What Are People For? make the perfect kind of dystopic dance music for our times. Born from a collaboration between artist Anna McCarthy and musician/producer Manuela Rzytki, the band could be the illicit lovechild of Tom Tom Club and Throbbing Gristle, displaying the ideal balance of hip shaking vibes and dark provocative content.
On their collaborative debut, McCarthy and Rzytki share songwriting duties. The album was produced by Rzytki herself. They are joined by Paulina Nolte on backing vocals and Tom Wu on drums, while Keith Tenniswood mastered the record.
The whole project stems from a publication and exhibition by McCarthy laying the foundations for the content and lyrics of the album, which is humorous, poetic and political. As a lyricist, McCarthy uses her storytelling ability to explore anxieties and desires, digging into free surreal word associations reminiscent of Su Tissues’ tongue in cheek experiments with Suburban Lawns, but also explosive and gripping like a Kae Tempest rap.
Rzytki’s precise sonic palette and talent at penning structured bangers perfectly complement McCarthy’s playful and subversive language manipulations. Rzytki’s beats are rooted in old school Hiphop loop principles and an authentic love for the analog. Her use of an array of synthesizers and other “real” instruments adds to WAPF’s depth, soul and sincerity.
Album released 2022 on Alien Transistor Records. Touring since
MOON NOT WAR (founded in February 2018) are Anna McCarthy, Antenne Danger, Ruben Granados-Hughes and Shino Plum. In M.N.W McCarthy writes and sings texts about borderline sexual experiences accompanied by a humming and creaky bass, while Danger‘s hypnotic choral singing with an epic keyboard sound reminds of Morricone and Beak, Granados hits the drums as if it was a piece of meat and Plum underscores it all with minimal guitar, giving goose bumps.
"To give structure chaos" is the motto of this Munich based all-girl
band. Staying true to this concept Spandex aka Anna McCarthy, Eat It, Sandra,
Peitschenfrau, St. Anger, Frl. Milano, Antenne Danger and their secretary Fräulein
Jablonski have already performed in the Munich Kammerspiele theatre, Pinakothek
der Moderne, Hamburg Pudel Club, Glasgow Glue Factory and Berlin's Clärchen's
Ballhaus, as well as in an old people's home.
Reckless dilettantism, daring outfits, a slight obsession with warpaint and an eclectic array of dirty rock 'n' roll jubilees capture the audience's imagination and usually lead to moshing and doing the twist at the very same time.
Composition, Vocals, Keys: TAGAR
Bass: Spandex aka A.McCarthy
THE GREAT TYRANNIA – psychedelic metal
Thunder Bass: Spandex aka A.McCarthy
Earthshake Drums: Tagar
Outburst Drums: Sandra Juds
Psychedelic Rain Keyboard + Sounds: Joe Masi
Storm Guitar: Albert Pöschl
Zeremony + Visuals: Gabi Blum