Monday, February 12, 2018

[b.abuse] Interview Questions

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Amilcar: We had a couple of changes in the past years concerning guitar, vocals and drums. The last album „Devils Harvest“ was recorded in 2010 and published in 2012. Since the beginning of the band back in 1991 we still got the same members Frank (bass/vocals) and myself (guitar/vocals). The rest of the band has changed over the years. We had another guitarist who left the band in 2012 after the release of „Devils Harvest“ and since our last drummer and singer, who did some electronics too, both left us in 2017, it was very challenging for us to keep the band running. But we where lucky and found a new drummer really quick and it's not even a new person: it's our old bandmate stephan who played guitar for a while in the very early days of the band, he is a great drummer too so the problem was solved  before it even became serious. For now, we do the vocals ourselfs again, like it used to be. It's kind of weird because now after so many years this band is formed completely by former members again. We really didn´t expect that and we are very happy that the band, we have started a long time ago, now continues in this way.

2.You have a new album coming out in 2018, 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 in the past?

Frank: Like all of our releases, this one sounds different to all the others. In this case it´s maybe due to less effects and electronics and just one guitar without additional guitar-tracks. Parts of it are more rough and edgy than the last album. But that ´s just my personal opinion. On the other hand, like almost always, we have some harder tracks and some more atmospheric tracks on the record.

3.This is your first album since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Amilcar: We are all in our mid-end forties now, have fulltime-jobs and some of us started families. Nevertheless, the band and making music is still an important compensation for us and our passion. We were never a band that did a lot of gigs or had a lot of touring activities going on, but we were practicing as often as possible, writing new songs and playing some gigs from time to time.

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

Frank: That´s Not easy to answer in just a few sentences... I would say it´s about dark scenarios from life, death and in between and that means what is inside is fitting pretty well to the cover artwork.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name '[b.abuse]'?

Frank: That ´s no big deal. In the beginnings i pretty much liked the bandname „verbal abuse“ but   there were several bands with „abuse“ in the name already, so i just put the „b“ in the beginning. that's 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?

Amilcar: There where many cool shows with many cool bands so i really cannot pick one best show... but on stage we like it as dark as possible with a bit of red light. Usually we don ´t move and act a lot on stage.

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

Frank: Not for the moment. Like said before we don ´t play very often. But we really enjoy to play from time to time. Maybe there will be some interesting activities going on. I hope so.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of experimental and underground music?

Amilcar: We always had a growing number of people outside germany and europe listening to our music worldwide. We like that, that's really cool for a underground-band like us. It's not very common i think.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Amilcar: That´s hard to tell. We never made plans for the future regarding our sound or songwriting. That would be an impossible approach. It just happens. I could imagine that musically it stays dark and rough but maybe there will be  some more noiserock and punk-elements again like in the years before, when we had a lot of electronics involved in the music.

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?

Frank: No special bands that i can name but i like neo classic.

Stephan: I listen to bands like Karate , Texas is The Reason, Samiam, Converge, From Ashes Rise, Jakob, Russian Circles, Botch,Hot Water Music,Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Cult of Luna and a lot more.....there is no special Genre that i am listening to.

Amilcar: no special bands. I am very very open minded and like a lot of different styles but ... i dont listen much to metal and classic. But from soul, 60s/Garage/R´n´R, Punk, Noiserock, Electronic musik to Blues, Funk, Postrock, Indierock, Rock.... there is so much good music out there that i enjoy....

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Amilcar: Mountainbking & sometimes Roadcycling. ….and i am kind of a series junkie. I like series more than movies.

Frank: Running in the Woods!

Stephan: My hobbies are : my kids and my, and art.....listen to good music and good food.

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

Amilcar: Not really but maybe this is a good opportunity to thank the people who supported us over the years – without them, it would not have been easy to keep things running. In the past and today.

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