How would you describe your music?
It is hard to describe our style. For some time we described our sound as Alternative Rock but most AltRock bands do not sound like us at all. We do have some Progressive Rock influences, but we’re not really a Prog-Rock band either. Maybe Alternative Progressive Rock? We think that it doesn’t really matter.
We do have a lot of distorted guitars, Piano and Synths, a lot of classical elements and most importantly, we do care about good songwriting. There has to be good melodies.
Tell us about the history of the project?
We already had the first jams in 2002, but it was 2003 when we put ourselves in a rehearsal room as a band. And yeah, we were bloody beginners. Some of us just started to learn the instrument with the band. Herb, who until then had only made electronic music, could play the piano, but wanted to develop himself on the guitar. Gerald, who could actually play the guitar, wanted to concentrate more on the vocals. So it took some time until we found ourselves as a band. But it was a good mix of a lot of fun and hard work.
What are your influences / musical heroes?
This is a question that cannot really be answered for the whole band. Everyone comes from a different musical background. Our Drummer loves Jazz and is very much into Progressive Rock/Metal, while Herbert used to make electronic music with classical influences. Michi, our guitarist loves Classic Rock and so on. If we have to pick some Bands, there would be Muse, Foo Fighters, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Taking Back Sunday (thats what Gerald would say)…
What inspires you?
The best songs are created in phases when things are not going so well. Sometimes the songwriting is some kind of music therapy. Stranger, for example, was created during the refugee crisis. Herbert had to somehow process the cruel image of a 2-year-old refugee boy, Alain Kurdi, who was washed up on the beach.
Do you write on the road or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Most of our songs are created at the piano while jamming. The next step is then either to take the idea to the rehearsal room or to prepare it in the home studio. The song is then written by the band together and sometimes we go over it again in the home studio. When we finally record the song, we have it 95% finished.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Stranger is a favourite for the band to play, because of the songs tonal diversity. It can be quiet, brutal and ethereal. It also means a lot to us.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We’re not a band that tours a lot. We love playing gigs, but we also love writing music and rehearsing. But if we talk about dreams, USA and England would be nice 😉
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
The possibility to get any song online at any time was definitely a game-changer. While illegal downloading has caused enormous damage to the whole industry and of course to musicians, streaming opens up new possibilities for smaller bands in particular. Of course you have to differentiate between reach and revenue. Today it is much easier for a smaller indie band to get a reach, but the revenues from streaming are very low. It’s hard to imagine being able to make a living from this.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We had the weirdest experience at a gig in Vienna. It was Murphy‘s law all the way. We had 3 broken strings, one amp went dead, the microphone cable had a loose contact and had to be held manually in a special (non-ergonomic) way to work at all. We learned a lot from this gig.
What are your future plans?
The next big event is our concert on May 15th in the Aera club in Vienna. Recording our latest EP, The Age of Lies has been rewarding but also a lot of work and we are looking forward to just rehearsing for a while and writing some new songs in the process.