German metalcore / happy hardcore / a-bit-of-everythingcore band Eskimo Callboy released a video to their YouTube channel today saying that they have submitted an application for Unser Lied für Turin, Germany’s national final, with their new song Pump It.
Hailing from Castrop-Rauxel, Ruhr, the band refer to their unique style as “Porno Metal”, blending fast-tempo German happy hardcore techno with screamy Slipknot-style metalcore in the verses.
Its current membership is Kevin Ratajczak, Daniel “Danskimo” Haniß, Pascal Schillo, Daniel Klossek, David Friedrich and Nico Sallach, but the band itself has been around since 2010, when the original six covered Katy Perry’s California Gurls in their own now-famous style.
In the video released today, band member Nico Sallach points out a real YouTube comment, from a fan saying that Eskimo Callboy would do well at Eurovision, to lead singer Kevin Ratajczak.
At first, he acts apprehensively, detailing some of the band’s achievements, like the fact that their song Hypa Hypa (not to be confused with the debut single of fellow German hardcore techno band Scooter from 1994) has over 18 million YouTube views, and they have a recent sold-out tour of Europe under their belts.
Sallach says that all the fans want is for them to apply, before segueing into the beginning of the already-released music video for Pump It, alongside the hashtag #EC4ESC (which is currently trending in Germany).
The music video is set in a brightly-coloured gym, with the band and dancers clad in 80s-style jazzercise outfits (think the video for Eric Prydz’s Call On Me), and incorporates a guitar made from a dumbbell as a notable prop.
The lyrics, as can be expected from a genre called “Porno Metal”, are slightly fruity, and the band are no strangers to one word beginning with F, which would need to be changed to meet ESC guidelines (not that that’s troubled many recent acts, including Basim, Robin Bengtsson and reigning champions Måneskin, to name but a few).
The video is already up to 1.6 million views on YouTube, despite only having been live for 3 days.
In early November, it was revealed by NDR’s Program Director Frank Beckmann that Unser Lied für Turin, the next edition of the Unser Lied (“Our Song”) national final, would be used to select Germany’s act in March 2022, after a 3-year break since Unser Lied für Israel in 2019.
Eskimo Callboy could be the wake-up call Germany needs after 2 editions in a row of receiving zero points (“I’m sorry…”) from the public. Their legions of fans, in the words of Scooter: “All over Europe and back to Germany”, could pay them dividens if they make it to Turin.
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