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Symptome und Beschwerden
LP / Tapete Records / 2012
Herpes is back: "Symptome und Beschwerden" ("Symptoms and Ailments") is the title of their second album.
Herpes sound mixes bone dry Art School Punk (Devo, Gang of Four, early
Mekons) with some mid-period Goldene Zitronen, refined here and there
with clear Krautrock influences. Not the hippie-blues-rock Krautrock,
of course, but rather the Neu! Krautrock. It's presented with such
vehemence and naturalness, as if Herpes had never even heard a note
from any of those bands (which may be the case – you'd have to ask). As
if Suicide would cover Pere Ubu.