1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
The band was founded in mid 2008 in southern Germany. The goal was to combine the ideas and experiences each band member accumulated in various bands and musical genres into a new project. And so NAILGUN was born.
In 2011 we released our first CD called “Paindustry”. The reviews for this album were partially stunning and so we started to work on our second CD right after its release.
In early 2012 we went into the studio to record the new album. It was a fascinating experience to work with a professional producer and he really pushed us forward.
Finally we`ve released our latest album “New World Chaos” in October 2012.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
The sound is simply Metal. You can find some Dark Metal influences as well as Heavy and Thrash Metal elements. Some magazines compare us with bands like Nevermore, Metallica, Communic and a bit of Iced Earth, Danzig and Vicious Rumors combined with the vocals of Blaze Bayley, James Hetfield and Warrel Dane.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrical topics are spread widely. Most of the lyrics involve personal problems, social issues, religious misconceptions and lies. Many lyrics are positioned in the here and now and we do not have many fantasy lyrics.
On our latest CD “New World Chaos” there are about 90% of the lyrics based on real events and facts.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The inspiration for the bands name was that we wanted to have a simple and short name everyone can combine to a metal band. It’s just one word but with a punchy meaning.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
One of the best shows in the past surely was a show in Switzerland because it`s always fun to play abroad. And it`s always a new challenge for us to bring our music to an audience that was unfamiliar with it yet. And our release party for the new album was also a killer show: All our friends were there, we could play as long as we wanted to and had a big party!
If NAILGUN have a gig, we not simply go on stage and play. We make a fucking great show and demonstrate everybody that we get a kick out of playing METAL! We always try do do something special, we’ll never make a typical standard. We fucking rock the crowd!
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Currently we have no plans for a tour in the near future. But we are looking forward to play some single shows in clubs. It is hard for a newcomer to take a ride on a complete tour. Usually you have to pay to play on a tour and it is quite expensive. But if we get a fair offer for a tour, we`ll take the chance and do it!
7. Currently you are signed to STF Records. How did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
It`s been just the usual manner how we got in contact with STF: We`ve sent promo packages to many labels including the CD, band infos, photos etc. and one of the first feedbacks came from STF. They liked our songs and production and invited us to their office. There they told us that they`d be interested in working together with NAILGUN and some conversations later the contract was signed. STF opened many doors for us that would have been closed without them: For example our new album was reviewed in all the big music magazines in Germany, the print magazines as well as the online magazines. In general we got a lot more reviews than for our first album. I think without a label this wouldn`t be possible. And because of our label`s distribution partners our CD was released everywhere in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is also available in online shops worldwide.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
The feedback is mainly positive. The people recommend our style that we do not sound like many others. The album sound is also more sophisticated than many other productions released today. We didn’t want to have a product without any recognition value, too.
9. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
This is a full time line up. All other musical projects are currently down.
At the moment we are looking for a new guitarist. Forthcoming shows we are going to play with just one guitar until we have a new guitar player.
10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Well, we have our own way and style. We try to improve our style from album to album so it becomes even more significant for everyone and so it increases the aforesaid recognition value for NAILGUN.
11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We are influenced by bands and styles of the 80`s and 90`s. Bands like Accept, Ozzy, Iron Maiden, Running Wild, Nevermore, Metallica, Testament, Kreator. We have a wide influence of styles like Heavy Metal, Speed- and Thrash Metal. There are even some Power and Progressive Metal elements in our songs as well as some dark and gothic vibes.
Today we listen to different kinds of metal bands. Next to the “old bands” we listen to Nightwish, Pain, Lacuna Coil, Amorphis, The Vision Bleak and many more. As you can see, we’re not living in the past with our musical preferences.
12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Some of us like cycling, swimming and travelling. And even arts: So for example the cover concept of our CD “New World Chaos” and the official T-shirt was designed by the band. And we are all fans of action movies. Okay, here’s the part where we have to be honest that we still live in the past. We love the movies of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme and Willis. Yes we are fans of both “Expendables” movies, which cares about the story J and of course we all like having some drinks and enjoying ourselves..............
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We want to say thanks for the interview. And to all the readers out there, listen to our CD “New World Chaos”. It’s worth listen to it! We’ve all put a lot of energy, blood, sweat and tears in it so you won’t be disappointed. New world chaos is still in progress.