BOOZE CONTROL is a German classic heavy metal. You should check them out. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
David: We’re Booze Control from Germany, founded back in 2009 to bring you some old-school Heavy Metal that will kick you in the nuts (or ovaries, sorry ladies). On the drums we have Lauritz ‘The Lord’ Jilge. Bassist guy is Steffen Kurth. Guitar stuff is handled by Jendrik Seiler. I’m David Kuri, singer and also on guitar.
When you formed, how easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
David: Our first EP ‘Wanted’ was a real quick shot. When we formed the band, we already had the date for our first gig and planned to release something by then, which gave us about two months. The result was a very rough, punkish sound that we took a good 18 months to refine with our first self-produced album ‘Don’t Touch While Running’. We didn’t think too much about the direction the band would take, and just wrote stuff. We were heavily inspired by the NWOBHM and german Speed Metal. With our latest release ‘Heavy Metal’, the idea of band was shaped out and for the first time we clearly focused on what we do best.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
Lord: There’s not much of a meaning to it. We had our first gig lined up and didn’t have a name, so we threw everything into the room and Booze Control kind of stuck. Even though we’ve been told the name is no good, it’s who and what we are. In the end it’s about kicking some Heavy Metal ass and that’s what we do. Especially our self-titled song is a highlight of every Booze Control show. You should check it out some time.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Jenne: We actually never tried to create a certain image which we all agreed on or something like that. We are simply four guys who write and play the music they like and people seem to enjoy it.
Lord: The important part is, that we are serious about what we do. People tend to asume that we are a parody band of some kind, but having fun at what you do and being professional about it are not mutually exclusive.
I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
Jenne: Its always the first thing people will see. Well, maybe you hear a song first but then you’ll ask “who are these dickheads?” and then you’ll see the artwork. If you don’t like the first look chances are you won’t check out the rest of it, so the goal of the first impression should always be on the point and rip it!
Lord: At this point we should give a shout out to the great Dimitar Nikolov, who did the “Heavy Metal” artwork for us.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
Jenne: We try to not care as much about likes and what-so-ever as it just distracts you from what counts: drinking beer and playing facemelting Heavy Metal!
When you play in a metal band, does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
Lord: I think it’s less about playing in a band and more about just going to shows. When I’m at a concert it doesn’t matter if I’m gonna be on stage that evening. It’s usually just a crowd of awesome people I wanna hang out with.
David: Over time, we’ve got to know lots of awesome people, both on our own shows and as visitors, and you keep meeting those people everywhere. The community is really strong, the scene is really close and we’re getting a lot of support. Cheers to you!
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
Lord: The Internet has made many things easier and a lot of stuff can be done by bands on their own, from their home, but in the end, showbiz is still mostly run on contacts and favors. Establishing these is way easier, when you are not just “Guy X in his basement” but “Guy X backed by Label Y”. In the same vein, labels simply have a lot of contacts they can ask. So for us working with the great guys of both Kernkraftritter Records and Infernö Records has been hugely beneficial and allowed us to gain a lot of traction in all the right places.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of Germany?
Lord: We are all about playing live, and you haven’t experienced Booze Control until you’ve seen one of our shows. Playing abroad is difficult, but it’s less abut getting the gig, and more about being able to sustain actually playing the show. For us the gig has to break even in some way or another – either financially or, even more importantly, in respect to connecting with fans and promoters. As such finding a venue willing and able to provide that is the big challenge we are facing right now.
What will the future bring?
Jenne: We’re currently working overtime on new songs for the ‘Heavy Metal’ follow-up. If you enjoy what you heard so far you will love the new riffs we got coming for you. Stay tuned!