Title – skelington horse
Artist – klaus kinski
Cat no – ankst 128
Format – 10 track cd album/ dl
Rel date – november 14th
I’m pretty much a sucker for any welsh groups that display significant birthday party damage , so klaus kinski are pretty hard to resist. they’re much more scrabbled and trebly than their models, but that’s just the tenor of the times,eh?primal raunch vom. – byron coley (the wire )
“they make the most unhinged and primal racket that i have ever heard. it’s mercurial and surreal: the birthday party fronted by a psychotic spike milligan. if you like your music unstable, bust into a thousand unexpected shapes and ultimately thrilling, this band are for you.” – adam walton (bbc radio wales)
klaus kinski formed a few years back in the graveyard of a freshly burnt church in llanfairfechan ( that’s on the n.wales coast ! – known affectionately by the locals as transylfechan) by old friends jake mckenna and edwin stevens. originally formed to channel their love of bauhaus, satanism and herzog films into a musical project the band has now become a five piece guilt ridden no-wave post-punk flamingo with massive delusions of grandeur , incorporating pin-up singer james, and the duelling guitar axes of dom and dyl. all five members have relocated from the welsh coast to city centre manchester. september 2008 saw klaus kinski perform their first gig playing actual songs (not just noise) at clwb ifor bach,cardiff on the bbc introducing stage for sexy radio dj adam walton as part of the swn festival – and they were ace ! in no time at all they were signed to ankst musik records and by the summer of 2009 they had recorded and released their debut single happiness, happiness / caesar on 7″ vinyl and had started playing regular live concerts.
their debut album skellington horse is now finished and ready for release. recorded under the guidance of producer david wrench at bryn derwen studios, bethesda in an intense three day session the tracks were recorded as live performances with all the trademark energy and mania of the klaus kinski performance style being captured directly onto tape.
album highlights include ecce homo – behold the man indeed ! like a few of the other tracks on the album ‘ecce homo’ has at its centre a deranged male killer ( of women usually ) and concerns itself with the big daddy of modern serial killing – jack the ripper ( ‘i can stick it anywhere i like, i’m not a monster, i’m a man’ .) he is portrayed as the man who walks the streets with his cock in his hand and the music portrays effectively jack’s manic quest for flesh all the while showing up the damaged personality behind the by now comic figure of the ripper ( ‘how i wish i had a sound cock again, i’ve lived my life eternally down ‘.) other tracks on the album deal with historical horrors like salem – ‘dont get caught wanking at the witch trials – whose chorus could speak for the whole album ”we are all going to pay for our sins!” ; and the single caesar gives us a roll call of the celebrity killers of the 20th century ( brady, bundy, gacy,neilson etc.. ) breathing the same air as julius caesar’s treacherous ancient killers. skellington horse the albums’ title track gives us a rest from murderous rage and offers us romance and love .( as much as such things can surface explicitly in a klaus kinski song !.) the singer proffers his love at the same time as declaring his overwhelming need to ‘ride your bones’. sung in a declamatory passionate style almost to the heavens, he doesn’t want much – sex really – and offers even less – ‘don’t worry, i’m easy to please’.
happiness, happiness sounded to us at ankst like a radio smash – but we didn’t reckon that a thoroughly unpleasant lyric would just put most people off singing it in the street – despite it having a fantastically energetic musical backing it never made the playlists because of its insistence on dwelling on the nasty business of ‘sticking it in things’ – is that sex , violence, murder or all three ? while the epic christopher’s walking is a glimpse into yet another side of the klaus kinski musical world. this time things seem rooted in the now, a painfully real and accurate reality – ‘living in a room of green grey, lord of the rings i’ve read it too many times’ before taking us into an extraordinary segment that seems to literally be trying to bring someone back from the dead – ‘rise up’ – through sheer musical bludgeoning. klaus kinksi are a band that take things to the extremes , sometimes this is ugly , mostly it is invigorating and refreshing . suffice to say live the band are as ‘alive’ and exciting as any performers who are willing to give everything of themselves to the ‘performance’ of their songs.