|Winters are three expats from oily Aberdeen, on Scotland's North-east coast, who first convened on 5 May 2005 at Scar studios in Camden Town for an ear-bleeding rehearsal. Vocalist/guitarist Paul Fyfe had 'previous' in Music For Nations signatories, Pablo, as well as being one of London's most feared live sound engineers.
On the strength of their first demo, Fyfe, together with drummer Andy Prestidge and bassist Nigel Ingram, quickly landed a deal with arch-curators of doom/punk noize, Rise Above Records. Legendary label boss Lee Dorrian (ex of Napalm Death and Cathedral) even came to sample their apocalypse at the Bull & Gate. In January '07, he released their self-titled debut EP, followed that August by the mighty 'Black Clouds In Twin Galaxies' album, which they concocted with producer Dan Swift, and followed up with short UK tours supporting Winnebago Deal and Witchcraft.
Winters haven't been over-hasty in preparing a follow-up. They recorded one version, but soon deemed that some of the material just wasn't them, and scrapped it. Starting over, they opted to ditch the keyboards and get back to the original stripped-back trio sound of their debut EP. Basically: the guitar's the star.
Second time out, they cut it with Jaime Gomez Arellano at London's Orgone Studios, where they rehearsed up their tunes for five days, and then recorded in five days straight- extra-fast, no shittin' about, for a maximum live and in-yer-face feel. The results, they say, "sound like an Ace Frehley funeral march". Their inspirations this time have been The Damned, The Dickies, The Kinks, The Cardiacs, and, as ever, Kiss.
True to its title, 'Berlin Occult Bureau' explores the need for occult literature to escape reality. Specifically, 'Plans Within Plans' is about the search for a world within the world. 'Ace Frehley', meanwhile, celebrates the trio's search for 'comedowns' in New York, as inspired by the Kiss's booze-ravaged axe overlord. 'On Your Street Again', on the other hand, is a tribute to enigmatic chief Cardiac, Tim Smith.
The Berlin part of the title reflects the fact that the band now divides its time between London and the German capital. 'Ausländer' (translates as: 'foreigners') is about the self-imposed isolation Winters felt was required to create their 'meisterwerk' - coming to a place where you can't communicate properly forces you deeper into yourself and your work. The trio have duly emerged with a record unlike any other. They don't have a name for it yet. We'll stick to just bitchin'…