Erste Stufe Haifisch

by Erste Stufe Haifisch

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1.
04:09
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?
2.
03:52
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
3.
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
4.
05:13
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
5.
03:11
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
6.
04:20
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
7.
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
8.
05:19
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?
9.
06:40
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!
10.
04:09
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
11.
02:25
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
12.
07:27
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

about

"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

Cover Artwork by Andreas Leikauf, silk-screen printing on cardboard digipack.

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