Culture Wars (foto: waytao shing)

Culture Wars – Money (Gimmie, Gimmie)

Sollte man im Auge behalten: Die texanische Band Culture Wars schickt sich gerade an, ihre selbstbetitelte Debüt-EP zu veröffentlichen. Bevor es aber soweit ist (9. Juni), hauen die Jungs aus Austin schon mal einen Appetizer raus: die Electro-Rock-Single “Money (Gimmie, Gimmie)”, deren dazugehöriges Video bei uns direkt mal Clip der Woche wird.

Culture Wars, das sind Alex Dugan (Vocals, electronics), Mic Vrendenburgh (Gitarre, Electronics) und David Grayson (Drums). Ihr Credo: Schwere Gitarrensounds mit stampfenden Electro-Beats zu verkuppeln. Die Debüt-EP, so hört man, wurde von Robert Sewell produziert und von Alan Moulder (The Killers, Nine Inch Nails) und Manny Marroquin (Kanye West, Imagine Dragons) gemixt.


“Mic and I were into similar stuff, so we started writing together,” sagt Dugan über den Entstehungsprozess der EP. “We initially went in just to mess around and make weird noises, but we ended up writing a bunch of actual songs together. We liked what we were writing, and loved the way David played drums, so we decided to form a new thing around this music that resonated with us.”

Ein Großteil der Arbeit erledigten die Band und Sewell an den heimischen Laptops, ehe es dann in die Sonic Ranch Studios ging, abgelegen in der Wüste von West-Texas, um die Tracks aufzunehmen.

Zum “Money (Gimmie, Gimmie)” sagt Dugan zu “Popmatters”: “Like the song itself, the whole video is all about identity… not really knowing who you are, not knowing what’s expected of you, and not really knowing anyone’s true intentions. That’s something I grapple with quite heavily. Trying to figure out who I really am and figure out what that person sounds like. Jeremi Mattern and I co-directed the video and wanted to do the whole thing with heavy gel (colored) lights on a big soundstage out in South Austin. His team built out a set, and we even filled a bathtub up with black sludge. We shot the whole thing in a 14-hour day, and Jeremi did a fantastic job editing it all together afterwards.”

Wenn alles gut geht, wollen die Jungs mit der EP demnächst auf US-Tour gehen.


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