Stefan Fankhauser (lead vox/rhythm guitar)
Reto Gasser (keys)
Raphael Nussbaum (lead-guitar)
Marc Gasser (drums/backing vox)
The new, second album “Lights and Shades” leads Richtaste to the next level of Rock’n’Roll. “It makes me proud to hear the songs today and think about their origin” says singer and songwriter Stefan Fankhauser. And with a sasy grin on his face he adds: “Our sound has more balls than before!” Before, that was when Richtaste came out with their debut. “Our expectations were not met,” admits Fankhauser and relates also to support as well as the implementation of their musical ideas.
“We were busy with the production for so much time, that we already were filled up to the top with new ideas when releasing.” These were now implemented on “Lights and Shades”. 14 Tracks were recorded together with Pat Aeby (Ex-Krokus) in the triangle Nidau-Lausanne-Oppligen; 14 tracks that mean at least one step forward for Richtaste. Unapologetically the five now dare to face also critical issues. Richtaste know that light and shadow in the real world are as close together as in the show business. “Supermen” i.e. simply states that at least a dozen bluedressed superheroes is needed to save the planet before the impending demise. And “Rocket Tom” deals with the question of what drives a man to spend the nights slaughtering anything that moves in a shooter-game using a pseudonym.
All wrong if you now come to think Richtaste was a melancholic Depro band. “Well, of course we ask critical questions,” said Fankhauser, “but I think that we always found a positive approach.” Just as in real life: Who hangs his head, loses the orientation and eventually turns in circles. This danger does not exist for Richtaste. The guys are walking their way with too much fire and drive. “We have tried a lot and have learned a lot,” says front man Stefan with conviction. “Nevertheless, we wanna play, play and play again, and try to thus get our songs to the people.” And with “lights and shades” they have convincing arguments in hand for convincing the people about themselves. Experience shows that the Swiss know how to convince on large stages as just as well as in small rural pubs. In short: Richtaste are ready for the next level.
Edited by thesidjway on 13 Apr 2011, 15:14
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