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Monday, October 6, 2008

New album "YO!" is out today! (plus listeners guide)

Our new album "Yo!" is out TODAY.
You can order your own copy HERE in case you're too lazy to visit the shops.

Here's a little song by song listeners guide...


--- YO! ---
Might be the stupidest song we’ve ever done.
It’s a little social commentary about stubbornness. People in constant control gotta be hiding something and need a little taunting.
I liked the wordcombo of yes and no, and it sets the stage for an album that doesn’t beat you with fixed clear opinions but explores the fun in between.
The guitar riff in th bridge and outtro is the best I’ve ever written. Makes AC/DC sound like Shakespeare!

--- GIRLY PIE ---
Woa, second song, and already we’re lanching into hippie land. What’s up?
This song is an exotic story of a pot stimulated pseudogay competitative flirt. Pop music anyone could relate to, right?
Kid Universe supplied the Morriconish instrumental part to make this a complete track in the last minute.
My mom thinks this is the big hit in the bunch.

--- Don Wannabe ---
This is an in-your-face drinking song, our take on “the classic party tune”, complete with drumchase and a surfing guitar solo… Actually more like a drank-too-much-to-the-point-where-you’re-stuck-in-the-bathroom-seeing-double kinda song. Hardly a big booze advertisement, though I believe it’s fun to listen to when you’re drunk :D

--- Zero Is My Favorite Number ---
When my dear crazy friend, label and co-writer Maurice came with this idea, I knew we had a winner. The tune reaches almost religious heights in it’s attempt to pin down the absurdness of defining “nothing”. In my opinion the most poetic song on the album.
Musically, the track was inspired by a tune by Siouxie & The Banshees that has a similar beat, which we’d never tried before. It takes some very proggy twists and turns though, we can’t hep ourselves:D
Check out Headbanger doing the tennis announcer after the second chorus of the song, and stay tuned for a hopefully hilarious video coming up in a few weeks!

--- The Circuits Of Your Mind ---
Originally this wasn’t meant to be an AKH song, since I found it way to corny and straightforward But when I played it to the guys, everyone agreed we certainly could go this far. Tastefulness just aint our turf I guess. The song even had the working title of “Cheese” right up until the final mix. This song was definitely a lesson of “facing your demons” for us, and fortunately RebekkaMaria shared the belief that no style of music is bad in itself if done right… And thus we conquered the highly controversial of the powerballad. Meaning of course that this aint no parody, this is true love!
Lyrically the duet is a lovesong about a nerdy couple, that might be able to interact and project their respective colorful personalities and fantasies online, but have no clue what to do in real life.

--- Paris ---
This is our twisted teen homage song, praising a new generation of kids, that are ably to navigate the complex superficial media bombardement without losing the sense of meaning in life. Or something like that. The hookline “When I say Paris, you don’t say France” is more a mocking of old fucks having no trust in the cultural debth of the kids of today. As always, we argue both ways, but this is my intented meaning of the song. Power to the kids!
We made a fun video to this song, as it was the first single off the album. It’s probably the most straight ahead rock tune on here, and one of the first of these new tunes to go in the live set.

--- Defenders Of The Faith ---
My personal favorite on the album. While deeply emerged in the making of the Grinding Light album, I felt it would be fun to try and incorperate the same kind of beats and breaks into a more melodic and symphonic tune, and this is what came out.
Lyrically, it’s pisstaking of religious leaders and demagogs, that could just as easily relate to rockstars or whoever puts themselves in a position of leadership. These are the guys that corrupt the very message they’re preaching, not the faith itself.
The song combines almost all the different inspirations I’ve had for AKH since the beginning, and very much satisfies my aspiration for hectic musical insanity.

--- Men On Emotional Oceans ---
Kid Universe kept pounding the idea that we should have a pirate song, and so we put this very silly and simple lala demo together. It pretty much stayed at the bottom of the pile until very late in the process, when the lyrical attack on fashion and stubborn male stereotypes injected some sense to the track. It’s the only song on the album that was mainly composed in the studio after having recorded the bass and drums as a wildcard track that noone quite knew the direction of.
The monster guestperformance of Jakob Bellens and the stacking of 20 celloes all made for the grand odd man out on the album.

--- We Are Western ---
Here’s a little quirky commentary about sexual powerplays and the trials and tribulations of relationships. In this story, the female clearly comes out on top.
It’s a straightforward cheery boogie number with a notorious progged out bridge featuring our proud candidate for “the worlds’ longest drumfill”. Go Handsome Go!

--- Compressed and Compiled ---
Shut up about your social paranoia. Be nice and be happy. What a naïve statement, but wrapped nicely in surreal and pisstaking imagery. We’re here to taste your manliness tonight?
Musically inspired by They Might Be Giants’ “Experimental Film”, this song first comes off as one of the more serious tunes on the album, though the lyrics and woa woa parts kinda run hogwild…The chorus is about as hillbillish as we get this time around, but it sure has a good feeling to it. My dear neurotic friend Michael Hartmann from Danish folkpop duo Hush spiced up the track with some twangy guitar melodies as he was hanging round the studio during the mix.

--- Viagra Wars ---
Our first straight-up-no-nonsense punk rock tune about old white crooks, corruption etc.
It’s a true genrepiece, probably the “cleanest” tune on here, and a bit of an aesthetic sidestep perhaps. In the middle of all the multilayered madness, it seemed like such a nice little bomb.

--- Teenage God ---
This is an old song from before the “Rich Freedom Flavour” album, but we’ve played it live from time to time and thought we should give it a try once more. It’s about this dude who’s become a deity in his own world because of his command of the chicks. Sort of an ironic sex versus religion song.
Kid Handsomes elabororate percussion work made this tune rise above the bar line for me. Also Kid Universe finally got to flash his slapping skills. All making for a little sidestep from the general “rock” vibe. Especially the bonged out outtro jam seemed very fitting on the album, almost mocking the grandeur on some of the other tunes, including itself (is that an enigma or what?).

--- Particles Of Joy And Music ---
Originally a psychedelic scifi drug fiend song, this was soon turned into a actual science song filled with pi and electrons and what not.
This was the first song I wrote with the sole intention making it fun to play live, which later became the mantra for this whole process. It’s also the song that first got my dear co-producer Kristian Thomsen aka Kid Plexi fired up about the in-your-face American Idiotish direction of the production.

--- Hey I Really Like Your Band ---
This has to win the cake for being the craziest AKH tune ever. I think it was the hookline that finally got the pieces to fit, allowing it to depart from all logic in a way… It’s about the love for music as a breathing living breathing thing among us. Even if it’s a frantic progmetal song bathed in psychotic saxophone cascades. Big shoutouts to Marius Neset on the tenor for his mad skills. This really is a treat for the nerds.

--- Homemade Drum Machine ---
Concluding the album, this little folksy epilogue is again a tribute to the young mind and spirit. In fact, if you really want to squeeze a theme onto this album as whole, it’s gotta be just that: pass the torch with great optimism for the new generations. Dumbass and naïve? Damn right, but full of love.


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"It's rare to come across an album that is able to elegantly unify several widely different genres in a whole, meaningful entity like this one does" - Gaffa (5/6)

"A display of versatile musical ability: luxurious arrangements, high tempos, instrumental diversity and alternating genres galore ... Go, Kid!" - Information

"..."... Has a grip on the necessary pop hookline all the time and shows a constant melodic flair... A big thumbs up to a band, that recklessly jumps into the deep sea of originals" - Politiken (4/6)

It's impressive, how A Kid Hereafter can conjure up little hooky melodies from virtually everything he touches" - Soundvenue (4/6)

"The mood is in a costant high gear, my head rocks up and down, and my feet quiver. The result is an explosion of entertaining and joyful songs, useful for karaoke as well as can can or cocktail parties" - Diskant (7/10)

"A colourful and extremely varied display of reckless genre mixing with the ear-shattering simple hookline as the leitmotif" - Denmarks Radio

"Hitpotential and hyperenergy" - Ekstra Bladet

"... Beck's pop/punk grandcousin" - Undertoner (4/6)

"I've been humming the tunes for weeks..." - Lowcut Magazine (4/5)

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