Monday, February 21, 2011

But We Try It Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never
heard of you before?
We are "But We Try It" from Wuppertal/Germany, our music is a mixture of modern trash and death metal and the band exist since 2008. After a six song self titled ep and many shows in Germany, in january 2010 we went to the "Woodhouse Studio" and recorded "Dead Lights" our first full length album with our Producer Waldemar Sorychta. Last year we signed a record deal with "Massacre Records" and from 28th of january you can buy the album everywhere in the world.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album?
AWESOME! but seriously, everyone in the band  has different musical backgrounds and on the album we bring them together. I would say it's thrash metal with some hardcore brutality and lots of guitar melodies. We 're very proud of this album cause it has cost a lot of time and energy.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with your music?First of all I think the lyrics mostly can be divided in two categories. The more personal ones and the ones that deal with today's society and social critics. The lyrics from our singer Jörn are inspired by the things that happen in today's politics. There is so much going wrong. We don't provide any solution, but I think through Jörns lyrics we can show the people what`s going wrong in our opinion and maybe some will think about it for themselves.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
We have all played in various bands in the past with little success. That's why we all really wanted to get somewhere with this new project. So we decided to make our motto "but we try it" the band name. As everybody knows it gets more and more difficult to find a name for ones band. First of all we all get overwhelmed with music through the internet. In general this is, of course, a positive development, because the result is a nearly unlimited choice of different music styles for the listener. But it also leads to the fact, that being recognized as a band is really hard. Second of all, the importance of individual bands or songs is being diluted, because thanks to illegal downloads, music has become a low cost mass consumption item. Mainly young listeners hardly buy CDs or mp3 anymore, maybe because the appreciation of music, with regard to the willingness to pay for music, has diminished. It is like it is: Hard Times... But We Try It.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
how would you describe your stage performance?
The support show for "The Ghost Inside" was awesome and we had a good time with all bands which played there.We are a live band in an absolute way. So it's furious, but we deny to let it seem like a choreography. In the end you have to come to one of our shows to see whats about. Mostly it's all about having a good time on stage and share this with the kids.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new releases?
For this year our primary focus will be to  play a European tour and as many festivals and shows in general as we can. We recently started  working with a well known booking agency go down believing booking), which is very helpful.

7. how has your music been received by extreme metal fans on a worldwide level ?
The feedback is very good from all over the world. Sure, you always have people which don't like the music you´re  playing or your style or whatever. Not everybody in the band has long hair and looks like the typical metal head. There are some guys out there who can't handle Haha. (But in general the people respond really good to our music.)

8. Are there any side projects besides this band?
Mark (drums) and me (guitar) are playing in a rock band called "freefall". I'm the singer and I know these guys for over 12 years. It's just a good old friends thing, not serious but fun.

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
First of all our main focus is to promote the latest album and play so much shows as possible.We will see what the future brings and how all the new experience influence us and our music. But we all try to get better and bring our music to a higher level.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Death and thrash metal are unmistakable stylistic devices in our music, but every band member has his own taste of music and so we got a little bit of Power Metal and Harcore influences as well. Our common content is hard handmade metal music and that`s it;-) There is no special band which serves as role model for us! (except for darkest hour and lamb of
11. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
Sex and drugs! And keep metal alive! No seriously we all have different interest like me for example snowboarding travelling and music in general. But we all have one thing in common, we all live for the music.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
First of all thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to do this interview. It's an honor for us!We want to encourage young people to start making music and to not letting setbacks discourage them. Particular in recent years it could be observed that more and more ever-younger kids started rock/metal/hardcore bands and that the average musical standard, which means technical abilities and musicianship in general, has increased considerably. That's an awesome development. Furthermore we hope that listeners stay interested in new bands, give them a chance and maybe, without wanting to sound arrogant, value the work behind the music a little more.


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