Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bottlekopf Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Sewko: Hi, Bottlefopf is a new band. It was found by guitar player and vocalist Chłosta – who played i.e. in Mastiphal or supported Furia and Massemord on tours in 2010. I joined in 2011 as a bass player. During last four years four drummers tried to play with us. ‘Completely Nothing’ was not recorded by our actual drummer – DaveBro. Second guitar is played by Pieklak.

2.Recently you have released a full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

If we have to put our music into some genre it would be death metal played with average speed, without solos and without blast, inspired by Swedish (but not In Flames!). In some tracks you can hear some Pantera inspirations or even some classics like Black Sabbath of Motorhead. It is simple music, simple and heavy.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Our first assumption was to write only about alcohol, but we held to it only in three cases (Our Veins Burn, Queen of the Night Has Fallen, Crushing to the Ground). Twice we are wondering about single human life, which is very small in comparison to whole society, humanity and the fate of the world (Machine and You in Her Gears, Whoever Win, We Lose).The rest is rather autobiographical and fantastic and matters only to the writer, but the most important is that Chłosta has something to scream out.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bottlekopf'?

Common ground of our relations is (or was) an alcohol. For a very long time the name of the band was Overdoze, but we came into conclusion that, first of all, it is not very wise to give so much importance to alcohol abuse, and secondly, it is quite common name. Using first name we created a logo using the Tottenkopf symbol in the very mocking way – by knocking out a tooth, add cigarette, replacing bones by bottles and changing the shape of the original skull so it looks like hydrocephalic. Following that way of thinking we discover new name. Conjunction of Bottlehead and Flaschenkopf – BOTTLEKOPF.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

As Bottlekopft we are at the beginning of our way. Considering that everyone of us has a lot of different commitments besides Bottlekopf, we have just recorded what we’ve got and now we can start to play gigs. No rush. On the scene we are putting on a lot of freedom and music, without any fireworks or dancers.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

No, there is nothing planned, but we are opened to propositions.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

We have just released the material, but we already got e-mail form Peru and something is starting to happen.

8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
For the founder of the band – Chłosta and second guitarist – Pieklak Bottlekopf is the only project at the time being. Drummer – DejvBro and me play in thrash metal band Snake Eyes, where we are preparing to record next long play. Dave plays also in more progressive band called Sicknest, which is at the finish of work with debut album.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We will do nothing dishonest. If in the one year from now we would play power metal, it will be only because whole band feel like we need to do that and that will be honest. Although I don’t believe in that. I think we’ve got couple of riffs to discover in our genre, maybe even we will play some solo…

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The biggest influence is definitely Entombed, Swedish death metal scene. Me and Chłosta very much like Death Breath! Of course many famous names impressed us. I also like a lot of underground music, and I frequently find bands that really knock me down. I like many different genres, not necessary metal ones, and I’m often pleased with music, where guitar is not the most important Powerful distorted guitars, double bass drum and growl, it is what releases endorphin in my body, but I’m searching for emotions in various musical regions.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to watch and play football. I very much like reading books, I take a lot of inspirations form them. Besides, I spend time with many different people, I like it, you can live an interesting life just walking around and watching people, listening to them.

12.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for interview. We’ve said some words, now it’s time for music.

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