MOMENTOUS NEWS: new Get Well Soon music is on its way to you!
3 EPs,’The Lufthansa Heist’, ‘Henry - The Infinite Desire of Heinrich Zeppelin Alfred von Nullmeyer V’ and ‘Greatest Hits’, will be released on the 10th, 17th and 24th November respectively, and will be available exclusively on limited edition 10" vinyl, as well as via all the usual digital platforms.
The band will also be back on tour in January 2015! More info after the jump, but first, watch "Staying Home", from first EP 'The Lufthansa Heist' here:
Konstantin Gropper, artistically known as GET WELL SOON, announces today that he’ll be releasing three different EPs on three consecutive Mondays this coming November. These EPs will be available exclusively on limited edition 10” vinyl, as well as in the usual digital formats at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Wimp and the likes. Each EP has its own theme and its own release date.
Konstantin Gropper explains: “These EPs are projects I’ve been meaning to do for quite a long time, but neither “concept” would have been suitable for an entire album, nor would they actually all add up to a coherent album, plus I do love these smaller formats. What’s more beautiful then three nice little 10 inches with gorgeous black and white artwork all by the same artist (in this case, celebrated German painter Hermann Schenkel)?” he asks. And continues: “With the LUFTHANSA HEIST EP, I don’t exactly remember what prompted it. Whether it was a much too early midlife-crisis, a second wave of puberty, or simply a rush of nostalgia, something led me to the question: why did I start this in the first place? Inevitably I ended up at the place, or rather, the music that inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place. I think it was called “College Rock” back then, and it sounded like Buffalo Tom or Lemonheads or Pavement.” (Editor’s note: Gropper is obviously way too young to have been around when the first wave of college rockers and slackers hit the scene, so how in hell he managed to record these songs, these crashing guitars and euphoric chords like this, is beyond us).
“The “Henry…” EP is a reverence to one of my favourite German writers: Arnold Stadler, who has just turned 60. His novel “Death and I, the two of us” (“Der Tod und ich, wir zwei”) has been accompanying and inspiring me for quite a while now. These five songs are a musical tribute to this incredibly romantic, dark, smart and funny book. Self-pity, crooked biographies, fear of being alone, the ridiculousness of life and most of all the great longing. I could probably go on forever about this masterpiece, but I’d rather recommend reading the novel. And I do hope that the music will work on its own.”
And then, of course, there are the covers. Playing other people’s songs has always been a good tradition at camp Get Well Soon. At one point I wanted to record a whole bunch of just mega-hits. I mean, real über-hits. Somehow that idea got lost in the making and I ended up recording Italian soundtrack obscurities instead, plus some songs everybody knows, and either loves or hates. Hey, if you take the saxophone out of “Careless Whisper” you actually end up with a pretty great song with meaningful lyrics. So I tried to de-cheese that one. But overall these songs have come up over the course of many years. I do hope the selection is controversial enough.”
So much from Mr. Gropper himself, though the quintessential statement we’ve left out so far. Presenting these three records to us he also pointed out: “I’m simply not ready for a new album – I’m sorry, I can’t put it any better.” No surprise here, because the man hasn’t had a real break since his last album “The Scarlet Beast O’Seven Heads” came out in 2012. Just a reminder: he produced German rapper Casper’s last platinum selling album, scored the theatre-music for “The Master And Margarita” at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, produced a theme song for the internationally celebrated film-debut “Oh Boy”, collaborated with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France in, erm, France, and so on and so on. The list is endless. And here he is, tossing out 16 new songs, seemingly without effort, because he “doesn’t feel ready for the next album”? Well, that’s what we call prolific.