Rock City (Russia) 2003
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You are from East Germany. Maybe you remember old "communist" times. What do
you think had changed in better way & what things became wrong? Do you have
some kind of nostalgie for old times?
Well sure, some nostalgic feelings still survived. It was really a different kind of society, no everyone wants more money, more luxury, a nice body, exclusive holidays and a big car, so these days everything is turned much more into a consume-society, while living in the GDR was very different. Well, we had to accept, that a few things (like travelling or buying a BMW) is impossible, nevertheless no one had to live in slums or whatever. People just talked very different, everything was mixed up. So children of doctors played together with children from factory-workers, there was not really a borderline inside of the society, like nowadays. Now the money separates everything. Of course, its great to live in a modern society like Germany, where just everything is possible, if you want it, nevertheless I miss a little bit the good old times, if it comes to really living together, talk to each other. Now everything is more rich, but also much more cold.
Tell me more about your hometown Weimar. Tell me more about modern local
metal scene, your favourite local bands, how many people involved in it?
It’s a small town, just 60.000 people live here. A little, but very proud city. As you know, German writers like Goethe and Schiller lived here, we have here the famous "German National Theatre", a huge music university (well-known in whole Europe). I would say, Weimar is really an art-city. Many painters, poets, musicians and bands. But a very close scene. The metal scene isn’t that big. But as I said, a lots of bands (Jazz, House, Trip Hop, Freestyle, Latin, Blues, Rock). There are not that much bars, so from time to time, its natural to meet some of the artist. All have a deep respect for each other…
Do You have musical education? Where are you played before DAR (I want to
know bandnames, styles, etc.)?
Sir G., the drummer plays since he was 6 years old. That almost 15 years (he is just 21, so the youngest in the band). Me (Volk-Man) and Fuchs (singer, guitar) (both 29) really learned all things by self-training. From our first real money (after the wall broke down) we bought a electric guitar and a electric bass and we jammed really a lot. It was just noise, we had no clue about anything. Don’t laugh, but after 1 year practicing we figured out, that we have to tune all instruments on the same tone. We were bloody amateurs that days, haha. Our keyboarder Dr. Pest really learned playing piano. He is really amazing. Well, we had a few bands before, mostly Death Metal and old school Grindcore, but hell, I can’t remind the names……
Who was an author of bandname - "Apocalytptic Riders"?
Our guitar player and singer Eumel (now he changed the name into "Fuchs") came one day with that title. It was in the beginning really "only" a working title, but after a few months we felt, that it sounds very cool…….
Logo for you made Alf Svensson? How can it happened - Alf lives in Sweden,
you are from Germany? When & how you met him?
I did a fanzine called COTHURNUS in the early 90ies. I was in contact with Grotesque and At The Gates, so I had first time contact with Alf by mail. Then in 1995 I visited Sweden for holidays and I meet first time with Alf in Gothenburg. Since that time we are good friends. I told him, I have a band and as I like his paintings and tattoos very much (he tattooed me twice) I told him, that it would be cool to have him as artist……
If we will started analogy with "Apocalytptic Riders" from
Revelations-book... Who is who, who is the black horseman, who is pale, who
is red and who is white?
Really difficult to say. It changes from day to day. As I have a huge Black Metal collection I’m probably the black rider, but who knows…… Cannot really answer this…..
Why Skeleton decided to leave the band? What You can tell about your
relations with him? Are you still in contact?
Yeah we are. Skelleton is kind of cult member of the local scene. He did not agree with our style after "Allegro Barbaro". He always wanted to have the band very old school, we wanted to try a few things, he could not tolerate. Beside that, he has a house, wife and two kids, and he really didn’t want to be on the road every weekend. He is still playing in his Death Metal band "DISASTER K.F.W." The recorded their debut album a few days ago, our keyboarder Dr. Pest was the producer. It will be out on Moonstorm Records (Germany) end of 2003. Pretty old school death Metal, I listened it one time……
About new Sir G. When and how he appeared in line up? How you found him?
What about his musical education and previous bands experience?
Well, he was playing in a local Jazz band and we saw him playing live. It was like a shock. He is really a wizard with the sticks, so we felt, he would be the right man for all the experimental stuff we had in mind. As I said, he is playing drums since he was a kid.
We know you like a four-piece band. Why you start searching for a new
(session) guitarist? Is it connected with damage of Emuel`s hand some time
ago? I hope he is OK now?
Eumel (now "Fuchs") has still this damage in the arm. He can compose songs and he can play that songs in the rehearsal room and in the studio. But doing a tour would be too hard. So we decided to search for a session guitar player for live gigs. So we are now a five piece band on stage, Fuchs can concentrate on singing and stage-acting. Is really a bonus for us…..
Why you had change cover conception of your two last albums from SM to
We felt, the SM covers would be get boring, if we had used em longer. When we started with naked beauties on the album, it was pretty original, but nowadays so many bands put tits on the album cover. In the very beginning we had really no clue, what would be cool on an album cover. So this naked girls were just a kind of a try, over the years we realized, that the bible theme is interesting and horses as well, as our bandname is very special.
Who create your brilliant covers? Did you have another pictures for cover?
Tell me more about this pictures.
We, as the logo the covers of "All you need is love" and "Have A Nice Trip" where done by Alf Svensson too. The idea to "All you need…" was really to show the Horsemen Of The Apocalypse in little more modern version with fat weapons, really in your face (as the music sounded). For the new album, everything was transformed 180 degrees. The characters out of the bible (death, plague, famine and death) where transformed into the opposite (life, health, gluttony and peace). I told Alf about our ideas and he agreed to work with us……
Why you changed working title: "Everything Is True - Have A Nice Trip"?
"Everything Is True" disappeared, but we want to know - WHAT IS TRUE?
Well, we felt the working title could be too long, so we cutted it in the middle, as we feel "Have A Nice Trip" is really a good summary for the album. We think, it’s a mental and musical trip, so we want to say to every lister, before he puts the cd into the player: "Ok my friend, thanks for buying the cd and now have a nice trip". I can assure you, its really weird and crazy….
What you can say about studio&producer?
Again the same studio like on "All you need is love". Stage One Studio, producer was Andy Classen. We feel, it’s the perfect studio for us. This time we had more days to record, so the result is more brilliant than ever before……
What you can say about musical direction of "Have A Nice Trip"? What is the
same and what is the different between this album and predecessor "All You
Need Is Love"? How You can describe the music from your last album, how You
determine your style?
Our style is undefinable. When you will have the chance to listen "Have A Nice Trip" the first time, you will shake your heads, cause you will not understand, whats going on here. We have a few songs, that sound very in the vein of "All you need is love..", we have a lot of easy, fast rocking stuff (with clear voice) and really amazing melody lines and then we have some experimental stuff (a Spanish folk song, a Arabic Metal song, a very slow and silent song with speech-voice) and we did a Coverversion of "Master Of The Wind" from Manowar. Its nearly one hour finest progressive and creative sound, never heard before in that strange combination. Many people say, it’s the most radical Crossover Album ever.
What is the main goal of your music? Maybe make a "mankind, crown of
Creation" laugh at yourself? Your music is a "big joke" & or a "big fuck"?
The main goals is expressing our feelings, telling the people, how we think about the world and life itself. Its very easy. The songs are just mirrors our souls and our mood, that’s also the reason, why we sound so different from song to song. We do not jokes at all, well of course we have a strange humour, but the band is 100% serious and all our lyrics are very honest….
Tell me more about your fan movement "reitermania". Is it organization with
determinated structure, actions, headquarter... or it`s just chaotic mob?
Something in between. We try to organize it a bit. We have now a official fan club, we plan to do one time in a year a fan meeting. Fans of our band started to name theirselves "Reitermaniacs". It grew over the years and now "Reitermania" mean, playing live and having hundreds of crazy people in front of the stage, really slamming, screaming and jumping all the time. Its far away from being a real organisation, its just something like a fan-thing. But very cool to see that……
Tell me more about your live activity now and in the past. Where are you
found the most powerful audience ? Tell me about the most remembering gig?
How big is your usual audience at concert??
Many gigs are worth to remind. We really have great stage action and great action crowd. So it really differs not that much. Of course, some days you have a better sound or you played better, then you feel more OK. Wacken 2001 was amazing, playing in front of 20.000 people, but also the shows in Vienna (Austria) and Prague (Czech) were total insane. We normally play shows with 500-1000 people, except for the big Open Airs…..
Where did you had the worst live experience & why it was so?
An open air in 1998. All of the band got stoned before the show, we really couldn’t play the songs, so many mistakes. The singer forgot the names of the songs, so it was really terrible. Since that, we stay clean until the end of the show. But then my friend, but then…….!
Why are you sign a deal with Nuclear Blast? Why you parted ways with
Hammerheart & Ars Metalli?
Ars Metalli got bankrupt, Hammerheart did really not support us in the way we expected. A lot of other things, mostly about money and sales statement I won’t publish here……
What you want to do now besides your band? Solo project? Session work?
The band has really become a full time job. We all quit our jobs. From time to time, we have to do some session work, but not that often. We have no solo bands so far. We put all our energy into DAR.
Do you know some russian bands and how do you like them?
Sadly not. I had a Russian tape sampler with a few bands, but I lost that tape. I know some bands from Estonia, Latvia. I’m a big fan of SKYFORGER, they really are the best pagan band in my opinion.
What things is the same & what things is different between Germany & Russia?
We was in war years ago, how do you think can it be possible in future
again? How we can prevent it? Maybe strong mix of russian vodka & german
beer wil help us?
Hard to say. We East-German people have surely more in common with the Russians as the West-Germans. We had 20.000 Russian soldiers in camps here in Weimar, we learned nearly 8 years Russian language (forgot the most, sadly). I used the work as a computer programmer one year a ago and I worked together with on guy from St. Petersburg. We talked very often about Russia and Germany and the relationship. It are interesting countries. I think, both countries have a big respect for the other country. Well, sad things happened in our past, but I feel, Russians and Germans fit together much more, that Germans and Americans. We have this big European History, and every country played it’s own role. Russians are very proud, Germans too (they do not show it in public, as then immediately people say, you are a Nazi), but this is a special kind of understanding.
It seems to me russian vodka is the strong force behind your creativity...
Naaaaaaaaah, not really that much. We prefer more the classic weed from Holland, but if its comes to a cool alcoholic coma, vodka its really the best.
For our new rubric "Alkocity", plese tell me what is your favourite
alkoholic drink? Send me ? recipe of your favourite of your favourite
I know, Russians shake their heads, when they hear, anyone mixes vodka with other things, but Vodka is the best for my, as my fave drink "White Russian" really consists out of a lot of Vodka (beside milk, ice and coffee liquor). The receipt is: (in bar weights)
1 unit vodka – cl
1 unit Kahlua (Mexican coffee liquor)
2 unit milk
fill it up with ice. Nice tasty hammer, after having a few of this, all can happen.
How much alcohol can you drink? Count carefully how much you already have
drunk and tell me honestly!
It depends, how much I ate before. With a full stomach I’m sure, that I can drink a full bottle of vodka on one evening. (mostly pure on ice, as "White Russian" or with organge Juice or Cola). What really kills me, is drinking different alcohol together. Like first beer, then red wine, then vodka. This really kills me. But don’t laugh I like it more to have a fat pot cigarette and a good banana juice. You get crazy immediately, and your body has not to fight the whole night with alcohol.
Tell me some fun or sad story connected with alcohol overdose!
Can’t remind that much. The typical stuff with destruction things or getting a blow job in public… Really things, that happen, when you are totally pissed…..
What is you way to overcome hangover?
Taking one aspirin, doing a long walk here in the nature (I have forest behind my house), and then a huge massive breakfast with tons of eggs, fish, cookies, espresso. And watching DVD….
What do you think about german & russian beer (if you tasted it!)?
I never had Russian beer, sorry….. Well, the German beer is cool, but I’m note a beer fan, so you better ask me about Red Wines that’s more my cup of tea.
And one more thing. Please, send me ? recipe of your favourite meal. We are
collecting cooking recipes from famous musicians! It is for special rubric
in our magazine - Dark City Cookery Book! And don`t forget write me what
music we should to play while we will eating...
I’m really a fan of cooking. Well, I like Italian pasta very much, but my fave at the moment is a meal from Thailand.
THAI-CURRY WITH CHICKEN
Best music while cooking: Slayer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Elvis
You need: chicken-breast (or pork, if no chicken available)
Cocos-milk, Lemon-Gras, vegetables (bamboo, some paprika, chillies, onions) and of course a lot of thai-curry (out of a glas).
Fry the chicken in a pan. When the chicken gets brown, but all the vegetables and the curry out of the glass into a pan (you also can take a Chinese Wok). Fry everything together 2 minutes, then put the cocos milk into the pan (a half litre) and add a lot of lemon gras (note: you cant eat the lemon grass its just for the taste). Now boil everything 30 minutes----- That’s it.
And something more.
Please! Write Your autograph and the wishes to readers of DarkCity on white
it with 300 dpi resolution and send file to me in .jpg format.
Hope to hear from you soon
Yuri S."Surgeon" from the Dark City (former Rock City/Metal City)
magazine/Irond Records/Srgn Metal Review WebZine.
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