Erste Stufe Haifisch

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"Running the field between wonky punk, spazzed out pink floyd intervals and two note tick tock riffs, the Stufe could’ve ended up sounding like the Young Marble Giants doing cover versions of Beefheart songs, ‘cept for two things. 1. Everyone in this band knows how to detonate a beat and 2. singer Katrin Plavcak."
David Selden, Dorfdisco

"...eine mächtig konsequente und dabei krasse wie tiefe Platte."
Unclesally´s

"Berlin war schnell erobert. Seit geraumer Zeit sind Erste Stufe Haifisch damit beschäftigt, ihren Zauberbannkreis auszuweiten. Mit einer Art Musik, bei deren Beschreibung JournalistInnen aus Verlegenheit gerne in einem einzigen Satz Wörter wie Postrock, Noise und Punk bzw. experimentell, progressiv und advantgardistisch miteinander verquicken. Manche Passagen lassen glauben, dass die Rrrrt-Grrrl-Bewegung aus dem Free Jazz entstanden ist. Andere klingen so, als würden Primus gemeinsam mit Surrogat ein Standardwerk der Quantenphysik vertonen. Da ist reichlich Disharmonia, viel verschachtelte Rhythmik, immer filigraner Punch und ein Gefühl für Groove, das wie selbstverständlich das Rückenmark des Wahnsinns bleibt. Katrin Plavcak – die genauso wie Drummer Rudi Fischerlehner österreichische Wurzeln besitzt – legt ihre Stimme tight wie Strumpfhose auf die Taktlosigkeiten der Herren Bandkollegen. Die Texte sind postmoderner Pop, bilingualer Rotz from the heart mit akademischer Firnis. Besungen wird so einiges. Das Spektrum reicht vom lieben Häschen mit dem dicken Fell bis zu Rene Magritte und Ada Lovelace. Hirn aus der Hüfte, charmante Mathematik. Gebannt auf einen Tonträger mit DIY-Ästhetik samt Siebdruckcover. Live besonders super."
Freistil

"Somewhere between Vienna and Berlin some freak fusion of artschool procedural punk, pin sharp drumming, bass roll and re-animated Zappa-isms has spawned a hot new sound, this is Erste Stufe Haifisch, welcome to the Unbewusst.
Erste Stufe Haifisch’s eponymous debut lurches wilfully between time signatures, themes and structures, complexity and simplicity without ever sounding too forced. In the mode of James Chance or Ubu, rather than more beardy comparisons, they are unafraid to wig out, sloppy enough to enjoy it and tight enough to know when to stop.
Ada Lovelace, inventor of the difference engine, clearly something of a heroine for the fish, gets a song dedicated to her while elsewhere spazzing out in a helter skelter of no-brain math riffs and shouted choruses, Cat People has Plavcak leading the band with a chorus of “DO MY OWN THINKING”. Distance creates desire boasts a treated vocal and Die Kinder devolves into a tangle of guitar strings before returning to the chorus.
Technique in music is nothing without conviction and sometimes Erste Stufe Haifisch’s best riffs are their dumbest, herky-jerkiest moments. Straying too long from 4/4 can get wearing on the listener but this is a wonky machine driven by Plavcak’s voice and lyrics. Ghosts even manages pathos, “Every year more ghosts. They don’t wait like me for things to happen” whilst Bonnie and Clyde, no relation to Gainsbourg, proposes altogether more violent and appropriate imagery, “FUCK BULLETS” indeed.
If that doesn’t already sound like more enough there are also songs about neutrinos and locusts, Entomopters (Google it) and an uncomfortably Freudian encounter with Opa. If this is the first stage of sharks it can only lead to frightening and yet strangely funky things."
Dorfdisco

credits

released January 1, 2009

Katrin Plavcak - voc, key
R.ockstroh - eb
Rudi Fischerlehner - dr
Elis C. Bihn - git

All titles by Erste Stufe Haifisch.
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(p)+(c) 2009

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Track Name: Ada Lovelace
ADA LOVELACE

This is about Ada Augusta Byron
the countess of lovelace
I tell you
you cant count her thoughts by numbers

She developed the first mechanic computer
together with Charly Babbage
his name on the notes of course
and you cant count her thoughts by numbers

In the 19th century
woman were’nt allowed to study at university
she got into mathematics
invented the analytical engine
connecting different disciplines
in thinking and acting
thinking and acting
thinking and acting

Is it allowed
not allowed?
is it not possible?

Is it allowed
not allowed?
is it not possible?

Is it allowed
not allowed?
is it not possible?

Look fort he poetry in mathematics and geometry
Look fort he poetry in informatics and astronomy

Now we talk in ADA
a structured program language

Is it allowed
not allowed?
is it not possible?

Is it allowed
not allowed?
is it not possible?
Track Name: Cat People
CAT PEOPLE


Cat people general is planning to leave
We stayed here too long anyway

now we got this one way ticket out of here
we stayed here too long anyway


who is gonna travel with no return?
we are courious by nature
who is gonna travel with no return?
we are courious by nature


problems with the equipment occour every single day
we came here to live and we’re going to stay

with helium 3 we created an atmosphere
we came here to live and we’re going to stay


who is gonna travel with no return?
we are courious by nature
who is gonna travel with no return?
we are courious by nature


SRAF 2AT KSC - SRAF 2AT KSC - SRAF 2AT KSC - SRAF 2AT KSC


the challange of beiing abroad is the chance
of meeting new people and making new friends

the customs change the further you get away
of meeting new people and making new friends
Track Name: Do your own thinking
DO YOUR OWN THINKING


we try
to listen
to all these faces
remember all their names
we try
to listen
to all these phrases
memorize them in our brains

reproduce them
in the right moment
reproduce them
form an opinion

Magritte said
to me that inspiration
lets you know what to paint
inspiration
is the moment
when you know whats happening

cause in general
we dont know
whats happening ok Rene
but I gotta do my own thinking


do _my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking

do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking


Hrdlicka said
to me the other day
dear god is not so dear
to give you form
if you dont have content
yes! I’m with you Alfred

that’s the reason why I do and try
that’s the reason why I try to do my


do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking
do_ my_ own_ thinking

do_ your_ own_ thinking
do_ your _ own_ thinking
do_ your _ own_ thinking
do_ your _ own_ thinking
Track Name: Distance
DISTANCE

I can sense the distance
between me and the place where you are – maybe
this empty space is concrete
along runs a thin line and the ends are you and me

I think I’m realistic
do not wanna be relative
my eyes look through my skin into a world
which not exists I do believe

Ref.
distance creates desire
distance creates desire
distance creates desire
Track Name: Die Kinder
DIE KINDER

Womöglich nie wieder
würden die Kinder
gemeinsam etwas
zustande bekommen

womöglich deswegen
würden die Kinder
versuchen etwas
kaputt zu machen

womöglich trotzdem
würden die Kinder
sich stur und
unerbittlich zeigen

womöglich immer wieder
würden die Kinder
scheitern um es
erneut zu tun

Ref.
komm mein Häschen
du bist lieb.lieb.lieb
und durch das hohe Gras
schleichen wir Ende nie

komm mein Häschen
du bist lieb.lieb.lieb
und mit dem dicken Fell
fühlst du die Kälte nie
Track Name: Ghosts
GHOSTS

more ghosts
are stepping closer
into the light
they dont need to breath
like me
I hold my breath

more ghosts more ghosts
in every year you live
then fainting memories
they dont wait
like me
for things to happen

hey ghosts!
dont be scared
it’s only me
still in my human body
but soon ist gone
plus me
Track Name: Bonnie and Clyde
BONNIE & CLYDE

He was way back
and not in time
gimme your money
thats Bonnie & Clyde
come over here
he shouted to her
but there was no chance
to get out that door

She said to Clyde
put him in the car
look that he doesnt
shit in his pants
pointed her gun
and shot him dead
he is not gonna talk
no more she said

Buck is shot
and sits on the ground
Blanche is fighting
like a tiger to go
shouting to him
oh please dont you die
my life for yours
but it was too late

4 Bullets ++++ found the way
4 Bullets ++++ in his back
4 Bullets ++++ that hurts
4 Bullets ++++ he’s dead

This is a romance to death, a romance to death
Track Name: Opa
OPA

Now that I am an old man
fat glasses
my hair is white like white
for questions I don’t like
my ears are shut
and what I dont like is talking about my past

and in my head there’s a constant mix
of Marschmusik and damn radiohits
and underneath my bed
the sound of a thousand bottles
a thousand bottles empty fix

I don’t want it
I don’t need it
I won’t keep it
I just throw the damn thing out
don’t you think that
you can put it
store it quietly
here into my house
you just take it
it’s your secret
and a hidden
restless parasite inside

Ref.
hand me the bucket
I need to pee
would you please hold the bucket,
the bucket for me?
Track Name: Unbewusst
UNBEWUSST


Structured like a language
Is it build on words? Desire!

What if there is nothing missing
real enough to miss it?

You remember blurry structures
Life before and after

Better start to think of questions
if you get no answer


Ref.

Let’s mess around in your unconsciousness
I wanna play with you!

Gimme some stories that yourself dont know!
I wanna play with you!

Do plain nerves always look so beautiful?
let’s mess around with you!
Track Name: Entomopter
ENTOMOPTER

I need an Enmopter
Enmopter, Enmopter, Enmopter
a small robot with wings to
bring me to you - you to me - me to you

we met on mars
thin atmosphere
lots of space
two golden eyes

perdon you like a cup
of... have some
a thin hand reached out
and touched mine

an interim space
in different times
can we meet?
a wormhole for us!
the stargate to the other
in the eye of a black hole
the twist is enorm
the twist is enorm
and density gives you a new form

we met on mars
thin atmosphere
lots of space
two golden eyes

perdon you like a cup
of... have some
a thin hand reached out
and touched mine

I need an Enmopter
Enmopter, Enmopter, Enmopter
a small robot with wings to
bring me to you - you to me - me to you

an interim space
in different times
can we meet?
a wormhole for us!
the stargate to the other
in the eye of a black hole
the twist is enorm
the twist is enorm
and density gives you a new form
Track Name: Locust
LOCUST

The locust is sleeping
in the earth
the sun it keeps breeding
a hidden force
I’m eager to count them
they are a lot
in seven more years
they’re gonna wake up
and fly - cross country

hear the chewing of thousand little jaws!
hear the chewing of thousand little jaws!


silently growing
underground
and silent transforming
does it hurt?
I’m eager to count them
they are a lot
in seven more years
they’re gonna wake up
and eat - cross country

hear the chewing of thousand little jaws!
hear the chewing of thousand little jaws!

don’t bug me! dont bug me!
they are taking over the picture
the transformation of nature
this is getting abstract
Track Name: Neutrino
NEUTRINO

them smalli smalli parts
their name is neutrino
strange name !
they fly through space and planets
through materials
and at then through us

the target is called opera
this means oscillation
a tracking apparatus
what an apparatus it’s big!

how to mesure something which passes right through you?
it´s difficult difficult!

them smalli smalli parts
they sit in the space like on a scooter
they ride in high speed
through me and you
they ran right through
every-anything

how to mesure something which passes right through you?
ist difficult difficult!

it hits you - you and me
they hit you and then pass through us