Beehoover, the German stoner rock/doom duo are about to crank it up for a whirlwind UK tour. They released their fourth album last year through their regular label and home of all things good, Exile on Mainstream. John E Smoke chased Claus down to sweep up some of the juicy details. Read it then go see them….
We’re preparing for the tour. Deciding for the right fashionable clothes to take with us, checking the bus, looking after the instruments, that sort of thing.
For the uninitiated who are considering venturing out to one of your gigs, what would you say to them?
It’s gonna be great, you’ll see a lot of good bands and you’ll have a good evening!
You’ve been performing for over a decade. What was the main objective when Beehoover formed and have you achieved it yet?
Making music is a way to express yourself. We can do just that with our band and we are very happy when people like that. This is of course motivating us to keep going. It’s very satisfying that what you do is of some relevance for some people.
Your recent album ‘The Devil and His Footmen’ is still getting you a lot of positive attention. Have you started work on your next release, and if so when are we likely to hear it?
No, we haven’t. We’ve been busy with our lives so far but we have some ideas already. We can’t tell you anything of how it’s gonna be, though, as we don’t know ourselves. After the UK tour we’ll start working on new material but this is likely to take a lot of time.
You are very shortly starting a UK tour. How do you find our grim and grey UK? Do you find the audiences reactions differ from country to country?
I don’t know about Ingmar really, but I like the UK a lot! I’ve lived there for one year and a half and although some things a really strange others are wonderful. We’ve played three gigs in the UK so far and they were all good. Having played in quite a few countries we feel that there is a difference indeed, some people seem to be more enthusiastic than others.
You are finishing your UK tour in Birmingham, Midlands Metalheads are of course based right here, a place we proudly claim as the home of heavy metal. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest are all local lads. Heavyweights Napalm Death and Godflesh also sprung from the Midlands (or the Black Country as we call it). What do you think of those bands and have any of them influenced you at all?
Can’t say that any of those bands has influenced us a big deal. To be honest, although a lot of people file us under Stoner or Doom Rock, we don’t know a lot about Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. If we had to name bands that influenced us they would probably be Rage Against the Machine, Primus, No Means No or Isis. When listening to music at home it’s probably different stuff, not rock music.
What makes the perfect gig venue for Beehoover?
A nice, cosy, packed 250 people venue with friendly stuff and a stage not too big.
What song so far do you enjoy playing live the most, and which one are you the most proud of and why?
As we don’t use ideas one of us doesn’t like it’s difficult to tell and we’re proud of everything we’ve done so far in a way. There are songs, which are fun live but not in the rehearsal room since we have played them so often. We always play The Sun Behind the Dustbin because it’s a good last song that sums up everything a bit. Damn you, Charlie Brown is a favourite but also Pain Power or Counted is Bygone. But they all have their special moments.
You are an established two piece bass and drums band. Have you ever done an interview where you haven’t been asked whether you have tried to recruit additional members?
Ha, rarely! Is this actually you asking us whether we have tried to recruit additional members? We have in the beginning but it didn’t work out and at some point we were just too tired to keep on looking.
Here at Midlands Metalheads HQ we like to find out more about the musical tastes of the artists we play. Can you remember the first record you purchased and the most recent addition to your music collection? Please tell us a little but about these records and what they mean to you.
The first record I bought was Modern Talking I think. I remember being at the record shop with my sister and not knowing if to take Modern Talking or Belinda Carlisle. It means absolutely nothing to me now but I was nine or ten then. Shortly after that I was given a Helloween tape and this was the first music that really blew me away as bands like Primus did years later. I was 13 when I bought my first rock record myself, which was Skid Row. My mom asked if this is at least something good, I said yes, it is. A couple of weeks ago I bought two used records by Henry Rollins and Hawkwind. The latter is still put on the record player.
Once again, thank you for talking to Midlands Metalheads. Is there anything you would like to add? Can you tell us the last funny joke you heard?
Two matches are strolling through the woods as they are overtaken by a hedgehog. One match says: “Didn’t know there’s a bus.”
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Sat 22 March 2014 Cardiff – Moon Club
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