Nine months after REFUGEEUM, the internationally acclaimed fourth album by BLACK SPACE RIDERS, comes a reprise, a continuation, a progression, the end of a chapter: the “BEYOND REFUGEEUM” EP.
The band had deliberately kept back four songs, all original recordings, from the REFUGEEUM sessions in order to release them separately from the album.
But watch out! As the cover artwork already suggests ... this EP is “different” to the songs on REFUGEEUM, unlike what you might expect from this band. But you can still tell that it comes logically and quite unmistakably from the BLACK SPACE RIDERS. The songs are exalted, sometimes overwrought, vivid, and yet “accessible”. Much has happened in Europe and in the world since these songs were written at the end of 2014 and recorded in early 2015 ... but they seem to be even more contemporary and necessary than ever.
“WILLKOMMEN” is the band’s first instrumental piece, a melodic, psychedelic jam that builds in intensity from quiet to very, very loud.
“FREEDOM AT FIRST SIGHT” is a crisp, catchy alternative hit that flirts with New Wave melodies and classic metal riffing.
“DRONELAND” evolves from a 70s Sequencer Ambient to a furious rhythm monster.
“STARGLUE SNIFFER” is funky and dares to have beats and a “Prince-falsetto”, before driving you on to the dance floor.
The EP is rounded off with two bonus tracks: VRTX RMX (a remix of “Vortex Sun”) is atmospheric electric drone, and GRAVITY is the electro club remix of the band’s 2014 hit “Give Gravitation to the People” ... that may and certainly will destroy or inspire one or other traditional rocker.
Establishing a position, taking a step in development, coming to an interim conclusion? Whatever! A statement by an ever-evolving band: musically interesting, lyrically relevant and aurally captivating: the “BEYOND REFUGEEUM” EP.
BEYOND REFUGEEUM EP -Tracklist: 32:19 min
1. Willkommen 5:42 min
2. Freedom at first sight 3:30 min
3. Droneland 6:47 min
4. Starglue sniffer 4:09 min
5. VRTX RMX (Bonus Track) 6:58 min
6. Gravitation (Bonus Track) 5:09 min
Available on 12 ´Vinyl (180G, incl. CD & lyric-sheet),
CD (digisleeve) and download/stream
BEYOND REFUGEEUM EP: credits:
Music written and arranged by JE and C.RIP
with SLI , SAQ , SEB and HEVO - Lyrics by JE & SEB
Played and performed by BLACK SPACE RIDERS - Produced by ROLE and JE
Recorded, mixed and mastered in march/april 2015 by Role Wiegner at »Die Tonmeisterei« (Oldenburg)
VRTX RMX remixed & manipulated by Role Echolotse, GRAVITATION remixed by Testsieger (2014)
Cover by Jakob Maser and JE - Photo : Library of Congress , Prints & Photographs Division
Band photography by Hanno H. Endres
BLACK SPACE RIDERS:
JE lead vocals, guitars, organ, synth, beats
SEB lead vocals
SAQ bass guitar
HEVO additional bass guitar
2010: s/t (sound guerilla/da)
2012: Light is the new black (BSR/Cargo)
2014: D:REI (BSR/Cargo)
2015: REFUGEEUM (BSR/Cargo)
2016: BEYOND REFUGEEUM EP (BSR/Cargo)