Rocket From The Tombs 15.01.2013 Interview David Thomas

It was not so easy to get some answers out of David Thomas, at the Rocket From The Tombs tour he was unfortunately ill so thanks to the new world, we did the interview via eMail. Being engaged with Pere Ubu (new record out called The Lady From Shanghai) and this “reunion tour” with RFTT, he is a busy man and it seems he is not the man talking too much, which is alright, let the music do the talk. Here is my communication with David:


David Thomas from Rocket From The Tombs

RTC: How do you feel to be on tour with a band which “was” years ago (it is a bit like history meets present)?
DT: I don’t have any feelings about it.

RTC: We are all not getting younger, what still drives you to go on tour and play live?
DT: It’s what I do.

RTC: Do you now reap the fruit of old labor with RFTT?
DT: This question leaves me speechless.

RTC: You had to go to hospital because of blood poison, how did this happen (and by the way thanks for getting back on tour)?
DT: How it happened is not really your business.
- fair deal, it was worth a try -

RTC: What made you start playing music?
DT: I can’t remember.
- now it gets interesting -

RTC: If not being a musician, what would you be?
DT:I don’t answer these sorts of hypothetical questions.

- lots of questions, lots of answers, unfortunately all the same, but hey that’s like it is -
RTC: Best song in which you were involved?
RTC: The song (out there) you wished to have written?
RTC: Imagine you are god and you are able to set up a festival of your
choice (even dead people or dissolved bands), name me the five headliners:
DT: I don’t make lists.

RTC: Will there be another RFTT album in the future (already songs written)?
DT: Yes.


David Thomas from RFTT

With this last yes, the interview is over. Here are the pictures of the Rocket From The Tombs show and hopefully I see David Thomas again on stage with Pere Ubu or RFTT.

Sonic Avenues 26.04.2012 Interview Max

It was a pleasure for Rock The Cam to talk to Max. He is Canadian and the singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk band Sonic Avenues. I met him for a little conversation (come on let’s call it interview!) before the gig at the Kafe Kult in Munich.


Max from Sonic Avenues Sonic Avenue interview picture of Max

Max; from a no name to the pin-up boy

RTC: You are?

Max: I’m Max.

RTC: Your job in the band (Sonic Avenues)?

Max: Singer and guitarist and songwriter

RTC: And not the pin-up boy?

Max: Especially the pin-up boy (laughs).

RTC: What other bands were or are you in?

Max: I started in a band called The Kamikazes, we were from Montreal and released a 7” on Alien Snatch Records, that was a while ago, early 2000 (it was SNATCH!006) and I was just the guitarist in this band, not the songwriter, nor the pin-up boy, I was just a no name. Right now I’m just in Sonic Avenues, I sometimes fill in for Steve (Steve Adamyk) when he needs a guitarist.

The Sonic Ramones Avenues Clash

RTC: What made you start making music?

Max: It started with the Ramones, I thought how easy it looked with the guitar.

RTC: How did you discover the Ramones?

MAX: My mom’s boyfriend bought a boxset – a compilation of rock songs when I was 12 or 13 and there was Blitzkrieg Bop on it and I was just wow (yeah dear reader, think about a wow-face, cause this was I was seeing). I could not stop listen to that song. I came to Punk Rock at that point but I didn’t start playing the guitar until 3 years after when I realized how easy it was to play the Ramones, I could use two fingers and move them around and keep that shape, so me and my friends set up a Ramones cover band.

RTC: So your mother’s boyfriend is to blame that your life goes down so much?

Max: Yeah (laughs), that complication, it had the Clash on it too. Rock The Casbah I was really impressed by that song, too, not their best song but a groovy one.

About spies and DIY

RTC: Can you make a living out of your music? What else do you do?

Max: No I work for the government. I’m a spy. Yeah, I’m a spy and I trick the weather, I make it like we want. I studied oceanography and weather forecasting, so this job allows me to do what I really wanne do. The genre music that we play is really hard to live off it, it is really for dedicated people – it is really DIY, we do everything ourselves: we write, we record, we play shows, we organize the shows, we do everything on top of the 40 hours week job, so I’m in it cause I like it!

RTC: What was the best song in which you were involved?

Max: Oh, I think it is a song that we never ever released, because it is really different, it is called “Rebirth Of A Dying Day”. It never got released cause it is really Beach Boys style but it is dark. A lot of key changes and I remember this is the song that taught me to do key changes and to do multilayer harmonies, it was a very powerful, pivotal point (for me).

RTC: The song you wished to have written?

Max: There are so many. Right now I go for Wouldn’t It Be Nice by the Beach Boys. That song got everything I like, it is catchy, it’s got complexity, it’s beautiful and it’s smart.

About Punk Rock and music labels

RTC: Are the Sonic Avenues Punk Rock?

Max: Definitely, in our blood!

RTC: You’re definition of Punk Rock?

Max: DIY, intensity, fun and without obligation!

RTC: Politics?

Max: No, not necessary, it sometimes spices up songs but I am not gonna include that in my songs for now.

RTC: How does your mother/father describes your music to their neighbors?

Max: I taught them what to say: Beatles speed up, dirtier and a little shittier! Hahaha

RTC: How do you pick your labels (Sabotage / Taken By Surprise…)?

Max: Actually we are first on “Going Gaga” records, we talked to Ian about it cause we were looking around for a label and then we decided to keep it in our group of friends, so I asked him. I knew he released his own records and he is doing a really good job at it, so I trusted him with my heart. It was “do our record if you want” and he was into it, luckily. And he knew Michael and Franz and this is how the connection was.

RTC: What do you expect from a label?

Max: I expect them to do a good production; I want the record to sound as good as possible and to do as much promotion as they can. Honestly my mind has been blown away by the work of Michael and Franz. They are the best, like Michael just drove us for 1 ½ week through Europe, that’s way over my expectations. He is the best and I hope we keep working with them in the future. I feel right now Sonic Avenues has a really good cruising attitude like we have Dirtnap in the states that we trust with our hearts and then we have people here in Germany that are the best at what they do.

Vinyl and show time

RTC: You still remember you 1st record?

Max: It was a tape of Faith No More – The Real Thing.

RTC: And the last one?

Max: Digital Leather – Modern Problems, the new one which I think is excellent on FDH and on LP (as well on P.Trash)

RTC: Are you a record collector?

Max: Yes, but not like a freak, I don’t go and smell the record like lot of people do. I am in for the music but not for the piece of material, I don’t mind if my records are beaten up or I drop them – I don’t care.

RTC: How do you sort them?

Max: Organized chaos (laughs loud). I have a feeling were I put them last time and just go there and it is always plus/minus 10 records.

RTC: OK, now imagine you are god and you could choose the 5 headliners for a festival (even dead people or dissolved bands), gimme the names?

Max: 1) Dictators
2) Exploding Hearts
3) Ramones
4) Beatles
5) Zombies, cause it is the best show I have ever seen. They did the reunion concert in Ottawa two years ago – the best!!! It was same singer Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent on keyboards just like on “Odessey And Oracle“


Foto von Max von den Sonic Avenues

That’s all, the Steve Adamyk Band / Sonic Avenues concert was about to start and here you can find pictures of it and if you want to know more, go to their next show and ask yourself!

Mudhoney 10.02.2013 interview Mark Arm

Mudhoney was on tour and I had the chance to have a quick chat with The Freewheelin’ Mark Arm at the Feierwerk in Munich. More than 50 years old, but still rocking (go see a show!) he is no stranger to the world of music. A bit of small-talk, cheeeeese for the picture, some mails and here is the interview – with some funny answers.


Mark Arm from Mudhoney

RTC: Hello Mark, what is your job in Mudhoney?

MA: My job is to pleasure myself and the other members of the band.

News about Mudhoney – Vanishing Point – Animal chick magnetism

RTC: Any news about new material from Mudhoney?

MA: Yes, our new album Vanishing Point will be released on April 2, 2013.
Vanishing Point is made up of 10 songs, all recorded and mixed by Johnny Sangster.
All the photography is by Emily Rieman and Jeff Kleinsmith did the design.
If you play the record loud enough, it will increase your animal magnetism which, if I understand physics correctly, is why you get all the chicks when you play it at the correct volume.

RTC: You are not touring so much in Germany, is there a reason for this?

MA: We will play 6 shows in Germany on our next European tour:
Düsseldorf – Zakk (May 21), Bielefeld – Forum (May 23), Leipzig Werk2 (May 25), Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg (May 26), Hamburg – Fabrik (May 27) and Frankfurt – Zoom (June 3).

This is the most shows we played in Germany since 1995. I’m not sure why that is exactly. We have only been able to do short tours of two or three weeks for the last decade. We can’t go everywhere. Unfortunately, Germany has been somewhat neglected by our booking agent.

RTC: Any news / planning for Green River?

MA: Not really.

On the road – surfing?

RTC: What was your personal highlight from the Rocket From The Tombs / Mudhoney tour?

MA: We only played one show together, the one you saw in Munich. Unfortunately David Thomas was in very poor shape. He left the hospital early to go out on tour, but he was in need of much more recovery time. I’m a big fan of Pere Ubu and Rocket From The Tombs, but it was difficult to watch him. He could barely climb the stairs.

RTC: What do you like more, touring or recording?

MA: I like both equally and differently. Recording is an exciting process in which you get to watch ideas because something concrete.
The immediacy of playing to real live people who enjoy what you’re doing is pretty hard to beat.

RTC: What is the difference between touring in North America and Europe?

MA: North America has way more dead spots. Outside of Portland OR and Vancouver BC, Seattle is pretty far removed from the good spots. The biggest differences are population density, cultural variety and good wine that is connected to place and tradition.

RTC: Beer, wine or water?

MA: Wine. I spent many years drinking a lot of beer. I quit drinking for a few years when I learned that I had Hepatitis C. After I successfully completed a grueling 11 month treatment and was told I could drink in moderation, wine seemed like the most exciting option. I’m astounded by all of the different ways grapes can taste and I’m up for the surprises wine can offer, even the unpleasant ones. I hope to get my hands on some aged Riesling while in Germany.

RTC: Do you practice a sport? How does it work out while being on tour?

MA: I’ve been trying to get a handle on surfing for the last 7 years. The problem is that I don’t live very close to surf. The closest place to Seattle is about 3 hours away. It took me a few years to come to terms with the idea that it’s actually good to get in the cold water.
I’ve only been able to get on a surfboard twice while on tour. Once in Australia in 1990 well before I had any idea what I was doing and once in Brazil in 2008. We are rarely tour near surf and we don’t have much time when we do.

The money and job question

RTC: What else would be your “dream” job (engine-driver, astronaut, doctor…)?

MA: My dream job would be living in a warm climate and learning to surf better, but who is going to pay me to do that?
(Anybody out there? If yes, hey count me in as well, seems like a decent idea!)

RTC: Can you make a living out of your music? What else do you work?

MA: I don’t know. Due to family and work obligations we can’t tour very much. I don’t know if we would make enough money if we quit our jobs and toured all of the time. To tell you the truth, I don’t want to be on the road all the time and I like not being dependent on music for my income. This frees the band up. We can do what we want without worrying if people will like it.
My day job is in the Sub Pop warehouse.

Talking about this frees the band up

RTC: Some other bands from your neighborhood went quite big, why did this not happen with Mudhoney? Was it that you would have had to sell your soul (and musical freedom) or have they been just more lucky?

MA: Yes, a few bands became very big, but many many more bands in our neighborhood have not had the success that we have, and still continue to have. I am very happy with what Mudhoney has accomplished and I know that the other members of the band feel the same.

Music in life

RTC: What made you start making music?

MA: I’m not sure really. Music was always in my house. My mother was an opera singer and she made me take piano lessons. I hated that and classical music bored me to tears, but I loved rock ‘n’ roll. Perhaps I was drawn to loud rock music because my mother hated it so.

RTC: Do you think you can still connect to people through your music? How/why?

MA: Yes, by playing our music. I do not have an answer as to why.

RTC: Any tip/s for a new band what they should do / think about in their music career?

MA: Do what you want to do and don’t worry about what other people think. There’s nothing you can do about that.

Records and record labels

RTC: How did / do you chose your label?

MS: Sub Pop was started by friends of ours who we knew before it was a label.

RTC: What did change in music biz from your beginning until today?

MA: I don’t care. The music “business” means very little to me.

RTC: Are you a record collector?

MA: Not so much these days. Steve is. That’s his job actually.If I spend too much time in a store, no matter what kind of store, I get a headache.

RTC: Do you still remember your 1st record you bought?

MA: The first 7″ I bought was “Yo Yo” by The Osmonds and the first album I bought was “Desolation Boulevard” by The Sweet

RTC: And the last one?

MA: A digital version of the Oil Tasters album from 1982. I would happily buy the new Pissed Jeans album “Honeys” if I didn’t get it for free.

RTC: How do you sort your records?

MA: Alphabetically by artist. Compilations have their own section.

RTC: Do you care about 1st press or color varieties?

MA: Not really.

Song and band namedropping

RTC: What was the best song in which you were involved?

MA: I don’t know. I got to sing Over And Over with the DKT/MC5 and Fun House with the Wylde Ratttz (which included Ron Asheton). Both of those songs are pretty great.

RTC: And which is the song you wished to have written?

MA: Happy Birthday, the publishing royalties would be massive.

RTC: Any band you want to do some namedropping for? If yes, name and why:

MA: I think I just mentioned Pissed Jeans, right? I also love Obits & Thee Oh Sees. Tar Halos from San Diego have 2 great records they released last year: tarhalos bandcamp page
I hope to play with them when we go to California in April so I can see them. Also, His Electro Blue Voice from Italy have released some awesome stuff.

RTC: Imagine you are god and you are able to set up a festival of your choice (even dead people or dissolved bands), name me the 5 headliners:

MA: Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Hawkwind (with Lemmy)
Void
The Birthday Party
Howlin’ Wolf
John Coltrane….The list could go on.


Mark Arm from Mudhoney

All there is to say, go and see Mark Arm and Mudhoney live and check out the concert photos from the Mudhoney gig in Munich here.

Saint Vitus 16.02.2010 Interview Dave Chandler

Saint Vitus is back!

St. Vitus sind zurück und das zweite Mal innerhalb kurzer Zeit hier in München, zuerst 2009 im Backstage und nun 2010 im Metropolis. Geändert hat sich nicht so viel (zum Glück), bis auf den “Aus”-Tausch von Armando Arcosta am Schlagzeug, dieses bearbeitet jetzt Henry Vasquez.
Nach dem klasse Konzert konnte ich dann einen kurzen Plausch mit Dave Chandler (Gitarrengott bei St. Vitus) halten.


Dave Chandler with Rock The Cam Rock The Cam with Dave Chandler

Erfahren habe ich unter anderem, dass die aktuelle Tour in Europa gut läuft und das Konzert in Wien am Tag zuvor ausverkauft war. Auch dass die Chemie innerhalb der Band stimmt. Henry ist ein toller Drummer der wieder richtig Power reinbringt und dass der Schlagzeugerwechsel nötig war, da Armando wohl krank ist [RIP 25.11.2010]. Dann gab es noch ein wenig Frage Antwort Spiel wie folgt.

The Monkees, Alice Cooper and still going

RTC: how did you start with music, what was the activator and what still drives you after all those years?

Dave: the TV show The Monkees made me wanne be a musician, later it was Alice Cooper and Hard Rock. And it is the fans that drive us. They make us do it.

RTC: why do you think Saint Vitus is still out there and still going?

Dave: I think it lasted so long because it is simple, not complicated and this music endorses people. They can connect to it, they can get drunk to it and they can enjoy it.

RTC: how did touring change from the beginning to today?

Dave: everything has changed. At the beginning we had no crowd, we had no driver and no club wanted to gave us food, so things got better.

RTC: and the days on tour?

Dave: get up and feel sick, the problem is that I am bus sick. Then later do the sound check, eat, drink, play, hang around and sooner or later getting bus sick again…

Money and songs

RTC: can you live of your music?

Dave: no, when I am not on tour I work in a head shop. Mark works with computers and only Wino (Scott Weinrich) lives of the music with his lots of different band projects and being on tour all time.

RTC: what was your best song in which you have been involved?

Dave: Born too late.

RTC: best song which you would like to have written?

Dave: uhh, perhaps Paranoid from Black Sabbath.
And here Mark Adams (bass) joins in with one ear.

Mark: Schools out

Dream festival and new stuff

RTC: imagine you are god and you are able to set up a festival of your choice (even dead people or dissolved bands), name me the headliners

Dave: T. Rex / ACDC with Bon Scott / Blue Cheer original line up / Blitzkrieg

Mark: Black Sabbath / Alice Cooper / T. Rex / Jimy Hendrix

RTC: and before saying goodbye, what about a new album? Any new songs ready?

Dave: not yet.


Dave Chandler from Saint Vitus

[new album "Lillie: F-65" is out on Season of Mist since March 2012. There is a LP / CD version and a new 7" called Blessed Night]

Steve Adamyk Band 26.04.2012 Interview

Today I had the chance to do an interview with Steve Adamyk from the Steve Adamyk Band. Steve is 31 years old, married, Canadian and out there in the world of Punk Rock.


Steve Adamyk Steve Adamyk Band interview picture

Fun & simple – puppet master without groupies.

RTC: Hi Steve, right now you are on tour with a band called Steve Adamyk Band. Tell me, why the world should hear more about you/them?

SA: Because we play music that is fun and simple, as barebones as you can get.

RTC: Are you the dictator / puppet master in the band, what about the others?

SA: When it comes to songwriting, I am the puppet master to some degree, I write everything and they are my songs. But when it comes to how the band operates, we operate as a band, everyone has a decision.

RTC: What about the groupies, do you have the first… (getting interrupted)

SA: I’m married now since last year, so no groupies this time, but in the past – not really to be honest (smiles)

RTC: What is the difference between Steve Adamyk and the Steve Adamyk Band?

SA: The whole thing started as just a project, it was never supposed to be a band that was playing live. My old band broke up and I had these songs still out on the plan. I had no one else to play with cause all my friends joined other bands and everybody was too busy so I asked my friends Dave (Canell?) and Dave (Williams?) to help me out in the studio with a few songs. And then it was actually Dave Williams’ idea, he said to me: Hey why don’t we play some shows live? I said OK. That’s the reason why I called it just my name because it wasn’t a band, it was supposed to be a project with a record or two, just for fun.

Adamyk, what a mix

RTC: Where does your name come from?

SA: Adamyk is Polish.

RTC: Are you into Polish?

SA: No, it is my grandmother’s name; I am actually ½ Polish and ½ Dutch.

Some historic milestones

RTC: What other bands were you in or are you in right now?

SA: I was in a band called Million Dollar Marxists that toured Europe. Then I was in Sedatives. The only band I am in right now is Steve Adamyk Band and Uranium Comeback (there is just a 10” out on P. Trash)

RTC: What made you start making music?

SA: Listening to too much Metallica when I was 10 years old. I used to play their songs before I knew how to play guitar, I set in front of the stereo and just drummed.

Money and business

RTC: Can you make a living from your music?

SA: I think this is not realistic this day and age. I think it is supposed to be a hobby that maybe sometimes you get some money but you can’t have that on mind. It is supposed to be a balance between playing live and having fun and working the day job.

RTC: What is your day job?

SA: Paralegal (Lawyer assistant) in an office, it is not a very Punk job at all (big laugh out)

About songs and Punk Rock

RTC: What was the best song in which you were involved?

SA: Hard to say. I would say “Not For Long” is my favored. It is the one I am most proud of, it is on the first LP.

RTC: And which is the song you wished to have written?

SA: Ohhhh, maybe let’s go with “I Don’t Mind” by the Buzzcocks.

RTC: Is Steve Adamyk Band Punk Rock?

SA: Yes!

RTC: Tell me your definition of Punk Rock?

SA: It’s a frame of mind and attitude how music is created. I always make a point of telling people -that because my band is just my name and people don’t know what kind of stall our music is – our music is Punk. We have Punk ideology, not just by how the music sounds but as well how we record things. Even if I don’t write a lot of critical lyrics, we think and act like Punks.

RTC: How do your parents describe your music to their neighbors?

SA: They are very supportive and love my music. The always say that I should try to sell my stuff to TV shows cause it sounds like my songs should be in a movie.

We never really toured in North America

RTC: What is the difference between touring in North America and Europe?

SA: The difference is that we never really toured in North America (haha). When we play shows, we usually play one or two shows here and there in Canada or in the USA. The reception is good but I find that people are more receptive and friendlier in Europe and it is easier to come here cause our 1st records are on European labels, no one really knows who we are in the US (uhmmm)

RTC: What do like better on this side of the ocean?

SA: It is the lifestyle; everyone seems to be more laid-back, not so stressed. I am sure it is there, but on the surface it doesn’t seem like things are stressful. Everyone is friendly, in US or Canada everybody goes Urghh – who are you? And here everybody goes Nice to meet you, do you wanne hang out, do you wanne play Fußball. It is really fun!

Labels and vinyl

RTC: How do you pick your labels (Taken By Surprise / P.Trash….)
SA: They are all labels by coincident I have records from other bands on. If I am a fan of the label and of the people who run it, I have no problem.

RTC: What do you expect from a label?

SA: Very little. Put out the record (hehehe). It is always nice when labels do some promotion or help you by getting contacts but I think it is more the band’s responsibility most of the time. We are expecting to put out the record as long as it comes in a jacket (another laughter)

RTC: Do you get some money or do you say when it goes even for you and the label it is fine?

SA: Pretty much yeah and it hasn’t gone even beyond that yet. Who knows…

RTC: Do you still remember your 1st record you bought?

SA: Ja, but it is a bit embarrassing.
(After a little punching in the stomach here is the answer)
Ugly Kid Joe – America Least Wanted

RTC: And the last one?
(After getting back on his feet again)

SA: An album by a band from Canada called The Ketamines.

RTC: Are you a record collector?

SA: Big time!

RTC: How do you sort your records?

SA: Very good question. Like the guy in High Fidelity. I categorize them chronologically but not in order of when they were release but in order when I bought them. My recent records are at the beginning; my old ones are at the end, so if I want to find a record I think about when I bought it.

RTC: Do you mix 7”, 10” with 12” and LPs?

SA: No no, separate! I have a lot more 7” singles; I am a big 7” collector. For me I really like to look at them and pick them up.

RTC: Do you care about 1st press or color varieties?

SA: I think it is fun sometimes, but would never pay too much money for it. If I want a record I am just gonne buy it, whatever record I could get, but if I happen to see there is a limited one and I could get it, then I will do it. It is fun but not required.

The last one

RTC: Imagine you are god and you are able to set up a festival of your choice (even dead people or dissolved bands), name me the 5 headliners:

SA: Metallica only 1983-1987
Ramones 1979
Replacements 1985
Descendents 1982
Devil Dogs 1994


Foto von Steve Adamyk

And so it was at the garden in front of the Kafe Kult in Munich. A little while later Steve Adamyk Band took the stage and on went the show, pictures from the gig are here.

Hot Water Music 14.08.2011 interview Chuck Ragan

An interview under bad circumstances

I was lucky to meet Chuck Ragan for a little talk at the Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto in Italy when Hot Water Music were on the line up. Half relaxed in the backstage area we sat down and the problems started. After a few questions I found out that my recording tool was broken. Chuck offered me to record the interview on his mobile and to mail me the file, cool, so I did not need to write down anything and of the interview went. Almost at the end Chuck noticed that somehow the recording did not work and happy me and happy you, here are some parts which I still remember: Shit!!!


HWM-Chuck Ragan Hot Water Music - Chuck Ragan

My lovely opening question “Where does it all ends?” was answered like this.
CR: I don’t know, we talk about that a lot, no matter if people are listening to us or not, we do what we have to do and we try to go our way.

RTC: Can you make a living from your music?
CR: It is a tough life; it is living with your hand in the mouth. You have little security but I am my own boss and that feels good, it is my self-chosen independent life. If all would not work out I might be doing a job where I am working with my hands. When I was young, me and my brother were building skate ramps and that was lots of fun, shaping wood and creating something useful, it was a good thing.
Back then when I went for my music life my grandfather always encouraged me, he kept me going.
I wanted to do it at an earlier age but was discouraged by a lot of things like parents, school and church. All said what I wanted to do was the wrong way to go. I just wanted to do it cause it felt good. It was my grandfather on my father’s side who told me if you love what you are doing, you are a fool if you ever put it down, keep going no matter what anybody says – go your way. This always stuck on me and now I am musician (smiling)

I remember some topic changes (talked about sport and yoga – how Punk is this?) and another question.

RTC: Hot Water Music – how much did Bukowski influenced you?
CR: Oh, it was a real bad influence on me, I was very depressed and drinking heavenly, so the books dragged me down even further. Once I sold them all for 10 $ and found out I should have done that earlier!

RTC: Best song which you would like to have written?
CR: “Hold On” by Tom Waits

But I must confess I do not remember the reason why, he explained it, but it is gone.

RTC: How much control do you have as a band about your band (releases, design, bookings)?
CR: We have full control on that, of course we have to give things out of hand, but just to people that we trust. For example a record design, we know the artist, he does the work and we trust him.

RTC: Last one, imagine you are god and you are able to set up a festival of your choice (even dead people or dissolved bands can be on the list), please name the five headliners?
CR: OK, the line up should read like this:
1) Creedence Clearwater Revival
2) The Police
3) Woody Guthrie
4) Bob Dylan
5) Blaze Foley


Chuck Ragan interview photo

I must confess, all in all there is not so much that is left from the conversation, but it is far better than nothing and here you can check out the Hot Water Music concert pictures from Brescia / Italy. Here everything worked out fine, click – sit back – enjoy!

Frank Turner 01.12.2011 interview part two

Welcome back, here we are with the second part of the Frank Turner interview made during his European tour 2011 at the Backstage in Munich!
If you did not catch the first part here it is!


Frank Turner smiling for you

European Crises and Frank

RTC: Now it gets really intellectual, how does the EU crises affects you as a person / musician?

FT: On a boring business level, it depends on what will happen in Europe – will make a difference to touring, short time – long time. You have to pay attention to it.
On a personal level, the way the democratic government in Greece and Italy has been kind of replaced by technocrats is pretty worrying because I am a fan of democracy as a concept. On a philosophical level I find it uncomfortable, but it is something that at this stage everybody can have as many opinions about miserable life like they want to, but it does not make that much difference to what actually happens in the short run. (sits thinking)

RTC: OK, as you have a bachelor in European history, will the European Union survive this? Which risks or opportunities you see?

FT: To speak from a historical point of view the last 60 years of peace in Europe are pretty remarkable, in the long view of European history it is been a long time we did not went through a war, I would say this is a good thing. If one was looking at long time historical trends one could perhaps get a bit nervous about the fact that we haven’t had a war for 60 years. I do think that the single currency probably won’t survive, at the end of the day it has just to do with economy, it is not an optimal currency area and it doesn’t really work out to have all these countries with the same currency. I hope that Europe survives in peace and prosperity and with free trade, but you never know. It is an interesting time to live in.

Songs and children

RTC: Back to easy questions, best song in which you were involved?

FT: I find it difficult to pick individual songs because for me it is like choosing between children, you are not supposed to do it!

RTC: Do you have children?

FT: No I don’t have children.

RTC: (now I smile) or do you just don’t know about the children?

FT: (laughs out) I don’t know that I have children, (smiles) I am pretty sure that I don’t have children.

RTC: In August I saw you at the Festa di Radio onda d’urta in Italy and some girls were running looking strange from your backstage area (chees)….

FT: hey that wasn’t nine months ago (damn right he is – this was a 1:0)
At the moment there is a song on the new record –England Keep My Bones- called “Redemption” that I am very very proud of, it took me a long time to write that song and to get it right, so yeah for giving you an answer, maybe that one.

RTC: Best song which you would like to have written?

FT: You know right now this is a weird answer, do you know the Weakerthans the Canadian indie band? Their singer John K. Samson just did a solo record which is not actually out yet but he gave me a copy of it and there is a song on this album called “Heart Of The Continent” that I have been listening on repeat for about three weeks, I can’t stop listening to that song, it is so very very good.

RTC: You still remember your first record you bought?

FT: It was Killers by Iron Maiden, technically speaking it was my dad who bought it for me, but I was the driving force behind it (smiles)

RTC: And the last one?

FT: The last record I bought, hold on, wait a minute, now I really want to answer this question. (thoughtful face – relief) Oh yes it was from Josh T. Pearson called “The Last Of The Country Gentlemen”, he is a singer/songwriter from USA, it is the most utterly, utterly dark and depressing record I have heard in my whole life. It is stunningly depressing, it is really good. It is a powerful record and you need to be in the right place for it. It is basically a concept album about how he got married when he was in love with his wife’s best friend. “Women, when I’ve raised hell” is one of the songs, so depressing and he sings it so raw and with lots of blackness.

The HC plus festival questions

RTC: Imagine you are god and you are able to set up a festival of your choice (even dead people or dissolved bands), name the five headliners?

FT: Let me think about it.
1) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band
2) The Band
3) The Weakerthans
4) Black Flag 1981 (5-piece)
5) Radiohead 1999

RTC: Last one from my friend Sasch, when will you be back with the new HC project and what is there to expect?

FT: A lot hopefully (laughs), the problem is the time. We will be rehearsing in January and hopefully touring in summer. The name is not yet fixed!

After some cheers and handshakes – of I went. To get this to an end, the show was great and here are the Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls concert pictures from the gig at the Backstage in Munich. Thanks for reading.


Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls


This is the second part of the interview with Frank Turner, click this link if you missed the first part of it.