© Bianka (Gunki) Gunkel
SERPENTS GIFT might not be the most well known band to humankind but hey, read this interview anyway. © 2016 Anders Ekdahl
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The Gift provided by the serpent can be understood as poison or venom that might kill you if it´s too much or heal. Same goes for our musical approach.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have?
-We don´t care too much about our sound as long as it´s loud enough on stage. Everything is going to be ok if the music is loud enough.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Our arrangements are simplistic and I cant say we invest too much time into it. Can´t really answer that question.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-It does! Clubs with a capacity around 400 have a PA that seems to be best for our sound consisting of one guitar only, drums and vocals. Tiny clubs feel more like home to us but once you´ve played a medium-size stage you want to feel those heavy low frequencies shaking the stage you stand on again.
Everybody seem to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-Guitar sound on our second demo cd sounds dildos to me nowadays. On the other hand our goal was to spend not longer than a length of a football match on recording three tracks of about 20 minutes. The first demo was perfect in every way.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Internet makes many things easier but it does not replace personal contact on concerts and leaving flyers.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Fucked up details, and many of them. Such as that guy standing in a miniatury stonehenge on the Arise record.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Germany has got a very good infrastructure for travelling to shows and many festivals. International and regional ones. Makes it easy for listeners but with shows every night in your town metalheads get slow and less euphorical about underground shows.
We dont feel affiliated to any scene other than that one being nebulously labeled underground. No labels, no lies.
How do one promote one self the best possible way?
-No idea, you tell me.
What does the future hold?
-A few more demos at least. Our band exists since beginning of 12 and we had quite awesome moments already considering that we don’t put too much effort in the music itself.
Concerning the future: It´s probably said best with more demos and more gigs, more sold out shirts that allow us to buy our own gear one day Emoji smile