WORDS : ROB KENT
Pabst, from Germany, has a brand new record on the horizon. Entitled Deuce Ex Machina,the record combines the very best of the mid-2000’s British indie movement with a contemporary unique approach while also giving a slight nod to the grunge scene from the ’90s. This band is challenging their fan base and critics with this release and break the boundaries that genres create. Their new record has critically proven that it is possible to mold contrasting sounds and change the game completely. “Nowadays the only elephant in the room is the lack of transparency. Genres were always just a tool for the press to verbally deal with music and to categorize it easily. They are a means to stop oneself from describing something over and over again” exclaims the band.
With the release of the record in sight, the band knows that these days, due to the modern streaming climate, so much music is so accessible and it is more important than ever to differentiate your art. “The album sets itself apart from many other albums in its recording and ethics. It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything that sounds like it.” further comments the band. Pabst has also taken each lyric into account on this record and made sure they have projected a message they can be proud of within their music. “Song lyrics are a way to say certain things that would seem very off in any other context or medium” showing they have expressed themselves in their music like true artists should.
The biggest challenge to date was standing on the edge between the band being a pastime activity and the band being an occupation
Taking music on as a full-time occupation and giving your all to the music to make it your living is the dream and a goal for every band. Something that Pabst has also had to face and weigh up in their own lives. “The biggest challenge to date was standing on the edge between the band being a pastime activity and the band being an occupation. It can really suck you dry if you are unable to work a day job properly because you’re also in a band sometimes, but quitting the former is not possible financially and quitting the latter would make you dead inside. This way playing music can sometimes feel like an addiction or a bad trait that you have to overcome to be truly happy.
“But you know very well that this is what you always wanted and always fought for and you’re so close to being able to do it. Now in the three or so active years of the band, we have played over 150 shows, some of which have been crazy. We’ve played support shows for artists we’d never thought we would meet, played huge festivals, etc. But over time of course the standards shift. Right now I would consider us successful if we’d be able to be a band and live off that. To be able to fully realize your artistic vision while being a fully functioning member of society”. Proving that Pabst has put the time and effort into perfecting their craft and projecting their art at every opportunity possible and once coming to terms with their own thoughts, they have realized what music means to them.
Pabst has produced an excellent album that should be the soundtrack to the British summer
Pabst has produced an excellent album that should be the soundtrack to the British summer. The band adds their final comments with the release of the record approaches “The next big thing for us is our album Deuce Ex Machina which is coming out on June 19th. Due to the virus, we can’t play shows right now so we’re trying more internet-based content. We have a tour scheduled in November and December that we really hope we can play! “ Keep an eye out for this fantastic german outfit and be sure to listen to their record on June 19th.