now: “RDs 131” – on 13.08.09, one year after the DVD shooting
at Locco Barocco, the RDs release their new discs, CD and DVD
as double release. It took nearly 1 ½ year after the first
recording sessions at Twilight Sound Studio because we intended
to add a proper booklet with the entire lyrics, English
translations, credits etc. and to present it in an attractive
rehearsed all songs of the new CD live before and checked
possible mistakes with regard to the time, length etc. We
listened carefully to the rough takes to get an idea of the
additional instruments which means of piano, violin, saxophone,
accordion, backing and harmony vocals.
also intended to produce it – as well as when we perform live –
groovy without any percussion based on John Lennon who said:
“We don’t need no drums – we got guitars” – and we got Georg,
what can I say.
bonus material runs approx. 30 minutes and contains two
different interviews, a making-of at the studio and our live
performance with Mozart (“Umbra Et Imago”) at the Locco Barocco
on “House Of The Rising Sun” which was a great honour and fun.
30.05. the RDs play at O'Sullivans Irish Pub – the 1st Set as
acoustic trio and the 2nd Set with Lisa N. - and present some
old songs in new arrangement and also a couple of new songs.
The landlord (a Scotsman!) is very pleased after the show, even
gives fee – although not arranged – and invites the band for a
further gig in October.
new album is finished with regard to the sound, it’s now in the
layout stage for the cover design. We are sure that we could
enhance the quality compared to the last album „Pukka Blokes“.
release is called „RDs 131“ and is named for the address of our
tenement (built in 1901) where all songs of the new album were
created – from my kitchen table while composing to all
rehearsals for the studio in the private rooms of the dignified
release includes 2 discs:
CD: 8 songs, running time approx. 47 min.
DVD at Locco Barocco: running time approx. 80 min.
material: running time approx. 30 min.
performance with “Mozart” of „Umbra Et Imago“ on „House Of
The Rising Sun“.
fully coloured booklet with lyrics, English translations,
we provide you with approx. 180 min. of „Best Musical
Entertainment“ as far as sound and picture are concerned.
March, 14th the RDs support Albert Lee und Hogan's
Heroes at one of the best and most well-known venues in
Germany, the Blues
Garage in Isernhagen near to Hannover (nominated for the LEA
Live Entertainment Award 2009). The Drunks can convince
Albert's audience and present a 45-minutes set with emphasis on
the promotion of the new album. Horst, Thomas, Georg and Angelo
spend a good time with the Hogan's at that special club – with
an admittedly demanding, but enthusiastic audience at the same
time. Henry, boss of the Blues Garage, invited us as support
for the next couple of years – the RDs are very happy about
this acceptance – thanks for the kind reception and for the
booking at the Plaza Hotel.
Albert Lee and Elio
Pace (pianist and singer) expressly commend Thomas' solo
guitar play – what a praise – a knightly accolade! Horst and
Elio exchange their current recording medium – as far as the
Drunks are concerned, it is still the „Pukka Blokes“ album –
Elio produced Albert's current album (which sounds very modern)
as well as he presented his own new solo album. After the show
in Isernhagen, Elio comments on our „PB“ album very positively
– in view of the musical class of this man, we are very proud
of his assessment. At this point, we want to particularly
recommend Elio's album „A Seat At My Table“ - phantastic piano
work, wonderful horn sections, first-class vocals and backings
– light big band style and airy rock'n'roll in elaborated
arrangements with a stirring timing!
RDs will record the last overdubs for the final production at
the end of April at the Twilight Sound Studio
– date of release will probably be June, 1st.
producers, Lutz and Horst accord that the DVD/CD release should
be finished asap. Meanwhile, the bonus material has to be
viewed and cut by Siggi Bracht (Schwerkraftfilm). At
the same time, the packaging will be provided by Mediaburn because they
also produced the teaser which was pretty good work.
the emphasis is on the next release of the new CD, the band
wants a DVD packaging for both, CD and DVD – due to that
format, there will also be a new cover design. Finally, there
will be available: a DVD booklet plus bonus material instead of
an expensive digipac.
the new CD, the band presents the 5th complete album plus the
1st live DVD: 1. Two Of A Kind (1998)
2. Modern Rome
(2001) 3. Dark Actors Playing Games (2003) 4. Pukka Blokes
with the released EPs – Frühschoppen (1991), Unplugged (1992),
Drunklands (1996), Single “Drunk At Christmas” (1998) – the new
production has been the current number 9 in 18 years by now.
RDs start into the new year with a gig at the Crazy Kong
(internet: Musikult e.V.) which have massive problems with
their neighbourhood, an owner of a brothel. Despite the
difficult situation, the Drunks have a beautiful and harmonious
evening at the Kong with jam session until the early morning.
Twilight Sound Studio, Karlsruhe: The quartan recordings for
the audio part of the new album begin. Although the positive
and creative atmosphere of the „Pukka Blokes“ recordings could
hardly be surpassed, the band has a great moment at the
Twilight. Better prepard than ever, the Drunks stick precisely
to their schedule and can concentrate on the elaboration of the
songs and on the nearly perfect play of the musicians.
Lisa Nicola – Piano,
Jurek Gill – Violin,
Christoph Fürniß –
Nicole Stober –
this point, thanks for your perfect preparation, the punctual
and flexible appearance at rehearsals and at the studio and
thanks for the phantastic contributions to the new songs.
so many projects with Lutz Demmler (since „Modern Rome“ –
2001), the excellent cooperation and all the conveniences at
his studio are almost taken for granted. Besides his
outstanding handcraft as sound engineer and producer, he also
has a nose for the right take, the right work climate and the
right sound of the entire production. Many reviews of „Pukka
Blokes“ particularly mentioned the sound quality of the album –
and justifiably so. For us, Lutz has meanwhile become the
„George Martin of the Rolling Drunks“.
those who are interested, here some protocol details of the
Georg and Thomas record the basic tracks live (guitars, bass)
for „In All Den Jahren“ and „Alter, Was Geht Noch“ (with piano
directly recorded in the 1st take). Siggi Bracht
(Schwerkraftfilm) records the bonus material „Studio“ for the
DVD part of the album. The „Blues in E“ (temporary title) is
recorded new and live with piano.
records the parts for solo guitar and strikes his band partners
with awe – great job! Horst records the lead vocals for the new
overdubs, lead guitar, another lead vocals by Horst,
backing/harmony vocals by Lisa.
records the accordion part for „Over Your Skin“, Jurek the
violin for „Christine“ and saxophone for „Die Einsamkeit Der
Wölfe“, Horst sings the missing lead vocals, Lisa further
harmony vocals and Nicole backing vocals. Jurek had no
rehearsal for his saxophone part, so it was more than
surprising for Lutz and Horst to hear his first-class take: He
will leave one of the best moments on a RDs album ever.
the end of the recording sessions, the Drunks finished 7 songs,
the album running time is about 42 minutes. Finally, Jurek is
still elaborating a string arragement for „In All Den Jahren“,
some backing vocals for „Fliegen“ will additionally be recorded
and possibly used.
final recordings are taking place at the end of April, then 2
days of production, mastering by Lutz. In the meantime, the DVD
and the bonus material have been finished by “Schwerkraftfilm”.
After the good experience with the teaser, “Mediaburn” will be
charged with the final production of the entire album.
is no final concept for the packaging (material, booklet etc.).
But the most important thing is the new audio album, anyway,
perfectly arranged in the „high-end sound“. The attached DVD is
considered as bonus and live material.
aim of the RDs was to sustain the quality of „Pukka Blokes“ at
least and – if possible – to go ahead, even without Albert Lee
as draught horse of the last production. One advantage in
growing older is the steadily increasing fund of experience –
without depreciating one of our CDs, we believe that we will
deliver our best and most complete work with the new album so
Locco Barocco: An unforgettable evening in one of the most
beautiful venues at which the RDs could ever play – after the
opening night at the Locco Barocco, it was more or less clear
that the RDs would record their first DVD at this place –
featured by „Mozart“ and „Umbra Et Imago“, live mixed and
recorded by Lutz Demmler, filmed by Siggi Bracht
(Schwerkraftfilm) and celebrated by the Locco Barocco team.
„Of course, the show was crowded with guests of honour who were
a perfect audience for the DVD production from the first second
on, I was extremely nervous, you will see it on the DVD, I was
so jittery that I'm wondering about my ability to play guitar.
But nevertheless, it all worked: the concentration, the groove,
our handcraft and interpretation of the songs.
sum up, I want to thank Thomas and Georg for the concentrated
und excellent work on the strings, thanks to Lutz, „Mozart“ and
Siggi for their wonderful and discreet work on sound, light and
film, thanks to all who were live with us at that evening!“
The brunchtime gig at the Viktoriagarten is the summer party of
the RDs at the same time with special guests like „Mozart“ and
his entourage, the bassist of „Dog Track“ and our former
drummer – thereto, the first official live gig of Horst with
his son Erik – setlist: “Like Father And Son” (Bonus-Track from
the “Pukka Blokes” album), “Get Back”, “TNT” – a phantastic
atmosphere at the oldest pub in Karlsruhe, like at a classical
lunchtime gig in UK.
Crazy Kong Hoffest: The RDs open around 10:30 p.m. and play
until 4 a.m. with a melodic set on the platform of the new
Kong. Organisation, sound, catering – it was excellent as ever
– many thanks to Hessla for the Mix and thanks to all Kongs who
helped und supported us. The Drunks love the Kong – I will
write another song about you!
RDs play the opening night at the Locco Barocco (the former
Kulturruine), a wonderful, atmospheric, historical vaulted
cellar in Grötzingen, the oldest part of Karlsruhe. PA by Lutz
Demmler, two songs performed together with „Mozart“, just
rehearsed in the evening before, it was a real highlight of the
current year and a big fun for all musicians involved – reason
enough to gradually extend the cooperation in the same way.
Therefore, the Drunks arrange a longterm engagemant as regular
guests for cultural events – the Locco Barocco is about to
establish as cafe of artists for creatives of all kinds and
to this, but totally different, anyway, is the concept of the
Crazy Kong – the RDs confirm their participation at the first
Hoffest of the new Kong on 25.07.08 at once.
brunchtime gig at the Viktoriagarten on 13.07.08 (Sunday!) is
the reason for the RDs to invite old friends and colleagues as
well as friendly bands to their summer party at one of the
oldest and most beautiful backyard beergardens. According to
the English tradition of lunchtime gigs, the show is opened
around 11 a.m. and lasts until evening, from coffee to beer, so
live gigs of the RDs/Pukka Blokes in April are more private – a
birthday celebration in Wörth and one in Baden-Baden due to the
birthday of Andy Forstmann (he plays with “Truck Stop” from
time to time). A special pleasure is the first common live
performance after many years with Lisa Nicola on “All You Can
Eat” – a beautiful foretaste on the forthcoming recordings for
the new album.
metal legend “Mozart” (“Umbra Et Imago” together with
co-producer Lutz Demmler) invites the Drunks for a show in his
new club – Locco Barocco v.s. Kulturruine. Spirit e.V. upgrades
its programme, and in all probability, the RDs/Pukka Blokes are
exactly the band who can contribute their independent and
noncommercial music to an entertaining and creative subculture
for a wide-ranging and unadapted audience. Anyway, the RDs are
very curious and looking forward to the show on 6th June in
Grötzingen (near to Karlsruhe – check Tour Dates).
May, Horst plays an acoustic gig with Neal for the second time
in the current year – this time in Watlington near to Oxford
together with the ethnic Italian songwriter Andy de Rosa and
“Rip The Joint”, Neal's present blues band. Andy promotes his
present acoustic album and gives a foretaste to his new CD
produced by Neal. Paul (“Rip The Joint”) shows his outstanding
quality as slide guitarist and provides an original delta blues
feeling. Neal plays the drums in the amplified line-up for both
acts and produces the respective records.
the common part of the show, Neal and Horst refer to older
material, of course (the arranged rehearsal was accordingly
reduced in favour of an extensive pub crawl) and perform “The
Long Road”, “Schweinsbrod’n” and “Nachts Im Park” and finished
habitually sentimental with “Dublin Lady”. The old magic of the
long lasting joint work is still noticeable, of course. Not
only for that reason, Neal is going to write a song for the new
Thomas and Georg start the gig season 2008 under the motto
“Heavy Rock Goes Cabaret” with shows at the Kaisergarten,
Viktoriagarten and at the new Crazy Kong (all locations in
Karlsruhe). Due to Neal's participation, we could also play old
song material (“Dublin Lady” and “Go, Lassie, Go”). At the end
of April, the RDs are playing at private events in Wörth and in
February, the RDs record the first 5 tracks for their new album
at Twilight Sound Studio. Unfortunately,
won't provide us with his genius because he cannot always put
his work at the disposal of more or less unknown bands for
free. We understand and accept that, of course, and we think it
was a big stroke of luck to have one of the best guitar players
on “Pukka Blokes” for ever.
News: Albert broke his arm while touring in France – it must be
terrible for him to be put out of action for
all the best from us to you, Albert, and many thanks for your
work with the RDs!
basic recordings at Twilight were pretty good: The guitar
tracks and Georg's bass are finally recorded as well as Thomas'
lead guitar on 3 tracks. Lisa Nicola will sing some backing
vocal tracks in addition to her piano work. Jurek Gill will
prepare a string arrangement for “Christine McQueen” and the
saxophone part for two further tracks. Christoph Fürniß will do
the accordion part on “Over Your Skin”. Additional backing
vocals will be sung by Nicole Stober. Deadline for the
recordings is October, the release will probably be in
is a personnel change in January. Horst Jabs: “Conny Wind
leaves the band because of discrepancies between him and Georg.
If the chemistry in a band is dissonant, the entire group is
endangered. Unfortunately, I was forced to take a decision and
I decided me for Georg because he is one of my best friends and
we were musical partners with the “Pukka Blokes” project.
the powerful and sensitive drumming of Conny Wind changed the
band’s musical expression. Cheers for that.”
RDs played as “Pukka Blokes” trio at Kaisergarten in Karlsruhe
for the very first time. It was a successful premiere. They
only had four rehearsals to perform their 3-hours-programme.
And this evening shows that the concept “heavy rock goes
recording sessions for the next album will start on 21th
February at Lutz Demmler’s Twilight Sound Studio in Karlsruhe.
Albert Lee will probably play his tracks on 12th or 13th March.
Of course, it depends on the tour plan of the Hogan’s Heroes.
It’s really great that Albert promised us once again to be part
of a RDs album.
band’s renaming into “Horst Jabs’ RDs” due to the bad
reputation of the old name. A lot of website hosts have got
problems with the name (see “Reviews”). And on the other hand,
it might be better for future landlords to engage the RDs.
Drunks rock the most legendary Karlsruhe club SUBSTAGE on the
17th of Nov. with a few new songs never released before, such
as the new opening track “Fly”, a drug song – beforehand only
presented to a smaller audience during club gigs, “Die
Einsamkeit Der Wölfe” (“The Loneliness Of The Wolves” – a new
facet in the RDs back catalogue - deep “Deutschrock” with dark
lyrics about prostitution and abuse of women) plus the new RDs
anthem “Christine McQueen” (a heavy rock ballad about an old
Scottish Lady from Islay – ennobled with a superb lead guitar
solo) build the main core of the 07/08 RDs program. The concert
was legally filmed and recorded and will be officially released
in either December or January – maybe as promo material,
definitely in the web (on YouTube/Google – check our website
under “Multimedia”) or even – depending on sound and optical
quality – as an official DVD release by Rolling Drunks Music
from that, the DVD will present some RDs classics, such as
“Goodnight Berlin” and “Karthago Muss Fallen” – matured and
cool - plus amplified versions of unplugged songs from the
“Pukka Blokes” album with Albert Lee – “Crazy Kong” starting up
in an almost AC/DC-like manner and “Lass Mich Los” as a pure
Rhythm and Blues orientated purist as if it was done in the
Berlin Hansa Studio beside the wall many years ago.
tour offers to USA and Russia, the new song material lyrically
tends to be rather German than English – although “Fly” and
“Christine McQueen” is still English. Horst Jabs (songwriter of
the RDs): “I still love to sing in English, it's a great
language, definitely the language of Rock and Roll and a lot
easier to be vocalised than German, anyway – but I'm a native
German and I recognize that I can express myself far better in
my original language – I can even write between the lines in a
cynical way – and I'm afraid I ain't gonna manage it in English
reasonably without embarrassing myself now and then”.
the simple reason of being too loud, the Rolling Drunks show
was stopped after 30 minutes by local police forces when they
headlined the “Rhein Radar” Open Air in Karlsruhe.
RDs/Pukka Blokes single outtake “The Long Road” with Albert Lee
on lead guitar passed the border of 10.000 downloads from the
Lee acknowledged his participation in the next RDs/Pukka Blokes
album project which will be started in spring 2008 and invited
the band for a few opening shows during the Hogan’s Heroes UK
Drunks live at the “Catch The Bus” city festival at Rote Taube
in October where they will be provided with PA system by KMT
Sound for the first time.
we’re looking forward to being special guest for the “Rough
Lingo” CD release party at top venue Substage Karlsruhe in
Rolling Drunks gratefully received a lot of emails from
English-speaking people around the world who especially showed
an interest in the German lyrics on the “Pukka Blokes” album.
Maybe hooked by the liner notes in the booklet, lots of you
folks wanted to know what the song “Crazy Kong” is all about.
I'm really happy having received many mails from people all
around the internet world concerning this song. To me it means
that the song is good enough that you folks try to get the
meaning behind it. I don't want to be cryptic or intellectual –
I try to show you a rock'n'roll movie. Writing a song is good
fun, making lyrics is painful (like making love and talking
about it). While being on stage in a heavy rock outfit, nobody
takes care of what you're really trying to say. “Pukka Blokes”
gave us a chance to focus on the bone-dry essentials. Cheers to
all of you for listening closely.
in a German rock magazine: “The “Crazy Kong” as a music
club did an essential contribution that Karlsruhe (city with
around 300.000 residents in the southwest of Germany and in
the north of the black forrest and only a few miles from the
French border at the river Rhein) developed a real rock szene
at all. The “Kong” gives a chance to any young band being good
enough to play a reasonable show and an opportunity to show
their skills on a professionally managed stage. In addition,
the managers of the “Kong” invite the bands (as far as they're
still alive) after one year to hear if they developed (easy –
not as an audition – just to see how they worked on
themselves). This concept is in our opinion far better than
any political correct youth development concept initiated by
city youth councils. Not least for this reason, the Rolling
Drunks supported the “Crazy Kong” with their successful CD
“Pukka Blokes” with the legendary guitarist Albert Lee.”
They're hunting you throughout the city
You can't see
But they're coming to get you
Can you hear
They call you by name
Can you understand
they want from you
They're hunting you
Like wolves the pack ("Wie der
Wolf die Meute" – German title of the Eastwood movie
“Tightrope” from 1980)
Make a web
Alone as you a are
You're an easy quarry
Soon they'll shout
how it was in the past
Lace and leather, long hair
in the Crazy Kong, Rock in the Crazy Kong
night was a temptation
Cold and tattooed
is Rock in the Crazy Kong, Rock in the Crazy Kong
They'll get you
Define the norms
Lock you up
In the EURO-DIN
Summary court of justice
And hear you
year, we’d like to play four supports for Albert Lee and
Hogan’s Heroes: at Musiktheater REX in Lorsch (you might not
know the name of the city, but it's a great venue), at
Quasimodo in Berlin (a city you might know), at Landgasthof
Ochsen in Sinzheim and at Blues Garage in Hannover. Wherever
and whatever ... supporting Albert is an absolute privilege -
such a good band and such great guys. It’s an honour and
unbelievable fun. We can’t wait to see Albert again - not only
because he’s such a fantastic musician like Gerry, Peter and
Brian - it’s simply because we’re looking forward to seeing
started the 2007 tour in the most southerly German town -
Oberstdorf: very picturesque, very romantic, a great view on
the Alps, but of course no snow, unfortunately - on the other
hand with a worrying factor: the world climate is obviously
changing and all the news about the upcoming climate
catastrophe is true.
was great, good stage and lights and a reasonable sound, not
least since we have a new man on the mixing desk, Enzo Morgana
- half a German, half an Italian guy - totally skillful and
absolutely cool when he’s encountering the usual catastrophes
that normally happen before (and during) a life show. Around
500 people, half of them probably more interested in disco
stuff, techno or whatever - not easy to convince, but finally
most of them felt for us as usual - well, some remained hating
us ... but this is good news when you play your own stuff as
indie heavy rock band.
usual, we were totally hammered during the after show party.
Oberstdorf is very touristic and Georg (bass player) and Thomas
(lead guitarist) unfortunately didn’t manage to find the hotel
in the early morning. Thanks to an elder local woman, rang out
around 5 in the morning, coming outside in her pink dressing
gown - well, the two guys were at least informed where they
were staying (“You are in Oberstdorf”) and they eventually
survived the trip.
weeks later, we played a show at the Rote Taube (Red Dove) in
Karlsruhe - a real home game, only a few meters from Horst’s
(frontman) flat in the center of Karlsruhe (close to the black
forrest area), another great show and totally crowded. Even RDs
founder Neal Thomson from London flew in for the show. The
band started acoustically with the material from “Pukka Blokes”
and went into the heavy rock stuff after 30 minutes of the
show. In total, the band played almost 3 hours - quite
acceptable for a band far beyond their forties.