German melodic punks Beatsteaks have been cranking out high octane rock since they formed in the mid 90s. The band are still going strong today and their latest album Yours is a cracking set of catchy anthems that will be stuck in your head for days. We caught up with drummer Thomas Götz to hear all about the album, coming back to the UK, summer festivals, craziness at its and punk rock in Germany.
Your new album Yours is out now. Can you tell us about the album and it’s creation?
It’s the most diverse album we’ve done so far. A lot of collaborations with friends and people that we’ve met throughout our career – Farin Urlaub, Stereo Total, Deichkind, Jamie T., Chad Price. Partly self produced partly produced by our favorite producers, Moses Schneider, The Krauts, Stephen Street, Sepalot, Peter Fox and Max Power … It’s the longest album we’ve done so far …. a double album and it’s the way we feel music at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.
How did your last tour of Europe go?
It went quite well. So good that we decided to come back to England as soon as possible. When everything is fine we’ll be back for the Camden Rocks festival in London in June.
What about your recent show at KOKO in London, how did that go?
On the one hand it was just amazing because the crowd responded so well on the other hand it was kind of hard for me personally cause I was suffering from a stomach bug and throwing up several times during our show which is just funny looking back now but actually felt horrible during the show …
Did you play much new material?
Yeah, if I remember it right then we played about 8 songs from our new album
What are your touring plans for the new year?
First we will do a small pub/club tour in Poland in March. In April we’ll be playing big venues in Germany (5000-10.000 cap). Festivals in Europe during the summer and hopefully going back to England in June!
You have played massive festivals like Rock am Ring many times in the past. Do you prefer playing the intimate club shows or the bigger festivals?
Moneywise you better prefer the big Festivals but love the intimacy of small venues.
Have you got any festivals coming up in the summer?
Yeah it’s gonna be, Münster – Vainstream Rockfest, Eschwege – Open Flair, -Püttlingen Rocco Del Schlacko and Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Taubertal Festival
How would you describe a Beatsteaks love show to someone who had never seen you before?
It’s all about the chemistry, forget about the artsyfartsy „my band is grooving better than your band“ ……. in the end it’s just 5 people and an audience that will become one person if all goes well and by the way it’s only rock’n’roll and we love it.
Back when the band first started, Beatsteaks opened up for the Sex Pistols when they reformed in 1996. How was that experience?
I wasn’t there but the others told me that they played the show with their backs to the audience, pure stage fright!
Did they get to meet the Pistols and if so what were they like?
I guess Steve Jones gave them a thumbs up while he was watching but the other Sex Pistols weren’t seen unless they went on stage.
You’ve also toured with the likes of Bad Religion and Die Toten Hosen. What has been the best tour you have ever done?
The best tours were the ones where we headlined although all of those ‘big’ bands treated us good and were fun to play with. There was this one show standing out with our all time heroes ALL in Tilburg/Netherlands and the shows at Reading/Leeds Festival in 2001 or 2002 were also great
Who would you love to tour with in the future?
We’d like to get MCA back on earth and tour with the Beastie Boys.
How did you get into punk rock in the first place?
Pure laziness and no plan how to play an instrument, like all the other people!
Who were some of your influences when you first joined the band?
I joined them in 1998 and back then it was Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Ramones, Clash, AC/DC, nothing unusual.
What was the first punk album you ever got?
SLIME – YANKEES RAUS a brilliant German punk rock album with a great songwriter and drummer named Stefan Mahler.
What are your top three punk albums of all time?
Clash – Sandinista, Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense and Bad Brains – 1st Album(Roir Session)
What is the best punk show that you’ve ever seen?
Human Abfall – Berlin Trickster (2016)
What is the Punk scene like in Germany at the moment?
Great bands: HUMAN ABFALL / KARIES / PISSE / WOLF MOUNTAINS / SICK HORSE / DIE TUNNEL / DIKLOUD / NOWAVES / Diät / BALAGHAN and lots more. Great German lyrics. an exciting scene.
What is the craziest thing you have ever seen at a Beatsteaks show?
Puking, stripping, breaking trousers, breaking guitars, guitars smashing skulls, salto mortale, diving jumping, screaming sometimes even singing and a lot of love peace and understanding.
Beatsteaks have been going for 22 years now, Did you ever think you’d make it this long as a band?
What have been some of the highlights in your career so far?
The concerts, especially the ones in our hometown – playing the Koko in London, meeting Paul Simonon at a Belgium festival. being alive and well in 2018.
Do you still feel as passionately about music today as you ever did?
What were your top three albums of 2017?
ESCAPE-ISM INTRODUCTION TO…..
RICHARD DAWSON – PEASANT
ENKAR – AYNAMROOD
HARAM – WHEN YOU HAVE WON YOU HAVE LOST
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