Primal blues-rock duo The Picturebooks return with Home is a Heartache. The German outfit – featuring Fynn Claus Grabke (vocals, guitar) and Philipp Mirtschink (drums) – performs enticing blues-saturated heavy rock, with Fynn playing on obscure vintage guitars he buys from thrift shops around the world, while Philipp beats the largest possible drums he can find – no cymbals whatsoever, but rather self-made percussion like huge chains, bells, and more – with heavy duty felt beaters.
The band explains: "We toured our first album Imaginary Horse for more than two years straight with multiple runs in Europe and America. We traveled endless miles in small beat up tour vans on never-ending highways, and lived out of hotels, couches, and sometimes, just the back of our van. When we finally returned home, music started pouring out of us and we finished writing, recording and mixing Home is a Heartache in our garage in just a few months. To us it symbolizes this journey we're on and the music we want to spread, giving it our everything every day and every night. Some of the song titles say it all: "On These Roads I'll Die," "Wardance," "I Need That Oooh," "Inner Demons," "I Came A Long Way For You," and "Home Is A Heartache."
Home is a Heartache will serve as the band's sophomore release and Another Century label debut. The 14-track album was recorded in the band's garage, where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The album captures a raw, rich, and real energy befitting of the room's natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark.