German BOOZE CONTROL are back with another dose of pure heavy metal. That warranted a new interview with the guys. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
Lore: Well, when we formed we didn’t really know if and for how long Booze Control would continue. We originally planned to play a gig or two and get back to other stuff after, so in a way it did not go as planned at all, but in the best way possible.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
David: We are very happy with how The Lizard Rider turned out, yeah! The songs work great live and we’re looking forward to playing the shit out of them this year again.
Do you feel that you by now have found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
David: The Lizard Rider is what logically follows to our previous album Heavy Metal. We have a pretty clear picture of what Booze Control is about by now. We’re currently working on songs for a new release and we know which way to go, but we also wanna make this one a tad more interesting, without losing sight of what defines our sound.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
David: Back in the early days of Booze Control, we were singing a lot about booze, obviously. Since then we have extended our treasury of words a bit and get inspired by a lot of things – basically everything from history, to movies, books, games, or made-up shit that one of us would come up with. We don’t have a sophisticated message for the world though – we’re not a political band, we don’t deal with religion or whatever.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
Lore: Even on digital platform the artwork is still on display, so yes, absolutely. Even in this day and age a great artwork will make people notice your album and so far we’ve been more than happy with what Dimitar Nikolov delivered for our albums in that regard.
Why is it harder for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
Lore: Is it really harder? I always felt that Europe in general and Sweden and Germany especially have quite a strong Heavy Metal scene with some decent output regarding albums and bands these days.
David: Seriously, Heavy Metal in Germany is incredible, and we are very lucky to have such an active scene! Just look at festivals like Keep It True (or the related smaller ones), Headbangers Open Air or the upcoming Trveheim festival – kudos to the Skullwinx bros for setting this one up! Especially compared to the US, where Heavy Metal is just being revived (shoutout to Night Demon), things are going great over here.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
Jendrik: Well you said it already, digitally you can only stand out by creating music people enjoy and remember. A large portion of our fans comes from live shows were you of course have many more possibilities to impress people. We’re getting great feedback from the crowd in front of the stage and try to perform the best show possible everytime.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
Lore: Our local scene is pretty great, we have a very active community, with lots of shows, pretty much every weekend. I believe being well connected on a national level is more or less a must have if you want to get anywhere internationally. Sure, in the end the music has to speak for itself, but the right people won’t hear it, if they don’t know about you, so having access to promoters who are active locally and internationally is pretty much essential.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
Lore: As I said, we have a very active scene locally and most people around here don’t really think too much of it, when you have long hair or wear denim and leather all the time.
What does the future hold for you?
David: More songs, currently in the making. More shows, currently being planned. We already have some stuff confirmed. Steel Held High Festival in our hometown Braunschweig in March is gonna be a great one with a lot of friends, then Heavy Offense in Halle/Saale later in March. We’ll take the summer to work on the new songs, and maybe even play one at Trveheim Festival in August. We also have something big planned for October that I don’t wanna say too much about just yet. We’ll keep you posted on the usual channels. Cheers, thanks for having us!