It is an amazing feeling when there is no need for something, but the possibility for everything. When you, just like punk rock band ITCHY, don’t have to follow certain trends and then drown in some hype, or suddenly be forgotten. When one suddenly realizes how good they look with skinned elbows, old trousers, blood-crusted lips and a smile with several teeth missing.
And it is amazing when you don’t have to get the dirt off your clothes anymore. Because after 15 years of band history and more than 900 shows in 20 countries, Sibbi, Panzer and Max from ITCHY can finally relax with their 7th studio album entitled »All We Know«. Nowadays they’ve started travelling with the absolute know-how of their own strengths – without any luggage. After the first one and a half decade, with their latest album reaching number 5 on the German album charts in 2015, WITHOUT any big TV show and thick pants, as well as a long break, the trio from Eislingen an der Fils has changed their old band name ITCHY POOPZKID to ITCHY – the actual nickname of the band, which has been used by fans for several years now. It is time for the band to concentrate on new, important things:
Lyrically and musically, »All We Know« is much deeper, more diverse and mature, or even “more adult”. If you could ever have your musical Coming of Age as an old stager of the punk rock scene, then please do it like ITCHY did! You can find lots of chin hooks directed to individual persons, as well as social-critical beatings in singles like ‘Nothing’ or ‘Fall Apart’, but this time just somehow more casual, cooler and prancing. The new songs on »All We Know« are full of groove, positive power and singalong hooks, while still being melancholic and thoughtful, without being embittered. In other words: with all that energy, ITCHY do not necessarily take the shortest route to run through the wall head first, to allow the sun to shine through it. They don’t have to. With songs such as ‘The Sea’, the summer has been brought along for the festivals that are waiting for the reliable live band ITCHY and their new songs.
With Arising Empire/Nuclear Blast, the band has now found a new label home after three DIY releases via their own record company Findaway Records. This new label couldn’t fit any better with the band’s working ethos! But let’s leave the boys talk about everything while having a relaxing drink… Oops, they’re back on stage again. Damn, they just work too much! Great! — Ingo Donot
Grab your copy of Itchy‘s ALL WE KNOW here!