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Artificial Tears

The Picturebooks

Artificial Tears

LabelNoise-o-lution
VertriebIndigo
VÖ-Datum2.4.2010

Als das erste Kapitel, List Of People To Kill betitelt, im Frühjahr 2009 aufgeschlagen wurde, bekamen viele Rockfans und Kritiker ihre Münder kaum noch zu. Dazu tropfte Speichel auf den Boden. Diese Band, die so furios und entfesselt ihren steil gespielten Rock zelebrierte, sollten tatsächlich Deutsche sein? Aus dem beschaulichen Gütersloh, um genau zu sein. Keine Szene-Engländer? Keine Schweden? Der Überraschungseffekt war vor einem Jahr also ganz auf Seiten von The Picturebooks. Selbst international konnten sie für Aufsehen sorgen. Und jetzt, gerade als die eigenen Lippen wieder Kontakt aufnahmen und ein Schluck Wasser sich anschickte, dem Körper die notwendige Feuchtigkeit zu zu führen, haut das Trio den nächsten Coup auf den Markt.

Das zweite Kapitel nennt sich Artificial Tears und ist zum Glück kein Schnellschuss. Trotz der kurzen Entstehungszeit, für die sich Fynn Grabke (Gesang/Gitarre), Tim Bohlmann (Bass) und Phillip Mirtschink (Schlagzeug) erneut in die Claus Grabke Studios in Gütersloh verzogen, klingt das Album erstaunlich ausgereift. Dabei verlassen sich The Picturebooks nicht einmal komplett auf ihre alten Rezepturen. Im Gegensatz zu ihrem Debüt beginnt das neue Werk zurückhaltend. Der Opener I Put A Spell On You bricht erst gen Ende vorsichtig aus, nachdem sich zuvor eine schöne Gesangslinie ins Ohr gedrängelt hat. Twisted Truth / Mislead Youth zieht Tempo und Härte etwas an, es brodelt merklich. Das Spiel mit Spannung und Erwartungen gelingt den Güterslohern hervorragend und wie selbstverständlich. Ebenso die Verquickung verschiedenster rockhistorischer Elemente. Leichte Blueseinschläge (I´m Drawing Hearts On Your Jeans), ein wenig Elektro (Sensitive Feelings All Electric) oder garagige Riffs: Sie probieren aus, entwickeln sich spielerisch, ohne das dabei ein Gefühl von Experiment entstünde. Natürlich bleibt Artificial Tears ein Rock-Album, doch bewegt sich das Trio weitgehend abseits des 08/15-3-Minüters. Sie halten ihre Musik interessant. Erst ab dem achten Track drücken sie verstärkt aufs Tempo, dass es aus den Boxen nur so kratzt. Damit kommen sie zwar der kurzen Aufmerksamkeitsspanne der Web 2.0-Generation entgegen und gewinnen einige tanzbare Clubsongs hinzu, doch atmosphärisch lässt das Album leicht nach.

The Picturebooks werden mit ihrem zweiten Kapitel der Bandgeschichte weiter für Furore sorgen. Dafür ist Artificial Tears zu abwechslungsreich, zu erfrischend, zu gut. Und obwohl gerade erst der Release vor der Tür steht, denkt man insgeheim schon weiter. Ans dritte Kapitel. Vielleicht ans Vierte. Die Picturebooks könnten eine Fortsetzungsgeschichte werden, von der man nicht nur nicht genug bekommt, sondern die einen auch immer wieder zu überraschen weiß.

 

Tracklist:
  1. I Put A Spell On You
  2. Twisted Youth / Mislead Youth
  3. I´m Drawing Hearts On Your Jeans
  4. Running Out Of Problems (You Can Have Some Of Mine)
  5. Sensitive Feelings All Electric
  6. Dance Tiger Dance
  7. Kiss Me Goodbye
  8. Finders / Keepers
  9. Artificial Tears
  10. Personality Grown On A Tree
  11. The Phone Won´t Ring For You Tonight
Highlights:

I´m Drawing Hearts On Your Jeans, Sensitive Feelings All Electric, Running Out Of Problems (You Can Have Some Of Mine)

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