This Friday, Exile On Mainstream will unveil Demons Are Scared, the first solo endeavor from German noise rock/doom/experimental scene figurehead ARNE HEESCH. Veil Of Sound is currently streaming the entire album ahead of its release.
A foundational member of beloved ‘90s German noise rock outfit Ulme, and current/founding member of sludge/doom outfit Treedeon, Demons Are Scared is the first solo album by ARNE HEESCH, the record also featuring his Treedeon partner Yvonne Ducksworth. After two albums with Treedeon and a third one currently in the works, life changed for the two in 2020 and 2021; things went quieter, more focused, and private. So did these songs – dawning towards a new urgency, gaining a new life. The two reworked them and added two more – the intense “Treeprayer,” which was written on the day of HEESCH’s father’s death, and “The Glowing,” which especially deals with starting over again and the unconditional dedication to follow one’s own paths. “The Glowing” is an older song which was released as the first track when Ulme reformed in 2005 after six years of hiatus and thus illustrates a new beginning as much as it has a historical reference attached to it.
Demons Are Scared is a fully homegrown album, recorded by Ulf “Fluffi” Reinhard mostly in HEESCH’s living room. Ducksworth’s vocals are featured on most of the songs, as well as some additional guitar and keyboard work by Reinhard. The album was mastered by Exile On Mainstream alumni Stefan Brueggemann. In August 2021, HEESCH and Ducksworth presented the album for the first time; in a stunning performance on Ruegen Island. The open-air concert by the sea at the very North of Germany, was part of the inspirational Heumond Festival, alongside performances by Might, and Conny Ochs, the latter, who also drew the lettering for the album cover of Demons Are Scared.
“ARNE, a veteran of the German noise rock underground scene having played in bands like Ulme or Treedeon, presents his new songs in a completely acoustic format and the one thing separating him from other of these acoustic trials becomes pretty clear: He is really interested in the tuning of his six-string axe! The variable way in which he tunes his guitar is the perfect vehicle for songs of very different emotions and settings. Some songs are very melancholic, close to the kind of acoustic doom folk his labelmate Conny Ochs presents. Other songs are perfect soundtracks for neo-Western movies like True Grit or The Power Of The Dog, if their makers had chosen good acoustic support for their flicks.”
Stream ARNE HEESCH’s Demons Are Scared early at Veil Of Sound RIGHT HERE.
Demons Are Scared will be released digitally and on LP with an included CD, limited to 300 copies this Friday, February 25th. Find physical preorder options at the Exile On Mainstream webshop HERE and digital preorders HERE. Also watch the video for the album’s “The Glowing” HERE.
Watch for further updates on ARNE HEESCH as well as from Treedeon and more to post in the months ahead.