Giant Rooks how have you been review

GIANT ROOKS How Have Your Been? | 3 years working on it, was it worth it?

Giant Rooks are hard to pigeonhole, which is a compliment, despite being originally an Indie Rock band, they mix pop and even hip-hop in their music. After the international success of their debut album ‘Rookery’, they have spent 3 years working on their new album, ‘How have you been?’, will it have been worth it?

Who are Giant Rooks?

Giant Rooks are a German indie rock band founded in 2014 by cousins Frederik Rabe and Finn Schwieters and pianist Jonathan Wischniowski. They would soon be joined by bassist Luca Göttner and drummer Finn Thomas.

They started composing their own songs in a garage, self-producing in 2015 their first EP ‘The Times Are Bursting The Lines‘.

  • Thanks to winning the German cultural contest ‘NRW KULTURsekretariat‘ and 3rd position in the ‘New Music Awards‘ of the German TV station ARD they started to be known in their home country.

Their next EP ‘New Estate‘ arrived in 2017 receiving critical acclaim.

Giant Rooks would play dozens of gigs across Europe that year to introduce themselves, managing to sign a record deal with Universal Music.

Their collaborated with the band Razz on the single ‘Another Heart/Another Mind‘, would be their first hit, but nothing comparable to ‘Wild Stare’ single that gave name to their 2019 EP, with which they reached the top 20 in Italy and accumulating more than 50 million streams shortly after its release.

Giant Rooks’ first album came in 2020 under the name ‘ROOKERY’. With it they would perform on a North American tour. The album is really good and although it had quite a lot of airplay, viral success would come to them by chance with a cover they had done in 2019 of the song ‘Tom’s Diner‘ by Suzanne Vega, featuring the band AnnenMayKantereit. The track would become super popular on TikTok in 2022 and with it, Giant Rooks.

In 2023, Giant Rooks would be touring Europe, UK and North America, while putting the finishing touches on their second album, ‘How have you been? which was released in 2024.

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Giant Rooks ft. AnnenMayKantereit Tom’s Diner

There is no doubt that this has been the most challenging and exciting time for our band so far. From severe self-doubt to endless touring, to an existential crisis, but also countless memories made on and off stage. We have never felt more blessed to be a part of this band and we honestly can’t wait for this new chapter to fully unfold.

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Giant Rooks How have you been? | Album review

Let’s take a walk through the 14 fantastic tracks from the new Giant Rooks album that will make you a fan of the band.

  1. For You: Although this love song starts with a delicate piano, it then breaks into a heartbreaking and passionate cry where it says: “If the sky is ablaze, gods pray for rain. But I’m gonna hold up a sign with your name. When the sun sets, I’ll be waitin’ at the shore (for you)“.
  2. Pink Skies: It’s hard to pick one song from the album, but if you ask us to get wet we’d say ‘Pink Skies’ is the Thrill of the Week, for that beat that mixes modernity with a 60’s sound. It is a work of art
  3. Somebody Like You: The song that has already become a fan favorite. We can already imagine them in a big pavilion with a horde of fans shouting “I’ll be waiting for somebody like you” to the rhythm of their bells. Truly revitalizing.
  4. Under Your Wings: The fourth song navigates the complexity of a relationship, a couple under the gray skies of the port of Liverpool a while before going to see a concert of The Beatles, don’t you think?

So far so good, 4 songs and all of them could become radio hits. Rarely can we say that about an album and even less so in our times, when we live only on singles. Let’s keep enjoying:

  1. Cold Wars: A tough track that talks about the conflicts between parents that young children suffer, conflicts that we then carry into our own relationships as a mature person, ending up in the same fights we hated to hear from our parents.
  2. Nobody Like Hospitals: “Tomorrow you’ll feel better, because nothing hurts forever”. Very thoughtful lyrics on a calm track that deals with the internal struggles that make us feel so low at times.
  3. Fight Club: With a sound reminiscent of hip-hop and soul, the song is a bitter critique of the Internet society where everyone can say what they want without consequences.
  4. Flashlights: We enter a dystopian world where Giant Rooks question if everything and everyone around them wants to take advantage of them, squeezing every drop of blood from their bodies.
  5. Brave New World: Creating a dreamy atmosphere the band invites us to wake up in a future where everything is brighter and better.

This second section of the album has become deeper in lyrics and sonority, but maintaining a very high level of quality. Let’s go for the end of ‘How have you been?’, without wanting it to end:

  1. Bedroom Exile: The song explores an intimate existential crisis, urging listeners to confront their inner struggles.
  2. Morning Blue: Another smashing track with a new musical twist of which the album is replete. We, and the 20 million people who have streamed it already, love those beachy choruses throughout the song.
  3. Fake Hapiness: We could think that by the end of the album Giant Rooks would relax a bit, but nothing could be further from the truth, ‘Fake Hapiness’ is one of the best songs on ‘How have you been?’, lyrics and music.
  4. Love Is A Selfish Thing: A love song or something similar, because as Giant Rooks say, what is love if not something we feel inside ourselves, that is to say, something selfish.
  5. How have you been?: Original even in its last two minutes where they keep repeating: “I won’t ever let you go, ’cause you’re mine, you’ll be mine till the end of time“.

When you don’t know if the lyrics or the music of an album is better, when every song fills you up, when the album ends and you play it again, when you write an article like this dedicating hours and hours to them, it must mean something, don’t you think?

Video | Giant Rooks Pink Skies

Giant Rooks 'Pink Skies' Lyrics

Late June, midsummer
’60s playin’ on the radio
Pine trees, sunflowers
Make me think of you

Cold night, warm bodies
Shared smoke on the backyard patio
Time passin’ so slowly
Wanna get to know ya

I’m lost every time our eyes cross
And I wish you knew
I stayed at the party to get closer to you
I’m lost every time our eyes cross
Singin’ “Love me do”
Maybe we’re just livin’ for this moment
Like it’s 1962

Pink skies, blurred vision
Her eyes the color of fallen leaves
Sun rises, and I shiver, yeah

This moment comes close to heaven
Fast-tickin’ clocks, almost 7 a.m.
But you could make this moment last forever and more

I’m lost every time our eyes cross
And I wish you knew
I stayed at the party to get closer to you
I’m lost every time our eyes cross
Singin’ “Love me do”
Maybe we’re just livin’ for this moment
Like it’s 1962

Like it’s 1962
Ooh-ooh-ooh

All I really know, I don’t wanna be alone
Could you make me feel at home?
All I really know, I don’t wanna be alone
Could you make me feel at home?

Giant Rooks 'Pink Skies' Lyrics in Spanish

Finales de junio, pleno verano
Los 60 suenan en la radio
Pinos, girasoles
Me hacen pensar en ti

Noche fría, cuerpos calientes
Fumar juntos en el patio trasero
El tiempo pasa tan lentamente
Quiero llegar a conocerte

Me pierdo cada vez que nuestros ojos se cruzan
Y me gustaría que supieras
Me quedé en la fiesta para estar más cerca de ti
Estoy perdido cada vez que nuestros ojos se cruzan
Cantando “Love me do”
Tal vez sólo estamos viviendo para este momento
Como si fuera 1962

Cielo rosa, visión borrosa
Sus ojos del color de las hojas caídas
Sale el sol, y tiemblo, sí

Este momento se acerca al cielo
Relojes acelerados, casi las 7 a.m.
Pero podrías hacer que este momento dure para siempre y más

Estoy perdido cada vez que nuestros ojos se cruzan
Y desearía que supieras
Me quedé en la fiesta para estar más cerca de ti
Estoy perdido cada vez que nuestros ojos se cruzan
Cantando “Love me do”
Tal vez sólo estamos viviendo para este momento
Como si fuera 1962

Como si fuera 1962
Ooh-ooh-ooh

All I really know, I don’t wanna be alone
¿Podrías hacerme sentir como en casa?
Todo lo que realmente sé, no quiero estar solo
¿Podrías hacerme sentir como en casa?

Author | JC Trembol

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