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In times of increasing digital anonymity and alleged germfree perfection, the rock’n’roll trio Nitrogods from Hanover and Stuttgart has opted for the second time in succession for a more arduous but in the long term artistically more satisfying path. Mind you, their songs don’t fulfil such criteria as absolute tonal purity, musical integrity and clinical sterility – quite the opposite: their second studio recording Rats And Rumours was consciously recorded in a studio featuring analogue technology, in which phenomena such as having to change reels and regularly clean recording heads are part and parcel of the day-to-day routine: “That’s first and foremost a question of attitude and of course fun, because we’re die-hard vintage fans and really enjoyed every single second we spent recording on a venerable 24-track recorder,” guitarist Henny Wolter explains. “Of course this kind of production is much more complex and laborious because you can’t just move whole passages around using the copy & paste function, you really have to be able to play the whole song. Every time you mess up, you have to start all over again. And that’s what makes this kind of production such an exciting challenge, and what you get at the end of the day is real rock’n’roll sound.”

No doubt about it: the recording procedure and band philosophy on Rats And Rumours suit Nitrogods down to a tee. Henny Wolter, vocalist/bassist Oimel Larcher and drummer Klaus Sperling recorded more than a dozen new songs at the Echolane Studios in Bergen-Hohne, some of which their fans already know from their gigs. Wolter: “We started writing new material directly after the release of our debut album two and a half years ago. That’s why we’ve been able to put numbers such as ‘Back Home’, ‘Nitrogods’ and ‘Whiskey Supernova’ through their paces in front of an audience.” He is referring to a total of 13 tracks which continue the stylistic directives of Nitrogods’ debut album, but sound much more diverse and audibly more multi-layered. The song ‘Automobile’, for example, explores the subset of metal and rockabilly even more extensively, and ‘Nitrogods’ is also marked by that raw rock’n’rockabilly feel. Wolter refers to ‘Ramblin’ Broke’ as a “blues escapee”: “The song has basically nothing to do with heavy metal but could easily have been recorded by John Fogerty or Creedence Clearwater Revival.”
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