Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Helldorados Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Pierre (voc.)
A: Hey there, thank you for your questions. First of all we are very happy to release our second album. And between the recording process and the release date there are always many organizational and promotional activities on the agenda. In addition, each of us is still working alongside in different jobs to pay the rent and to get some food on the table.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released on the past?
A: As we got together with the new songs and considering in what direction it could go, we actually had only a few options. Either we participate as all the other bands on the so-called Sound Wars and make it even thicker, wider and faster or we stay with the raw, dry sound of the original instruments. I mean, how much can you be live on stage without actually sounding any live? We had superimposed guitars, additional effects and sounds created by Pro Tools for our first album. For LESSONS IN DECAY everything is very simple and natural hold. As it came out from the amplifiers, it was first recorded on analog tape machines. This is probably the biggest difference to the sound of the first album.

3,I have noticed when i listen to the music it has an old school sound that nobody really touches anymore but more up to date, do you feel that you are doing something very different with your music?
A: I don't think we do something completely different like on the debut. It's still Helldorados music with Helldorados lyrics. They are even more deep. Only the sound on LESSONS IN DECAY might be different and something the audience must learn again. Most of today's productions are only cut, copy and paste and totally  overproduced albums. Most of them not even close reproducible in live sound and performance. So what's all the crap? Let's do it honestly and naturally. Back to basics.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
A: Similar to the first album all lyrics are autobiographical. There are things that affect me as a lyricist in daily life, things that annoy me, things that please me and things that make me pay attention. Take, for example, the single BY THE PROGRESS. We discussed the death penalty during the songwriting process and then I read this article about William Kemmler, the first man who was executed in the electric chair. He is alleged to have murdered his wife with an ax. It has never been proven but they wanted to make a scientific example of him. All in the name of the progress. On the other hand, we also have songs like SOMETHING SWEET. It might sound silly, first listening to it. But in fact, it's about gluttony and obesity in today's society. Megalomaniac is ultimately out there dedicated to all idiots who constantly want a piss on your legs. Believe me, there are plenty out there.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Helldorados'?
A: We all live in Stuttgart, Germany. A region very much influenced by the automotive industry. Alongside Daimler and Porsche, today here are even more global companies like Bosch, Siemens or SAP. Everywhere you'll see construction, deep holes in the ground, holes in the system. The system has also failed for the music industry. They are still stucked in deep depression. For new artists, it has become very difficult. At the same time they try to sell you the inevitability of existing structures. From the El Dorado, the so called golden city, a Hell Dorado it has become. And we as musicians and artists are a part of it.

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?
A: There were many great moments. To take a single show out, would be unfair. Ultimately, it's all about entertainment. The audience wants to experience something that will be distracting from everyday life. We give them something that excites the imagination and sends you home with a great feeling. Sweat, pure energy and the perfection of the moment. That's what you can expect from a Helldorados show. If we are able to carry that to our audience, then we have done everything right.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
A: First we will do a few shows in Germany and close abroad. Then we have to see what comes up.

8.On a worldwide level how have your fans reacted to the musical sound that is presented on the new album?
A: I have no idea. Honestly, you have to ask the fans!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A: We always live in the here and now. And so it is with the current album LESSONS IN DECAY. We don't want to bend over backwards for someone. Music and art in general is in constant flow and change. Whatever we will create in the future, it will always be the sound, the songs and the lyrics of Helldorados. We will see (laughs Hah Hah)

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
A: We were lucky to play a few shows with The Darkness from England. They are very open-minded when it comes to their own music. That definitely impressed us. By the time they just returned from a tour with Lady Gaga...I mean, come on! The tour with Rhino Bucket probably influenced us during the songwriting process, too. Steve (git.) has been listening to some Country lately, Chris (dr.) remains very true with the classic Thrash Metal and Hardcore music. Gunnar (bass) and I like it also very diverse. All together then mixes up in the Helldorados sound.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
A: Since I can only speak for myself. Basically, versatile, healthy, fresh food and occasionally a inspiring glass of wine. Traveling and exploring different cultures is also an issue, when I do find the time for it. Otherwise, I am working a lot with the structures of the music industry. But that has already something to do with music ... damn!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A: Stay true in what you believe. Go out and get our new album. Buy it, steel it and spread the Helldorados message. Crank up your volume to eleven while listening to our music, cause if you guys Rock, Helldorados Roll.

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