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Titel / Title Jackpot 
Label Janitor Records 
Web www.pothead.de
Total run time
35 min. 
Vö/ReleaseJanuar 2013 

The end of the world was not yet foreseen in 2012, so that remains to be said, the most important international sensation in the world was the filling of the vacant job of the drummer in the band of the weird weed pilots who call themselves Pothead. "I am a Berliner!" 1963 J.F.Kennedy said once, and everyone knew he was not, but was meant well. When Brad (vocals, guitar) from Pothead nowadays 50 years later says "I am a Berliner", it sounds almost as though acoustically, but wonderfully it even is correct, too (almost). Although the Candy Bombers, he and Mr. Bass, Jeff Dope, have not seen, but shortly after that - after the Wall (the Berlin one, not the Pink Floyd wall) came down - he was already in the lanes at the river Spree and swung right at the start his six string Gibson.

Since then, hardly a year has passed in which has not found a silver disc its place under the digital needle of the player. Little harder and stormy in the 90s, a little quieter and more relaxed in the beginning of the millennium, something confused a few years ago, but now they are back, and with the "new", Nicolaj “Nick” Gogow, another original Berlin of almost purest Bulgarians blood, they pushed the ball into the circulating rock and roll roulette: "Jackpot" is announced.

Who knows Pothead can be sure, here it is not about surprises or avant-garde, but solid reflection on the essence in a retro-rock outfit. The first song rumbles straight on and might convince that sound waves can blow the dust off a carpet (if it hangs in front of the boxes). Not only with "Rhyme in Time" (or "Frame in Your Mind") are more synthetic electronics applications integrated, without going too much in the foreground, and what adds a tiny touch of glamour to the purist riffs. And another thing is clear: Brad plays more often and active than previously some guitar solos, traditional, but right on the 777. A lot of fans wanted to have of this side more, right?

And how does the New his cause? He had promised to spread some Balkan-pepper in the pot. First unobtrusively integrated nicely, quite a number of new sequences are indeed to discover. In "Emotion of the Potion" a gallon from the Saturnight Fever is fuelled; from that song probably once the Bee Gees forward looking got inspired. Even on the last album a pinch of Temptations was palpable. Brad has also drawn his ideas from old disco and soul pots, not just grunge and blues. This sounds good, because it is mixed with the already existing retrospective ambience and makes the tunes sparkle.

Songs like "Old Bitter" or especially "Boilermaker" Pothead has actually in the program, it sounds pretty, but it brings - except the guitar solo on "Boilermaker" - nothing really new. This is followed by "Bombay" - a feel-good catchy, Jamaican grunge for the Beach Radio, real hit, sudden desire not to beer, but on Pina Colada. After that comes the "Detroit" just right - almost punk in a comfortable mode.

Beautiful disc, gleams silver, rotates rapidly and can be viewed from two sides: Has Pothead reinvented themselves? No. Has Pothead invented something new? No. Must Pothead reinvent themselves or something new? No. Well, actually, not really. Although these new tracks, blues and grunge spiced with a little soul are exciting and let some candy fall down on the new or old Pothead fans to enjoy.

1. Take Your Queen
2. Rhyme In Time
3. Drone
4. Emotion Of The Potion
5. Overblown
6. Frame In Your Mind
7. Old Bitter
8. Bombay
9. Boilermaker
10. Detroit
11. Rock Satellite
12. Northern Lights

Andreas Torneberg

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