I have no idea where this band comes from musically as they are new to me but I was intrigued enough to wanting to find out more about KERKER. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
Arges: The intention was and still is to play harsh and fast Black Metal. The foundations regarding music were laid in 2006. However, the sound is still evolving with each new release.
Neideck: We want to transport the spirit and the energy of solitude and contemplation to form an individual, who is detached from the expectations of society and from the bigotry of religions.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
Arges: No. Up to now we have never been 100 % satisfied. But we are getting closer to that point with Ban All Lights.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
Neideck: Kerker is the old German word for prison. In this case it stands for the prison in our heads. Priests are telling us, what we have to believe in and who we have to follow. Politicians are telling us, what we have to do and how we should behave. Advertisements are telling us, what we have to need and what will make us happy. We have morals, which are used by the elites to bind our instincts to form this society of sales, bargain offers and ludicrous TV-Shows. The only purpose of this world is to produce and sell shit to strengthen the power of the elites, to increase the wealth of the rich and to numb the poor. We need the resistance of the individual to break out of this prison. We don’t need the elites. Cut off the head, follow your instincts, free your mind and leave the Kerker.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Arges: As we are no part of a certain scene we do not waste much thought on image.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
Arges: We attach great importance to the artwork of our records. In an ideal case it represents the atmosphere of its music and therewith creates a synthesis of the arts. Ban All Lights is closer to that than our previous records.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
Arges: So Kerker does not exist.
Neideck: Social media is, to say it metaphorically, the corral for the flock of sheep. We’ve nothing in common with them.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
Arges: Kerker is a project with two members. I wouldn’t exactly call it a massive community…
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
Arges: For us it is a really important aspect. We do not know lots of people who listen to Black Metal music. And we are not into networking and promoting it either. We just have fun creating it. So the commitment of our label Nihilistische Klangkunst regarding the manufacture of the records, their promotion and sale has always been an essential aspect when it comes to the release of new material.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
Arges: Not much. We don’t play live.
Neideck: Our music is made to create solitude and to separate the individual from the flock. It’s made to transport the energy, everyone needs to find his inner beast, to invoke his instincts and to make his way to freedom. The masses are blind, the individual is able to see. You should listen alone in darkness, waiting for the light.
What will the future bring?