15 junio 2010

Junk (sg)

Tokio Hotel open up about their new album. And David Hasselhoff.
The quartet of Bill and Tom Kaulitz, Georg Listing, Gustav Schafer may only be, at the average, 20 years of age, but they have been playing music all over Germany for the better part of a decade and found worldwide stardom with the release of their first English album Scream. Now armed with their fifth studio album Humanoid, Tokio Hotel have their sights set for nothing less than total domination of pop.
Indeed, the choice of album title is telling for a set of young people who have spent a great deal of their youth playing on stage to a shifting sea of faces and chased all over town by rabid fans - a group of young men that cannot walk into a shopping mall, or stand on the sidewalk without being recognized. Reading into the lyrics and titles of songs like "Human connect to Human ',' Humanoid ', and' World Behind My Wall 'reveals a want, a need almost, to connect with other people - something due to his high profile, Bill Kaulitz can only to do a limited degree. He stresses, "Humanoid was always a feeling Tom and I had...in our childhood we felt a bit humanoids - like an aliens from the fourth planet or something, and we still feel that way sometimes.
What is a humanoid, really? Something that looks and seems human, but in truth is human like a condition that is applied mostly to robots, but what about a human who wants to feel human but can not? It's a question masked behind teen angst in Kaulitz lyrics: "How can I connect to you?"It's truly a valid question for him to ask. Of the whole band, only Georg is in a relationship, while the rest are unattached. As Tom says, "Once you choose this life, you leave everything behind." To them, there is nothing but Tokio Hotel. No second plan, no side project, no turning back.
But at the same time, Tokio Hotel have crafted what may be the archetype for what teen pop will look like for many years to come - a hint of sexuality, a third of soul-searching, a pinch of relationship drama, and packaged with arena-sized choruses with a slight auto-tune gloss. It is also more ambitious than the moody Scream, with a U2 like hugeness in songs like 'World Behind My Wall'. "We wanted to have a bigger sound like a soundtrack to our lives," Bill says the new record.
There is a distinct human-ness about Tokio Hotel's however evident as they laugh about their Country's biggest export (Rammstein) and as they poke fun at guitarist Georg over his idol alleged worship of former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff while he palms his face in despair over what must be an oft-repeated inside joke. And it's this humanity they bring to the stage later that night, thoroughly enjoying the adulation of their screaming crowd. As Bill promises they will return someday, it is clear they are in this for the long haul. As Tom says, "For us to do everything we plan to do, it would take another 30 to 40 years." What they have in mind for this humanoid existence however, is the question on tip of everyone's tongues.

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