- Hello, Patrick and Martin! After 13 years of silence you are back and working on the new CD. First of all, what have you been doing all this time?
- (Patrick) Well, it is a long time, but believe me our space time continuum speeds up very fast so it feels like we've just released "ahead" our last album 2 years ago ;-) Of course we have jobs to do on a daily basis and I've got 3 kids ... you know. But we have been rehearsing constantly and in 2008, when Hoimar joined on bass, things grew faster. Actually in 2010 we have recorded the drum tracks already, but we didn't manage to track the guitars and bass. It was good, that we didn't keep that recording, cuz the drum sound wasn't that good. The new recording sound great and now we put all the effort into this recording.
- Highgrade Disharmonic Orchestra, is that your electronic project? Tell us a bit about your experience in that field.
- (Martin) That's not us, as far as I know they are from Germany. Well, and they might not have heard of us when coming up with the name. So that is just a coincidence. However, it could be a quite interesting thing to play a show with them ;)
- How do you feel about being all together again and rehearsing the new songs? Is it an easy task for you?
- (Patrick) It feels great being together as a band an working on old and new material. Hoimar gives Disharmonic Orchestra some new sounds and his playing is excellent.
- What do you do to restore your good shape? Is it a bit unusual to get back to your instruments after a long-time break?
- (Martin) One thing is that we have still been playing live-shows - though not so many. The other thing is that there was always our idea of doing a new album. So we needed to rehearse - not as often as in early days but often enough to keep in shape.
- How is the work on the new album going so far? How many new tracks do you have? How many of them will actually make part of the album?
- (Patrick) On the new album there will be 9 Tracks. Until now (May 2015) we have finished the basics of 4 tracks. The drums of all 9 tracks are competed. When we start to record for an album, we have selected the best ones in advance - so all of them are gonna be on the album.
- How could you describe the new material? Will it be somehow similar to what you did in the past?
- (Martin) Pure Rock'n'Roll :D
No, honestly, you will always find similarities to our past stuff. And we still use elements that people would consider as old-school. We are not purposely looking for new influences but we allow "happy accidents" at our sessions and try to use the results of it. We like to play straight forward, and we still enjoy adding some 'weird' parts in our songs.
- The previous album, "Ahead", was recorded at Fuzzroom. This time, will you choose the same place for the recordings?
- (Patrick) This time we decided to do record the album on several places. All the drums have been recorded in our rehearsal room. The guitars, bass and vocals are/will be recorded in a small studio of a friend. We record everything part-wise that means f.e. on 2,3 days a week a track the guitars or the bass. Until everything is fine recorded. After that we re-amp the git. and bass tracks. This time I record a lot more guitar tracks as I did with the previous albums. On every track there are at least 4 guitars + several lead tracks. This way the recording process takes way longer. The recording process will take until end of June.
- Let's get back in time. Could you recall and tell us the story about how the band was created?
- (Martin) Pat and me. Back in the summer of 87 - He got his first real 6-string...:) and I bought that cheap Linko-Drumset. Our first rehearsal room was in Klagenfurt's youth hostel, where my parents worked at. For our rehearsals we just took over one of the guest rooms. And first of all we found out that this little guitar-amplifier was not loud enough to compete with the drum-set. I stuffed my toms with old sheet to turn them down... Our first audience were travelers who stayed at the hostel.
- Do you still remember who came up with the band's name? Did you have any other versions to choose from?
- (Patrick) I came up with the name. I think we had another one to choose from, but martin liked Disharmonic Orchestra most. At that time 1987 we really sounded very disharmonic.
- Do you have any of those tapes with your first demos? Do you plan to re-release it?
- (Martin) I still have most of the material stored in some boxes with tons of different tapes not really well ordered. It could be interesting to dig this or that song and play it again but any re-release of old demos is not on top of our to-do-list.
- How would you comment on the band's constant evolution in music and experiments with the play-style?
- (Patrick) Well, we do not limit ourselves being just stuck into one musical genre. What ever comes into our mind, while we rehearse and we like it - we play it. If it sound jazzy or funky or brutal death metal, doesn't matter.
- During all the years of the band's existence you had many and many live shows, but could you name any concert in particular that is still stuck in your memory?
- (Martin) I would say the last show, since it is not that long ago ;)
It is more the anecdotes around the shows you keep in mind, and there, of course, are many. The further you look back the more your brain is fooling you, but quickly coming to my mind were two poorly attended shows (less than 10 people). Both gigs were really funny and the amazed 'crowd' was totally excited...
- Tell us about your relationships with Nuclear Blast records. Looks like it's a long-term partnership. Is the new album planned to be released by NB as well?
- (Patrick) After the "ahead" album NBR had an option for another album, but they didn't want to. We are too much underground. This time we will release the album on ourselves. It will be a total limited edition. We will release it on vinyl + digital download, CD and of course only digital.
- Thank you for this interview, guys! Would you like to say some words to our readers?
- (Patrick) Thanks for your support. Keep up the good work. Cheers.
- (Martin) Dear readers, if you read this, many thanks for your interest. Be kind to your neighbors and anyone else! Read good books, stay healthy or get well soon and study brain research. Cheers!!