German power duo Beehoover return with their fourth LP, The Devil And His Footmen, and it just might be the finest collection yet of their signature bass n’ drums contortions. Claus-Peter Hamisch, drummer and one-half of the oddball outfit, fills us in on the details.
Talk us through The Devil And His Footmen.
“Although the new album isn’t a concept album there was a certain prevailing mood when we wrote it, which was a bit critical of society. There are people whose main goal it is to become as much mainstream and hence as much accepted and respected as possible. They claim broad knowledge and competence for themselves whilst not knowing and despising anything besides the mainstream. Narrow-minded, uncreative, cowardly, not distinctive… you get the picture. We’re a non-political band but we just had to handle that topic.”
What was the writing and recording process like this time around?
“We work on small bits, pieces, riffs and parts constantly. We record them with and without drums, archive them, put them together to scratch songs, throw them away and listen to them again and again until we get a picture of what is useful and what is not. We listen at it from a fan’s, not from an artist’s position. We wanted it to become our most favourite record as a fan. All that took about three years, incorporating some riffs we’ve written five or six years ago. It then took a couple of days of serious work to put everything together, two weekends to record and a month to mix it.”
How does it sit next to your previous LPs, from your perspective?
“We think this is our best approach in how to compile all the individual parts together and build a homogenic record. Soundwise, it’s almost mono with a lot of low mid frequencies and a bit of a lo-fi approach. It just suits the whole attitude of the album.”
It’s your fourth LP to date. How far do you think the band has come since the debut back in 2006?
“We’ve reached a couple of goals we set ourselves when we first started out making music – getting on stage in front of an enthusiastic audience, getting albums with very positive reviews published worldwide by a label and being able to do so the way we want, self-produced and without pressure in any way. This would be a huge personal success and reward for everybody making music. We have also been able to build somewhat of a fanbase in several countries and we get moving fan mail from time to time. So, we’re not a huge band but we have come further than we could have wished. Plus we are able to do so having daytime jobs and families – this is a great privilege.”
What are your touring plans in the coming months?
“There’s our German release tour coming up next month, then we have the UK tour in March and some more mini-tours, weekend events and festival stuff coming up next year. We do what we can to go to as many places as possible.”
The Devil And His Footmen is out now on Exile On Mainstream.