Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kielkropf Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Not a lot – to be honest. We've been playing some shows in the greater area of Vienna, and are working on some new material.

2.In November you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I think it's raw, slow, heavy, dark, intense - at least that's what's it supposed to be. We went for a pretty straight forward production, that's not to far from our live sound and I think that worked out nicely.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics reflect a disillusioned view on life. The topics are things like failed relationships, the struggle of everyday life, or just things learned the hard way. They are not always to be taken seriously, though. Gallows humor, is a typical thing for people from the eastern part of Austria.

4.I know that the bands name came from 'Germanic Mythology', do you have a huge interest in this topics?
We were looking for a name that doesn't make you think of a specific music genre at first glance. It's an old German word (means something like changeling), that hardly anybody knows. In fact we didn't - it was a friend who came up with it and we kind of liked it. Of course it's nice, that you don't get a lot of hits (apart from the band) if you google it. But no, we are not really into 'Germanic Mythology'.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best shows have been supporting "Corrosion of Conformity" and another time "Crowbar" in Vienna. It's nice to play in front of a lot of people that are actually are into this kind of music.
Hmm, it's hard to describe you own stage performance, especially since there are not a lot show elements or calculated moves and poses. I think the audience experiences a band that is really into what we are doing in this moment of time and this also shows physically.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
There is no tour planned right now. It would mean one of two things:
Buying into a tour of a known band. That would be expensive and it's hard to find something at all, even harder to find the right fit.
Or we could do it on our own, which would probably mean playing in front of 10 people each evening, that would be a lot of effort for a poor result. We don't fancy that either. But we are going to continue doing shows in Austria from time to time.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We haven't received any interest or offers - but we also are not looking very hard. I suppose we don't trust there is a deal out there for us, that's worth singing.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge metal?
 Of course there has not been a lot of promotion, but we were actually surprised of how good the feedback was. There have been a view reviews, all of them were quite good (typically 8 out of 10). We even got some great reactions from the US and Australia - we didn't really expect that much recognition.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
There are none – so sorry, no story there.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Right now the band is a hobby to us and we are pretty preoccupied with our dayjobs. Since our working process is a rather slow one, it would take a long time to come up with enough material for a full album, but it's also a financial issue since we are funding ourselves. So there won't be a full length album in the nearer future, probably never.

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?
The members of the band have been listening to all kinds of rock music over the years (from Art Rock to Death Metal and everything in between). Most influential to the Kielkropf sound was probably, when our drummer and our guitar player went through their "Crowbar" and "Down" phase. Nowadays some bands we are listening to are Mastodon, High on Fire, Sleep or Baroness.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Some of our interests are – and I quote: "women, reading, beer", "gardening", "golf, computer games, running", "watching movies".

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We wanted to thank you for the interview, the review (which we think is very accurate) and just for recognizing us, really.
Cheers, Jerry

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