Check out the latest video from the forthcoming album Imaginary Horse out worldwide on October 7th 2014.
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The Picturebooks, a blues-soaked duo featuring singer/guitar player Fynn Claus Grabke and drummer Philipp Mirtschink, will release their North American debut album, Imaginary Horse, on Oct. 7 via RidingEasy Records.
It’s not surprising that The Picturebooks recorded their 2014 album, Imaginary Horse, in the same garage where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The German duo—Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums]—capture a raw, rich, and real energy befitting of the room’s natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark. Most importantly, the record also begins to rev up the boys’ career like never before.
Fynn and Philipp first crossed paths at a local skate park. Becoming fast friends, they realized their mutual interests extended beyond shredding half-pipes and into music like The Smiths, The Cure, and Minor Threat. Soon, they began writing songs together, utilizing equipment Fynn’s dad Claus had accumulated over his years as a musician and record producer. After two independent releases in Europe, the pair played major festivals such as Sziget and toured with everybody from International Noise Conspiracy to Spinnerette. Simultaneously, they garnered international attention for their motorcycle builds and received prominent profiles in tastemaker publications including DICE Magazine, Kustom, and many others. They made their first trek to the United States in 2013. Following an explosive Hollywood gig supporting Eagles of Death Metal for DICE, they embarked on their inaugural North American tour and buzz began to organically spread through word of mouth and social media. By the time they returned home, the group had inked a deal with Riding Easy Records.
The Picturebooks retreated to their “garage” in order to record Imaginary Horse during early 2014. Mirroring their daredevil skateboarding ethos, they broke rules while recording. For starters, there was considerable physical space between the musicians and the microphones, and it wasn’t simply a sterile studio environment. The concrete floors and airy expanse contributed to the sound, and the overall atmosphere proved quite apropos. Ultimately, all of these pieces form a blues rock pastiche that’s as individualistic as it is infectious. The Picturebooks’ Imaginary Horse becomes a reality for rock ‘n’ roll now. “We never wanted to sound like anybody else,” concludes Fynn. “We’ve done everything possible to create something of our own. I hope people see that, hear it, and feel it.”
A video for the album’s first single, “Your Kisses Burn Like Fire,” a sweaty, boot-stomping outing featuring a growling Grabke and a driving backbone via Mirtschink, received a world premiere via Noisey and can be viewed here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z2q-7-SqD0
The Picturebooks play Riot Fest in both Chicago and Denver this September with more North American performances to be announced soon.
About RidingEasy Records:
Formed in 2013 out of the sleepy beach town of Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, RidingEasy Records (formerly EasyRider Records) is dedicated to unearthing the finest in heavy psych, doom, stoner and heavy rock. Products include limited edition runs of vinyl and cassettes with creative packaging and the label has eleven bands currently signed to its roster; Electric Citizen, The Well, Salem’s Pot, Slow Season, Albino Python, Sons of Huns, Black Prism, Old Man’s Will (US only), Monolord, Shooting Guns and Spiral Shades. RidingEasy Records has also secured the exclusive rights to cassette releases by Sleep, Witchcraft, Kadavar, Graveyard, Valfader, FUZZ, Windhand, The ZigZagz and Orchid with more titles to come.