OUT: New Album 'Everything You Will Ever Need' by Razz
It takes a certain maturity to realize that in life it's rarely the destination that matters, but rather the path that leads you there. When, like Razz, you start a band at 15, release your first album at 18 and go straight on to the next record, you have to be careful not to let that realization fall by the wayside. Two studio albums and around 400 shows played, including headline tours of their own and major festivals like Hurricane Festival, Lollapalooza and Rock am Ring. And now what? Between stage, studio and rehearsal room, there is hardly any time to reflect on what they have experienced. Always focusing on the next bigger goal. Always looking for the next rush.
Ten years have passed since Razz was founded, and suddenly there is the fact that the boundless lightheartedness of a young up-and-coming band cannot be an eternal state. After eventful years as a band and a move to Berlin, Niklas, Christian, Lukas and Steffen can look back to some mesmerising adventures, but still are at a point where the future still has everything to offer.
There lives a mood of departure that comes with existence in a world full of possibilities. But at the same time, you begin to question decisions you've made in the past and have yet to make for the future. A sense of disorientation, a balancing act between lightness and melancholy. Razz escapes the pressure to master this discipline perfectly and use this condition as an opportunity to surpass themselves.
'Everything You Will Ever Need' is Razz's third studio album and marks the point at which the band confronts the experiences of their lives to date. The new record embodies the center of all the emotions that have come to life over the past few years. The processing of losses, as well as the rising uncertainty of saying goodbye to someone who has helped shape the majority of one's memories. Feelings of fear and sadness characterize everyday life, but what follows are also self-acceptance and hope to draw from. The realization that trying to control one's own feelings and thoughts usually results in even greater uncontrollability. With 'Everything You Will Ever Need', Razz takes on the challenge of accepting setbacks and change, and exploring those emotions that are beyond one's power. It’s the confrontation with your own personality and the realization that you online grow by admitting and forgiving.
Responsible for the sound of the new record is again the producer duo Fabian Langer and Dennis Borger, with whom they have already collaborated on the EP 'Might Delete Later', released in spring 2021. Somewhere between melancholy and lightness, between captivating guitar riffs, spherical synths and catchy hooks, they have let their multi-layered sound mature and enriched it with an unmistakable casualness.
Before looking to the big goals, Razz first needs to take smaller steps, make peace with themselves and part with the misconception that as a human being you can do everything right. The understanding of man as a potentially perfect being may be one of the biggest misinterpretations of a generation that seems to have the desire for self-optimization and perfectionism burned into their minds. With 'Everything You Will Ever Need', Razz speak from the soul of a generation that is currently in the midst of identity crises and insecurities.