Dornenvögel by J.J.
Karg was founded back in the summer of 2006 as a one-man project. Between 2010 & 2014 Karg was fully formed as a band to play gigs, formally in Germany, Austria and Central Europe. In the years till 2018, Karg was, like in its beginning, held as a one-man project and released to more albums. With the release of Kargs sixth studio album, “Dornenvögel” Karg will celebrate its rebirth as a live band for a few special dates in 2018 & 2019. The musical style of Karg is a furious, hysteric mixture of Atmospheric Black Metal and a huge load of Post Rock, with influences also from Grunge, Shoegaze and Post Punk. The influences from other genres than Black Metal evolved more and more within the last few years but were there in abridged form since day one. Textual Karg always was about the more melancholic side of life, such as broken relationships, lost love, estrangement, drug abuse, loss or suicide thoughts and depression. In contrast to many other bands, Karg lyrics are as equally important than its music is.
I think ‘Dornenvögel’ is a very important jigsaw in the band’s history. Like every time I wrote all the songs and the lyrics on my own. It was the first time I worked together with my good friend Georg Traschwandtner, which was and is originally the FHO of my girlfriend’s band Les Lekin, who produced the whole album. Another very special thing was, that I worked together with so many guest musicians this time. M.S. and Mischa Radivojevic, from my other band Harakiri For The Sky worked with me on some of the drum tracks. On the other side, I had seven guest singers on the album, from bands such as Downfall Of Gaia, Lunar Aurora, Ellende, Amer, Lûs or Ancst. It was kind of a mammoth task for such a short time (we had six weeks for putting everything together), but in the end, everything worked out and I’m still very happy how the album turned out.
wrote most of the songs between autumn 2017 and April 2018. After finishing the songs I went on a road trip to North America, where I wrote many of the lyrics. The second part of the lyrics I pieced up from ideas I collected since the release of “Weltenasche” and completed them with new ideas. That’s it. The recording took place from mid-June to the end of July. Like I said, a kinda stressful process.
I’m a big fan of Bukowski, Zweig, Greene and Faulkner. But generally, my biggest inspiration in writing songs and lyrics always was life itself and all its difficulties. My songs always were about parting, estrangement, broken relationships, depression, suicide thoughts and drug abuse. The daily insanity, as we know it. On “Dornenvögel” every song treated a different of these aspects. That’s why the album was called “Dornenvögel” (Thornbirds), cause every song is a ‘Dornenvogel’ (the singular) for itself. To me, the word thornbird is a perfect metaphor for something like a suffering spirit.
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