When bands release a “Best Of” album, you normally expect that they have a significant past body of work, and that they have chosen to feature tracks that are familiar to most of their fans. But Norway’s SUCHTHAUS is far from being the usual sort of band, so it will come as no surprise to anyone who follows them that their “Best Of” is not quite what you would expect.
For a start SUCHTHAUS has only ever released one full-length album – 2011’s “The Darks Side and the Bright Side”, which included some prominent guests who you would perhaps not expect to find appearing together on the same album. Guests such as Maniac (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM), CURRENT 93’s David Tibet, Fredrik A. Juell (BURNING RUBBER, BERSERK BASTARDS) and singer Sibob Jawara . Since then, any new material has been released as videos on YouTube with artists such as Maniac, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth and MAYHEM’s Hellhammer bringing their own brand of insanity to the disturbing visuals of which SUCHTHAUS is so fond.
So why, exactly, a “Best Of” album from a band whose lineup includes Hellhammer, Ingvar, AD/HD, Fruen and founder Spacebrain? Spacebrain, who, as well as being a musician, is perhaps best known as a sculptor, and the man behind many, by now iconic, stage sets for bands like MAYHEM, explained:
” No one has heard much from SUCHTHAUS since the debut album was released and there have been rumours that we were working on a second album. There was actually some truth to these rumours, but, to be honest, we were in no particular hurry. We are influences by all kinds of cultural and musical genres, and we really wanted to give fans the best possible version we could of Stoner Rock and 70’s style Psychedelica, mixed with a solid dose of Nordic dark tones.
“Spending such a long time making an album can test the patience of any musician, so we came up with the idea of making a “Best Of” album. We had enough music to fill a week-long album, so we thought why the hell not just do it? We picked 13 tracks we feel will open up your mind and introduce you to the awkward tones of SUCHTHAUS. Who knows, we might be the first band to come up with a “Best Of” album after one single release, and which doesn’t include one single previously released track”.
Out on the 12 December on the band’s own RollAbiGone label, “The Best Of Suchthaus” was mixed by Spacebrain and Fruen at Spacebrain’s studios. Artwork and photography are by Spacebrain, whilst the German Bunker from a Normandy beach is by D-Dag.
Tracklisting as follows:
2 COOL KATZ
3 HOW DO YOU ?
5 SUCHTHAUS MICKEY MOUSE BAUHAUS
6 HANN ISLANDER
9 KOM MIT UNS
12 SIDE 2 SIDE
13 HANG A ROUND
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A video for SUCHTHAUS’ “Walls of Berlin” which features SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth can be seen at https://youtu.be/k–Wu4DWeQM
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