HA! You thought you were finally rid of Tothe International. Maybe
you heard that Matt moved back to Hamburg, and maybe you even know
about Miko leaving the band.
Well, both things are quite true, but this is NOT the end of Tothe.
has in fact moved back to Hamburg in order to finish his finnish(!)
studies at the University. He left the fair city of Copenhagen before
summer, but has been back twice to record more songs from the
forthcoming Tothe album (and get drunk at the Roskilde Festival, and
play at VibraCrunch). He is right now working his ass of writing his
thesis, but in between he has found the time to book a couple of German
dates for Tothe. The band will play Hamburg (Bar Do Sul on friday the
29th) and Berlin (TBA on sturday 30th) in the last weekend of October
and also do the very last recording for the album.
Miko has left Tothe International. Sad but true. This
whacky person has been the central person of the band for many years
although he doesn’t write songs, can’t play a musical instrument or
even sing to save his life. Somehow it has always been a cool thing
about the band that they had this guy hanging around on stage only
adding a few shouts or noises to the music. Through the years Miko’s
position has gained power, though. He has grown into a really great
tambourine player, and as his arsenal of toy instruments and noise
makers grew, his small ”pieces” became more and more important to the
actual music. So it is truly
sad that Miko has decided he wants to hang out somewhere else,
but as he puts it himself: ”I’m not a musician. I’m not interested in
I just like being on stage and getting drunk.” ”Well, Miko”, one
might reply, ”Getting drunk on stage IS what being a musician is all
Of course the band totally respects his decision, and the rest
of the guys are now working out a new live format, that will enable
them to still have a superfluous guy on stage. This might involve more
sequenced drums, samplers or maybe 1 or more new members, but that is
for the future.
”Ladies and Gentlemen! Is that
tie in bad taste, or what?” Miko and Show during Miko’s farewell gig at VibraCrunch during the Malmö Festival ’99.
Here’s Miko working his toy
magic during ”Media International”.
now Tothe is focusing all their brainergy on the new album. They have
recorded 9 new songs and are in the process of mixing them. In the fall
they will complete 2 or 3 more songs thus compiling a wonderful new
album. To gain absolute freedom and control over the production, the
band and producer/technician/live-mixer Ueffeuno ”Knubi” Lauesen
decided to invest in hard disc recording equipment which will enable
them to fuck up the recordings real good. The use of the computer also
provides an almost unlimited number of tracks supplying Tothe with the
opportunity to use even more strange and unusual instruments.
The last benefit is that the mad scientists can write music they don’t have to worry about being able to play.
The recordings have been made primarily in the rehearsal room, but also in the living rooms of Nalna and Uffe.
new album will feature instruments such as vacuum cleaners, the old
whiskey bottle (known from Steak), double bass, Farfisa Organ, the
mighty Banjoe, steel guitar, water splashes, 5-double theremin-solo and
the whole standard Tothey bag of tricks administered by Miko, who IS
indeed appearing on the record delivering both outstanding tambourine
performances and letting
his beautiful voice be heard on several tracks.
There are two problems, however!
first problem left is: What is the record going to be called? Some of
the suggested working titles are: ”Yes, Steak....”, ”Bring on the swear
jar”, ”mælk!”, ”We can’t afford Steak”, ”Glued Down Rubber Bar”, ”Ernst
Madsen”, ”Kondi” etc.
The second problem is: what the hell is the band going to
be called? As you surely know Tothe released their debut ”Candy’s
Speech” under the name of Death Tothe, then came ”Steak” by Tothe
International, and now it would of course be the easy way out to call
the band International Death, but nobody said it was supposed to be
easy. The band need a new name - preferably containing the word ”Tothe”
(for SOME kind of continuity)
Can you help? Got any suggestions? E-mail the band
through their band-page here at the Crunchy Frog web site or just write
winner(s) will get some kinda junk present.... whatever the band can
come up with... old posters, used drums skins, broken stuff.... and
maybe even a record.