INFOBOXGenre(s): Indie/Alternative, Pop
From: Vienna, Austria
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The Viennese formation CULK presents their second album “Zerstreuen über Euch”. It is a declaration of war against deeply-rooted patriarchal structures. Last year, the group around singer & multi-instrumentalist Sophie Löw has created an “addictive sound” (spiegel.de) between Shoegaze and Post-punk with their self-titled debut album which has caused a sensation along the way. For their new material, CULK have collaborated with the Viennese producer Wolfgang Möstl (Mile me Deaf, Nino aus Wien, Voodoo Jürgens, Dives…) and have been pursuing the path of their career consistently.
First and foremost, Sophie Löw’s lyrics, brought to life by her bewitching vocals, tackle highly relevant topics and negotiate them in a poetic way: The obstinate attitude of making gender diversity invisible among the linguistic and social reality (“Dichterin”). All the different strategies that women have gathered over a span of years, in order to comfort themselves with a hint of safety during night time, simply to arrive at home as unscathed as possible (“Nacht”). Pressured into serving a subordinate role in bed, in everyday life, within family, job and the general public (“Helle Kammer”). The lasting damage which is caused by these experiences (“Jahre später”) and the countless number of meaningless justifications that follow criticism against gender ratio, time and time again. The Viennese band CULK covers all these issues in their second album “Zerstreuen über Euch”.
These are heavy topics, circling around power, love and resistance; their urgency is immediately palpable, textually and musically. Sophie Löw (voice, lyrics, guitar, synthesizer, artwork), Johannes Blindhofer (guitar), Benjamin Steiger (bass, guitar) and Christoph Kuhn (drums) have infused their political and personal war into their very own art which coincides with the musical form of Post-punk, captivating voice, and poetic lyrics.