5/8erl in Ehr’n
Even eleven years after their formation, 5/8erl in Ehr’n is hard to tie down. They have different levels of interpretation, are both deeply serious and also light-hearted. On their album “Duft der Männer” (The Scent of Men) you can hear both love songs and strains of politics. Sometimes all in the same line. The band uses the power of Viennese ambiguity, which can be both flattering and malicious. The cover of “Duft der Männer” features a torso that is broken in quite a few places, but still overall whole enough to convey the basic idea. Though at first glance things may be crumbling, their essence remains. That’s one of the ideas on “Duft der Männer”: 5/8erl in Ehr’n encourages everybody to admit their mistakes, and understand them. The 12 songs on “Duft der Männer” abound in sadness, hope, groove and serenity. The musical concept of the band remains captivating: Hits such as “Cheesy Kern” (yes, among other things this is about the Federal Chancellor) and slow pieces (“Wenn i Di ned kennen würd”) are performed on guitar, double bass, accordion and Wurlitzer. Less is more: while the signs of the times point to everything getting bigger, brighter and flashier, 5/8erl in Ehr’n expresses themselves in a radically different way. Subtlety and poetry, in both word and tone. And naturally served with plenty of double meaning, lightness and a generous portion of sexiness. For the first time since their first album, with “Duft Der Männer” 5/8erl in Ehr’n finally had time again. Time to approach things calmly. This meant that the writing was once again a cooperative process. All band members contributed to the lyrics, and the compositions were created together. This careful process can be heard in every second. 5/8erl in Ehr'n is always needed. Especially when the scent of men is in the air.