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INTERVIEW: The Deadnotes

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

Hey. We’re all very tired at the moment but doing absolutely great. We just shot a really intense music video as a one shot, no cuts. To make it more fun the final video will be in reverse which means I had to learn the whole lyrics to the song backwards to make it even more fun we probably chose the hottest day in Germany this year. Haha. Now we’re all sunburnt but it was definitely worth it. We’re super excited.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I’m A Dreamer (Homesick)”?

Yeah. Only a couple of days before we went on tour we released a new single off our upcoming full-length. To me personally it’s one of the catchiest songs on the album with a simple, straight and positive message. We got the opportunity to share so many great experiences through music, the band in particular and also in life generally. Just remind yourself sometimes that everything is fine as long as you stick to your friends and close ones.

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

There’s not any trigger event in particular, it’s rather one of the songs that developed itself from time to time. Every time especially on the end of tours while missing home I just started to think parallelly that through this band I actually experienced so many ridiculously brilliant things that I not even dreamt of before. I felt like this needs to be appreciated more often.

How was the film experience?

We shot the video in a really small venue in our hometown. It was filmed and produced by some good friends and they told us it may look super cool to film us playing the song in a performance video double speed. So we did that. What pretty much worked on the guitar and bass got an absolute pain in the ass for the drums. Haha. I’ve never seen Yannic (our drummer) sweating like this.

The single comes off your new album I’ll Kiss All Fears Out Of Our Face – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s actually a quote taken out of the opening song on the record called “Favourite Shirts”. The whole lyrics deal with many different types of fear.  Anyway it felt really important for us to leave the record with a positive attitude. I don’t consider it as necessary  to think of a specific story. I think it’s just a phrase that everyone can deal with and I reckon it’s important to interpret it the way it feels right for you.

We just played a show in the UK where an rather old guy crossed the merch table and recognized some of our stickers saying “I’ll kiss all fears out of your face”. He started to cry and explained that his body was full of cancer. He got so scared of dying until some friend just kissed him which made him feel  comfortable and completely forget about the pain.  This definitely means the world to us and  I regard  this as such a positive and heartwarming story that it feels weird to write about it even some weeks later now. Stay strong.


How was the recording and writing process?

When we usually enter the rehearsal room it always takes ages until we come out with new songs. We’re sometimes just too perfectionist and I remember us working on a 10s part of a song for like 3 hours until we were all happy with it. This time we worked very different. Of course we had some ideas before but the record was mainly written within one week. We wanted to do the record as rough, honest and “straight from the heart” as possible which surprisingly worked out very well in my opinion. We started to arrange and finalize the songs in the studio together with our producer Tiago Fernandes. The first song “Favourite Shirts” was actually written in the studio”.  As we did a shitload of tours in 2015 we somehow had to manage recording the whole thing somehow in between playing shows. The whole recording process took us almost  4 months until we were really happy with the result. However next time it probably won’t take us that long.

What role does Germany plays in your music?

I wouldn’t say that the country Germany plays any specific role in our music. We’re just happy that we got a really strong but familiar and supporting scene here.  Our shows in Germany usually work a little better than compared to other areas as we play the majority of our shows here and know a huge amount of fantastic bands and got awesome friends all over the country. Anyway  it always gets super hard to reach bigger crowds without singing in German. I tried that a couple of times but don’t feel really common with it even though it’s my mother tongue.

What fears get to inspire the lyrics on this record?

The whole album and so the lyrics were written in a time were a lot of strange things and a lot of personal changes happened in my life. Along with the excitement about something new there always appears fear when I feel unsure about my future. Somehow almost every song  on the record deals with any kind of fear. Sometimes more about rational fears such as being afraid of someone close dying due to an accident or other unexpected events. Also I regard mental health as a topic that should definitely be talked about more. There are alarmingly many people even in my narrow circle of friends suffering from depression and mental diseases which also include strong fears. I think it’s important for everyone to pay attention, help anyone in struggle and confront oneself with such topics.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah!  We’re gonna do a couple of album release shows all over Germany in October which I literally can’t wait for as we finally get to see a lot of old friends again. We’re mostly gonna hit up places we’ve already been to before and always had a great time at. So I’m pretty sure this is gonna be super fun.  Unfortunately I can’t say more at the moment but there’s some more really exciting support runs coming up in the end of the year and we are also working on a couple of tours for 2017. Stay tuned.

What else is happening next in The Deadnotes’ world?

There’s so much going on right now regarding the release of our upcoming full-length. That means the next couple of weeks/months we’re probably and hopefully gonna be super busy doing such interviews,  being on tour for more than a 30 shows until the end of the year and doing promo stuff. We’re gonna start rehearsing for our release shows in September as we have a lot of cool specials planned and are already working on a couple of new songs, probably an EP in 2017. We’ll see. We won’t get bored.

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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