Although I’d ideally love to be able to conduct hard-hitting, in-depth interviews, who has the time these days? In lieu of this, I’ve thrown together the below question template, hopefully to gather some interesting and informative results, without taking up too much of anyone’s time.
Introduce yourself – who are you and what do you do?
Nothing much has changed since the release of Self. As then, we are Joost (vocals), Richard (drums), Demian (guitar), Jelle (guitar) and Johan (bass). Joost is an associate professor in sustainability, Richard works in IT, Demian is a brewer, Jelle is a product manager (no one really knows what that means) and Johan is a teacher.
Tell us about your latest release and why people should listen to your music
In One of These, I Am Your Enemy is a record that deals with power structures, imposed and shared. Whereas Self focused on the individual, this record focuses more on how individuals operate, and are operated, in systems of power. What does that then mean for the individual, what worth is placed on existence? Who will decide upon this, and who made sure that this seems to be acceptable? Essentially, it is a raging discourse on life ownership.
Why people should listen is always beyond us. If we connect, we connect, and we’re happy if that connection can be made. If this music is not for you, please find music you do connect with.
What’s the most important thing to you about your music? What meaning does it give you and what purpose does it serve in your life?
The most important thing is the ability to connect. To share the rage, the passion, the wealth of human experiences with a group of people; through sharing these experiences, a sense of community is felt, and that is what a thriving scene is and does. To feel, express, dive into existence. This is what a live show must be for us too, and that is the purpose and meaning we get from it.
Tell us a lesser-known interesting or funny anecdote about your band or music
We are the tallest band in the world.
Finally, what are you listening to at the moment that you especially enjoy and wish more people knew about?
Johan: I am a huge fan of The Agnes Circle, an amazing post-punk/wave band that has the perfect mix of darkness and danceability. It’s on Avant! Records, and everything they release is astounding. More black metal, the last records released by RvR and The Throat, such as Wandelaars, Cer and Zenevinster, have all raised the bar for raw black metal in the Netherlands.
Joost: The first thing that comes to mind is Dani Larkin’s Notes For a Maiden Warrior. Banjo-based folk music that combines spaciousness with a sense of grit and perseverance.