Single from the next Album “Alles Liebe”
The electronic sound of Stendal Blast has receded in favour of guitar and bass, and Kaaja Hoyda’s vocals seem to growl deeper, if not from more abysmal regions. So much for getting in the right mood.
There are: “Öl”, a dancefloor number on the surface, which is preceded by rich guitar riffs, fat basses and martial roar. Irony? Serious??!!
Kaaja Hoyda and his musicians Hajo Mönnighoff and Bernhard Lottes are too clumsy to make striking statements, let alone slogans. Rather, Stendal Blast is a mirror, one with sharp-edged cracks and cracks, which one should not reach for with unhinged fingers. In this mirror, perhaps precisely because of what has been broken, one can see more clearly than almost any other, the Teutonic force of this miserable summer, the impotence behind the whole cult of the proletariat.
Stendal Blast are certainly one of the nastiest, blackest German speaking “Neue deutsche Härte”-bands.
The abysmal thing about them, however, is not in ” Head off!” or “Camera on!” screaming. One would do Kaaja Hoyda wrong to call him cynical or hard-nosed. When he rummages around in foul-smelling corners of our souls and expresses thoughts that we don’t even admit to ourselves, it’s not to “provoke” or “shock”.
The mirror is not only sharp-edged, but also fragile. In surprising moments, Hoyda’s lyrics suddenly hit the core of the matter. In “You are not so beautiful” someone mocks his girlfriend. Why doesn’t he leave her if he finds her so abysmally unattractive? Has he given himself up so far that he doesn’t care about anything, or does he despise himself even more than she does? Maybe “You are not so beautiful” is a real love song.
There is no black-and-white painting in Stendal Blast’s lyrics, no “good” and “wrong”, and certainly no clear answers. There are also no clear statements about the band itself.
You can find Stendal Blast “awesome”, you can also call us names for this band like on the last album on the phone. Maybe somebody out there even feels understood or comforted somehow, but that’s probably based on a mistake.
We don’t care. Stendal Blast too.