The Picturebooks have teamed up with Consequence Of Sound today to release their brand new single, "I Need That Oooh." The new album, Home is a Heartache, is set for release on March 10, 2017 via Another Century Records.
The band explains, "We were on a European tour and stopped at this very remote rest area in Wales to grab some food and to take a break, when Fynn had the idea for the song. The first thing he had was the line 'I need that Oooh,' basically meaning 'I need inspiration and motivation' -- which was exactly what we needed at the time because we had been on tour for such a long time at that point. The rest of the song was written at the rest area without any instruments. Fynn was humming the guitar and melody, improvising lyrics, of which we kept 80% . Phillip was planing out drums in his head, various iPhone recordings were made right there and then. When we returned home, we went straight to the studio and finished the song in just a few days."
The German duo -- featuring Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums] -- performs enticing blues-saturated heavy rock, with Fynn playing on obscure vintage guitars he bought from thrift shops around the world, while Philipp beats a drum set that consists of the largest possible drums that he hits with heavy duty felt beaters. The set has no cymbals whatsoever and instead includes a few self-made percussion instruments with huge chains, bells, and more.
The band has also released a studio video which provides an intimate look into how they created their own unique hideaway to supplement a lack of things to do in their small town. The creative space includes a studio, writing space, motorcycle garage, skate ramp and more. Watch the video here.
Home is a Heartache will serve as the band's sophomore release and Another Century label-debut. The 14-track album was recorded in the band's garage, where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The album captures a raw, rich, and real energy evoking the room's natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark.
Pre-orders for Home is a Heartache are available now and fans who pre-order the album through iTunes or Amazon will receive instant downloads of "I Need That Oooh" and "Zero Fucks Given."
Original Days of the New members Todd Whitener, Matt Taul, and Jesse Vest were fired from the band but would go on to form the band Tantric, while Meeks formed a new band under the Days of the New name.