How would you describe your music?
We’d like to think of it as something like dance music for dark times, if that makes any sense, haha! We love the controversy of making something catchy and danceable that, at the same time dives deep into the fears, doubts and regrets of both us and the listener. Our lyrics are pretty straight-forward in dealing with a lot of personal struggles and the only way to process and overcome them, that we’ve discovered so far, is to go crazy while listening to a song. So that’s the type of tracks that we aim to do every single time.
Tell us about the history of the project?
We got together like most bands do – by accident. Actually – by a string of fortunate accidents. It was pure chance that all four of us wanted to do this type of music in this particular period of our lives, since each and every one has played or sung all types of music up to this moment – pop, metal, electronic, punk, rock, hip hop, blues – you name it – we’ve tried it, haha! So we decided to mix all of that, while still making it be one specific thing that’s purely us. We wanted it to sound like us and not anybody else, so when you hear a Robbers On Parole song – you know that it’s ours. Hopefully, we’ve managed that, or we’re at least on the road to achieving it, haha!
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Each of us has our own personal heroes – Chris (drummer) loves Freddie Mercury and his biggest musical influence is The Rev – the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold. Monica (singer) is very much into the modern pop-divas like Beyoncé and Ariana Grande, she truly admires their vocal talent. Stephan (keyboardist/guitarist) is very big on electronica and synths and is a gigantic The Prodigy fan, so one of his main influences as a musician is the mastermind behind the band – Liam Howett. Also – Trent Reznor from NIN, who’s also adored by our bass player Ivo as well… but he would really love to spend many days and nights with Robert Smith of The Cure, just talking about his beautiful, sad music endlessly.
What inspires you?
Other people’s amazing art is always the biggest inspiration for an artist. Movies & music mostly, but when it comes to the lyrics, to this day, they’ve been purely confessional – just us trying to make sense of whatever’s bothering whoever wrote that particular song. We almost never do make sense of it, but at least we get a cool new song out of it, so we’re at least “Halfway Happy”, haha!
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Most of the music is composed in very quiet, isolated environments, away from any sorts of distraction, so to this day we haven’t tried writing on the road, no. We’re always focused on one thing, because we want it to be… well, not perfect, we’re a far cry from that, but the best that it could possibly be. So if we’re doing a gig then all our energy and attention goes into that; and if we’re writing a song, then nothing else matters (no pun intended).
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We love one particular song that just keeps getting better and better with time. It will probably be our fifth and last single from the first EP that we’re recording at the moment, but we don’t want to tell you the title just yet… or did we already say it in a previous question??? All jokes aside, everything came together on that track, more than on any other thus far – the music is one of the most beautiful that we’ve ever written, with this band or any of our previous ones and we can’t wait to release it so everybody can hear exactly what we’re talking about. It transports you somewhere else, which is what we’re always looking for in a song, so we’re very proud of that achievement!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We’ve thought of that so many times it’s scary. The dream line-up would be – Opening Act – Robbers on Parole, Second Act – Bring Me the Horizon, Third Act – 21 Pilots. After even one of these concerts, we can all die happy and fulfilled. Imagine if was an entire European tour… that would be just magical and more than a little terrifying, haha!
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
The streaming services and internet in general have irreversibly changed the way people perceive music as a product. Some people would say they have de-valued music, while others would point out the fact that it’s never been easier for a band to get their songs out – thus making truly talented musicians easy to discover. All the different intertwined processes going on in the world of both major labels and underground artists are so diverse, it can be hard to wrap your head around the big picture. That’s why we always try to make the next step with the one after it in mind. That’s a long way of saying we try to be prepared, haha!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We almost died once. All four of us, in the car, with the gear, and right next to us another car just decided to go left, completely out of nowhere with no signal whatsoever. We swerved and some of us started laughing while heading straight for a tree. We didn’t realise how we could end up while it was still happening. At least we would’ve died laughing, haha! Hopefully, that’s not too much black humour for print.
What are your future plans?
We’re going to do a couple of gigs throughout the winter season and mid-January we’re back in the studio to record another three songs, which we’ll then release every two months, if it all goes according to plan. Then we’ll follow up with our first five or six-song EP and we’ll be looking forward to touring and trying out composing on the road, as you suggested! After that – who knows? We’re hoping we can someday do that tour with Bring Me the Horizon and 21 Pilots so we’re probably gonna start preparing for it, haha! Wish us luck!