Published Oct 18, 2013Indie rock outfit Germans haven't been up to much lately, and now the '90s-loving Torontonians are officially calling it a day by releasing their long-gestating album Club Tan. It's due out on October 29.
The album has been in the works for 10 years. It was produced by the band's own Leon Taheny (Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains, Owen Pallett, Bruce Peninsula) and Billions Cobra (Oh No the Modulator); half of it was mixed by Taheny, with the other half mixed by Roger Leavens (Rural Alberta Advantage, Born Ruffians).
Germans got additional recording help from Al-P of MSTRKRFT and Sebastien Grainger of Death from Above 1979. Guests include Maylee Todd, Jenny Mecija (Ohbijou), Daniela Gesundheit (Snowblink), Moshe Rozenberg (Absolutely Free), Steve Kado (the Blankket) and others.
Regarding the album's extended genesis, a press release explains that the group spent a decade "trying to perfect every element, doing countless versions of every song... until they spiralled out of control in a haze of disillusionment. They decided to put the finished album on the shelf for almost four years while they talked about what to do with it."
The album is currently available to pre-order from Bandcamp. Scroll past the tracklist to stream the synth-driven opening cut "Sovtek My Heart." Also below is an eight-year-old music video for album track "Sunny Weather Ahead."
Germans will celebrate Club Tan with a release party at Unloveable in Toronto on October 29. Leon Taheny and Billions Cobra will do a DJ set with music from the album.
1. Sovtek My Heart
2. Basement Apartment
3. Sunny Weather Ahead
4. Just a Side of It
5. Can't Feel My Legs
6. First Day
7. I Think the World
8. Dream DC