Progressive German rock group RPWL have announced a new album titled ‘Crime Scene’ due on March 17th. On the new album the band directs its attention to the morbid, the perverse, the evil in good, and the abysses of the human behavior spectrum in all its unpredictable diversity, which sometimes comes across as bizarrely disturbing and conclusive, if one tries to fathom it.
The new single, “A Cold Spring Day in ’22” has a true story: On the night of April 1st 1922, an entire family was wiped out on the isolated Hinterkaifeck farm near Waidhofen. Despite countless clues and conjectures, the case remains a mystery. It stands as testimony to the dark time experienced by Germany between two world wars. For inspiration, the band visited the original locations.
‘Crime Scene’, the 19th release of this internationally successful band is an intensive journey through the band’s vita, as well as their own record collections.
RPWL, consisting of: Kalle Wallner/guitar, Yogi Lang/vocals, keys, Marc Turiaux/drums & Markus Grützner/bass, brings us six densely atmospheric tracks where morbidly dark themes counter with old school fuzz.
The almost 13-minute “King of the World”, with its growling big muff and flat vibes, and the off beat, “Life Beyond Control”, both surely belong in the heaviest parts of the RPWL discography.
“Live in a Cage” brings to the fore meticulous sound design, while the eloquent guitar work that Kalle Wagner shows on his recently released (and highly praised) solo album, weaves throughout the ‘Crime Scene’.
In addition to complex musical stories, the band’s social commentary rides high throughout. Yogi Lang comments from an artistic perspective that he has always been fascinated by social and personal shadow sides:
“(Consider) Band-aid on gunshot wound as a principle. The delusion of normalized violence wafts in so many households beneath the supposed harmony many believe. How does it feel to have no concept of freedom at all, but the fear of leaving bourgeois security is greater? In the lockdown year 2020 alone, the (German) police recorded over 119,000 cases of intimate partner violence, 139 of which were fatal, directed in over 80% of cases against the female part in the relationship.
Evil forms a core theme on ‘Crime Scene’, and Kalle Wallner asks the Faustian Gretchen Question of how to deal with evil itself: “Who makes us who we are? Is it a question of genetics or is it social circumstances, our childhood, strokes of fate, pressure or offenses?”
‘Crime Scene’, shall be released March 17th via the band’s own label Gentle Art of Music, distributed by Soulfood. Tour dates for 2023 are below.
‘Crime Scene’ Track List:
1.Victim Of Desire (8:16)
2.Red Rose (5:35)
3.A Cold Spring Day In ’22 (4:21)
4.Life In A Cage (6:11)
5.King Of The World (12:51)
6.Another Life Beyond Control (7:51)
RPWL Tour Dates 2023:
30 March D-Stuttgart clubCANN
31 March D-Bonn, Harmonie
01 April NL-Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
02 April UK-Chepstow, Winter’s End, Drill Hall
03 April UK-Bilston, The Robin
04 April UK-Glasgow, Slay
05 April UK-Oundle, Queen Victoria Hall
06 April UK-London, Boston Music Room
07 April B-Verviers, Spirit of 66
08 April F-Pagney-derrière-Barine, Chez Paulette
09 April CH-Pratteln, Z7
10 April D-Dortmund, Piano
13 April PL-Warschau, Progresja
14 April PL-Piekary Slaskie, Andaluzja
15 April PL-Suchy Las, Centrum Kultury
16 April D-Reichenbach, Artrock Festival
18 April D-Berlin, Maschinenhaus
19 April D-Hamburg, Knust
20 April D-Isernhagen, Blues-Garage
21 April D-Rüsselsheim, Das Rind
22 April D-Freising, Lindenkeller