Marching Band live 13th June in Kaffee Burger - indieberlin asks them about stuff
Swedish indierock/folkpop duo Marching Band are in Schokoladen this Wednesday
-How would you explain your music to a deaf person?
Think about a meal. Start with nice, well made new potatoes. That's the solid song writing. Then add a good ol' gravy. That's the spicy arrangements. Then add a juicy steak. That's all the intricate details. Finish up with a nice apple pie with vanilla ice cream. That's all the sparkling melodies.
- What questions are you most often asked in interviews?
How did you meet? Describe your music. How do you make Hollywood sizzle? (The last one they only asked once but it's the most memorable one...)
- What is your vision for the band, if you have one?
To keep doing our own thing, exploring what that means, and stay true to our ideals of what great song writing means. Not come up with excuses of why it's not good enough, but seek for mastery of the art.
- With which other bands would you like to go on tour or to play together with?
All the classic rock acts. Any great contemporary band with an interested and knowledgeable audience. We just want people to hear us and be interested in the music.
- How do you write your songs?
Usually one of us has come up with an idea that is good enough that the other guy wants to start working on it together. In order to impress each other we make pretty full sounding demos before it is presented to the other guy. We are big fans of arrangements so we often work on that for a long time until we get it right. Which can be a bit frustrating. Maybe the next record we make will be more spontaneous, which some claim is a good thing.
- Are there differences between audiences in Germany and those in, say, the US?
Its hard to say. We get the feeling that it varies from city to city within Germany. But from touring with Dear Reader, we have the impression that german audiences are unusually interested and respectful when they watch a live act. Sometimes almost too respectful and quiet. But playing at student places seems to be the same all over the world, those crowds often get rowdy and focus on other things than the music.
- Which band would you like to interview if you could?
- What is music to you?
its our main hobby and pretty much our only passion. We are music fans as well as musicians. Interested in rock history and various music trivia.
- Tell us something about your new release and when we can see you play live?
We recorded it all on our own this time with no input from producers which you probably will hear. Its very much "us", reflects who we are at the moment. We sometimes joke about how this record is more "classic rock" rather then the past "contemporary indie" sound. That's the direction we have wanted to go in, though we suspect that it might not be the smartest move commercially. Time will tell...
Interview by Noel Maurice