There is a saying that you have a lifetime to make your debut album. The music was created together in the rehearsal room, the band name symbolizes the grassroots self-image of RPWL, because each of the musicians contributed equally. The album was not only a huge step away from the supposed identity as a tribute band, but also processed very personal experiences in its spherical-spiritual pieces. Singer Yogi Lang reflected intensely on his farewell to his recently deceased father. Saying goodbye, mourning and transience are recurring motifs in the lyrics of “God Has Failed”; the band’s penchant for thematic superstructures in their albums was already apparent at the beginning. This also highlights an exemption feature of this impressively productive band: the art of the album in times when this format is laid to rest by the media now and again.
But RPWL have never had commercial ambitions, the music always came and still comes first. If you really love what you do and have found ideal comrades-in-arms, that’s always contagious and success comes as if by itself. Thus, over the past 20 years, a career has unfolded for the band that they might not have dreamed of. Concerts in Canada, USA, Mexico, WDR Rockpalast, international chart successes, even in the Top 50 in their home country with their 2019 output “Tales from Outer Space”.
Thus, a very special whiff of nostalgia wafted through the hall during this production, the shared journey has made the band members grow even closer together, as RPWL has long since become a hybrid of the sum of its individual members. The band formed a circle and, with the possibility of eye contact, created an ambience that made the sprawling jams intimate, partly experimental, but always familiar. Master guitarist Kalle Wallner sings epic lyrical solos on his Nik Huber guitars, while his Gilmour Girls contribute spherical expanses with their superb choral vocals that push the horizon away into infinity. In addition, vintage Moog sounds and even a concert grand piano were used. “God Has Failed” is the status quo of RPWL live 2021, as close as you can get to them at this time. You experience a band that is fresh, optimistic and at the peak of its game.
With “God Has Failed” you can bring RPWL into your living room, the production as always meets the highest audiophile and visual standards. The set-up of the band and the well thought-out camera movements create the feeling of being right in the middle of things, maybe even more than at a ‘classic’ live concert. While long-term fans can indulge in many memories like the band itself, the material still sounds so fresh that it could easily be a current RPWL release. So this 2021 release is both a full circle statement and a representation of the unbroken excellence of this band.
No expense was spared on the package. RPWL show what fan love means: “God Has Failed” is released digitally and physically. In this case, physically means that a double vinyl will be released as well. The latter will also include two recordings of Pink Floyd interpretations, performed live in the studio in 2000, when the debut was recorded. Furthermore, this special ‘concert’ will be released as a Blu-Ray and DVD. The original line-up takes to memory lane and revels sympathetically in the reminiscences that this production naturally brings. “God Has Failed” will be released on April 30, 2021 via the Gentle Art of Music label owned by Wallner and Lang, distributed by Soulfood.