16 years after the last studio album comes the new album from LOIKAEMIE called „Menschen“! No wonder that the expectations are huge, both from the fans and the band itself. And „Menschen“ is nothing less than a manifesto of what punk rock should sound like in 2023: Snotty and melodic, uncompromising and reflective, political and good-humoured. All twelve ear-cutters breathe the unmistakable LOIKAEMIE spirit and yet „Menschen“ is a huge step forwards.Even the extremely modern-sounding opener „Wenn wir alle so wären“ sweeps away everything that currently pogs trivially through punk on platitudes, from the subsequent anthemic title track to the concluding self-invitation „Lasst und rein“, the energy remains high, while at the same time the album is more multi-layered than ever before in the band’s history.Street punk and rock’n’roll planks are joined by reggae, spoken word, ballads and melodies that wouldn’t have to hide in pop either.Instead of pithy statements, the lyrics tell pointed stories, share thoughtful thoughts on current miseries in the world, the scene or in their own heads.But there is also no shying away from the anthemic chorus, which full concert halls can sing together from now on. Oi!, what banging hits they are! Transparent magenta vinyl limited to 300 copies.
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