Saturday, August 29, 2015
Interview with Germany's Speedwhore done by Patrick done on 8-29-15
Germany's Speedwhore are a new band to my ears and with their new release "The Future Is Now" released by the mighty Witches Brew Rec. If you are a maniac for heavy metal and thrash metal you defintly need to give this band a listen today and but a copy as soon as you can.
Interview wit Tim K. singer and guitarist for Speedwhore done by Patrick
1. Hello how are things going in Germany these days? Please introduce yourselfs to the readers?
First of all thanks for the interview! Personally we're doing fine, but living in Germany is as always: The German Angst is going round on quite a few topics and for many folks doomsday is only a question of time, but the weather is fine though, at least at the moment.
2. When did you all get idea to start the band Speedwhore? What is the current line-up?
It was just a crazy idea from Joker (our bass player) and me after we had few too many beers on some metal festival in 2006. As we had no experience or anything that comes close to be called a “musical skill” it was clear that we’d do something primitive. So, we gave up the idea of being the next Rush or Watchtower very soon – at least since the first rehearsal.
3. For the readers who have never heard Speedwhore's music how would you best describe it?
This depends on who asks. To my mother I would say very fast Rock music with shrieking vocals (mother: “You mean like Deep Purple?” me: “Hmmmm. Almost!”), but to someone who’s into the topic I would say aggressive 80’s Thrash with some other elements from Black- to Doom-Metal. And when playing live there’s another big element that comes in too: Punk.
4. Speedwhore is getting ready to release the debut cd "The Future Is Now" through Witches Brew Rec. how did you come in contact with this great label?
It was already released in April 2015. It’s a great label indeed. We came in contact with Cheryl when our guitarist Basti met Cheryl at some concert in the end of 2014. We then sent over our album, she liked it a lot and they had a free spot on their roster. That’s the whole story of how we became part of the Witches Brew family.
5. Does the whole band take part in the writing or does one member usually write everything? Who usually writes the lyrics for the band what are some topics/subjects you all cover?
I’m the main songwriter and lyricist, but when I come up with a new song it isn’t already cast in stone. We rehearse them and we all put in new ideas from that point on. So there are ideas, riffs and whatever from every band member in almost every song. Joker also wrote lyrics for a song called “Lions Gate” which will be on the next release. So this will be a small premiere too.
6. Besides the debut cd coming out does the band have anyother merchandise available for the fans to buy?
Besides the “The Future Is Now” CD that can be bought via the Witches Brew Shop or directly from us, there’s nothing to buy at the moment, but Witches Brew will do patches for us! The album will be released as tape too, but that’s not cut and dry by now. So the next thing will be the patches.
7. Does Speedwhore play live very often? What have been some of your most memorable shows to date?
No, we don’t play live too often. In September we’ll have our first gig after 9 months…this says it all. Our most memorable shows were always the ones outside our hometown Munich and especially in foreign countries. My favorite gig so far was the Total Eclipse festival in Turin, Italy. It wasn’t too well-attended but the crowd was awesome.
8. Does the band have any tours or shows coming up in the near future? If yes where are some places you all will be playing?
The only safe gig that’s planned at the moment is the one in September, where we’ll be playing in Ingolstadt, Bavaria at a gig called Thrash Injection. Some others are planned but nothing concrete, yet.
9. Speedwhore comes out of the German metal scene what is your opinion of Germany's metal scene?
I guess Germany has one, if not the most, active metal scenes in the world, but that also depends on the region. Metal is bigger in the rural areas than in the cities and Munich for example isn’t the best place to be if you’re into Metal. But I don’t know any place where there are as many concerts and festivals as in Germany, which is awesome.
10. Who are your all-time favorite German bands? Are their any new bands coming out of Germany you feel the readers should check out soon?
My all-time favorite German band…that’s a difficult one, but I guess it’s a tie between the Scorpions and Running Wild. There are quite a few young German bands that are playing traditional metal in all its forms. Check out Nucleaholic for example. I don’t know if they released anything except for rehearsals, yet, but they are a cool live band. Our lost drummer David (David, where are you? At least give a sign that you’re still alive, ok? haha) plays in this band.
11. In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground scene today? And what does underground metal mean to you?
The best thing are the cool people of course. There are many nice and relaxed individuals. On the other hand there are also few stupid people, from racists to homophobes and 19 year old kids who think they are rock stars. But once you are able to distance yourself enough from the scene to look at it in a more objective way, it’s way more pleasant. I know what I like and I know what I dislike. Period. I was much more undifferentiated in former times. So, for me there is no overall metalheads unity, but nevertheless, I’m still part of the metal underground and I see no reason not to be part of it.
12. Are any members of Speedwhore currently working with other bands? If yes please tell the readers about them?
Basti plays guitar in the Thrash Metal Band Nuclear Warfare which was already formed 5 years prior to Speedwhore, our new drummer Daniel does swampy acoustic stuff and I sing in the Heavy- and Thrash-Metal band Discröyd. I also have a doom project called Lord Muck where all songs are finished and recorded since many years except for the lyrics and the vocals.
13. When not working on band stuff what do you all enjoy doing in your spare time?
Most of the time it’s writing and recording music actually, but besides that I started to read books again, I eat out a lot and I like travelling (especially to the US).
14. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you all have any final words for the readers?
Thanks to you and also thanks to all the readers of the interview. Check out our first album “The Future Is Now” (the whole album can be streamed via Bandcamp!) and feel free to contact us via email@example.com! Cheers, Tim!