ESKIMO CALLBOY got its tongue-in-cheek moniker while the German outfit were out partying under a different, more pedestrian name. Between shots of Kornbrand and shotguns of beer, bass player Daniel Klossek blurted out two words ‘Eskimo Callboy’. From that point forward, the humorous combination stuck. When ESKIMO CALLBOY decided to rebrand the band, there was only one option: ESKIMO CALLBOY. The Germans got a kick out of it in 2010 when they formed officially. Seven years later, they still think it’s laugh out loud hilarious. That’s even as they transition out of the “Crystals” album cycle and sailor dive into new album, “The Scene”, the group’s first in two long years.
"The time between ‘Crystals’ and ‘The Scene’ was a mixture of being on tour a lot and writing," says vocalist Kevin Ratajczak from his playboy palace. "I guess we didn’t need more time for a new album. We pretty much started writing new songs right after we finished ‘Crystals’. When we didn’t feel comfortable with the product of our work, we let it rest for a while, and then went back to it. There has been less stress than ever before. And, of course, we needed a few breaks [from the writing process] for our awesome tours. We really enjoyed the time touring for ‘Crystals’. Biggest and most exciting shows we’ve played so far."
Clearly, ESKIMO CALLBOY are ready for the next explosion of awesome and new hordes of fawning fans once “The Scene” sees light of day. From their humble beginnings as teenage regulars at the local youth club in their hometown of Castrop Rauxel to touring the world—they've played and partied in Russia, the States, Japan, China, and South Africa—ESKIMO CALLBOY worked tirelessly for their journey to notoriety. That they’ve scored two Top 10 placements (“We Are the Mess” at #8 and “Crystals” at #6) on the German Top Ten Album Charts is also an indication of the group’s work hard, play hard ethos. Certainly, the rise will continue on “The Scene”. Based on singles "M.C. Thunder", "VIP", and the ripping title track, featuring Attila’s Chris ‘Fronz’ Fronzak, ESKIMO CALLBOY's gonna make 2017 its proverbial bitch.
For years, fans and the media have struggled to categorize ESKIMO CALLBOY's savage yet savant pairing of heavy riffs and danceable electronic beats. Some have labeled it ‘electronicore’. Others have called the bouncing synths and brutal vocals ‘party-core’. Whatever it's called, “The Scene” continues to defy expectations. Songs like opener "Back in the Bizz", "The Devil Within", and "Nightlife", featuring Russian rave outfit Little Big, push boundaries and shatter paradigms. They're anthems for a new age, where genres party 'n' puke together. But truth be told, ESKIMO CALLBOY aren't interested classifications. They want “The Scene” to speak for itself.
ESKIMO CALLBOY are Kevin Ratajczak (vocals), Sebastian 'Sushi' Biesler (vocals), Daniel Haniss (guitars), Pascal Schillo (guitars), Daniel Klossek (bass), and David Friedrich (drums). And they want you to party with “The Scene”.
By Chris Dick
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