dogma. Because even if it looks so gloomy – giving up is not an option! And as long as you are allowed to dance to Frittenbude, not everything is lost anyway.
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Frittenbude live 2019:
- 15.03.2019 Faust, Hannover
- 16.03.2019 Evil & Dangerous, Hamburg
- 21.03.2019 Vienna, Flex (AT)
- 22.03.2019 Rockhouse , Salzburg (AT)
- 23.03.2019 PPC, Graz (AT)
- 28.03.2019 Barn, Dresden
- 29.03.2019 SO36, Berlin
- 30.03.2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
- 04.04.2019 Kassablanca, Jena
- 05.04.2019 Taubenchental, Leipzig
- 06.04.2019 Slaughterhouse, Wiesbaden
- 11.04 .2019 Sputnikhalle, Münster
- 12.04.2019 Hotel Shanghai, Essen
- 13.04.2019 The Canteen, Cologne
- 25.04.2019 Z-Bau, Nuremberg
- 26.04.2019 In Wizemann, Stuttgart
- 27.04.2019 Muffathalle, Munich
- 16.05.2019 Dynamo, Zurich (CH)
- 17.05.2019 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn (AT )
- 18.05.2019 Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg
- 19.05.2019 Waldsee, Freiburg im Breisgau
- 13.-15.06.2019 Rock am Berg Open Air, Merkers
- 22.06.2019 Modular Festival, Augsburg
- 05.07.2019 Summerbreak Festival, Linz (AT)
- 12.-14.07.2019 Krach am Bach, Prölsdorf
- 18.-21.07.2019 Deichbrand Festival, Cuxhaven
- 26.-28.07.2019 The Crater Bebt, Megesheim
- 07.-11.08.2019 Open Flair Festival, Eschwege
- 09.08.2019 Taubertal Festival, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- 31.08.2019 All with Festival, Stade
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