Lo Fat Orchestra

  • 12" 2013
    Sounds of Subterrania
    SoS 130

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    LO FAT ORCHESTRA - »We need you«

    01. I don‘t know how to get back to you
    02. We need you
    03. Basement Blues
    04. Uli has a new boyfriend

    Lo Fat Orchestra haben mit „We need you“ alles richtig gemacht und perfektionieren auf ihrer neuen Maxi weiter ihre Synthese aus Pop und Noise. Während man die letzten Veröffentlichungen auch zu Hause oder im Cabrio genießen konnte, wünscht man sich bei diesen vier Nummern auf der Stelle in einen Club und zwar um 3 Uhr nachts, inmitten einer narkotisch, ausgelassen tanzenden Menge mit einem Getränk, das erst noch erfunden werden muss und einen im Handumdrehen auf Umgebungslevel schießt. Die drei Jungs kommen auf ihrer neuen EP endlich mal wieder komplett ohne Gitarren aus und beschränken sich auf das Wesentliche: Fette Drums und Bass Sounds, überzogen mit einem ordentlichen, verzerrten Farfisa Teppich sowie großartigen Casio Melodien. Glücklicherweise haben Lo Fat Orchestra immer noch das gewisse Etwas, und halten sich nicht bei dem auf, was die Massen zur Zeit verstehen. Dabei ist ihr Geheimnis sehr simpel: Man weiß beim Hören nie, ob man sich in der Vergangenheit, der Gegenwart oder der Zukunft befindet. Überschallrock meets Filmabspann-Melodie. Und so will man bei dieser wie bei jeder Veröffentlichung von Lo Fat Orchestra beim ersten Hören sagen: “Gefällt mir, aber das letzte Album war viel besser.“ Um sich selbst, spätestens nach dem dritten Mal Hören, bei der Behauptung des Gegenteils, zu ertappen.

  • 7" 2012
    Fatal Injection


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    LO FAT ORCHESTRA - »Well be friends«

    01. Well be friends
    02. Let em in

  • LP 180gr./CD 2012
    Sounds of Subterrania
    SoS 115/SoS 116

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    LO FAT ORCHESTRA - »The second word is love«

    01. Be Honest
    02. Dont Talk To Me
    03. Take Me Home Tonight
    04. Going With The Punks
    05. Take My Love
    06. Master 3000
    07. I'm So Happy
    08. No Sense
    09. Waiting For Me
    10. The Band Is Broke

    Late-night drinking at the bar: beer and schnapps were flowing, but the rumors were rather irritating: according to drummer Zimmermann and bassist Strohmeier, the new Lo Fat Orchestra record would feature a children’s choir and a string quartet. Immediately, terrifying notions of “The Wall”, concept album bombast and art rock-crap sprang into one’s mind, fondly hoping this was just an expression of the infamous “Black Forest sense of humor”.
    Now “The Second Word Is Love” is released. There are no children’s choirs but choirs nonetheless and there’s a string quartet of course. All misgivings crumble in a heartbeat, once the bass-drum of the opening track “Be Honest” pounds out, the electricity rustles and sings through the air before the sawtooth-bass, Schmid’s vocals and the organ set in. All is well! All is better! All is: more!
    On “The Second Word Is Love”, there are more catchy space-melodies, more beats, which also work in the Electro-Disco (“Don’t Talk To Me), more Noise, more updated Motown, more outer-space drone, more bulldozer bass riffs (“I’m So Happy I Could Cry”), more tiramisu-style layered melodies, with atmospheric noise, with shreds from the sound effect device theme park, with more melody topping and there is Gospel from the Garage and, by the way: more guitar (Guitar? Guitar!).
    So, what’s happening here? For their third album, unlike both of their sublime previous records, Schmid, Strohmeier and Zimmermann decided not to record live. Instead, they lodged themselves into Markus Heinzel’s Liquid Studio in Freiburg and took some time recording. Great decision!
    “The Second Word Is Love” became an instant classic. It’s packed with brute and crunchy hits that will play “Occupy brainsterm” with you, but there are sprawling, colossal songs as well: a killer record, that you will play to your kids in 20 years time (and they will jump up and down on your sofa, cheering).
    The world of Lo-Fat just got bigger, more colorful and more complex. But the musical ménage a trois between the Black Forest and Schaffhausen does know that electronically amplified music is all about reduction and repetition. Nothing is flamboyant, bombast is strictly prohibited – Lo Fat is the keyword.
    The title already gives a clue: “The Second Word Is Love” revolves around affairs of the heart, it’s about love – no longer coming first, but still being ubiquitous – about (self-) hatred, betrayal, loss and fragile happiness. The emotional state is unstable and the music defends itself vigorously against everything falling apart.
    By the way: the song with the string quartet is called “Going With The Punks”. It’s the definite highlight of the LP. And it will break your heart.

  • LP 180gr/CD 2009
    Sounds of Subterrania
    SoS 102/SOS 103

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    LO FAT ORCHESTRA - »Questions for Honey«

    01. style
    02. emo kid
    03. blue eyes
    04. no good brother
    05. the countryside makes me depressive
    06. lo fat pills
    07. questions for honey
    08. C.S.I black forest
    09. 16/16/8
    10. wherever you go
    11. Im about to go insane

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    There‘s no other band having the fusion of Disco and Sixties Punk down pat like this Swiss-based three-piece on their second album “Questions for Honey”. A comparative description wouldn’t do these lads justice, so let’s just say: the Oblivians play Gershon Kingsley’s Über-Hit “Popcorn”, or Yello do a cover version of The Monks. You know what I mean, don’t you?
    It’s definitely Garage, but they generously left the guitars in Detroit to leave more room for development of the organ, the driving bass, the drum section and the vocals, which latently dither between hysteria and lasciviousness.
    That’s why the whole thing doesn’t sound like simplistic Garage, rather it’s all about the groove. In detail, it’s a trip through musical history: from 60’s Beat to Soul, from Trash to Pop and Noise, coupled with chilly New Wave beats.
    This music is best enjoyed hanging around in bad company. It turns even the smallest pad into a smoke-filled red light district dive bar, where beer is only used to wash down hard liquor shots. Minimal-Beat played by existentialists for existentialists.
    But don’t worry, these cats don’t engage in window-dressing by recycling retro sounds. Instead, Lo Fat Orchestra filtrate the essence of the particular styles and bring them back together – and that’s what makes “Questions for Honey” suspense-packed to the very last note.

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  • LP Tourpackage 2009
    Sounds of Subterrania
    SoS 102 sE

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    LO FAT ORCHESTRA - »Questions for Honey«

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  • LP/CD 2007
    Milk & Chocolate


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    LO FAT ORCHESTRA - »Canned Candies«

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