ABAY’s second album, titled Love and Distortion, will be released on the 1st June on the new Lovers and Friends arm of the famous Unter Schafen label, the band has confirmed.
Promising a refreshed, fixed line up, ABAY’s founders Aydo Abay (vocals) and Jonas Pfetzing (guitar) are joined by a new member, bassist Dennis Enyan of When People Had Computers, and drummer Johannes Juschzak who took up the sticks on several tracks of ABAY’s previous album. Together they make the new four-piece of ABAY.
The record is produced by Olaf Opal, who worked regularly with Pfetzing in Juli, and whose credits including their groundbreaking LP Ein Neuer Tag. Guest appearances are expected from regular ABAY collaborator Chris Stiller (keys) and Christoph Clöser with a saxophone solo on the track Lemonade.
Live dates in support of the album will be publicised by the band soon. They have already announced a pair of festival appearances at the end of May and start of June in Koblenz (Lahneck Live 25/5) and Cologne (Stereo Wonderland 1/6), plus a live session on FluxFM the day before the album hits the shelves.
The new ABAY lineup sadly leaves no room for Ole Fries, Aydo’s KEN comrade and ABAY’s bassist in the past, who was a mainstay of the band’s seminal first EP Blank Sheets and the Everything’s Amazing and Nobody Is Happy LP.
Fries is busy in the studio recording his band PICTURES’ second album and providing the live sound for Swedish rockers Royal Republic, who recently completed a French tour and head to the UK next January after some German festival appearances in summer.
Love and Distortion‘s first single Lucid Peel is now available to download and stream. It comes after last year’s release of Rhapsody in Red on Spotify as a standalone single, before details of the album were known. Clocking in at a monster six-and-a-half minutes, Lucid Peel starts as a mellow-sounding meander through Aydo’s introspective view of the world.
After about four minutes, when you think the song is melting away, everything stops for a second before the drums and bass build up to an explosion of noise as Pfetzing lets loose with some superb, effects-laden guitar and creates a wall of noise which then fades away into the ether as the epic comes to a close. Listen out for the brilliantly expressive percussion from Juschzak.
Love and Distortion tracklist:
1. Land of Silk and Money
3. I am the Believer
6. Rhapsody in Red
7. Stop the Fever
8. Lucid Peel
10. In Transit
Amended 01/04/2018 to acknowledge that Rhapsody In Red from the album had previously been released.