Following the announcement of the unique new album from DeWolff, the Dutch trio have released the official video for their new track It Ain’t Easy. Speaking about the track and highly entertaining video, singer Pablo De Poel explains: “It Ain’t Easy is a song that was literally recorded in the back seat of our van on tour. When Luka started this drum sample the chords and melodies just came instantly. It was written in 10 minutes and we’ve played this song in its entirety only 2 times in our lives: one time practicing it and one time recording it. The lyrics are an absurd summary of first world problems encountered by a narcissistic 21st century narrator. What better way to depict this story than through a 90’s J. Springer-style talk show?! We have Frank Lammers (famous Dutch actor) hosting the show, we have Pablo in drag, Robin as a bum, Luka’s got his arm ripped off, we got The Grand East’s Arthur Akkermans as a mermaid… it’s a MUST SEE!”
No drum kit, no Hammond and no guitar amps. DeWolff present to you, the Tascam Tapes. Written, performed and recorded on the road for less than 50 euros, but sounding like a million bucks! Adjust your ears, as its coming 10th January 2020 via Mascot Records.
For their 7th ‘studio’ album, their studio was essentially packed into a suitcase. Tascam Tapes was recorded on a Tascam Porta Two, a four track cassette recorder from the 1980’s. The only equipment they used was a sampler with some rare soul and funk sampled drum beats loaded in by Luka, a battery powered synthesizer and a guitar, all plugged directly into the recorder.
Pablo explains, “On the very first day of the tour the Tascam broke down. Actually it broke down all the time, but our sound tech De Das was able to fix it every time using whatever material was at hand (duct tape, rubber bands, toothpicks etc). We even bought a second Tascam in Spain, but its condition was even worse so we just used it for parts and stuck to our original one that I bought 10 years ago for 50 bucks.”
Pablo van de Poel (guitar, vocals), Luka van de Poel (drums) and Robin Piso (Keys) spent 4 months on the road, hurtling across mainland Europe via food poisoning, altercations with the cops and sold out shows, as they careered through France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands to bring you this gnarly 12 slices of deliciousness.
‘It Ain’t Easy’ was recorded in the back of the sprinter whilst travelling through Germany and hits up 21st century problems whilst ‘Awesomeness of Love’ was the first song they recorded on the tour, backstage of Krakatoa in Mérignac, “the vocals were done on a total adrenaline trip just seconds after our show in Ubu, Rennes.”
So, there you have it. No ordinary album, but then this is no ordinary band. Free-spirited and freewheeling, those teenagers that formed a band from The Netherlands deep south have blazed a trail across Europe, released 6 previous studio albums (5 of which hit the Dutch Top 20), have played shows with the likes of The Black Keys, Blues Pills, Wolf People, Wolfmother and Deep Purple. They’ve picked up fans in Seasick Steve, who once woke up backstage at a festival to hear them play, thinking he heard the Allman Brothers playing from 1972 and Roger Glover has openly declared his love for the band AND, to top that off they picked up a Dutch Edison Award (The Netherlands version of The Mercury Music Prize) in February 2019 for ‘Best Rock Band.’
Recorded in hotels, motels, a backstage or two and by the side of the road. This is DeWolff like you’ve never heard them before!