Primal blues-rock duo THE PICTUREBOOKS has just announced their signing to US-based rock label Another Century. Featuring Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums], the two perform blues-saturated heavy rock.
The duo has received acclaim not only on their 2014 full-length ‘Imaginary Horse’ (RidingEasy Records), but also for their craft of building and customizing motorcycles, and their skateboarding skills. The band has been featured on Noisey/Vice, Team Rock, Daytrotter, and more, and the group’s motorcycle designs have been featured in the biggest bike magazines across the world, including Easyriders (USA), Custombike (Germany), Dice Magazine (UK), Hot Bike (Japan), and more.
“The Picturebooks‘ sound is as distinct as the smell of burnt motor oil coming off the sun-baked California desert highway,” explains Another Century’s VP of A&R Mike Gitter. “They are at once completely unique, musically unforgettable, and tapped into the psyche of rock n’ roll at its most primal. We had to get involved with these raw riders of the sonic highway.”
RidingEasy Records’ Daniel Hall adds, “The Picturebooks are destined for greatness and we are excited to be able to combine forces with Another Century who will be able to provide some of the big label resources that we currently aren’t set up to do. I look forward to watching this band continue to grow into the timeless act that they are.”
This September, THE PICTUREBOOKS will hit the road with Le Butcherettes on their month-long “A Raw Youth” European run. A full list of dates can be seen below. With a rigorous touring history, the band has played alongside Eagles of Death Metal, Kadavar, The Answer, and more, as well as performed at Riot Fest (Chicago, Denver; USA), Governor’s Ball (New York, USA), and Sziget (Hungary).
Additionally, THE PICTUREBOOKS have released a new video for their song “The Rabbit And The Wolf,” which was featured on ‘Imaginary Horse.’ Directed by Claus Grabke, the video documents the two riding from city to city on their custom built choppers, amidst a number of daring stunts and electric performances. The music video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tebob1BLgiM
“Nothing in the video for ‘The Rabbit and the Wolf’ is staged,” explains THE PICTUREBOOKS. “We just filmed what happened on tour or when hanging around with our friends, riding choppers, skating etc. Some of it was filmed in Europe and some was filmed in the US. The lyrics in the song kinda describe us and the way we feel when being on tour, so it seemed appropriate to use mostly tour-footage for the video. Most of the smaller locations in this video are what really made this band. People believed in us and gave us the chance to play, even before we were signed. We kept coming back till the place was finally packed. We owe these people a lot!”
THE PICTUREBOOKS are working on new material for their Another Century debut, so fans are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled on the group’s socials for future updates.
2016 Tour Dates:
09/09 – Faak am See, Austria – European Bike Week Festival **free entry**
“A Raw Youth” European Tour:
w/ Le Butcherettes
09/22 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
09/23 – Cologne, Germany – Artheater
09/25 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
09/27 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
09/28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Theater
09/29 – Courtrai, Belgium – De Kreun
09/30 – Paris, France – Le Backstage By The Mill
10/01 – Stuttgart, Germany – Kellerclub
10/03 – Prague, Czech – Lucerna Music Bar
10/04 – Munich, Germany – Kranhalle
10/05 – Vienna, Austria – B72
10/07 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
10/08 – Milan, Italy – Tunnel
10/10 – Valencia, Spain – Loco Club
10/11 – Madrid, Spain – El Sol
10/12 – Barcelona, Spain – Sidecar
10/14 – London, UK – The Black Heart
10/15 – Coventry, UK – Kasbah (club night)
10/16 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
10/17 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
10/19 – Dublin, Ireland – The Workman’s Club
10/20 – Belfast, UK – Black Box
10/21 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
10/22 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day
About THE PICTUREBOOKS:
It’s not surprising that The Picturebooks recorded their 2014 album, Imaginary Horse [RidingEasy Records], in the same garage where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The German duo—Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums]—capture a raw, rich, and real energy befitting of the room’s natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark.
Fynn and Philipp first crossed paths at a local skate park. Becoming fast friends, they realized their mutual interests extended beyond skateboarding and into music like The Smiths, The Cure, and Minor Threat. Soon, they began writing songs together, utilizing equipment Fynn’s dad Claus had accumulated over his years as a musician and record producer.
After two independent releases in Europe, the pair played major festivals such as Sziget and toured with everybody from International Noise Conspiracy to Spinnerette. Simultaneously, they garnered international attention for their motorcycle builds and received prominent profiles in tastemaker publications including DICE Magazine, Kustom, and many others. Following an explosive Hollywood gig supporting Eagles of Death Metal for DICE, they embarked on their inaugural North American tour and buzz began to organically spread through word of mouth and social media. By the time they returned home, the group had inked a deal with Riding Easy Records.
The Picturebooks retreated to their “garage” in order to record their debut North American record. Mirroring their daredevil skateboarding ethos, they broke rules while recording. For starters, there was considerable physical space between the musicians and the microphones, and it wasn’t simply a sterile studio environment. The concrete floors and airy expanse contributed to the sound, and the overall atmosphere proved quite a propos. They even constructed their own instruments to boot. Fynn picked up thrift shop guitars in Los Angeles. Influenced by the tribal sounds of Native American music, the band built custom percussion and augmented their feet with bells. Moreover, Philipp decided to eschew playing cymbals and adopted large Toms, which he bashes with mallets instead of sticks. They conjured true fire in the garage with that astounding, untainted reverb and their personal arsenal of modified instruments.
Ultimately, all of these pieces form a blues rock pastiche that’s as individualistic as it is infectious. In 2016 the band signed with Another Century records and have confirmed a number of tour dates. They are currently working on new material for their Another Century debut.
THE PICTUREBOOKS Socials/Online: