Rammstein Release New Song… to an Astronaut in Space
Rammstein spent much of last year’s unexpected downtime working on a new record, a much quicker schedule than they usually operate on (ten years passed between their last release, self-titled in 2019, and the one before it, Liebe ist für alle da). Given how infrequently new Rammstein music typically arrives, I can only imagine the conversations surrounding when and how to unveil it went something like this:
[Record label exec]: So, how should we release the first single? It needs to be BIG. Maybe we can get Kerrang! to premiere it.
[Till Lindemann]: No, too predictable.
[Record label exec]: How about we go old school and release it on the radio?
[Till]: No, too antiquated.
[Record label exec]: The band’s YouTube channel? YouTube is really big right now.
[Till]: No, too predictable. We need to utilize new technology.
[Record label exec]: How about this newfangled TikTok thing? Kids seem to love that.
[Till]: No, I hate kids. Something even newer. How about… in outer space?
[Record label exec]: Like, a SiriusXM satellite? Great idea! I’ll talk to Jose!
[Till]: No… like actual space.
Blank stares ensue…
Cut to yesterday, and Rammstein actually premiered a song in friggin’ space. French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who currently lives on the International Space Station, was the audience of one to hear it. Rammstein drummer Christoph ‘Doom’ Schneider had the honor of playing the song for him over a video call and chatting afterwards, and he was all too enthused about the experience.
Revealing the news on Instagram, Schneider said:
“Space is calling! I had the honor to speak with ISS astronaut @thom_astro on behalf of @rammsteinofficial. He is the current commander of the @iss and living in space since half a year. It felt like a childs dream coming true for me – talking to a person living in the sky, sharing a glimpse of his view, realizing again how small we all are compared to the depth of the universe…
He was the first to listen to one of our new songs from the upcoming album. It premiered in the sky, which is an honor for us. Thank you @nasa @europeanspaceagency and Thomas for this unique experience.”
The rest of us mere earth-dwellers will need to wait a bit longer to hear new Rammstein, but with both European and North American tours set for 2022 (rescheduled from 2020), that day likely isn’t too far off.
May 20 Leipzig Red Bull Arena [tickets]
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May 25 Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion [tickets]
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