When I first saw your band name I thought you were some sort of spoof band for Epica. What was the reason in the first place to start REPLICA?
-I wish I can tell you a funny story about it. But there isn’t any story. We were young had one sixpack together with a dictionary in our hands and said: “Oh Replica, it’s similar listening like Metallica, that would be a great band name.” That’s the absolute truth. There aren’t any connections to Epica or Six Feet Under.
From my stand point you operate in the same mood frame as bands like Ludichrist, Wehrmacht or Lawnmower Deth. The more cynical and sarcastical side of metal. How do you react to that statement?
-First of all I don’t know any of those bands mentioned. Our intention was to create the title and the artwork of the new album a little different and sarcastic indeed. Generally I don’t care about comparisons to other bands but criticism in a constructive way is always welcome. The lyrics treat serious issues anyway.
When you mix humor with metal how do you avoid to end up the butt end of a joke?
-Good question, I guess it is a mixture of being aware of your instrument on stage, a spectacular show, good communication with the crowd and of course a good record.
I just gotta know. What kind of scene is there for your kind of music? I like Tenacious D but I do not take them seriously.
-I consider our type of music as suitable for old-school fans as well as for sympathisants of modern sound. Tenacious D are epic as fuck, though, I wouldn’t compare Replica with an acoustic-funny-musical-theater-band. There was a change in our line up, so we have combined some weird elements at some parts. Some people like it, some don’t.
It’s one thing to think up a joke or being sarcastical in spirit but how do you take that from idea to actually make it work on record?
-The process is really complicated, every rehearsal will be recorded and analyzed. The conglomerate of the best ideas gets carried together and notated, then the pre-production follows. The lyrics are selected by the parameters that define the songs when they are finished, unless they aren’t required for structural reasons. Every drum-beat is written down and brought to perfection, nothing left for coincidence except for some improvised guitar solos. Hard work for lots of fun!
Is metal too serious? Have we lost the ability to laugh at ourselves?
-For me “fun” is one of the biggest reasons to be in a band. Unless one approaches the big goal to live from making the music you like (and have dozens of contracts with greedy companies of every kind) you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously. Though some guys will always run into you who still don’t get that. Open-mindedness, consistent working and good connections are the holy grail.
When I think of it I can’t seem to remember having seen one single comedy movie that originated from your home country. How fun are you guys really?
-There are some hilarious comedies, like with Roland Düringer from Vienna. Generally the people in Vienna are more like grumpy and curse all the time (not everywhere in Austria, many differences here), so it’s a really sarcastic if not dark humour. I also saw some sort of depressing comedy recently. I don’t think that many translations exist you know, we are Metal not Hollywood.
Is there any danger in you guys getting lost in the myriads of metal albums that is being released each month? How will you make yourself noticed?
-In the first place we play a lot of shows to stay in the minds of the people. Concerning our release show, we plastered every corner of our environment with posters and flyers, not to mention the artillery of online bombardments full of spam and advertising. And of course a decent cover-artwork which has to cause controversial public discussions. Every publicity is good publicity!
How do you take your music to the stage? What kind of show do you put on?
-We never appeared too hardcore, we have no tattoos and wear short pants on stage with sandals and colorful shirts. Most important is the first musical impact you have on the crowd, they decide pretty quickly if they like something or not. Also some funny stuff like a “wall of death” and jumping in each other’s faces keeps them watching a show.
Have I made a complete fool of myself for asking you these questions?
-No. Thanks for the interview!