Stereoklang talks to Welle:Erdball on gear, radio stations and the release of their new album “Der Kalte Krieg”
“Der Kalte Krieg” is the name of Welle:Erdball new album featuring covers of songs during the Cold War era. We wanted to know more of what has happened with the band since the DVD Zeitsturm was released and really understand what this Homo Futura project is all about. Honey and Freuline Plastique took some time to chat with us and transmit the latest buzz from the Funkhausstudio.
Why did you start Homo Futura and what is it that you can do there that you cannot do in Welle:Erdball?
In the begining it was “Das Präparat” that started as an official Welle:Erdball side project. However, when we split up there were still some shows to do, so we did them anyway with a different set up (F.Nstein & Plastique). This worked out really fine and was a lot of fun. So we decided to keep going and it was really fun to create a new band, new image, new stage show etc.
Official video of “homo~futura – Links-Rechts”
The Zeitmaschine played an important role in the DVD you released last year. Do you see yourself as time travellers when it comes to your music and the band image?
We’re traveling through time constantly – just take a look at your watch! Apart from that, music is definately a good way to travel through time with your mind.
You once said (some 10 years ago) that Welle:Erdball had a long way to go before reaching the goal of Welle:Erdball – The goal was to sound like Welle:Erdball. Have you reached that goal now and how is it shown in your music and visuals?
I think we are really close with the new album “Der Kalte Krieg”. But we haven’t really reached our goal yet. It might sound hard to believe, but since the start of Welle: Erdball, all the concepts and partly the names of the broadcasts and songs were already set. And we still have to accomplish a couple of things on this list.
So it won’t be over for a long time.
Could we expect a radio show by Welle:Erdball including only Gainsbourg song? We feel that the work of Serge matches the Welle concept very well. We’re sure he would approve of you bringing his work to a younger generation.
Probably not. We’re not a “cover band” although we appreciate Gainsbourg’s work a lot.
But actually the upcoming release “Der Kalte Krieg” will contain only cover versions of favorite songs from different artists about the cold war and others.
Serge Gainsbourg was a French singer-songwriter, actor and director. Gainsbourg’s extremely varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize. His legacy has been firmly established, and he is often regarded as one of the world’s most influential popular musicians.
You have a lot of political and social ambitions with your songs, ranging from the criticism of gaming consoles to the man-machine integration. What areas are your main concerns today and why, and would you agree on the theories of a technological Singularity that has been put forward by e.g Kurzweil?
It is hard to comment on this. Since the opinion of Welle: Erdball not always is the personal opinion. I find it important that you first have an opinion at all and that there is a message in the music and in the lyrics. Not: “Come on, let’s have a party tonight!” :). And we see it as our duty to have a social commitment but we are no judges, who tell the audience what to think.It is only important that you form your own opinion or that there is a chance to do so.”
What is it that you like about the 50’s sound?
Well we’re using 50s asthetics since the beginning and we’re all big fans of this aera. The sound of the 50s and the subculture behind it was one of the first “punk” movements in music history.
Probably the most charming way of going against the mainstream.
You describe yourself as hard working, keeping you self busy 28 hours a day. Is that just the German spirit and work morale showing or do you have an artistic fire burning inside?
I don’t know if it is the German mentality, maybe a little…But under any circumstances is it the Welle: Erdball-mentality.
Here’s a real treat for you – a brand new single from our synth pop princess Frl Plastique and her band The Girl and the RobotFrl Plastique is more known as a member of the band Welle:Erdball.
We made a short interview with Frl Plastique just before Xmas that you can watch here:
For more info:
Borderline, from The Girl & The Robot’s cd single “Silence*Borderline”.
Release date: 2011-05-20.
The single can be pre-ordered from:
The idea for Homo Futura came back in 2003 by Hannes Malecki (Honey of Welle: Erdball), Frl. Plastique (Welle: Erdball, The Girl & The Robot) and F. Liechtenstein. In 2009 Kevin Gross joined who also is known from Konsequentfilm, ES and Xrossive.
The project has since 2004 appeared on several compilation albums and played live in Scotland, Switzerland, Holland and Germany – including during the 2006 Wave Gotik Treffen. Homo Futura transforms the scene to Dr. Frankenstein’s classic laboratory and working around the very different theatrical themes. The album “Der Neue Mensch” is a compilation album, when most of the songs played live long and been on several compilations.
Der Neue Mensch “is released May 23 via SPV / Synthetic Symphony.
Official video of “homo~futura – Links-Rechts”. Please watch in best quality!
Taken from the album “Der Neue Mensch” (release 20.05.2011 / SPV synthetic symphony).
homo~futura is an official Welle: Erdball side project!
Thanks Frl Plastique for tipping us
Most of you know Fräulein Plastique as one of two girls in the synthpop band Welle:Erdball, but Plastique (as we have reported on before) is also having another band on the side called The Girl and the Robot – we caught up with Fräulein Plastique at this weekends synth festival in Sweden and asked her what she has been up to and next steps in relation to her Robots and activities with Welle:
December 3rd sees quite a nice release on Synthetic Symphony: the long announced Welle:Erdball “The Singles 1993-2010″ 10 CD-boxset. This deluxe box-set contains all singles (each in a slim digipak) of the band released between 1993 and today.
Included are the following singles:
- Nyntändo-Schock (1993)
- W.O.L.F. (1995)
- Telephon W-38 (1996) *
- Deine Augen/Arbeit adelt (1998)
- Starfighter F-104G (2000)
- VW Käfer/1000 Tage (2001)
- Super 8 (2001)
- Nur tote Frauen sind schön (2003)
- Horizonterweiterungen (2005) **
- Ich bin aus Plastik! (2008)
* released as very limited MC (Tape) only
** released on Vinyl only
This set is limited to 3000 copies. Order yours here, it’s the cheapest price we found.
The Girl and the Robot, a new electro-pop duo featuring Deadbeat of Second Unit and Plastique of Welle:Erdball, will release their debut EP, Whole/Flowers, February 5 on the Trisol label. The EP features bonus remixes from Die Perlen and Javelynn Fate, the current project of former Ashbury Heights vocalist Yasmine Uhlin. To hear previews from Whole/Flowers, visit The Girl and the Robot’s MySpace page.
Nice picture by the way, need say no more, can´t wait to see them (her) live