Agnostic Funk

by Tics

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    second album of cologne based band TICS - post punk, black vinyl

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Without a chance of salvation only the the twitching of the restless legs brings to mind the grace and favour that have been granted. „AGNOSTIC FUNK“ is an invitation: Shake your hips after all! Eight snapshots of the common mindfuck can renew energies. But always forgoing transcendency: Funk played by TICS frees neither ass nor mind, it turns their social entanglements to the outside. Hanging on these threads the bodies fidget and crick their joints. The voice is no sovereign know-it-all, is reflected, doubled, annotated, counteracted by samples, echoes, vocoder scraps. Underneath, bass, drums and guitar get caught up in transformer-esque locomotions, keyboards and saxophones gum up to psychedelic streaks. This Funk is a reflex of the workaday delusion – and to the same extent resistance against its supple operation. A smitten wiggle, thrashing about out of necessity against the new fascist groove thang. Do something about it! 

„Stupidity can be cured by jumping around, by making faces, by songs played to the point, barely one longer than two minutes, infested with all the rubbish of the world.“, Jonas Engelmann described the musical outline of TICS in his article about the debut album (JUNGLE WORLD 2017/26). 



AGNOSTIC FUNK ist eine Einladung: Schüttelt die Hüften trotzdem! Acht snapshots, im alltäglichen mindfuck aufgenommen, wecken noch Energien. Doch immer ohne Transzendenz: Der Funk der TICS befreit weder „ASS“ noch „MIND“.

Er stülpt deren gesellschaftlichen Verstrickungen nach außen. Und an diesen Fäden zappeln die Körper und verrenken ihre Glieder. Stimmen spiegeln sich, werden gedoppelt, kommentiertund konterkariert von Samples, Echos, Vocoder-Fetzen. Darunter verhaken sich Bass, Schlagzeug, Gitarre zu Transformerartigen moves, Keyboards und Saxophon verklumpen in psychedelischen Schlieren. Der Funk der TICS ist Reflex auf den konstanten Wahn – und zugleich Widerstand gegen sein geschmeidiges Funktionieren. Ein getriebenes, notgeborenes Strampeln und Hampeln gegen das neue Fascist Groove Thang. Was dagegen tun! 

„Gegen die Dummheit hilft kontrolliertes Rumhampeln, Grimassenschneiden, auf den Punkt gespielte Songs, kaum einer länger als zwei Minuten, in die der ganze Müll der Welt eingedrungen ist.“ so beschrieb Jonas Engelmann den musikalischen Entwurf der TICS (JUNGLE WORLD 2017/26). 

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released March 1, 2019

add musician:
Karl Plato - Percussion
Lothar Burghaus - Saxophone
Mixed by Olaf Opal
Master: Daniel Husayn / North London Bomb Factory Mastering
Photo/Design: Frederic Lezmi
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Track Name: Soft Panic
SOFT PANIC
go act like in front of a mirror look straight into your eyes let your thoughts get clearer now roll your shoulders tightly slowly bend a knee
start shaking a hip lightly
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now take a sip with relish let its coolness fill you out let the world be embellished the evening star is showing start the day all over again drink up, let’s get going
Track Name: Get Rich
what are you gonna do when you get rich
from one day to the other like a flick of the switch will your life be more than just a little itch
what are you gonna do when you get rich
hey, you can’t always do what your mom wants you to do you gotta follow your passion
what are you gonna do when you get big
you tear down all those walls till it makes you sick no opinionated voice won’t do the trick
what are you gonna do when you get big
what are you gonna do when you get hip
your walk and your talk and no one gives a shit grab the money, run and quit
what are you gonna do when you get hip
Track Name: Guerilla
yeah, you’re all guerilla
in marketing, in policy
in every other act you be as dirty as they come
yeah, you’re all guerilla
in style, in dress, your knowing looks as dirty as they come
as clean and cozy as it gets
yeah, you’re all guerilla
in arrogance, in song and dance in romance, peace and love
as dirty as they come
Track Name: The Luck of the Jewish
yeah, I know people who do hesitate
because they want a world without national states one people’s only chance still is a nation
grasp that and be patient
a plight for peace on so many days
fuel for the light in the darkness in so many ways
use a sledgehammer to crack a nut show how sensitive you’ve got show you don’t ignore a blow
show you don’t ignore a single shot
Track Name: Vampires
in the early hours of the morning
people tend to detect hopelessness in their own yawning whatever’s happened in their sleep
been taken by a sweet caress right before dawning
the monkey on your back tells you to run you focus, focus, step by step
you win some, lose some
whenever there’s a chance to flee optimize your identity
it’s so easy to get boring
the shadows long, the day to day is done quick check that nothing’s going on
your batteries are low but you still run
all you feel is gravity
draining energy, back to sleep
Track Name: Boring
run of the mill daft
run of the mill barmy
I’m tired of idiosyncrasies especially when they bore me
run of the mill barmy
run of the mill daft
if you’ve only got one pencil your life just stays a draft
run of the mill daft
run of the mill barmy
I’m tired of idiosyncrasies especially when they hurt
the ones that pull you from the dirt
Track Name: The Tide
let us go below the sea underwater odyssey
just a splash as we go deep a smaller step, a bigger leap
dive, splash, body under water let the elements roll
let us go below the sea underwater odyssey
just a splash as we go deep a smaller step, a bigger leap
let’s get tickled by the water
go where corals glow
and when the swell gets harder we will never know
we sink down to unknown beaches we lay low, no voice can reach us
do you remember how cozy the ocean bed feels do you remember how gently and lightly we reel do you remember the tide
let us go below the sea underwater odyssey
just a splash as we go deep a smaller step, a bigger leap

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