|Archive | Interviews | Rockfabrik Club in Germany - April 2006|
Alan, howīs the tour going so far?
Alan: Yeah, itīs going well. This is only more or less about a week since weīve started and it s all been very positive. I mean, itīs hard to pull people to shows these days, you know. But itīs been all very good., even the mondays, tuesdays and wednesdays, so itīs all well, we cannot complain that much.
2. Youīve been playing quite often last year in Germany, compared to the earlier years. Whatīs the reason for this?
Alan: When we started with the band back in 1994 - 95, with the first album - we werenīt really prepared to go on tour, we changed labels and it just never happened. There wasnīt really that much contact with the scene in general to organize that kind of things. From about 1999 on we started to play a little bit more and a little bit more. We still donīt play all the time, a Primordial gig is something youīre probably only going to see once every year or twice, in most areas. We want to keep things a bit interesting for people, not tour all the time, but still tour enough to keep people interested. We were young, didnīt have the experience and we did not know how to do things like that, years ago. But now, a bigger label gives bigger opportunities.
3. Now, you probably might know what I am going to ask you - you were on Hammerheart Records, and then Hammerheart just dissappeared somehow, and they were strange stories about the label. Now youīre on a bigger label - so what do you think about that?
Alan: Well, itīs kind of sad what money does to some people and thatīs all I really have to say about Hammerheart. I am very glad to be away from all the troubles weīve had years ago. Itīs a bit sad we donīt owe our own albums, but theyīre there, re-released through Plastichead Records. But with Metal Blade itīs great, they have good people working there, all musicians who understand what itīs like to be in a band. They donīt promise you what they canīt give you. They are very honest guys, which I like, and at least you donīt have to worry that theyīre not doing their job properly. So if, after being on a label like that, people are still not buying our albums - well, you know. But for us it was nice to finally not have to worry and just be sure in being on a bigger label.
4. How did people like the new album so far - what were the reactions, and what do you think about it today?
Alan: We knew, we had to do something different, so we were finally able to have it looking exactly what we wanted it to. So it looks very different to most albums that are out there. It sounds different to the most albums, we just wanted it to sound like if standing in our rehearsal room and weīre just sick of albums sounding like theyīre recorded by a computer, just soulless, horrible plastic music with that nothing that stands for nothing. So itīs nice to have a bigger platform with a bigger label and a bigger distribution. Here it doesntīt sound like everything else, doesntīt sound like itīs played by a computer, where the lyrics and the music actually mean something. For us, itīs just a chapter in our story. I donīt know what the next one will be. Itīs not perfect, but we werenīt looking for perfection. Just something real, with character.
5. Alan, thank you for the short interview - you have to get on stage now, so have fun!
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