1- From the idea to implementation. What were the temporal dimensions until you started to make music?
We were studying in schools and universities. We were reading magazines, watching movies, listening to different music and travelling with our parents. We were pretty lazy kids with lots of thoughts about bands, clothes, sounds and gigs. Then we started a band.
2- How would you describe the sound of your current debut LP „Alps“?
It’s compact, minimal, bright and weird.
3- What thought is behind offering to download the LP for free?
We think it’s normal that a person can download our tunes for free. We can earn money with the help of gigs or memorabilia stuff, no need to sell what you can find easily if you dig internet a little bit. We don’t’ want to look stupid in this case.
4- “ View a human accurate enough, then you know more about him than he by himself.” - Hermann Hesse, Demian This is a quote from the famous German Author Hermann Hesse from the book “Demian”(1919). In relation to this, I would like to know how you would make a connection from this citation to the audience at a concert. Would you say you can learn a lot about the people considered the only way they are?
We don’t. Sometimes you think you can, but you should be careful with this feeling.
5- Do you have any rituals before playing a gig?
No. But we are nervous if our favorite birds are off stage.
6- Are there moments where a certain effect of certain music suddenly changes for you?
Yes, it comes when you are full of this certain effect, you have no more emotions and the power of the music is lost.
7- Do you think that art and music influence each other greatly?
Yes we do, inspiration is everywhere. From clothes and films to fanzines and old buildings. And all this things are connected.
8- If so, is there a special piece of art which motivated you to write a song or to try out some melodies?
Movies are great source of inspiration. It can motivate a lot.
9- Bear/Lantern/Seagulls/Pine/Budapest- Things/places of inspiration?
Nature is inspiration. No specifically meanings of all this names. It’s all about the atmosphere and word energetics.
10- What do you say to the topic „ Identity embossing”?
When you start a band, It’s hard to avoid being similar to your favorite bands. You must be smart or genius to do something outstanding from the first step.
11- Your goals?
To be true to ourselves and to our listeners. And of course great crowd of zoologists on our gig somewhere in Berlin.
12- Do you think you can differentiate between capitalist oriented music and music for music’s sake?
Maybe we can, maybe we can’t. Don’t know, we are tiny little band. Something prompts me that we are not capitalist aligned band. It’s hard to answer such epic questions. Are The National capitalist oriented music?
13- It would be interesting to know how the film and TV industry of western world has affected the Russian avant-garde in the last 15 years... because the west had indeed incredibly benefits just in film music and onomatopoeia by the Russians of the first half of last century. So is there also at some point a back thrust effect?
One day Russia will be great US copy. We got lots of things in mass media sector which are total copies of US stuff. From serials and tv programs to web sites and movies with boundless budgets. The same things in music. Rostov-on-don (where we live) is Hip-Hop capital of Russia. We have no place to hide of it.www.myspace.com/motoramapage
Interview: Flavia Lamprecht