While not known for actually naming any of its songs, SUCHTHAUS, the brainchild of sculptor and stage designer Spacebrain, has released a video the track dubbed “DownTown Train” from the band’s recent debut album, “The Dark Side And The Bright Side”. The song features SKITLIV‘s Maniac on vocals and marks the first time that the legendary frontman has appeared on a track with his MAYHEM colleague Hellhammer since splitting with the band several years ago and forming SKITLIV. The “DownTown Train” video, which is directed and produced by Spacebrain and features Maniacas the Jesus-loving white trash main character can be seen video.
Spacebrain, who has largely left behind his days as a sculptor to create music which is then visualized through video, commented: “The track started out with me on guitars and bass, which I multi-tracked. I played it to my old friend Maniac and he liked it the moment he heard it, so much so, in fact, that he agreed to perform guest vocals on the track, and within 15 minutes of hearing it he’d written the lyrics. We decided to add some drums, but finding a drummer within our circle of acquaintances who was available and could follow the complex jazz beat we wanted wasn’t easy. In the end we realized that Hellhammer was probably the only drummer up to the task. On this occasion, Hellhammer used none of the triggers and gadgets he would normally have used and recorded it on the kind of drum kit that LED ZEPPELIN‘s John Bonham used, which gave his playing a much jazzier feel. He recorded his part in one take, after which Hellhammer and SUCHTHAUS decided to work more closely together in the future.”
SUCHTHAUS itself is formed of the nucleus of Spacebrain and Fruen, with a fluid lineup that varies as the fancy takes them, while the list of guests and collaborators on “The Dark Side And The Bright Side”, which was released in December of last year on Rollabigone Records, is as eclectic as the band itself. Aside from Maniac and Hellhammer, you will find CURRENT 93‘s David Tibet, Ingvar Magnusson of SKITLIV, Fredrik A. Juell of BURNING RUBBER and BERSERK BASTARDS, and Sibob Jawara who has sung the world-over but had never used a microphone before recording with SUCHTHAUS.
According to Spacebrain, SUCHTHAUS is “a reflection of our own musical preferences and you can’t therefore squeeze it into some particular genre. Every track on ‘The Dark Side And The Bright Side’ has its own individual character — the atmosphere changing with our mood and the amount of drugs and alcohol we consume while we’re making the sounds and it varies from the very dark to the very bright. Most tracks are an experiment with sounds, and we start each one with no plan or idea of where the piece will lead us. Some tracks are made as a one-man project; others have 7-8 contributors. The best way to describe what we do is that instead of making visual sculptures, we try to make sound sculptures, although we do visualize them with the help of videos.”