Updated: Feb 17
It's been almost two years since my best friend and I flew over to Germany for E-tropolis festival in March 2019. It was there that I finally got to see Solar Fake live and it was because of their wonderful performance I first thought of writing about music shows. Sven's crystal clear voice and humble blushes at the audience contrasted with André's incredibly infectious smile from ear to ear as he urged on the crowd. The band wasn't just performing their music and going through the motions, they were doing so with love and as much heart as musicians could possibly muster. It was indeed magical. So it was that my first (and very amateur!) Elektro Vox article (HERE) was born out of writing about Solar Fake, PRIEST, Suicide Commando, Welle:Erdbal and so many other great artists on that day. So it's quite an honour to have reviewed their latest album before it released on Friday the 12th of February. It feel like a nice 'full circle'
Three years after the release of "You Win. Who Cares?", Solar Fake announce their new album "Enjoy Dystopia" - an album that consistently follows the path of its popular predecessor and even takes it several steps further. Singer Sven Friedrich agrees:
"Some of the new songs are more close to "You Win. Who Cares?", others however are a bit more different. With each new album I always look a little bit beyond the horizon and attempt to bring new elements into the music, but without compromising the Solar Fake sound."
There is a special new element that has a great importance for the sympathetic singer:
"For the first time, there is a song with German lyrics on the album. We have never had that before with Solar Fake. I had the chorus lines right in my head when I wrote the song. And somehow, I didn't want to translate it into English, that would have been a compromise and with Solar Fake, I don't make any compromises. Ever." Strong words, but in fact, the song ‘Es geht dich nichts an’ fits perfectly on the album and shows a previously undiscovered aspect in the Solar Fake sound.
Fans of Solar Fake can look forward to some rage infused melodies and beats: "The album is dominated by aggression, which is sometimes more obvious and sometimes more subtile. Of course, there are also calmer and sorrowful moments. Nevertheless, the ones who do not know where to put their feelings, their aggression, their despair of humankind, their vulnerability to an overall stupidity, will feel understood.”
Left: André Feller (keyboards,bass) Right: Jens Halbauer(drums) Centre: Sven Friedrich (vocals)
Photo: Melanie Haack
(With Sven Friedrich)
Photo: Melanie Haack
Q. In the latest music video for 'It's who you are' we see a small continuation of Jean's sinister character, will there be more music videos to further tell this story and how do the videos relate to the album theme as a whole?
A. Oh, I don't know. We just thought it's funny to have this small part in the new clip to underline Jeans' psychopathic character, hahaha... Not really, he's a totally nice guy... Just with a light weakness for girls locked up in basements ;-)
We have ideas for 2 more clips, one will be rather visual, the other has a cool story, but we're not sure when we can shoot... So far we haven't planned on continuing this, but who knows...
Q.You have commented before that.. "The ones who do not know where to put their feelings, their aggression, their despair of humankind, their vulnerability to an overall stupidity, will feel understood." With the album being named 'Enjoy Dystopia' is the concept of the album an observation of the world around us, and was it easy to find inspiration for this album in the huge amounts of drama we have seen in the past few years?
A. Oh, there was almost too much inspiration, lyric-wise... It sometimes seems that people become more and more self-absorbed and not even recognise there's a world around with other people in it, with animals in it... And honestly, four years of Trump could alone be enough inspiration for hundreds of songs; And the last year brought so many disgusting and horrible people to the surface... It's unbelievable...
Q. The second CD has a lot of remixes by some incredible artists such as BlutEngel and Massive Ego. Which of the mixes is your favourite and what artists do you most enjoy working with both in album production and performing live?