lice EP

by Ahuizotl

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"Gitarren-Indie der 90er macht auch heute noch großen Spaß, wenn die Melodien perlen und die Songs den richtigen Kontrast aus Leichtigkeit und Verschrobenheit besitzen. Ahuizotl aus Köln können das so gut, dass Dinosaur Jr und Buffalo Tom gar nicht mehr so weit entfernt scheinen."
(Intro #198, 12/2011)

"From Yuck to Antiques to Cymbals Eat Guitars, there's been a rash of bands lately reviving the alternative/indie rock sounds of the 1990s to glorious effect. Hell, Guided by Voices is pretending the past 15 years never happened at all. Cologne, Germany’s Ahuizotl, named after a creature of Aztec mythology and who've had a handful of releases since 2004, are perhaps an unlikely addition to the list, but you can put 'em on there anyway. 'Self-Made' is a highlight from their 2011 mini-LP Lice and, like the rest of these songs, has more in common with the sounds of the Pacific Northwest circa 1997 than what their fellow countrymen are churning out. This is one quality jam."
(Pop Headwound, 02/2012, popheadwound.com/2012/02/07/introducing-ahuizotl)

"Few things get us as excited as Dinosaur Jr.-influenced losercore, and so it took only seconds of listening to Ahuizotl's recent Lice EP to know we had struck gold. The Cologne, Germany-based guitar pop quartet certainly wears its '80s and '90s American underground influences on its proverbial sleeves (search the band name on YouTube and you will find fronter Barry Langer covering all the greats, including Palace's 'I Am A Cinematographer' and Pavement's 'Elevate Me Later'). And the same goes for the thrilling seven-song set Ahuitzol self-released last summer. The act - which just last week opened for Wild Flag in Cologne - is named for a creature that ancient Aztecs believed had a hand on its tail, but that's not important right now. What is important is that the foursome's music communicates right at gut-level with big guitars, tastefully restrained synth and earnest vocals. The brilliantly understated 'Slide' rests somewhere on an axis between Yo La Tengo's 'Blue Line Swinger' and The Cure's 'Play For Today'. The strummer 'Work Is Over (If You Want It)' recalls Versus (particularly the chorus 'this is a call to arms / I know you're strong enough to hold me...') and is both buoyant with longing and helplessly tethered by resignation. 'Self-Made' makes it by dropping dense guitar in and out of over top of insistent fuzz bass and strikes a neat crescendo before a guitar solo rendered in liquid mercury. Ahuizotl's Bandcamp also houses two earlier collections fo material that suggest Mr. Langer has been honing his craft for almost a decade, and while there are bright spots in the back catalogue, the energy and focus of Lice is a huge step forward for the band. Have a listen to 'Slide' below and then click over to hear the entire EP, it is dynamite."
(clicky clicky music blog, 02/2012, jbreitling.blogspot.com/2012/02/todays-hotness-ahuizotl-grass-is-green.html)


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Barry Langer - vocals, guitar
Stefan Ebbers - bass
Helen Niemeyer - drums, vocals
Felix Hedderich - keyboard

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released July 15, 2011

Music by ahuizotl
Words by Barry Langer
recorded June 25-26 2011 / mixed & mastered July 12-13 2011 by Guido Lucas @ Blubox Tonstudio, Troisdorf

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Track Name: shine
there’s a thousand reasons
not to pick up the phone
and only one to do

you’re prepared for anything
but what if this time
things work out for you

it's too cold to go out
but you're too hot to stay home
you know that it's true

have one more
until you're sure
then get on your bike and go
take that ride
you will shine

you always believed
all the lies from all the guys
that were not your friends

they still sound the same
no need to be ashamed now
here they come again

have one more
now you're sure
lean against the wall
stay a while
you will shine
Track Name: self-made
you took luck in your own hands
‘cause it was no good
make a deal with what is only chance
you really thought you could

you made yourself

you dreamt the dream, then built the world
and now can’t understand
that it got close, almost to touch
and then turned away again
not according to the way you planned

you made yourself

don’t you want to be found out
don’t you want to be caught
and make this train that’s off the rails
come to a halt

you made yourself believe
Track Name: no epiphany
there’s no epiphany
let’s do everything differently
if you cut me once more there’ll be an array of me

you’re no epiphany baby
so won’t you make this deal with me
you tell me when to quit and I’ll hate you for it

baby I can see your dreams are dead like mine
that’s why I think we’re gonna work out fine
baby I can see your dreams are dead like mine

there’s no epiphany
let’s do everything differently
if you cut me once more there’ll be an array of me

baby I can see your dreams are dead like mine
that’s why I think we’re gonna work out fine
baby I can see your dreams are dead like mine
Track Name: bad idea
this is probably a bad idea but I guess I’m gonna do it anyway
this is probably no idea at all
this is probably a bad idea but I guess I’m gonna do it anyway
this is probably a bad idea but hey

don’t you know the feeling
this is never gonna work
when in any case you must not fail
you must not catch the knife that’s falling
but your hand’s already there
well, this could go either way

this is probably a bad excuse but I guess I’m gonna get away with it
this is probably no excuse at all
this is probably a bad excuse but I guess I might just get away
this is probably a bad excuse but hey

this is probably a bad idea but I guess I’m gonna do it anyway
this is probably no idea at all
this is probably a bad idea but I guess I’m gonna do it anyway
this is probably a bad idea but hey

don’t you know the feeling
this is never gonna work
when in any case you must not fail
you must not catch the knife that’s falling
but your hand’s already there
well, this might go either way
Track Name: slide
how do you build a wall of sound
how do you tear a wall of silence down
instead of hanging around
is this still swim or is it already drown

let's not say anything at all
I'd fall for anyone right now
but you could come back anytime
just so that you know

you must be out of your mind
so hung over it feels like upright
you can clean up when I leave
but don’t you touch this mess while I’m still here

look but don't talk to me
we don't stand a chance right now
I could totally fall for you
just so that you know
Track Name: work is over (if you want it)
work is over if you want it
work is over if you just make up your mind
work is over if you want it

this is a call to arms
I know you’re strong enough to hold me
and keep me safe from harm

it’s not like I need you to fill my life with purpose
I know quite well what to do with my time
it’s useless to suggest I should feel any kind of guilt
‘cause what you do and that I don’t isn’t equally a crime

work is over if you want it
work is over if you just make up your mind
work is over if you want it

this is a call to arms
I know you’re strong enough to hold me
and keep me safe from harm
Track Name: you're having a baby
word is out you're having a baby
word is out you're moving in with him
I guess that’s never to be seen again
word is out you're having a baby
word is out you're moving in with him
never to be seen again

don't you wish your boyfriend was a freak like me
freak enough to never leave you on your own
don't you wish your boyfriend was weak like me
too weak to do you any harm

in this matter I’ve no say
I guess you’ve got to do it your own way
in this matter I’ve no say
I guess you’ve got to try your own way

word is out you had an argument
the results of which are plain to see
word is out that now you’re more than three
word is out you had an accident
the results of which are plain to see
oh, if you’d only asked me

don't you wish your boyfriend was a freak like me
freak enough to never leave you on your own
don't you wish your boyfriend was weak like me
too weak to do you that kind of harm

in this matter I’ve no say
I guess you’ve got to try your own way
in this matter I’ve no say
I guess you’ve got to do it his way

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