Track 1, 4:19 min
I'm grateful for the circumstances that enabled me to make this album. That's what this song is all about...
A heavy blues track with much rhythmical trickery & metric modulation.
Track 2, 3:33 min
Describes the journey home, with all its traffic jam and late trains...
A groovy song in the key of A, going through ups and downs.
Track 3, 3:57 min
There's nothing scary here. Anyway, a song about shadows...
The 60's mixed with 80's new wave, real drums meet drum machines. The result is a catchy hit single, sort of.
Track 4, 3:54 min
This is nothing but a ride on a huge wooden roller coaster...
A fast rock i've written in 2003. I always knew that 'Helix' would make a good Track 4 on an album.
Track 5, 5:13 min
Two worlds collide and doesn't fit together. It ends in chaos...
A slow song that holds everything from blues guitars to symphonic parts and brutal grunge.
Track 6, 5:16 min
A walk through an old french castle with all its many windows, halls and corridors.
Written in France/1994. It's rather a collage than a song. Many different instruments and a high number of tracks.
Track 7, 4:26 min
The mars rover 'pathfinder' landed on the red planet in 1997. I was on board...
If you listen carefully you can hear a lot of original alien noices. Really.
Track 8, 3:44 min
It's a hommage to fusion music. But it's a very moody song, often changing directions...
The first of the new songs i wrote for this album. I even considered to make it the title track. I changed my mind.
Track 9, 4:42 min
A dirty song. A very dirty song...
Written a day before or after 'le chateau'. I mainly reproduced the original 'demo tape' arrangement, except a few notes here and there, which are new.
Track 10, 5:15 min
Perhaps this is my entry to 'world music'...
Even a rock drummer like me don't want to play rock all of the time. Attention, Sitar and Flutes included.
Track 11, 4:01 min
It's a fun rock with fancy riffs and crazy elements...
The main riff is something i play since the mid 90's. The song was fun to play, though it acted bitchy sometimes.
Track 12, 3:57 min
About ignorance. When everything you try just feels like being wasted.
Planned to be guitar-only. But then i jammed the drums and liked it.
Track 13, 4:39 min
This number has zero message but it generates massive pictures...
It starts with a simple riff in F# but turns out to be a strong progressive tune. I was surprised by that myself.
Track 14, 4:14 min
I wrote this song for a band that split before the first time rehearsing it. But i love to remember those 'good old times'. It's like a distant dream.
Written in 1986 during the night shift in a car factory, except the part with the drum solo, which was written about 25 years later.
Track 15, 4:45 min
It was a magical moment when i wrote the final melody cascade of the song - and it started to snow wonderfully.
It's a crazy fact that the winter 2012/13 was the longest and coldest in many years, at least around here. My fault, i called the ghosts of winter.
drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion and programming
all songs written by m. hoffmeister
cover photo by michel mueller. sorry for destroying it.
cover art and website by m. hoffmeister
i want to thank my parents, my son, my friends, the skeyavil people, my social media followers, drum students and all the bandmates and musicians i had the pleasure to play with. thanks for the inspiration and friendship.
i also thank YOU for downloading this album.
Finally i nailed it! 'General Wasting' is a precious collection of 15 songs i wrote in what feels like a lifetime.
When i was working on new music i also listened to my old 4-track tapes and found that it would be 'general wasting' if this stuff would be left behind.
So i decided for the songs that were most important for me, took them out of the dusty box, combined them with my new material and started rolling.
Take care, the result is not one-genre-music. After listening to 'Gratitude' you won't expect a song like "Views of the World" being on the same album.
But that's how i tick! I don't mind if my music sounds like this or that. I just feel it this way - the way that has been tracked in these 66 minutes.
Anyway, i roughly describe 'GW' as Instrumental Rock. It's (real) drums and guitars. But hey! Not everything is written in E or A and 4/4! No fancy singing, no mainstream at all.
Check out the virtual booklet and go on now, download 'General Wasting' and enjoy.
Markus Hoffmeister, May 30/2013