Pankow: Life is offensive and refuses to apologise

artist: PANKOW
title: Life is offensive and refuses to apologise
label: Minus Habens Records
code: MHCD043
format: BLACK CD (slipcase including 6 different covers)

tracks: I Can Feel It, Kinderspiel, Don't, Waere Ich Doch Ein Dichter, Ich Bin (K)Ein Patriot, Life Is Offensive, I Never Thought Of The Consequences, Das Gewicht Der Welt, Take It Like A Man, Escape From Beige Land, Tim The Turtle, Flamboyant, Shutdown, The Desperate Sons From Albury-wodonga.

notes: "Pankow are back! And to make it even more surprising they reactivated the Bukowski of electronic body music Alex Spalck!!! If memory serves correctly, he was declared dead when the last album was recorded with a new singer in 1996, but it now seems that this must have been garbled transmissions from overseas, has Spalck has been vagabonding Australia quite merrily in the meantime. FM and Spalck, the founding members of the Italo-German electronic band which was probably the most punk of all EBM bands of the late 80's and early 90's, instigating riotous shows with songs like "Wodka Chaos", "Let Me Be Stalin" and "Freiheit Fuer die Sklaven", and producing the most expensive EBM album ever (a limited edition of their "Gisela" Album was a big block of marvel with an embossed massive gold logo), took two more people on board and once more went about building tracks around Spalck's twisted poems. At first listen it sounded weird, at second listen you started paying attention and from the third one onward I couldn't put the album down. Minimal rhythms, sometimes only one or two sounds characterizing a song, a bunch of electronic sound washes in the background and again and again Spalck’s signature voice, marking the electronic pulse of the tracks. Spoken word electronics with rhythm training wheels, cleverly bridging elastic old school EBM and Plastikman redux-techno as if it was the most natural thing on earth. Experimental soundtracks with crystal-clear production values becoming more mysterious with each listen. There is pumping tracks as well, most certainly able to impress any dance floor, but the intensity Pankow is known for can now better be found in the tracks that slowly circle the vocals. A very courageous comeback, as it is quite different from what could have been expected, but nonetheless a very captivating one. My special recommendation."
Till Schroeder
Side Line magazine


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