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Joliette (MEX) Interview

Joliette are a Post-Hardcore band from Puebla, Mexico consisting of (f.l.t.r.) Azael Gonzales (drums), Fernando Obregòn (vocals/guitar), Juan Pablo Castillo (guitar) and Gastòn Prado (bass). Ahead of their show at Dynamo Werk 21 on June 25th, Milo Schärer of Radio Radius spoke with them about new releases, Mexico’s music scene and touring in Europe.

Milo Schärer: Hi guys, thank you so much for doing this interview with Radio Radius!

Fernando Obregòn: Thank you man!

Milo: If I’m not mistaken, this your third show on this tour, or…

Juan Pablo Castillo: No, it’s actually like…

Azael Gonzales: The third or fourth week.

Juan Pablo: We’ve been on tour since June 1st. We started in the UK, we were there for a week, and then we went to Sweden, Denmark and then down to Italy, and now we’re here this week for some shows in Switzerland, France and Germany. So yeah, we’re not even halfway through our tour, it’s two and a half months long. But so far, it’s been really good. It’s been cool to see how every place is different, you know? The UK is really different, and Sweden, Denmark, Italy… Every place has its own thing, things that we really enjoy. We’re really excited to do Switzerland.

Milo: Ok. For people who don’t know Joliette yet, how would you describe your band in five words?

Fernando: Five words, jeez…

Juan Pablo: Chaotic.

Fernando: Intense.

Gastòn Prado: Balanced.

Azael: How many do we have?

Fernando: Three.

Azael: Jazzy.

Fernando: Yeah, it’s kind of jazzy right now. And melodic.

Milo: You’ve also described your sound as “post-todo” in the past. What do you mean with this description?

Fernando: It’s a joke.

Juan Pablo: It started as a joke that went a little bit too far, I think.

Gastòn: The thing is, we were trying to avoid a certain label. To a certain extent, I think our music is kind of post-hardcore, but then again, it is not. If somebody asks us: “Hey, what type of music do you play?” and we say: “We play post-hardcore”, that might be a little misleading, you know what I mean? So, we just kind of came up with this post-todo term, to try to avoid the genre trap.

Azael: We listen, and we try to make our music based on what we like, for example Gastòn might really like The Dillinger Escape Plan or Converge, and Juan Pablo might really like Bon Iver. It’s two totally different genres, you know? I don’t know, we try to mix it, that’s why it’s post-everything.

Milo: What are some musical styles or bands that have influenced your music?

Fernando: We like Deftones a lot. Bands that we have in common, I guess that’s Deftones, Radiohead… We were listening to a lot of Radiohead yesterday.

Azael: The Mars Volta.

Fernando: At The Drive-In as well.

Gastòn: The Dillinger Escape Plan, for sure. Converge.

Fernando: What else? I think those are the ones that we have most in common. Maybe Glassjaw, a few other hardcore and screamo bands. It’s a long list, but I’d say all of our sound tries to incorporate some things that we’ve taken as influences from the bands we just mentioned.

Milo: Ok. You released the 7” El Alphabiotista recently. Could you tell us a bit about this song?

Fernando: Well, it’s part of an album that we already finished recording. It’s our third LP. This is the first song that we chose as a single from that album, and since the past couple times we were here in Europe, we were playing the same record, so we figured it was time to bring something new over here. We were lucky enough to meet Gab from Epidemic Records, he really liked our music and supported us by putting out El Alphabiotista on a 7”. About this song, I think it’s one of the heavier ones on the record, definitely. It’s a song that talks about fear of death and paranoia, all that stuff. I feel like from touring over and over again you gain some sense of awareness about everything that sometimes gets too loud in your head, you know? There’s a lot of things that resonate with me personally now that I’ve been able to tour over and over again in the same places, and you develop anxiety, so I just wanted to put that out there on that song. So, it’s a pretty emo song, probably.

Milo: You also released something else recently, a live split with Frameworks. How did that happen?

Juan Pablo: Frameworks went on tour in Mexico, in October of 2016. We love those guys, we really like Frameworks, we’ve known them for quite some time. When we’d visited the United States, we’d played with them a couple of times before, so we became friends. Then, at that time the opportunity for them to visit Mexico arose, and with it a two-week tour. Talking about music during these days, we found out that we liked the same kind of stuff, so at one point we we’re like: “We should do something!” The idea was to do a battle set, one band in front of the other, playing at the same time. And it happened, we found a studio, we found the time to do it, and the guys from light and noise records, which is a record label from Mexico, did it all. It was sitting there for almost a year, then we decided to put it out on video, and the tape release was just to have another release to give it its place and not just keep it on video.

Milo: You’ve released a lot of splits with other bands, such as Life in Vacuum, as well. What do you like about releasing music this way?

Gastòn: The thing is, we really like writing songs and playing new music, we’re very addicted to that feeling of having new ideas. Sometimes you don’t have the time to write a full-length album, but you have the desire and the drive to make songs. So, we just make a few songs together and look for any type of excuse to release it with other bands. And also, there’s a lot of bands that we’ve met and we really like their music, and it just happened, that we talked about a split. For example, with Life in Vacuum and ZagaZaga from Israel, it just clicked and we had the right songs for doing that. Actually, we’re looking forward to continue doing that, we really like releasing songs that way.

Azael: Well, I’m new in Joliette, I’m one year old in this band, but as an outsider, one year ago, I saw Joliette as the band that connected music from other parts of the world with Mexico. We’re used to listening to US bands, for example, a couple of European bands, but I noticed that Joliette was doing stuff with bands from other parts of the world, like Israel, Switzerland, Canada, it’s interesting. And now that I’m part of the band, I’m looking forward to what’s going to happen next. Maybe we can go to Australia or Japan.

Milo: You’ve been a band since 2011, if I’m not mistaken. Could you just briefly tell us the story of how you decided to form Joliette?

Fernando: Juan Pablo and I used to play together in another band in our hometown, Puebla, that was more than 10 years ago, like 12 years ago. We met sometime around 2004, and then two years later, we decided to form a band. After that band, we just kept on talking, and then we decided to try again and make it a bit more serious, to record stuff with decent quality and go on tour, try to make as much as we can out of the band. By that time, I already knew Gastòn, and Juan Pablo and Gaston were long-time friends, they’ve known each other since way, way back. In that sense, everything connected, we’ve had two drummers before Azael. Since we formed, I guess a lot of things have changed, not only lineup changes but also the sound and style, we’ve changed a couple things.

Milo: As you say, you’re from Puebla. Could you tell us a bit what the punk/hardcore scene is like there and in Mexico in general?

Juan Pablo: Well, in Puebla specifically the punk/hardcore scene is not that big, so that’s actually why we decided to move to Mexico City. In Mexico in general it comes and goes in waves. It also changes places, there’s sometimes an area where there are lot of bands for four or five years, and then they just kind of disappear, and then in another area of the country, bands start playing. So, it’s really interesting how the places where the bands are from affect the sound of the movement that’s going on at the moment. But in general, Mexico City is the place where everything happens. You have shows every week, you have every genre of music going on, you have festivals going on, and the interaction between bands is a big part of why we decided to move the band to Mexico City. I think Mexico has a lot of really good bands out there, bands doing really interesting stuff, but touring there is kind of hard. Sometimes it’s really hard to get out of that same area, that’s why a lot of bands stop playing, or they just go on hiatus for a while. So, it really depends what year your talking about, what bands sound like. So, I’d say the scene in Mexico is always moving.

Milo: Are there any bands in particular that you are into at the moment?

Fernando: Yeah, there’s one we all like called Cardiel. Actually, they’re from Venezuela but they’ve been living in Mexico for the past 10 years. They’re a duo…

Juan Pablo: A two piece. It’s skate punk, stoner rock and dub jams. It’s quite weird, but it’s a combination that works. Yeah, they’re definitely one of our favorite bands. I always say that Azael used to drum for a really cool band that I like, it’s called Annapura, they play power-violence. I don’t know, there’s quite some more that I really like that are not playing anymore. There was this band from Tijuana called Walle, really good.

Azael: Apocalipsis, from Mexico City. Their guitar player moved to the Czech Republic, but sometimes they play. Who else? Nazaremo el Violento…

Gastòn: Amber is a cool new band.

Azael: Amber is a math rock band, they really jam, their bass player is 15 or 16 years old and it’s just crazy…

Gastòn: Who else? Corporeal, they’re from a city called Tampico and they’re also really cool.

Azael: Point Dexter, that’s a new one. That’s one of my drum students, but that band play really well.

Gastòn: Also from Mexico City, El Shirota.

Azael: There’s a big scene over there, it’s a big city with many people in it, so yeah.

Juan Pablo: The thing is, all of these bands play with each other, so it’s easy if someone’s interested in getting to know that. I’m pretty sure if you listen to us, you’ll get to another one, it’s easy to connect them. Even though the scene is big, at the same time it’s really small and we all play with each other.

Milo: Thanks for all those band suggestions, I will definitely check those out.

Fernando: Yeah, we can give you a long list if you really want to check all those bands out, there’s good stuff there, definitely.

Milo: This isn’t your first European tour, you also played at Obenuse Fest II and III for example, how did opportunities for extensive tours here arise for you?

Gastòn: The first one was actually pretty weird, pretty unusual. It was thanks to the guys from ZagaZaga, they wrote to us because they saw one of our music videos and they liked it, and we just started talking about how it would be cool to do European tour and then it happened. That was in 2015 and thanks to people we got to meet, we were able to do it again. We can explain further…

Juan Pablo: It’s been four years of a lot of work put into coming here. For us, coming from Mexico, it’s always a big investment, getting a plane ticket and a band van. Here in Europe, people are really listening to us and they’re getting more and more into the band, so every time we come, we see a better response from people. For us, it’s been a good investment to come here every year. The kind of music that we play, there’s a lot of people in Europe who are more open to that. We’ve been playing wherever we can, getting to know bands. We also really like to invite bands from Europe to go to Mexico, so that exchange has been working really well for us.

Milo: What European bands have you toured with in Mexico?

Juan Pablo: We took Überyou from Zurich. Who else?

Fernando: Aren’t they the only ones? Oh yeah, Birds In Row, from France. The Prestige, also from France. We played a festival with Totoro from France but we didn’t bring them to Mexico, they were touring and we also played a show with them. I guess those are the only European bands we’ve taken to Mexico.

Milo: Are there any major differences between playing shows in Mexico and in Europe?

Juan Pablo: Yes.

Fernando: Well, the hospitality here is quite nice.

Azael: I think it’s just different, it’s not better or worse. I mean, it’s obvious that maybe in America, and Mexico specifically, we’re not that used to having bands from other parts of the world. Mexico is really big, so it’s Mexican bands. The hospitality is different, it’s not bad, I don’t know how to explain it.

Fernando: It’s more suitable for it’s own economy, the level of hospitality, in that case. But what I mean is that here, it’s a bit easier to get a good place to sleep and you get fed at almost every show. Everything runs way more strictly here, in a good sense. I also think that the crowd have a bigger relationship with this kind of heavy music. In Mexico, there’s quite a lot of people that listen to heavy music, but I think there’s more here.

Azael: People are more used to listening to hardcore music over here, or maybe not used to, but they know about how it works.

Juan Pablo: For me, a big difference is the venues. In Europe, you have a lot of youth centers or smaller venues for hardcore or punk. In Mexico, that’s probably the hardest thing to find, a proper venue.

Fernando: There are pretty much no good small venues. All venues are bigger and it’s practically impossible for an underground band to get a show there.

Juan Pablo: Also, what I really like in Europe is groups or collectives making shows. People getting together to bring in a band, someone makes food, someone takes care of the audio. That’s really cool, you don’t see that so often in Mexico. Of course, there are groups like that, but there’s always two in each city and here in Europe you have 10 or 12 making those things happen. That’s really important, because sometimes in Mexico the hardest thing is to find a place for a show.

Milo: I believe you’re also playing one other show in German-speaking Switzerland this summer. Do you want to tell our readers about that?

Juan Pablo: In July, we’re playing in Bern with Clowns.

Fernando: And the other one is Kreuzlingen.

Juan Pablo: We’ve been in Bern before, this is going to be our third show there. We love Bern, and in general, we like how people react to our music here in Switzerland. We’ve been lucky enough to visit a lot of cities here, maybe 10 or more, in the past years, and we love it. We like the people here, we’re really good friends with the Überyou guys, and they’re always sweethearts, they always treat us super well. We really love to be in Switzerland in general, people here are super warm and they really are into our music.

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Spanish Love Songs (USA) Interview

Spanish Love Songs are a melodic punk band from Los Angeles, USA consisting of (photo FLTR) Kyle McAulay (guitar), Meredith Van Woert (keyboard), Gabe Mayeshiro (bass), Ruben Duarte (drums) and Dylan Slocum (vocals/guitar). Milo from Radio Radius spoke to frontman Dylan Slocum after their performance in the Hafenkneipe at Obenuse Fest IV on May 5, 2018. In this interview, he talks about their new album Schmaltz and more.

Milo Schärer: Thank you so much for doing this interview with Radio Radius!

Dylan Slocum: Of course!

How has your European Tour been this far?

It’s been great! We are a week and a half in, we have three shows left. It’s been a blast, there’s been a lot of people at a lot of shows in places that we didn’t expect to necessarily have a ton. So, it’s been a lot of fun!

Alright. And what has your favorite venue been so far?

Hmm… In terms of the show, the one we just played for Obenuse Fest was great because that was insane. In terms of the venue itself, we played a farmhouse in Austria that was very cool. Basically, it was a barn that they had converted into a venue. So yeah, it was a lot of fun.

Alright. For people who aren’t familiar with Spanish Love Songs, which there will certainly be less of after Obenuse, how would you describe your band in five words?

In five words? Sad. I don’t need five words, I think one is enough. Sad and honest. That’s three words. We’ll give you that.

Fair Enough. A lot of other people, such as reviewers, have described your band as being similar to The Menzingers. How do you feel about that comparison?

I mean, it’s great to be compared to one of the biggest bands in our scene, so that doesn’t annoy us. We don’t hear the comparison anymore, but if it’s an easy way to get people to access the music, then by all means, you can compare us to whoever you want because at the end of the day it’s still our band and our songs. Some people feel that we’re rehashing what they did, and we don’t feel we are. I don’t think we are, so it’s fine. Really, we don’t care.

I think especially your lyrics are very different from those of The Menzingers. They’re very personal and detailed, and they often include specific references to places or family members. Why do you choose this kind of lyrical approach for your songs?

I think it’s the only way I really know how to do it. I tried to be metaphorical and vague before, and it just didn’t work. I like being specific, because I think by creating something so specific, it can actually lead more people to recognize and relate to it, even though it’s about me. I think everyone lives their lives in such specific terms that it becomes almost universal. Me writing about the death of my family member, even though it’s my experience, is the same as anybody’s, not the same, but it’s similar to anybody else’s loss of family members. I think people are able to find some comfort in that fact. I like to be so specific so nobody feels that they’re alone because as alone as I feel, I know I’m not the only one.

That makes a lot of sense. How did you get together as a band?

Our other bassist, Gabe, who’s at home right now, Ruben and I played in an old band, and that band broke up. We met Kyle on Craigslist because he had just moved to L.A. and was looking for people to go to shows with and he also mentioned that he played music, so we just started jamming together. Our other keyboardist Meredith is really good friends with my girlfriend so we hang out a lot and we knew that she played piano, so when it was time to add a piano player, I thought of her right away.

Why aren’t Gabe and Meredith on this tour right now?

Gabe was on the first half of this tour with us but he has a child on the way, so he went home to be with his wife and the child he already has. Meredith had some family obligations that unfortunately lined up exactly with our European tour.

Alright, so now let’s talk about your new album Schmaltz, which I really enjoyed. And it appeared to be a popular seller at the merch table…

I think so. We’re just about sold out of our first run, so that’s good. Yeah, it seems to be popular. We’re happy with it.

So yeah, about the album: you included a lot more layered and full-bodied instrumentation compared to your debut Giant Sings the Blues. Did you approach this album differently as a band?

Yeah. We’d been a band for a few more years and we were better musicians. We added the keyboards, which certainly helped. And I think we took a more methodical approach to recording it. The first one we just wanted to get done, so I came with these songs and we just kind of cranked them out and put them out. It was an organic process. With this one, we spent the time together writing and getting every part right. It’s still not perfect in our heads, but it’s as close as we could have hoped to getting it.

Now about the instrumentation: what inspired you to include an organ, not necessarily a typical punk instrument, in the album opener Nuevo?

There’s a Frank Ocean song called Forrest Gump. We love that song, and we already had the keyboards. That song was originally written on guitar, but we were in the studio, and I said: “What if we just switched it to organ?” Then we kind of referenced that song and did it. So, it wasn’t anything deeply thought out, we just thought it sounded cool.

Buffalo Buffalo is a very interesting song lyrically in my opinion. Could you tell us the story behind it?

Yeah. I was in Atlanta for work and I had to move away from my girlfriend, with whom I’d pretty much just fallen in love. I was really sad, so I wrote a love song. A lot of the stuff in that is very specific actually: she was visiting Portland to see her family and two days before she went there was a shooting in a mall there where three kids died. And I was literally lost in the south, wandering through these Civil War cemeteries. I just had this overwhelming feeling of wanting to run away from everything. I don’t know why I thought of “North of Buffalo”, but I did. I was thinking of Canada for some reason, and just wanting to get away from it all. I think as an American going to Canada is kind of a classical escape: going to the land of free healthcare, stuff like that. So, it just kind of happened and I wrote it in an afternoon. I was off from work, I wrote it on a Saturday and I sent it to the guys on a Sunday. It was the second song off the album that we wrote.

Alright. Now let’s talk aboutThe Boy Considers His Haircut. It’s kind of a meta song because you sing about your music and what other people think about it. So, my question is: do you think you’d have more fans if you sang about some happier shit or do you think the sad lyrics are part of the appeal of your band?

I think we’d have more fans if we were 10 years younger, more handsome and sang about very generic, fun things. That being said, I think that our lyrics fit our band. It’s kind of a running joke, but I don’t know, it’s hard to say, but I think we’ve found the place where we need to be. And I don’t know, people like sad lyrics, so we’ll deal with it and we won’t worry about the number of fans we have. Or we’ll try not to worry about it because I’m sure we will at the end of the day?

Now Beer & NyQuil (Hold It Together)is one such sad song. Could you tell us the story behind that?

Yeah. I was it Atlanta, still, and it was Thanksgiving in 2015. I was off of work, and I dropped my boss off at the airport so he could see his wife in L.A. I went back to my apartment and got bronchitis, so I was super sick, had a lot of dark thoughts and wanted to give up on everything because I didn’t know anybody and everyone else was home with their families and I wasn’t seeing my family or my girlfriend. I was super sick, so I took a bunch of NyQuil and didn’t leave the couch for three days. I would order Pizza in the morning and it would get delivered to me, I would order two so that I could eat one for lunch and one for dinner. It was a really sad time, so I wrote those lyrics down and decided to turn them into a song. I think the other have of that song is from when I was in the Dominican Republic for that same job, and I was literally stuck on an island. I was very sad and wanted to get away from everything I was doing, so it was very real.

Alright. Is it difficult for you to perform such personal and sad songs in front of an audience?

Not anymore, it was for a while. I’ve compartmentalized it enough; these things are all very old. Most of the songs on this album were written at the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016, so we’re talking almost three years ago. So, it takes me back to that moment, but I’ve gotten pretty good about not living that moment because I don’t want to be sad like that forever and I’m also dealing with my current sadness and whatever is happening at the moment. It’s also really hard to be depressed about something when I’m onstage and people are having a good time. I’ve chosen to embrace the happiness of it all as opposed to focusing on the sadness.

Ok. Since we’re doing this interview at Fat Tony, my last question for you is: what is your favorite pizza topping?

I am a traditionalist. A pizza should be bread, tomato sauce, and cheese. It’s all it should be, that’s a pizza. None of that other bullshit matters. You can put whatever you want on it, if the cheese, the sauce, and the bread is bad it’s not a good pizza.

Thank you!

Thank you so much!

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Interview: Milo Schärer / Foto: John Lafirira

Mobina Galore (CAN) Interview

Mobina Galore are a punk rock two piece from Winnipeg, Canada consisting (photo FLTR) of Jenna Priestner (vocals/guitar) and Marcia Hanson (drums/vocals). Milo from Radio Radius spoke to them after their performance in the Zukunft at Obenuse Fest IV on May 5, 2018. In this interview, they talk about their album Feeling Disconnected, Winnipeg’s music scene and more.

Milo Schärer: Hi, thank you so much for doing this interview with Radio Radius!

Marcia Hanson: Our Pleasure!

Jenna Priestner: You got it!

Milo: This is actually the third time I’ve seen you play. I saw you play at Hafenkneipe almost exactly a year ago and also opening for Against Me! at Dynamo. Which of your performances in Zurich, including today, has been your favorite?

Marcia: I had a blast today. It was one of the sweatiest shows and I was very cramped on that stage, but there was something about being so close the audience when it’s a smaller stage in a smaller room. Everybody was singing along, so I’m going to say tonight.

Jenna: I think I would have to agree. It was probably my worst performance of the whole tour, I fucked up so many things.

Marcia: You’re allowed to be sloppy in a small venue.

Jenna: I was getting hit by people, but it’s one of those things where you just roll with it, it felt like a basement show. So, tonight!

Milo: Well, it was literally in a basement. I’d briefly like to mention the other bands that are sharing the stage with you in that basement. Jenna, you sang a bit on the new Cancer Bats album The Spark That Moves and you’ve also played with Propagandhi many times before. Are we going to see you come on stage at all during their sets?

Jenna: I don’t know. This is our first time at this venue and I pictured the stage being a big stage. I was like: “There’s no way I’m going on this big stage because I don’t remember the words”. But now, this vibe, I think I could get into it. I don’t know, we’ll see.

Marcia: Are you just going to run up and grab the mic or have you been invited?

Jenna: I have not been invited. So, I do not think I will be gracing the stage.

Marcia: Let’s see what happens.

Jenna: Only time will tell.

Marcia: It was cool while it lasted. Whatever.

Milo: Almost all of the bands playing here are Canadian bands like yourselves. Could you tell us a bit about the music scene in your hometown of Winnipeg?

Jenna: I think Propagandhi kind of speaks for that. Everyone knows Winnipeg from Propagandhi if you’re in the punk rock scene. There’s a ton of punk rock bands there, just not a lot of them tour, so a lot of people in Europe wouldn’t know who they are, but there are so many good bands and there’s long cold winters so people just hang out inside writing music and creating art, so it’s a really good city to be in to be part of a music community and for some reason people love punk in Winnipeg, so we fit right in.

Milo: Since you said these bands aren’t really known in Europe, could you maybe give us some names of good bands in Winnipeg worth checking out?

Jenna: Yeah, definitely. One of faves are our buds in a band called Union Stockyards. There’s a band called Clipwing. I’m drawing a blank on other bands now.

Marcia: It’s like: “Who did we play with?”

Jenna: Check out those two.

Milo: For people who do not know Mobina Galore yet, how would you describe your band in five words?

Marcia: Hmm…

Jenna: Vocally aggressive power chord punk.

Marcia: Whoa! She nailed that!

Jenna: I already came up with the tagline. I didn’t know it was only five words though.

Marcia: This is you nailing it.

Milo: You’re a two piece, which is a slightly unusual constellation for a punk band. For instance, there’s only one other two piece besides yourselves playing here at Obenuse. How did you get together as a band in this formation?

Marcia: It just happened naturally. We met in Fernie, British Columbia, when we were both living there years ago. Jenna had a whole jam space set up in her house that she owned there, with drums, guitars, vocals and keyboards. I had never seen one person own all this stuff, so I was like: “This is so cool! Let’s jam!” So, then we had some beers and started jamming. And we kind of just never met someone that wanted to play with us.

Jenna: That sounds so bad.

Marcia: Someone that wanted to play music when we were open, you know, figuring it out? Nobody was playing music, and then we just kind of got into a groove and we were comfortable. It became very easy, to the point where we couldn’t imagine having a third person and taking a space in the band.

Milo: Alright. Which bands or artists have influenced your music?

Marcia: Lots.

Jenna: It’s a range. I always find that question kind of hard to answer. Blink-182 were my all-time favorite band in high school, but I don’t listen to them anymore, but I’m sure that has some type of influence from when I started playing. Now all we listen to are the bands we tour with, because it’s three or four bands every night. I don’t really search out music all that much anymore, so it’s kind of a weird question to be honest. Against Me! is huge in our lives right now because we toured with them a couple times. Now even Cancer Bats, I’m super stoked about being on that one track, so I’m repping their new album. It’s just kind of about the people that we meet on the road and those bands that inspire us in life in general, not so much as a band, you know?

Milo: This next question I’m going to ask you is mainly so that one of our very good friends who is not so into punk will read this interview as well. When preparing for this interview, I saw on your Facebook page that you also listed Taylor Swift as an artist that you like. So, what is your favorite Taylor Swift album?

Jenna: That’s a tricky one. I would probably say 1989, but the new one’s really good too. There’s just a couple tracks that I don’t like on there.

Marcia: I really like Red too.

Jenna: There’s a couple of gems on that one.

Marcia: There’s a lot of gems on Red. But she was just much younger then, so it’s a little harder to relate to what she’s singing about maybe. So, I’m going to go with 1989.

Jenna: 1989, yeah. And Ryan Adams’ version of 1989 is…

Marcia: Very cool! If you haven’t heard that, check it out.

Jenna: We listen to a lot of pop music when we’re driving, and folksy music because all we listen to when we’re playing shows is punk, hardcore and metal. In the van, it’s just: pop it up! Beyoncé, whatever, all the mainstream. The gold mainstream, not all of it. Just the Beyoncés and the Taylor Swifts.

Milo: Alright. In February of 2017 you released the album Feeling Disconnected.What are your thoughts on it a little more than a year on?

Jenna: That’s a good question, we’ve never been asked that question before. So, kudos to that.

Marcia: I’m still very happy with it. I like the way that we recorded it. We went into recording that album thinking that we wanted to have it be more like our live shows; just the two, drums, guitars, both vocals; instead of the way we recorded our first album, which was more layering vocals, more layering guitar kind of tracks. I still think it sounds great, I love the guy who did it, J.P. Peters, who produced and recorded both of our albums. I love it.

Jenna: I’m just excited to record a new album, really. You listen back to your old stuff and try figure out what you can do to make it better. For me, my guitar tones, even though we spent so much time on them for the last record, I’m excited to tweak my guitar tones for the new record.

Milo: Now that you mention a new album, you did play one new track today. Could you briefly comment on it?

Jenna: Yeah, it’s called Fade Away and it’s the only track that’s complete that will be on the new record, so we’ll be releasing it as a single on May 18. So, we’ll post a video and a digital release as something in between before the new record comes out. And we’re super stoked about it, it’s kind of a mix between our first and our second record, so we’re very happy with it.

Milo: Now going back to Feeling Disconnected, could you each just say what your favorite track off that album is and why?

Marcia: Yeah. I love Start All Over, I think it’s the first track off that album. Jenna started writing that song, and she was like: “Come on, let’s try to write a song together, because often we’ll write separately. I was reading her stuff, and I was like: “I don’t like it” and just left. Then she came back with this track and it became my favorite one. Now I’m upset that I wasn’t a part of writing it.

Jenna: Maybe that’s why it’s so good. No, I’m kidding. That’s a tough one, but just off the top of my head I’ll say Spend My Day, which is a song that Marcia wrote. People love it. It’s a fun song to play, tonight people were singing along to it, so I like it.

Milo: Feelings of detachment, including while on tour, were a big theme on Feeling Disconnected. Having toured extensively behind the album, do you feel more or less disconnected now than before the album’s release?

Jenna: I want to say less right now. I suppose you also got us at a good time; great show, great weather, great city; where I’m having a really good time on the road. It’s not as stressful and tiring as it can be. I think at this moment, anyways, I’m feeling pretty good. It’s our third time here now, and you feel more welcome and more at home every time you come back. We’re meeting more people and making more connections in all these cities and countries. It feels good.

Marcia: I agree.

Jenna: That’ll be the pull quote. “I agree”, says Marcia Hanson.

Milo: I’d like to ask a few questions about some specific tracks that we especially like. Could you tell us the story behind Vancouver?

Jenna: Yeah. That was a song where I wrote the verses and I just couldn’t come up with the chorus. Then Marcia wrote the chorus later. There almost opposite from each other, lyrically and the way they’re performed. I was having an anxious moment so I wrote all the verses in a very anxious state of mind. Then we wanted to make the chorus kind of big and happy, and sing-a-longy, Marcia ended up coming up with those lines when we went to Vancouver to work on the Feeling Disconnected Record. We spent quite a bit of time there throughout the year. We went there to finish up songs, and I think that’s when you came up with the chorus. The juxtaposition of the song just kind of worked. That’s what that song’s roughly about.

Milo: I’d also like to know about the song Fourth of July, the bonus track for Feeling Disconnected, because it seems like there’s a specific story behind it. So, could you tell us about that?

Jenna: Sure. Do you want to?

Marcia: Sure. We were on tour and we had a day off, and it happened to be the Fourth of July, which in the states is America’s birthday or something, so it’s a big party. Independence Day, I think? I’m not American, so it’s ok that I don’t know this. It’s a big deal over there and we had that day off and we were driving through Omaha, we were going to spend the night in Omaha. I happened to say to Jenna: “Hey, isn’t Conor Oberst from Omaha?” Conor Oberst [of Bright Eyes] is one of her favorite Songwriters. So, I started googling Conor Oberst, and it turns out he owns a bar in Omaha. I was like: “Jenna, I know what we’re doing tonight for the Fourth of July, we’re going to Conor Oberst’s bar. Maybe he’ll be there.” She’s like: “Yeah, right. He won’t be there, but let’s go.” We walk in and he’s there, but nobody else is. It’s just him with eight of his friends and the rest of the bar is empty. Jenna and I were both excited, so we both sat at the bar, had a couple of drinks, and watched him out of the corner of our eyes. We never got the courage to actually say hi or anything, but you know, he’d come up and ask the bartender for a glass of wine and I’d watch what bottle he’d pour from and be like: “I’ll have one of those.” So, I like to say that we shared a bottle of wine. Actually, we shared a few bottles of wine.

Jenna: We wrote the song while we were sitting in the bar. We knew there was something about that night that we had to commemorate. When we recorded it, it just didn’t quite fit with the vibe of the rest of the album, but we really liked it, so we wanted to put it on as a bonus track.

Milo: That’s a really cool story. I’d also like to ask about one song off your first album, Cities Away. What’s the story behind Skeletons?

Jenna: To be honest, I don’t even know if I can answer that question. There’s some songs where you almost just blink and somehow, you’ve written a song, and it’s gone from wherever the bare bones of it was to where it is now, but people love it. It’s a simple, kind of Ramones-y vibe, guitar riff. I don’t even know, we were living in Vancouver at the time as well, when I wrote that song, but I don’t think I even have an answer for that one.

Marcia: I think that is an answer, that you don’t really remember.

Jenna: Some songs just kind of happen.

Milo: We met your friend Joe Vickers, who opened for you last time you played in Zurich, when he played a show at Cartel Burrito recently, and I told him that I was going to do this interview and he suggested I ask this last question, so this is all thanks to him.

Jenna: Oh my god…

Milo: If I remember the story correctly, you adopted the practice of using a fanny pack from him. What items in your fanny pack are absolutely essential while on tour?

Marcia: Let’s go through it.

Jenna: Well, we don’t need to go totally through it.

Marcia: Oh, sorry. Maybe there’s some secret items.

Jenna: I always have a Sharpie. I have a miniature floss, which I don’t think I’ve ever used.

Marcia: But just in case.

Jenna: Just in case. You always need money. I’ve always got lip chap and GeloRevoice, which is a German throat lozenge specifically for singing. So, I usually have those in here. My keys? No, my keys aren’t even in here usually. My earplugs. I’d say earplugs, lip chap and a Sharpie are all essential in the fanny pack of Jenna from Mobina Galore. That is so funny. Joe Vickers…

Marcia: Great question. He’s also a hilarious guy.

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Interview: Milo Schärer / Foto: Dwayne Larson

Save Ends (USA) Interview

Save Ends from Boston, USA are an emo-punk band consisting of (photo FLTR) Tom (guitar), Brendan (vocals/keyboard), Burton (drums), Christine (vocals/guitar) and Brad (bass). Milo from Radio Radius spoke to them after they opened up Obenuse Fest IV in the Hafenkneipe on May 5, 2018. In this interview, they talk about their album A Book About Bad Luck, Dungeons & Dragons and more.

Milo: Thank you guys so much for doing this interview with Radio Radius!

Brendan: Of course!

Milo: Are you happy having just opened Obenuse Fest?

Christine: Absolutely! This is our first time playing Europe ever, so to be able to open up this festival is extra special, I would.

Tom: Yeah, that was really, really fun.

Christine: Good first European show, for sure.

Milo: Nice. For people who aren’t familiar with Save Ends yet, how would you describe your band in five words?

Christine: Dungeons and Dragons and beer.

Milo: You already mentioned Dungeons & Dragons, and if I’m not mistaken, you decided to form Save Ends after playing D&D together, is that correct?

All: That’s true.

Milo: How has D&D influenced you as a band?

Brendan: I’ll handle this one. Tom, Christine and I were playing D&D together on a regular basis and we had all been in bands in the past. We just decided it would be funny or fun to do a band together and also name it something D&D-related. We all have played a lot, and I guess that’s it.

Milo: Any songs in particular that are influenced by D&D?

Christine: Well, the band name is a Dungeons & Dragons reference. Same Old Dice, which is the last song that we just played.

Brendan: Yeah, that’s a reference to D&D.

Christine: On our first EP we tried to make every song name be a reference, but that’s a lot.

Brendan: That’s a lot of work.

Tom: Ten or Better, the first EP we did, is about… save ends is a mechanic where if you roll ten or better, you save. The next EP, Strength Vs Will, was an example of a saving throw. So, you’d have to do two combined rolls, strength vs. will. Anyway, that’s D&D related.

Brad: I think this is what they want to hear. They want to know about it, don’t feel weird about it.

Tom: What else? There’s more.

Milo: Well, actually, we do have one more D&D question. Who do you like to play as in D&D?

Tom: Well, our campaign that we’ve been playing forever is an evil campaign, so we’re all really evil, and I am a drow paladin, so that’s a dark elf paladin who is evil as crap.

Christine: I’m a tiefling warlock and I have a tail, and it’s prehensile, which means that I can hit things with it.

Brendan: I’m the DM, I just make up the story. And I can attest to them being very evil. I don’t want to mention the things that they’ve done in the interview because people wouldn’t like us anymore.

Milo: Alright, we’ve talked a bit about your game influences, now let’s talk about musical influences. When I heard your music, it reminded a lot of 90s emo like The Get Up Kids or Rainer Maria, did these kinds of bands influence your music?

Christine: Yeah, you are hitting the nail on the head with those two bands, absolutely. Especially Rainer Maria. For me growing up, going to shows, seeing Rainer Maria and seeing a woman in a band singing, it was like: “This is cool. Is that a thing I could do?” That just influenced me to even play at all, and additionally they have influenced our songwriting.

Brendon: Yeah, that nailed it, I think.

Milo: Alright. And maybe any other influences worth mentioning on your sound?

Tom: I think we have a lot of punk influences too. We all grew up listening to 90s Fat Wreck Chords bands, Lagwagon and stuff like that, so I think there’s a hint of that in some of our songs too. It’s kind of like a marriage of 90s emo, pop-punk and punk.

Brendan: Brad and Tom also play in No Trigger, so that’s a little heavier band than we are. That comes into play a bit.

Milo: Since you bring it up, Brad and Tom, you play in No Trigger as well, what are the differences between playing in No Trigger and Save Ends?

Christine: Yeah guys, what are the differences?

Brad: Mostly the sweat. I sweat way more in No Trigger. It’s just a lot more work in general.

Tom: I think I only head bang in No Trigger and in Save Ends I get to get sexy and dance a little.

Brad: I get to really groove with the bass, which is nice. It was actually scary because No Trigger’s been on tour for a week now. So, for me to get out of that groove of just being crazy and relax, just hang out, it took me like three songs tonight.

Tom: This was also particularly difficult, being early. I call it early, it’s not early in the day, but Brad and I have been up very, very late every night for the past week.

Christine: And we also haven’t played together in three weeks.

Tom: But I think it went ok.

Christine: We did the songs. We got through all of them.

Milo: No, it was great. You wouldn’t have noticed that it’s the first time you played together in three weeks.

Christine: Good.

Tom: Perfect.

Christine: That’s what we were going for.

Tom: We tricked them!

Milo: So, Brendan and Christine, you share lead vocal duties for Save Ends. I’d like to ask, what is your songwriting process like? Who does what in the band?

Christine: When we started, Brendan and I kind of brought some stuff in. But then Brendan and Tom started writing together, and Tom and I started writing together, and then over the years as a band, especially this last record, we wrote a lot of the songs in band practice, got skeletons down for them, and then Brendan and I separately work on them. We bring them together and try to combine things. It’s actually very collaborative, we have really figured out how to write songs together, which is great.

Brendan: We’ll get the music down, for the most part, in band practice and whoever has a part will write it. Tom C is super good at song structure stuff, so he’ll help out with that a lot. We do vocals afterwards. What we’ll do is take the recordings of practice home, and Christine and I will give songs a shot.

Christine: Yeah, and try to play along with them, change things up and see what works for singing. We’ll move them in different places.

Milo: Alright, now let’s talk about A Book About Bad Luck, your album from last year. The album’s title comes from the opening tack Bad News. What is this song about and why did you choose a lyric from it as your album title?

Christine: This is you.

Brendan: You wrote some of the lyrics on this too. This album is kind of a bummer, it’s more of bummer, I think, than most of our albums. I think calling it A Book About Bad Luck kind of fit the mood of the album, so we used it. Maybe it was partially out of laziness. You know, like: “That’s cool.”

Christine: “Alright.”

Brendan: I mean, we could have tried super hard.

Christine: It’s a nice line though.

Brendan: I know, it sounded good.

Brad: It’s a good line!

Burton: I like that name.

Brendan: We’re old. We’re in our mid-thirties, and that song is basically just about people in your life that you meet or yourself, everyone goes through some tough times. It’s basically about people that you know and love going through bad times. You just have to get them through the rut. That’s basically what that song’s about, lifting your friends up from the rut, and it’s from the perspective of someone who’s in a bad place.

Milo: Alright. Another lyric that I found interesting from that album was “I should be missing it, but I’m not missing it” from Way Back. Could you tell us about this song as well?

Brendan: Yeah, I wrote that lyric too. That one, Way Back, is pretty literal, about going back to where you grew up. You had some great times back there, but you’re not there in your life anymore. So, at least personally, I literally went back to the street where I grew up because a friend of mine still lives there. I lived there for 15 years. No, I lived there for 18 years. You remember how it felt to be there, but it’s not like that anymore. As much as you romanticize the past, you can’t go back. It’s that cliché, you can’t go home again, that’s what it’s about.

Milo: The song Hateful Kids, still from the same album, is a bit more political than your other material. What compelled you to write that song?

Brendan: The United States is going to such a shitty place right now, it’s hilarious.

Christine: We suck!

Brendan: It’s hilariously fucked up, how we elected a reality TV star racist asshole to be president. And I would have felt bad, if you play anything in the punk genre, and you don’t at least bring up the fact of how fucked up that is. It’s completely ridiculous what’s going on, and we have a lot of people acting on, as the song says, tribal instincts, where they’re being racist or the easiest person to pick on is who they’re going to pick on. It’s just trying to address the actual problem that we have. I don’t know, we live in frustrating times and it would have felt bad to not have a song that addressed it.

Burton: I like the line in that song where you say “we are going back on our worst instincts”, is that what you say?

Brendan: Yeah.

Burton: I always crack up when I hear that line because I can just picture you saying it, just so sharply, you know what I mean? Just like: “We’re going back on our worst instincts.”

Brendan: Yeah, I think that’s true.

Milo: We’ve talked about A Book About Bad Luck.How do you think it compares to your previous album Warm Hearts, Cold Hands?

Tom: I think we put more into this one. We took a lot longer to write this one, we didn’t rush it, not that we did that with Warm Hearts, Cold Handsall the way, but this time we weren’t in a rush. We wrote songs over time, some of those songs took a couple years.

Christine: One day we were like: “We should probably do a full length now. We’ve been working on stuff, what are we doing?”

Tom: I think this one’s probably a little bit closer to our real sound. I think Warm Hearts, Cold Hands was little bit… not harder, but a little punkier, pop-punkier, whereas this one has a lot more feeling, depth, and dynamics to it. We’re proud of both of them, but I think it’s a good evolution for us.

Christine: I think the material is just sadder, too. Moodier and sadder. Being at point where you feel like you can be truly honest writing lyrics is hard the first couple times around, but I felt more comfortable this time really writing what I wanted to talk about. Things I hadn’t been able to address previously, I could do it on this album. That felt really good.

Milo: Alright, thanks again and enjoy the rest of your European tour!

Christine: Thank you!

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Interview: Milo Schärer / Foto: Tommy Calderon

Annie Taylor (CH) Interview

Annie Taylor aus Zürich spielen spacey Rock’n Roll und bestehen aus (Foto v.l.n.r.) Michi (Bass), Gini (Gesang/Gitarre), Dimos (Schlagzeug) und Cyrill (Gitarre). Milo von Radio Radius hat sie vor ihrem Auftritt im Bogen F als Support von Sunflower Bean am 18. April getroffen und mit ihnen über ihre Singles, Erfahrungen auf Tour und die Zürcher Musikszene gesprochen.

Milo: Hallo zusammen, danke viel Mal, dass ihr ein Interview mit Radio Radius macht!

Gini: Sehr gerne! Danke, dass du uns gefragt hast.

Milo: Freut ihr euch, heute mit Sunflower Bean zu spielen?

Gini: Ja, auf jeden Fall. Cyrill, ich glaube, wir sind sogar zusammen ans Konzert gegangen das letzte Mal…

Cyrill: Ja.

Gini: Wir waren vor zwei Jahren mal [an einem Sunflower Bean Konzert] und haben dort schon gesagt, es wäre sehr cool, wenn das mal klappen würde. Und jetzt sind wir hier, ganz cool.

Milo: Ihr habt ja auch letztens mit L.A. Witch zusammen gespielt. Wie ist es, als relativ junge Band schon mit so coolen internationalen Bands spielen zu können?

Gini: Ich glaube, wir hatten einfach viel Glück.

Cyrill: Zufall.

Gini: Es ist unerwartet schnell gekommen, das erste Mal, dass wir mit L.A. Witch zusammen spielen konnten. Dass es gerade nochmals sein konnte, ein halbes Jahr später, ist natürlich cool.

Milo: Gut. Für Leute, die Annie Taylor noch nicht kennen, wie würdet ihr eure Band mit fünf Wörtern beschreiben?

Gini: Fünf Wörter?

Cyrill: Schwierige Frage.

Gini: Cyrill, schmeiss mal eins raus…

Cyrill: Frech.

Gini: Spontan. Organisiert.

Cyrill: Auch ein bisschen verchillt.

Gini: Ja, schon. Ok, und jetzt noch…

Cyrill: Eins.

Gini: Ok, das letzte Wort ist schwierig.

Dimos: Was hast du alles gesagt?

Gini: Frech, organisiert, spontan, verchillt…

Cyrill: Und spacey.

Gini: Ja, spacey finde ich gut.

Milo: Wie seid ihr als Band zusammengekommen?

Gini: Michi und ich hatten uns eigentlich schon lange gekannt und jamten mal mit unserem Schlagzeuger, mit dem wir damals angefangen haben, herum. Dann war es eigentlich klar, dass wir das cool finden. Cyrill hat auch mal mit mir gespielt, dann spielten wir mal zusammen, und so ist es relativ schnell zustande gekommen. Adi ging dann nach England, und so kam Dimos. Und jetzt spielen wir noch so.

Milo: Ok. Ihr habt ja auch eine spezielle Geschichte hinter eurem Bandnamen, könnt ihr dazu etwas sagen?

Gini: Cyrill?

Cyrill: Erzähl doch du das, als weibliche Kraft.

Gini: Es war eigentlich so, wir wollten, also, ich vor allem wollte, dass irgendeine emanzipierte Frau hinter unserem Künstlernamen steht. Rosa Luxemburg oder Sophie Scholl wäre halt nicht so fröhlich, und dann ist uns Annie Taylor aufgefallen, die sich von den Niagara-Fällen gestürzt hat. Sie ist die Frau geworden, die wir in unser Herz gelassen haben.

Milo: Ok, sehr cool. Ihr habt vor kurzem eine Europatour gemacht, wie war das?

Cyrill: Es war echt lustig, eigentlich. Wir haben viele spannende Orte kennengelernt, aber es war auch ziemlich streng, jeden Tag zu spielen.

Gini: Es war cool, an viele Orte zu kommen, an denen man sonst nie gehen würde. Italien, vor allem, habe ich bis jetzt wenig gesehen. Es machte Spass, aber wir mussten auch etwas machen.

Cyrill: Es war wie eine lange Probe, jeden Tag zu spielen. Es wurde irgendwie alles automatisiert.

Milo: Irgendwelche lustige Geschichten von der Tour?

Gini: Dort waren es meistens ein, zwei Bier zu viel, um sie noch zu wissen, die lustigen Geschichten. Nein, sicher nicht. Aber es gab sicher ein paar lustige Momente.

Cyrill: Lustig, also nein, das war eher traurig. Wir haben irgendwo am Strand gespielt, und wir spazierten dort ein bisschen. Ich habe etwas Graues gesehen, zuerst dachte ich, es sei ein grosser Stein. Dann sind wir etwas weitergegangen und es stank ein bisschen. Als ich davorstand, merkte ich, dass es ein halb verwesendes Schaf war. Das lustige war aber, Gini hat manchmal etwas Mühe zu reden während dem Konzert, sie wusste nichts Besseres, und dann erzählte sie einfach das. Das war vielleicht etwas creepy.

Michi: Wir haben an einem sehr schönen Ort geschlafen in der Landzone von Tarquinia in Italien. Der Ort ist eben in Land- und Strandzonen geteilt. Wir haben in der Strandzone gespielt, und dort war einfach tote Hose und es war kalt, die Stadt oben war aber wahnsinnig schön. Wir haben die Stadt aber gar nicht gesehen, bevor wir gespielt haben.

Gini: Deshalb haben wir auch nicht gewusst, was zu sagen.

Milo: Ihr habt im Februar die Single Teach Me Rock’n Roll herausgegeben. Könnt ihr diese vielleicht kurz kommentieren?

Gini: Es war jetzt unsere dritte Single, auch wenn die erste mehr ein Antasten war, um mal etwas zu zeigen, was wir machen. Diese ist rock’n rolliger geworden als die ersten paar, glaube ich. Inhaltlich geht es um das, was Rock’n Roll für uns eigentlich ist: mache das, was du cool findest. Du kannst selber definieren, was du cool findest.

Milo: Ihr habt dazu auch ein Video gemacht. Wie ist die Idee dafür entstanden?

Cyrill: Die Idee dafür ist mit meinem Kollegen entstanden, der Performance-Kunst macht. Ich habe ihm mal [von unserer Single] erzählt und er fand gerade: „Sehr cool! Ich habe da ein paar Ideen.“ Wir haben alles an der Langstrasse in einem Club relativ spontan gefilmt und dann zusammengeschnitten. So ist das Video entstanden. Ich finde, wenn man ihn und seinen Lifestyle betrachtet, ist das der Inbegriff vom Rock’n Roll für mich. Das hat mich inspiriert.

Milo: Wenn ich mich nicht täusche, habt ihr im September vom letzten Jahr noch die Single Wasted Youth herausgegeben. Was ist eigentlich mit dem Titel des Songs gemeint?

Gini: Schon lange nicht mehr daran gedacht, aber ja, stimmt. Bei Wasted Youth war das Thema, dass es halt immer viele Momente gibt, in denen du hörst: „Du musst dies und das machen und jenes erwarten wir auch noch, und wenn du es nicht machst, hast du deine Zeit voll vergeudet, du schaffst es eh nie.“, in dem Stil. Es ging darum, dass man sich manchmal wirklich so fühlt, als würde man die Zeit vergehen lassen, aber eigentlich ist das auch ok, weisst du? Eigentlich ist das egal. Es ist in Ordnung, seine Jugend zu vergeuden.

Milo: Gut. Wir haben jetzt etwas über eure Singles gesprochen. Wann kommt dann das erste Album?

Cyrill: Ich würde mal sagen, geplant ist bis Ende des Jahres. Das Ziel ist mal, ins Studio zu gehen und das Zeugs aufzunehmen, das wir beisammenhaben. Es ist noch kein fixes Datum, aber sicher noch bis Ende Jahr.

Milo: Ihr habt auf den Singles stilistisch verschiedene Sachen ausprobiert, Partner in Crime ist eher leichter und poppiger, Wasted Youth und Teach Me Rock’n Roll sind dann eher etwas heavier, in welcher Richtung werden die nächsten Releases eher gehen?

Gini: Ich glaube, das Ziel ist schon, Diversität hineinzubringen, so dass es nicht nur in eine Richtung geht, die stilistisch nur so und so ist. Ich finde das auch schön an einem Album, wenn es auch verschiedene Richtungen darin hat. Aber grundsätzlich schon eher ins Rock’n Roll hinein.

Cyrill: Es kommt immer auch darauf an, woher der Einfluss gerade gekommen ist für ein Lied. Je nachdem wird es etwas härter, etwas spacieger, oder etwas poppiger.

Milo: Ok, ihr seid ja von hier aus Zürich, wie findet ihr im Moment die Musikszene Zürichs?

Cyrill: Eigentlich ganz ok. Es gibt viele talentierte Bands, aber man kennt vielleicht auch nicht alle, oder? Die meisten kennt man durch Kollegen, die auch Musik machen. Aber ich staune auch immer wieder, dass ich Bands aus Zürich kennenlerne, die ich vorher gar nicht kannte, aber sehr gut sind.

Gini: Wir haben auch gute Freunde aus dem benachbarten Bandraum. Sie sind auch ganz hart am üben, Harpo Erich heissen sie. Sie sind super, und ich freue mich auf ihr Konzert, das hoffentlich demnächst kommt. Hoffentlich hören sie das, damit wir auch Druck machen können. Aber ich glaube auch, es gibt viele Bands, und bekommt man gar nicht mit, wenn man nicht aktiv danach sucht.

Milo: Als Band aus der Schweiz, welche Vor- und Nachteile hat man im Vergleich mit anderen Ländern?

Gini: Ein Vorteil ist, glaube ich, dass man schnell mal im Ausland gespielt hat, da wir nicht so gross sind.

Michi: Von Location zu Location ist es nicht so weit in der Schweiz.

Gini: Ein Vorteil ist schon auch, dass man sich in der Musikszene schnell mal kennenlernen und Kontakte knüpfen kann. Ich habe das Gefühl, wir sind selbst noch nicht so fest darin, um das zu beurteilen, was da Vor- und Nachteile sein könnten.

Cyrill: Ich habe manchmal das Gefühl, der Nachteil ist, dass wir zu verwöhnt sind und zum Teil die Wertschätzung der Musik verloren geht.

Milo: Ja, und apropos Schweiz: auf eurer Bandcamp Seite steht, dass ihr „a very swiss band“ seid, die Schokolade und Käse mag. Deshalb würde ich gerne von euch allen wissen, was eure Lieblingsschokolade und euer Lieblingskäse ist.

Cyrill: Meine Lieblingsschokolade ist M-Budget Haselnussschokolade, für 80 Rappen oder so, die ist Weltklasse. Und Käse, würde ich sagen, ist der Gruyère oder le Rustique.

Gini: Ich habe Ragusa noch sehr gerne, und mein Lieblingskäse ist einfach Käsemischung, die man als Fondue brauchen kann.

Michael: Meine Lieblingsschokolade ist vom Läderach. Es ist die schwarze Schokolade mit den karamelisierten Mandeln. Und mein Lieblingskäse ist Appenzeller Fonduekäse.

Dimos: Meine Lieblingsschokolade? Die Frey Schokolade, die Milchschokolade aus dem Migros, die ist fantastisch. Ich habe weltweit noch nichts Besseres gesehen. Und beim Käse muss ich halt zurück in die Heimat, Feta-Käse ist schon lecker zu ziemlich vielem. Ja, Entschuldigung, typische Schweizer Band, ich weiss.

Michi: Multikulti.

Milo: Ok, super. Und jetzt noch als allerletzte Frage, wo kann man euch demnächst spielen sehen?

Michi: In einer halben Stunde im Bogen F.

Gini: Ok, die nächsten Sachen, die aufkommen, sind ein paar Openairs. Das eine ist Lauschallee in Brugg. Ich glaube, das ist das nächste, das kommt. Dann spielen wir noch an den Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, worauf wir uns auch sehr freuen. Und es gibt im August noch etwas, an dem wir spielen. Aber wie du hörst, wir haben jetzt nicht so viel zugesagt, aus dem Grund, dass wir noch Lieder überarbeiten oder neue schreiben und dann aufnehmen, damit es für ein Album Ende Jahr reicht. Ich bin auch gespannt, was im Sommer noch kommt.


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