After relentlessly touring their last two albums worldwide with over 350 shows in the past three years, THE PICTUREBOOKS have gained momentum and hit their stride. For their new album, the goal was to add a new vibe to their music while remaining true to THE PICTUREBOOKS sound. They didn’t just use their newfound inspiration to work harder on the production of The Hands of Time, but it also encouraged them to experiment with their sound and introduce new instruments such as piano or tubular bells. The band even handcrafted some of their own percussion instruments, which they will be bringing on the road to further spice up their energetic live shows. The new album includes trademark mid-tempo burners like “The Day The Thunder Arrives” and “Tell Me Lies” with up-tempo additions such as “Electric Nights”. And for the first time in the band’s history, they have a guest performer on a track: Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders adds vocals to “You Can’t Let Go”.
After self-producing the album in their own studio together with Claus Grabke, The Hands of Time was mastered at Magic Garden Mastering by Brian Lucey, who has previously refined the sounds of albums from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Marilyn Manson, The Black Keys, Ghost, and Royal Blood.
The Hands Of Time is about accepting and celebrating nothing but the truth, the ups and downs of life, the tears and laughter and deep friendship between the two band member Fynn Grabke (vocals, guitar) and Philipp Mirtschink (drums). The 1st single “Howling Wolf” is basically the story of their lives: two stray dogs from a small town on their way to conquer the world. Soon they will be howling in your town!