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“Shobaleader One: D’Demonstrator” – welch markanter Titel für das neue Image des Squarepushers, der gemeinsam mit einigen Heavy Metal-Kids seine neue Band Shobaleader One geformt hat, erstmals songstrukturiert arbeitet und per Vocoder im aufgesetzten Roboterhelm singt. Die neuen Tracks wirken wie eine utopische Musikhalluzination aus Electro-Funk, Synth-Pop, R&B & 70er Krautrock. So entsteht Space-Pop der extraterrestrischen Art. Als besonderes Gimmick lässt er Warp seine erste Single an Ed Banger lizensieren, die parallel auf dem französischen Electro-Label mit einem Mr. Oizo Remix veröffentlicht wird.

Neues Denken – neue Wege – neue Musik!

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Tracklisting:

01. Plug Me In
02. Laser Rock
03. Into The Blue
04. Frisco Wave
05. Megazine
06. Abstract Lover
07. Endless Night
08. Cryptic Motion
09. Maximum Planck

Das Album SquarepusherShobaleader One: D’Demonstrator” (Warp) erscheint am 15.10.2010 .

Q & A with Squarepusher about his new band Shobaleader One:

1. What is Shobaleader One?
Shobaleader One is my band. Last summer a bunch of kids got in contact with me. They were talking about forming an ensemble, which I thought was a ridiculous idea, but I was impressed by their perseverance, so we met up. Their idea was that they wanted the ‘fantasy group’ I had written about in connection with “Just A Souvenir” to become a real entity that would record and tour. So we had a go at doing some recording and the story so far is documented on this record.

2. Who is in the band?
Basically a bunch of people who you may or may not have heard of from other bands and projects. Part of their idea is that this music is a completely clean break with whatever they’ve done in the past, so I’m not allowed to mention any names. I can tell you that they are pretty frightening players.

3. What are the aims of Shobaleader One?
The overall aim is to articulate my music through the medium of a band. I always thought that a band would be a limiting thing. I’ve got very used to being able to make music by programming or playing without having to explain anything to anyone, and I assumed it would slow everything down if I had to. Actually it has made it quicker because I’m not trying to be four people simultaneously anymore. I’m not over-explaining anything to them as they’ve got strong ideas of their own and I want to hear that in the final results.

4. Do you have live plans?
At the moment the plan is to tour next year after we have recorded more material. Playing live is part of the focus of this music. I’m really excited about playing live as this group of musicians is an extremely potent mixture. I’ve no idea what it’s going to be like touring with them, as not one of us is what you’d call easy-going. Every member of this band is a high-tension freak so who knows what’ll end up happening!

5. How did the Mr Oizo remix come about?
That was Pedro’s idea from Ed Banger. I’ve always had respect for that bunch. I thought it would be great because Oizo is on quite a different tip to Shobaleader One.

6. What’s next?
I’m writing more material for the band to record. It’s an ongoing experiment. Each one of us is trying to develop the sound of their instrument. It’s really exciting to be involved with instrumental players who are as into sonic experimentation as much as the actual music. I’ve also been in contact with Andre from Outkast recently.

7. How would you describe the sound of Shobaleader One and are there any specific sounds, artists or albums that have influenced this new direction?
We are playing my compositions, so in that respect it relates quite clearly to what I’ve done before, but as I’m not doing much playing or programming it is sonically quite different. It sounds more focused. Lots of musos end up just making their music a platform to display their skill. The great thing about this lot is that although they are great players they keep 99% of that hidden and just use it to give a very acute delivery of the songs. Musically speaking these kids come from a metal background but they’re all bang into really slick r&b which I found quite funny at first, but it’s making more sense as we go on. The basic premise at the outset was ‘space pop’ – a utopian pop music hallucination. It’s a stand against the affectation of knowing indifference in urban life and its corollary in music. I’ve always wanted to sabotage coolness as for me music is about laughing and crying, not about standing around smoking cigarettes.

Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One – Megazine (taken from d’Demonstrator)

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