Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tankobot Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Currently we are all excited about seeing an exposition on the hidden evolution of secret duck societies, since we are heavily into all things duck-related.

Apart from that we're writing songs, playing them on stage and leaving happy people, as long as they like extreme music. We're pretty happy with that ourselves.

2.In October you had released your first demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Shredding, blasting, pounding … for thrash metal to really unfold you need a sound that's warm and dry at once, and Torsten nailed that in the mix. The guitar sound and drum conditions were pretty high level to begin with, but he put it all together just right.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2015 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

Tankobot was more of a meeting spot plus songwriting among friends until I (Metin) joined. Once we realized how cool we sounded we still had no singer which caused some delay. Finally Jo Fingergrinder stepped up to the task and did very good in amazingly little time and it went from there on. We've been playing since and recording in the spare time. Jo proved to be a natural front man That's the first years.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Things we see and do not like. Well, mostly people we do not like, and why we do not like them. Human societies around the globe are an endless source of disgust, and sometimes it is so bad or just so shitty we just have to write about it. I think your description of the lyrics „touching dark and real life themes“ is a good summary. No satan, no orcs, no vikings. Just realities that are so much harsher than anything else.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tankobot'?

Our inspiration were tanks and robots. And ducks.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our stage performance is us stepping on stage, doing what we do. There are no effects, costumes or alter egos, just the songs (as befits the lyrical contents). And when you're on after we're finished you'll really have to deliver.

Best shows – so far there were no bad ones, really. Even the smallest and crappiest venues were fun because we had other good bands with us. A really cool one was opening for Night Demon, because the place was packed to the ceiling and we got great reactions from a crowd that came for a whole different kind of music.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes and yes.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, yes and yes. We are currently entering first talks, but that's all there is to say right now. In any case we'll only take a deal that's reasonable or unreasonably good for us, or go independent.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?

We got love from the Ruhr area – the most important region for this music worldwide – down to south america, thrash land as well.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We'll be recording later this year. But with 2016 being half done I guess the release will take until next year.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Besides the obvious roots in Thrash and Florida Death Metal we have strong influences in Punk and Hardcore, and bands who crossed from there. Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D. …

We all dig lots of classic bands like Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Ozzy or King Diamond. Apart from Metal and Rock there's bluesy stuff as well, ZZ Top and Dr. John spring to mind. And then there's Kyuss. Tough question to answer shortly.

Plus everyone brings along different personal favourites, from Ministry through Mastodon, Triptykon, Rush or Guns 'n' Roses to Toto and Pink Floyd.

And we love Slayer.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

The usual – art, science, cultural and political studies, frozen pizza, pornography and video games. Jo partakes in the very, very german concept of schrebergardening, which means you have a little garden apart from your home, among other such gardens. Come weekend, all the gardeners hang out there in front of little sheds or caravans, and of course you have to be a member of the local gardener's association. It's all extremely german, and the image of Jo Fingergrinder right there in the middle is fucking hilarious.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Sorry, no thoughts, but thanks for having us.

Kind regards and thanks for your support,


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