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Randolf Reimann is known to many as the singer in local punk legends Massappeal, whose spectre looms larger as time marches on.
Released under the moniker Wolf Shield, Reimann’s new debut solo LP, Residuum, marks a drastic sonic change from punk thrash to electronic weirdness that features hacks and slices of Massappeal jams and skate sessions he recorded on a dictaphone back in the day.
“With Residuum I wanted to express how Massappeal (and HC/punk in general) continues to somehow dwell inside my body and spirit in some way,” he told UB when we asked him to…well…explain himself…
If Tralala Blip is your current outlet for collaborative, spacey electronica, what space does Wolf Shield fill?
Wolf Shield is my first time on my own. I had an idea and it was a very personal one that I felt I had to tackle on my own. Working with others takes up most of my time and I feel very fortunate to do so. I just finally had a good reason for some alone time.
How is Wolf Shield music composed and produced?
For the Residuum LP each tune was conceived and executed within six hours. Basically I have one day a week to myself, that being Mondays between 10am and 4pm, so I gave myself one Monday for each song. For the Residuum idea I started most tunes by taking one of many old Massappeal practice tapes or skate session recordings (I used to take a dictaphone along to anything that sounded interesting) from back in the day, finding the last dying moments of the jam – i.e. guitar feedback, cymbal splash, the last chord played, the room ambience. I used skateboarding sounds a bit too as that was my mode of transport to and from MA practice for years! I would then process that noise and loop it in my sampler. Then I would sync that to my drum machine and start jamming until I came upon something I liked. For most of the lyrics I’d take lines from my old journal that I’ve kept with the old tapes, circa ’86-92.
Why the name Wolf Shield?
Solo project. Calling it Randolf Reimann didn’t feel right so I went with the old Germanic meaning of the name Randolf, which is Wolf Shield.
Care to explain the title, Residuum?
Massappeal. With Residuum I wanted to express how Massappeal (and HC/punk in general) continues to somehow dwell inside my body and spirit in some way. We (Massappeal) bombarded our bodies and ears with our music every weekend for years. And now, even though I have no desire to go back and try relive those days, I wanted to express how some essence from those practice sessions and gigs continue to vibrate within me on some level – the residuum of the primal and violent explosion that Massappeal was.
The album continues the punk rage found throughout all your work – most noticeable in the track “Poor People Don’t Drive”; a reference to the infamous comments by Liberal party cockbag Joe Hockey in 2014. Can you elaborate on this theme of rage found in your work for those at home?
“Poor People Don’t Drive” is one of the few tunes from Residuum that didn’t start from a Massappeal drone. I was in the studio and Joe Hockey’s comment came up on my social media feed. The tune was complete within 30 minutes. I sent it to the label and they wanted it on the LP. As Residuum uses lyrics sourced from my old Massappeal journal and noise loops created from Massappeal jams, it was going to have some kind of energy to it. The tune “No More” from Residuum is based around a couple of lines I wrote in the eighties. The original inspiration was political back then and as I was applying it to the present I was tapping into how I feel now about politics all over, not just here in Australia. Recently a band from the UK called Project Dark did a cover of “No More” on a compilation LP called Data Corruption. It sounds more like a love song.