It’s been five years now since the word got out that the Titans from The Big O* were re-resurrected for a second time since their grimy beginnings back in 1989. «Hell, not even Jesus could do THAT!» music lovers worldwide were heard to shriek.
Back in the saddle, the band have crisscrossed the globe delighting fans old and new, packing ’em in from LA to Ålesund, Melbourne to Manchester and all points in between.
November 2015 heralded the unveiling of not only the first new music since 2012’s Sexual Harassment but a new member for the group! Hot For Nietzsche found our boys on full throttle, staring the void right in the face and raising a glass to its honour. Rick Kosick (Jackass/Wild Boyz) shot the video on location in Vegas – a suitable backdrop for the debauchery.
The HFN single release show in Oslo saw the stage debut of the newest edition to the denim recruits: Keyboard Wizard Crown Prince Haakon-Marius, a hugely invaluable addition to the line-up, according to Guitar Ubermensch Euroboy: «We’re happy to have a keyboard player back in the band again, six years after Pål Pot Pamparius performed his last show with the band. Crown Prince Haakon Marius is a friend of ours from the Oslo music scene and an amazing musician! We had so much fun getting back in the studio as a six piece, to record new material which the addition of a keyboard-player inspired the songwriting and the production.»
Well, lightning does strike twice, because May 2016 sees ANOTHER new single! Just in time for final exams, Turbonegro unleash Special Education to the unsuspecting public. A story of a teenage boy’s fall from academic grace and the cruel and unusual discipline he finds at the very bottom, the song was inspired by repeated watchings of Scum and The Story Of O on the tour bus VHS player; «They were the only tapes we had!» Guitarist Rune Rebellion confesses.
Bass player and cultural commenter Happy Tom could not contain his excitement: «A golfer from Phoenix once claimed that school is «out». Norway José, au contraire say we: school is «in»! This saucy tale of sizzling hot sexual abuse will MAKE GOING TO SCHOOL GREAT AGAIN.»
«But why the wait for new material? Why this sadistic tease of your loyal fanbase?» you cry….Vocalist Tony Sylvester AKA The Duke Of Nothing had this to say about the new material «Sexual Harassment was an immediate, aggressive record because it had to be.. We were brimming with bravado and wanted to show the world that we were back. We’d only played three shows together when we went to New York to record it…
We’ve spent the the past 4 years honing our skills, figuring out what packs the best punch from the back catalogue and how to present it in the best way possible.. The music we are releasing now is more distilled, more refined, more pointed: Deathpunk redux? Or Deathpunk deluxe, if you will…»
The two new singles Hot For Nietzsche//Special Education will be released on 7″ vinyl later this year, plus there’s the cassette(!) release coming up on Californian taste maker garage label Burger Records in June.