QUESTIONS by Raf & ANSWERS by Kalle.
1. You've released 3 records already, I think,
can you give a few details about when they were released, and when the
band was formed ? Also, did the members of Bonehouse play in other bands
Kalle: The Band BONEHOUSE was formed
back in 1993 with Philipp and me as the original line up. We had a bassplayer
who left after the Demo tape which was released in 1995. and our 2nd
Guitarist Helge left us after our tour with the german band SMOKE BLOW
in april 2000. since then we have the same line up with the new Guitarplayer
Spethi. Yeah, all other bands members have played in local bands.
Perhaps too many to mention. we were all very tight on our instruments.
Our 1st MCD called "Symmetry of decadence" was released in
1996. we financed it on our own costs. A label from the south of Germany,
we live in the north of germany, called Earth AD showed interested and
they re-released the MCD on their label. So we signed for two more records.
We are working very good with Christian, the owner of the nice and small
label. In 1997 we released the first full length CD called "Dogbite".
Also a vinyl version of the CD was released on bloody red vinyl and
with a bonus track. A song from the 1st Demo tape which was re-recorded
in the studio. So in winter 1998/99 we entered the Sunligt Studio in
Stockholm, Sweden, and recorded our 2 nd CD called "Steamroller".
Also it was released on vinyl, too. But at the moment the vinyl version
is sold out. If the label boss has enough money again he will maybe
repress it. With this CD we hadf quite great success in the german punk
and hardcore scene. So in 2001 we had enough songs to go into the studio
again to record them all. This time we recorded again with Ulf Nagel,
the same guy and friend of us who recorded all the other stuff except
the "Steamroller" CD. And we are very happy with the recording.
2. Did you play in France already ? How did you
meet Mass Productions ?
Kalle: no, we didn't play france
yet. We only played in the French part of Belgium. So we are very lucky
to play france in October. I was getting in contact with Mass Productions
because we were looking for a label that might release our "onward
to mayhem" CD on vinyl. Our label has put a lot of money into our
latest release so there was not enough money left to release a vinyl
version, too. So I thought that maybe Mass Productions might be a good
label to release our new CD on vinyl. I did them them our CD and the
really liked it. So Vincent decided to release it on his cool label.
And we thank very much for the record he relased. It comes in a gatefold
cover sleeve and he agreed to all our suggestions and wishes! So we
are really keen on meeting him personally on tour in france!
3. Bonehouse play a mix of fast punk and hardcore
with a pinch of metal thrown in. How would you name your style ? What
bands are the most influential to Bonehouse members ?
Kalle: well, we call it just hardcore.
Yeah, you are right. You can hear some metal and punk influences. That's
why we listen to more then just punk and hardcore. Everyone in the band
has it's own taste. Some likes more punk, the other one likes more metal.some
guy in the band listen to both and maybe someone likes pop music. So
it's really hard to say which bands have influenced BONEHOUSE . as I
said everyone listens to different bands and has different ideas on
his musical tastes.well I can speak right now for my own. I listen to
many punk bands. Old and new. And of course I like Hardcore bands a
lot, too. I have been into Punkrock since 1979 so I am more a kid of
the old style Punkrock. But also I listen to metal bands, old and new.
4. Even if some of your members seem to be influenced
by the metal scene, one can't tell it by reading your lyrics. I mean,
your attitude is far from the metal cliches. So, in the audience, when
you play, do people from both scenes mix well ? Or do you attract only
punks ? Do you think you could bring a more positive attitude to some
metal fans (more thinking maybe ;o) ?
Kalle: the singer Philipp writes
most of all the songs. Sometimes other band members have ideas and mostly
all lyrics have been written by the singer. So the other band members
can concentrate on writing the music notes. Yes, he lyrics deal with
different things then normal metal bands sing about. Of course we wanna
attract the punks and of course the other people ,too, like metal heads
and other freaks. And the singer wanna bring a postive attitude with
some lyrics through the audience. And you can tell that the singer is
very much influenced by the lyrics from Punk bands.
5. How's the scene around your town ? Any bands
or collectives that deserve attention ?
Kalle: of course we have a little
scene here in Kiel with some good bands that deserve the attention,
too. Bands like CREETINS, TYPHON MOTOR DUDES (formed by our 2nd guitarplayer
Helge in 2000), ABGELEHNT, SUBURBAN SCUMBAGS, SMOKE BLOW, GUTBUCKET,
ROO JAW, THE FLAMES, IRRENOFFENSIVE and a few more. Mostly all these
bands have released records or CD's in the past and are playing quite
regulary.we have one good club called "Alte Meierei" where
mostly all good concerts are being held. It's a former squat building.
6. Several songs of yours are about nazis, how are things going in Germany
today ? Are there as much problems as before, like there's been in East
Germany, in Rostock or in Magdeburg (I think a punk or an antifascist
has been killed there) ?
Kalle: well, you have read probably
about the Nazi movement in germany. Here in kiel it is not so big. We
knew mostly all the people that belong to them so here in kiel no actions
took place in the past.
The Antifa (Antifacist Action) league in kiel is well organised.the
problems in the east part of germany are much stronger. If you walk
by night you can be sure if you meet facists and you look like a punk
or foreigner that will attack you.maybe not in every city or town. But
we were told ,when we played east germayn many times, that there are
places where it is really hard to survive. So we make a stand against
these fascists and we support also the organistaion "Good night
- white pride" that stands against fascists especially when they
come to hardcore concerts.
7. So how did you like your first french gig ?
Did you enjoy the Blasting Days fest as much as we did ?
Kalle: Yes, we enjoyed that Blasting
days festival very much. Even if it was a very long travel for us. I
think we spent more then 14 hours in the van. But it was worth it !!
We wish to come back again and have so much again!
But it wasn't our first French live appearance. We already played in
Paris and Rennes last year, 2002, in October while we were on tour.
Even those two gigs in French last year were great, too.
8. You came from Kiel for this gig. I guess it
was a very long drive, and I'm not sure many people were conscious of
this ! Any chance to see you again on a longer tour soon ?
Kalle: Yes, as I already mentioned
it was a very long drive for us. But it was worth every nerve and sweat
we lost during the long travel, and of course, we wish to come back
But as we are 5 persons in the band it's really hard to find a week
or at least a weekend for all of us to get on the van and play a few
gigs in France.
9. How did Philipp manage to get big spikes on
his head at the Neubrandenburg gig, in last october ? Did you guys jump
on him and forced him to change his haircut ?! :)
Kalle: No, it was a joke from the
guys of the german Punk band RAWSIDE with whom we were on tour at that
time in october 2002. they bought some kind of hairspray and the managed
to make our singer some spikey hair look.
10. The POISON IDEA tribute is gonna be issued
soon on Plastic Bomb's label. You played 'Hangover Heartattack' @ the
Blasting Days fest. Why did you choose this one ? Was it a difficult
choice ? Did you see the band on tour lately and how did you like them
Kalle: Well, the guys from that
label, who released that Poison Idea tribute compl., asked us if we
would do that special song. We changed a little bit the intro and outro
of that song and then we played it in the Bonehouse style. We all like
the band, anyway.No, none of us has seen the band on their last tour
through Europe. But we only heard and read good critics about their
11. Tell us a little
more about PLASTIC BOMB and its influence on the german scene. It's
pretty rare that a magazine which is about music and politics gets a
bigger audience (I think one can buy it at certain newspaper stores
Kalle: Yes, it's true. That magazine
has definitely an influence on the scene.if you read good things for
example about a band, the people will think good about the band and
will show positve interest. On the other hand, if they write bad facts,
or even roumors about a band, the band will get a bad repuatation. Yes,
you can buy that magazine at some newspapers stores. But they were going
not to sell it there anymore for some reason.
12. Talking about covers, you've recorded two
on your 2nd album, one from the CRO-MAGS and one inspired by CRASS'
Do they owe us a living. Also you cover Indo-China by CRUCIFIX, which
is another Peace Punk anthem. More to come from this vein ? I think
these choices sum up well your different influences ?
Kalle: Well, not every band member has
heard about these bands before. So when we wanna do a cover song we
listen to some bands and then we choose if we wanna do a cover song
of that band.some years ago we also did a cover song from the uk band
Antisect. But never did a studio recording of it.well, I cannot say
what we wanna choose in the future for a cover song.
It always depends in what mood everyone is and what they think about
the band, their lyrics and the music, too.Well,my personal music faves
are based on the uk punk sound early eighties. But that doesn't mean
so much. Everyone in the band has his own music taste and we all decide
13. Is there any record to be released soon ?
Kalle: Yes, there will be a live
Lp out by us soon. And of course, we are working on new songs to record
later this year.
14. What's the question you'd like to answer
? Please tell us !
Kalle: Well, has anyone taken pictures
of us while we were playing on the Blasting Days festival in Besancon
this year july. I saw quite a few people that were taken pictures. And
I'd really like to get some copies!!!