36 years on from the release of their last album ‘F’ in 1982, cult German hard rock act Fargo have announced the arrival of a brand new studio LP, ‘Constellation’, on May 25th on Steamhammer / SPV as a Digipak CD, 180 gram blue vinyl gatefold LP [with printed inner sleeves (+cd in paper case)], download and stream.
Fargo were formed in 1973 by vocalist/guitarist Peter Ladwig and bassist Peter Knorn and counted, among others, guitarist Mathias Jabs in the line-up for several years before he joined the Scorpions in 1978. The band built up a sizeable fan base around Germany before signing to Crystal Records to release their debut album ‘Wishing Well’ in 1979. Fargo then signed to EMI, THE major label giant of that time, and brought out three more superlative studio albums; ‘No Limit’ (1980), ‘Frontpage Lover’ (1981) and ‘F’ (1982). The band toured all around Europe with legendary acts such as AC/DC, Mothers Finest and The Small Faces, among others, wowed TV audiences on a regular basis and headlined London’s renowned Marquee Club in 1982. But Following a time of upheaval after the release of ‘F’, the band imploded, before various members re-emerged as the hard rock act Victory in 1984.
The Fargo reunion was triggered by the major success of bassist Peter Knorn’s autobiography ‘Bis hierhin und so weiter, 20 Jahre Rock´n`Roll – Ein- und Ansichten eines Bassisten’ (‘20 Years of Rock’n’Roll Insights and Views of a Bassist’), which was published in June 2016. The book reveals Knorn’s life in and with the international rock’n’roll circus, first as bassist in Fargo and Victory, then manager of acts such as Michael Schenker, Glenn Hughes, UFO and Uli Jon Roth, plus as record label owner and boss.
Following its publication, Peter faced increasing requests from faithful Fargo fans to reactivate the band; “Suddenly I wondered how Fargo would sound today if the band was still around – or indeed returned” recalls Knorn, explaining the initial spark of inspiration which triggered the comeback. He swiftly got together with Peter Ladwig and discussed how they might sound if they got back together, soon coming up with the answer “Let’s Find Out!”
Teaming up with guitarist Arndt Schulz (Harlis, Jane) and drummer Nikolas Fritz (Mob Rules) in rehearsals unambiguously provided proof that they could without a doubt recreate Fargo’s trademark, earthy, bluesy, honest and authentic sound, as borne out when Fargo made their acclaimed live comeback in summer 2016. Having honed down a bunch of new songs in rehearsal, the band hooked up with producer Helge Engelke (Fair Warning) to record ‘Constellation’ in the latter part of 2017.
‘Constellation’ contains twelve contemporary, wonderfully laid-back classic rock compositions, all effortlessly exuding the typical Fargo signature sound, not least impressive first single and video ‘Leave It’, released on March 23rd. Mention must also be made of the casually grooving ‘Don’t Talk’, the atmospheric ‘Cross To Bear’, ‘Losers Blues’, (reminiscent of the best of ZZ Top) and ‘Southern Breeze’, which incorporates no less than twenty Elvis hit single titles in the lyrics. Knorn and Ladwig even succeeded in convincing original drummer Frank ‘Franky’ Tolle to pick up his sticks again on ‘Buzz Buzz’ and ‘Don’t Talk’.