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INTERVIEW: Lord Kesseli and The Drums

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Fine! Just arrived from the beautiful festival Bad Bonn Kilbi, Fat White Family and Pyrit were our favourites. Now, we try to fight our eye bags and the mud in our flats.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single MDMA?

It meant to be our radio song. it’s short, it’s fast and it’s stupid.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Bad parties.

How was the film experience?

Our graphic designer and friend Michael Schoch made a trip to Budapest. He did some filming on a super 8 camera during his walks. We loved the stop motion style and the trippy tempo. There was no plan – it just happened.

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?

As it’s the fruit coming out of our live project, we thought it might be better to focus on our band name. Kesseli means little bucket and it’s the Lord’s real name.

However, there’s a hidden alternative EP title. You can find it on the Vinyl.

How was the recording and writing process?

The goal was to create a very dynamic and disturbing overall picture. It took some work to find the right arrangements and soundscapes to achieve this. We had to record the whole thing twice.We ended up performing live along the pre produced bass, synth- and drum sounds. Also, mixing was a task. We tried to break with the typical rock music hierarchy of layering. For example, the voice is sitting far back. We were lucky having so much studio time because the drummer, Michael, owns the recording studio qflm. (www.qflm.ch). He was also the producer.

Does Switzerland play a role in your music?


What led you to write an album about the seek for hope in a senseless word?

I [Dominik, the Lord] strongly believe that love will rule in the end. I was looking for stories that listeners could connect and identify with. It’s worth to think about those things.

Maybe one day, I will be seen as the founder of a new religion. Who knows.

Did you focus on any particular aspect of this emotional roller coaster?

We wanted to create something big, sacred and psychedelic.

Any plans to hit the road?

By now these are the confirmed shows in England:

Monday 7-Nov-2016, The Old Blue Last, London, http://www.theoldbluelast.com

Thursday 10-Nov-2016, Gwdihw, Cardiff, http://gwdihw.co.uk

Friday 11-Nov-2016, The Bell, Bath, http://www.thebellinnbath.co.uk

Saturday 12-Nov-2016, The Old Pint Pot, Salford, https://www.facebook.com/pintpotsalford

What else is happening next in Lord Kesseli& The Drums’ world?

We are writing new songs, looking for global partners, enjoy live music and beer.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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