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
C.RIP drums, percussion
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)
Welcome to a new world
Welcome to your home
Please feel free and happy
But just a little while
Welcome to your new rules
Welcome to our world
Please conform a little
Give up your former life
Where do we go from here now?
Where have we been before?
Freedom at first sight
Freedom without rights
Track Name: DRONELAND
Woe woe woe
High high high
Swarms of metal hornets
Falling from the sky
Low low low
Better duck and hide
Sent by "friends" to attack our "foe"
But they kill our tribe
Hear them coming in the evening light (run inside)
Now they're coming ´til the morning light (run inside)
Woe woe woe Down down down
Bringers of extinction, Please recall the drones
Run run run Die die die !
Hide from friendly fire, Killed by allied drones
Hear them coming in the evening light (run inside)
Now they're coming ´til the morning light (run inside
Hear them coming, hear them swarming out
when they're swarming, when they hunt you down
Track Name: STARGLUE SNIFFER
Wanna feel me
Need to feel me
leave the barracks and run til I'm out of breath
Wanna get home (now!)
At my new home (now!)
Need a home from home to overcome this loss of belonging
Feels like waking
Feels like waking up
Stranger in a strange land stranded on this unfamiliar planet
Now! got to feel it! Now! Need to feel it! Go!
Rise my face and reach out for the moving stars
Deep is my longing. Deep is anxiety. Deep is my breath.
Stardust filling everything
Breathe - taking me higher
Gone - higher and higher
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supported by 16 fans who also own “BEYOND REFUGEEUM ep”
this album makes you feel like dropping everything you are doing and just blasting off and just soaring through space at near light speed. sail through space and watch as the planets, comets, and stars roll pass as you continue your journey into the empty void. lulzmoose
supported by 15 fans who also own “BEYOND REFUGEEUM ep”
It is hard to describe how much I love this album. Trust me when I say that engaging with this one is worth your time. In what can be, at times, an oversaturated genre, this album stands out. Complex, subtle and deliciously heavy throughout, this one is worth adding to your collection. mpbartow