Claus Larsen disappeared in 2000 after putting out his finest track yet, 1999's "Carry Me". Major upheaval had taken place with his original label Zoth Ommog falling apart. He signed briefly with Bloodline, a label formed by former Zoth bands which itself fared little better. Rumours of his plans flitted about the internet and whole discussion boards were consumed with the legacy he had left behind. Other acts who had been siphoning creativity off of his endeavors blatantly began to clone his sound. You know who you are. Darkness fell.
Then came the news, the Strip Farm was back in business.
I have no words to explain what this comeback means to me. For everyone who remembers, for all who have grown despondent, "Suicide Bombers" is the shot in the arm you have been looking for. The title track is a vindictive slap in the face to extremism the world over. "Was your mommy mean to you? Are you just another spineless fool?", snaps Larsen. "Who told you to die that way?"
The production is crisp, the bass lines succinctly analogue and the atmospheres unmistakably those of a legendary institution.
But there is more, much more to this EP than just the astonishing first track, you also get five (!) more new works which include the powerful "This Is Where I Wanna Be", the mercurial "Death Is Walking Next to Me" and the double track "The Shame of a Nation". This is Leæther Strip as you recall him, unapologetically and methodically taking back what is his while throwing in several new twists to hook the kids. Goodbye Wumpscut, don't bother to write; nice knowing you Hocico. It's over.