It's not surprising that The Picturebooks recorded their 2014 album, Imaginary Horse [RidingEasy Records], in the same garage
where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The German duoFynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar]
and Philipp Mirtschink [drums]capture a raw, rich, and real energy befitting of the room's natural reverb, industrial
aura, and spiritual spark
Fynn and Philipp first crossed paths at a local skate park. Becoming fast friends, they realized their mutual interests extended
beyond skateboarding and into music like The Smiths, The Cure, and Minor Threat. Soon, they began writing songs together,
utilizing equipment Fynn's dad Claus had accumulated over his years as a musician and record producer.
After two independent releases in Europe, the pair played major festivals such as Sziget and toured with everybody from International
Noise Conspiracy to Spinnerette. Simultaneously, they garnered international attention for their motorcycle builds and received
prominent profiles in tastemaker publications including DICE Magazine, Kustom, and many others. Following an explosive Hollywood
gig supporting Eagles of Death Metal for DICE, they embarked on their inaugural North American tour and buzz began to organically
spread through word of mouth and social media. By the time they returned home, the group had inked a deal with Riding Easy
The Picturebooks retreated to their "garage" in order to record their debut North American record. Mirroring their daredevil
skateboarding ethos, they broke rules while recording. For starters, there was considerable physical space between the musicians
and the microphones, and it wasnt simply a sterile studio environment. The concrete floors and airy expanse contributed
to the sound, and the overall atmosphere proved quite a propos. They even constructed their own instruments to boot. Fynn
picked up thrift shop guitars in Los Angeles. Influenced by the tribal sounds of Native American music, the band built custom
percussion and augmented their feet with bells. Moreover, Philipp decided to eschew playing cymbals and adopted large Toms,
which he bashes with mallets instead of sticks. They conjured true fire in the garage with that astounding, untainted reverb
and their personal arsenal of modified instruments.
Ultimately, all of these pieces form a blues rock pastiche that's as individualistic as it is infectious. In 2016 the band
signed with Another Century records and have confirmed a number of tour dates. Their Another Century debut comes out
March 10th 2017.