Aujourd’hui, Branché-Rock s’intéresse à ce qui ce passe chez nos voisins européens. Les groupes rencontrent-ils les mêmes galères que les français ? Ou au contraire, ont-ils un parcours sensiblement différent ? Eléments de réponse avec le groupe allemand THE DEADNOTES dans une interview en anglais (facilement compréhensible, même pour les novices).
What’s your name and where does it come from ?
Hey there. We are « THE DEADNOTES ». The band’s been going since we were 14. When we formed the band our aim was to play live as fast as possible so we had to find any proper band name. Our bass player Jakob came along with the idea and as that sounded alright to us and we were in a rush anyway agreed to that.
The band was formed in 2011 and since then the line-up never changed. It’s Jakob Walheim on bass and backing vocals, Yannic Arens on Drums and Darius Lohmüller handling guitar and vocals. We all are born or at least did grow up in Freiburg, Southern Germany.
How would you define your musical style and what are your influences ?
I do myself hard to put music into genres. If I had to chose I’d say we play sort of Indie/Punk with an noticeable emoish note. I’d say we rather play slow, poppy music but our whole attitude is more punk influenced. There’s a lot of different band we love and listen to. From classic recent Emo/Indie/Punk stuff such as Brand New, Basement, Tigers Jaw, The Front Bottoms, Apologies, I Have None, The Smith Street Band over pop, usual radio music and arena rock bands to Hip Hop and rap. All that inspires us in different points sometimes more and sometimes less.
I just love music in general and there’s not a single genre (apart from racist, homophobic, sexist bullshit music) that I’m not open to or interested in. Well maybe Reggae, I just can’t handle that, Bob Marley makes me suffer so bad.
Why did you decide to sing in English ?
I think it was never a real decision to sing in English. All the heroes of our youth we listened to sing in English and I really got comfortable with that language. I tried to write in German not many but a couple of times. However everyone here understands every single word on the first listen. That makes me become a little reserved about emotions. When I sing in English, I feel able to tell stories easily straight from the heart. That aspect plays high priority in our music.
There’s probably a few grammar mistakes in our lyrics but that’s just honest and of course artistic freedom anyway. Haha !!!
How many tracks/album have you released so far ?
When the record will be out on October 7 we’ll call ourselves proud to have released exactly 21 tracks. A demo in 2011, which is the worst thing you heard in your entire life followed by an EP in 2013 which sounds super weird and completely different to anything we did after that. Then a split record with our best friends in Casually Dressed 2015 and a full album will be out next month. Both sound alright.
Are there differences between countries ? (Is it more or less simple to find dates ? Where is the most receptive audience ? Are the artists more or less helped ?)
There’s definitely worlds between shows and the relation to concerts in different countries. I’d say that basically in every country we toured so far the people have welcomed us warmly. There’s great promoters here and asshole promoters there but I reckon that’s not influenced by a country.
It’s maybe a little easier to book shows in Eastern Europe than in Germany for example. Maybe because still not many bands tour there, at least in countries which are further away from us such as Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine that’s the situation. Anyway it’s getting more and more connected.
There’s just a lot of cultural differences. In Russia is got really hard to tour as a vegan/vegetarian band especially in the smaller cities. In Spain and Portugal it’s common that you get food super late and usually after the show which sometimes makes it very hard when you’ve been driving a whole day with only some crisps from a gas station.
At the moment we got the most receptive audience in Germany and shows have a well turnout. But that’s absolutely obvious as we come from here, play the most shows in that country and have many friends here.
How do you proceed to book shows ?
Writing mails all day and night and bothering dudes that book shows until they fucking hate you. Sorry for that.
What competitions / festival did you attend and what did you think ?
We played a lot of contests and stuff like that when we were younger. I don’t know. The atmosphere is always very tense as everyone just thinks about the competition. We regarded it as a chance to play live, got drunk and had a fun time. We never won anything.
We didn’t play a lot of festivals within the last 5 years but every time we did it was amazing. The shows are often super weird playing to 20 people at 5pm on an area as wide as a football field. However I love watching bands hanging out in the fresh air for a whole day. The whole surrounding makes festivals a lot of fun to me. We’ll definitely do our best to play more open air shows in the future.
Can you tell us more about your moments of joys and challenges throughout your career ?
I think playing in a band is always a costant up and down. You play the best show in the world the one day and the other day two others get cancelled which drags you down. As long as you got time to hang out with friends and travel to places it’s the best thing in the world to me and the joy prevails it all.
Where do you buy your musical materials ? Are you satisfied by the products ?
I’d love to say we always by stuff from local music stores. There’s one shop in our hometown where I always bring my guitar when it needs to be fixed. The guy is an absolute weirdo legend and super oldschool. You can only pay in cash and if you don’t have the money it’s no problem to pay four weeks later or so without any specific deal or contract. Every time I repay my debts he says: « Ah that’s nice, I already forgot about that! »
But honestly we usually buy equipment there where it’s the cheapest because most of the time we can’t afford anything else. Satisfied ? I think there’s a way too big existing amount of guitars, amps, cymbals, pedals that make so much fun. You never get satisfied.
Do you have any good deed to ask to our readers ?
[Eh oui, qui dit interview Branché-Rock, dit petite vidéo de B.A. (Bonne Action) à proposer aux lecteurs et nos petits Allemands ont bel et bien joué le jeu : leur BA, c’est d’être là et d’acheter leur album lors de sa sortie + les voir en concert un jour :-)]
Pour conclure, je vous rappelle que leur album « I’ll kiss all fears out of your face » sortira le 7 octobre 2016 et que vous pouvez retrouver le groupe à partir des liens suivants :
Je tiens également à remercier ma collaboratrice sur cet article : Valentine KLIPFEL de What Happened To Your Band ?
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