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Business Express

by Locust Fudge

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In 1991, Schneider (back then singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Hip Young Things) and Krite (then singer, songwriter, and guitarist with the Speed Niggs) formed the duo Locust Fudge and started playing acoustic versions of their original bands' semi-hits to ignorant audiences in the streets of their hometowns.
What began as an excuse to hang out together quickly drew the attention of Reinhard Holstein, CEO of Glitterhouse Records, the European business arm for Seattle's Sub Pop label, home to the likes of Nirvana, Mudhoney, and others who were about to define a new hype soon to be known as "Grunge". Holstein encouraged Locust Fudge to record an album for his label. Their acoustic guitar-driven debut album, Flush, was released in 1993, receiving widespread media coverage all over Europe.
After touring as a duo for quite a while, Schneider and Krite recorded their ground-breaking follow-up, Royal Flush, in 1994, a milestone of "Lo-Fi Glam-Folk" to this very day. The album’s delicate arrangements demanded a somewhat bigger live sound, and thus the 5-piece LOCUST FUDGE BAND was formed to go on the road with the new material.
After extensive touring throughout Europe, LOCUST FUDGE released the EP "Business Express" in 1996. Besides working with LOCUST FUDGE, Schneider and Krite had released numerous albums, toured extensively with their bands Hip Young Things and Sharon Stoned, and worked on different side projects.
By the end of the 1990s, Schneider and Krite had moved to Berlin. Alongside Japanese performance artist Hanayo, they reunited in the noise-pop outfit PAINCAKE and performed in unusual surroundings like the Urbanization Congress Cities on the Move 6 in Bangkok 1999, the opening of the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2001, an exhibition opening at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and many others.
After the band's demise in 2002, Schneider and Krite went separate ways for a while. Schneider, who had been involved with electronic music for many years, would become a global trailblazer for a music genre known as Indietronica with Schneider TM and his hits Reality Check, Frogtoise, and his The Smiths cover version The Light 3000, which were hugely acclaimed not only by John Peel. Schneider co-founded the noise-and-drone band (die) ANGEL with Ilpo Väisänen (Pan sonic), was a member of the three-guitar outfit A S S with Günter Schickert and Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), and has worked on experimental music in a variety of collaborations as well as being a composer for film, radio plays, performance theater, and other media.
During the first years of the new millennium, Krite produced albums for bands like Ragazzi, The Innits, and Julia Hummer's Too Many Boys. Becoming musical director for the René Pollesch play Prater Saga 4 at the Volksbühne Berlin in 2004 marked the beginning of a long-term artistic partnership with director Stefan Pucher; they're working together continuously at theaters in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zürich and elsewhere to this day. Aside from producing for She She Pop, Krite collaborated with the British-German performance collective Gob Squad to create the show Revolution Now!, which has been invited to tour all over Europe and South America since its Berlin premiere in 2010.
Amid those diverse activities, LOCUST FUDGE played random shows in Berlin and recorded the song Cannibal Man, featured on PERVERTED BY MARK E. - A TRIBUTE TO THE FALL by ZickZack Records. When their first two albums FLUSH and ROYAL FLUSH were re-released on vinyl in 2014, the band embarked on their first tour in 20 years as a trio with Japanese drummer Chikara Aoshima to present the classic material alongside a bunch of new songs. In 2018 they released their album OSCILLATION featuring 10 new songs and numerous guest appearances by the likes of J Mascis, Chris Brokaw, Zappi W Diermaier, Julia Wilton, Wolfgang Seidel, Lucio Capece, Michael Mühlhaus, Ulrich Krieger, Gwendolin Tägert, Lars Rudolph, Günter Schickert and others.


released December 2, 2022

Originally released by Sticksister Records in 1997.

1, 2, 3, 4, :
All instruments & vocals by Locust Fudge
Additional sampling & programming by Mario Thaler & Martin Gretschmann
Recorded by Mario Thaler, produced by Locust Fudge, Mario Thaler, Martin Gretschmann in October 1995 at Uphon Studios, Weilheim, Germany

5 :
Christophe Uhe: electric guitar, vocal
Dirk Dresselhaus: electric guitar, vocal
Volker Backes: keyboard
Marc Schneider: bass
Roman Büning: drums
Recorded, mixed and produced by Ondřej Ježek, Michal Pešout & Lubosch Lauterbach in October 1995 at Studio Vintage, Prague, Czech Republic
Executive producer: Ondřej Šturma

6 :
All instruments & vocals by Dirk Dresselhaus
Recorded, mixed and produced 1995 on 4-track cassette tape at Schneider's house by D. Dresselhaus in Bielefeld, Germany

1, 4, 6 : music & words by Dirk Dresselhaus
2 : music & words by Christophe Uhe
3 : music & words by Dirk Dresselhaus / Christophe Uhe
5 : music & words by Marcus Acher

Published by Hanseatic Musikverlag GmbH / Community M.V. / Copyright Control

Cover concept by Locust Fudge
Band photos by Klaus Linnenbrügger
Layout by Sticksister

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MirrorWorldMusic is a label, archive, and publishing imprint for diverse idiosyncratic music projects that are linked in some way by their protagonists, involving the likes of Schneider TM, Dirk Dresselhaus, Kptmichigan, die ANGEL, Locust Fudge, and others. The diversity of the stylistic scope is unified by an overarching experimental approach and multi-minded spirit.

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