“Wanderer”: The Intersphere’s Sixth Album Offers Socially Critical & Emotionally Deep Rock Songs with Catchy Hooks

2023-05-23 03:15:50

For almost 20 years they have stood for complex rock songs that don’t shy away from being catchy: On their sixth album “Wanderer” The Intersphere have refined this recipe and enriched it with new ingredients. The German rock band offers socially critical content as well as emotional depth. “The title ultimately describes the journey that mankind has taken so far,” summarized singer Christoph Hessler.

Not only because of the corona pandemic, a lot has faltered. “We have the feeling that everything is at a crossroads at the moment,” said Hessler in the APA interview. “There are a lot of decisions to be made – with regard to climate change, but also the economic systems have to be reconsidered. It’s simply the big questions that demand a lot from people.” Of course there is also potential for conflict, which erupts in hard numbers like “Heads Will Roll” or “A La Carte”. “It’s the black block, so to speak,” Hessler referred to the centrally placed pieces that deal with political systems or organized religion.

Also worthy of mention in this series is “Always On The Run”, which appropriately picks up the pace. Here Hessler cites the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa and his book “Unavailability” as a reference. Everything is always available and information can be obtained on any topic. “But at the same time we are getting further and further away from ourselves and can no longer enjoy the moment, which of course means that a lot of quality of life is lost.” As a contrast to these pieces, the quartet ends with songs about relationships and fatherhood with “Treasure Chest” and “Under Water”. “It’s a happy ending, which was very important to us.”

In any case, the sounds are in no way inferior to the thematic breadth. From the opener’s catchy alternative rock to the pounding gesture of “Heads Will Roll” to melancholic moments and pretty impressive interludes, The Intersphere serve everything that made them stand out from the crowd in the past. A close listen is always worthwhile anyway, as Hessler and Co are known for their love of detail and excessive studio work, the countless layers of which can be analyzed in detail.

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This time, too, the ideas were “very far out” in the development phase, as Hessler explained. “We wanted to consciously rethink things a bit.” At first they even flirted with the idea of ​​simply releasing individual singles – “maybe to offend people a bit”. After the delays caused by the pandemic, they ended up back with the album format and had to realize how strong their own sound is. “We sort of brought things back into our cosmos. It surprised us how much difference it makes when we play the songs as a band. You can’t twist it so much that we’re no longer recognizable.” And that’s good. The Intersphere can then probably also be experienced live in Austria at the beginning of 2024.

(The interview was conducted by Christoph Griessner/APA)

(S E R V I C E – www.theintersphere.com)

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