Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Interview with CANDELILLA

Candelilla from Munich have restored my faith in German underground music with their unique, creative, independent and authentic style. That's why I'm really glad, that they were so kind to answer my questions.

The standard question: Who is who? How and why did Candelilla get started? 
Rita Argauer (Piano, Vocals) Sandra Hilpold (Drums) Lina Seybold (Guitar, Vocals) Mira Mann (Bass, Vocals). We played in a lot of different formations since 13 years. Candelilla exists - like it is today - since 6 years. We got startet because of friendship and the joy of playing music together.

You're back from a two week tour through Germany. What was it like? Best shows, worst shows? 
The tour was such a pleasure. We love touring and we met a lot of nice people on that past tour through germany. The gig in Giessen at Ludwigstraße 6 was great, because of the powerful and feministic audience. Jena was great to: A sold out show on a monday. And we loved to play in Esslingen (a small town near Stuttgart) because the All-Boy-Band Die Nerven put it up for us. They are great!

Any wild, funny, weird or extreme tour experiences, you want to share with us? 
Drink Hard. Don‘t Sleep. Love Music. 

How did you get in contact with Steve Albini? Please tell us about your recording session in Chicago. 
It was very easy to get in touch with him: we just wrote an email. That’s one of the good things: He still does small underground productions. The session was a great experience from many reasons: First it was really good to record live and all together, which makes a huge difference to all the overdubbing. And the analogue sound fits very well to our music. Then there were great amps and instruments, so we could really work on how the music should actually sound on the record. And after all, Steve Albini has a very special sense of humor and is a really great guy. 

"Heart Mutter" was recorded in September 2011 but it came out in February 2013. Why took it such a long time until it got released? 
We had to find the right label for this record and for us it was quite a hard decision. We put a lot of work and heart in this record and we wanted to make sure that it is in the right hands.
Why do you number your songs in chronologic order instead of giving them names? 
We number our songs since 6 years. We don‘t want to reduce our dialectical form to one sentence. And - with the numbers - we get kind of an impression of an experimental setup. We try to find the essence of the song in each number. 

Are you sometimes bored of reading "all-girl band" in each of your reviews? I mean nobody writes "all-boy-band". 
That‘s not true. In one of the reviews about our band, you can read about the all-boy-band Die Nerven - we mentioned them already!!111523/ And of course: We‘re bored of this kind of question. 

How did you get in contact with ZickZack? Is it something special to be part of the ZickZack history together with bands like Abwärts, Einstürzende Neubauten, Blumfeld, Die Krupps, Xmal Deutschland and Andreas Dorau? 
We met ZickZack at a show of ours in Hamburg, we had some rough nights and one breakfast together and after that we fell in love with each other. It‘s so good to be there and we‘re honoured to be on the same label as the bands you mentioned. 

A question about your lyrics: To me it seems like a stringing together of sentence-fragments. To be honest I only have a rough idea what most of your lyrics might be about. Have you intended it that way? Or am I just not smart enough? 
You`re right about this! We don´t intend to picture straight opinions. We like discoursive songwriting and lyrical work. But we think we have a few statements (well, they get broken through the song), which can be understood easily like: „We choose the truth“ (28),  „Was uns noch zusteht ist uns selbst wieder zu finden“ (30) or „The right thing is the right thing, What‘s the right thing to do?“ (26). 

Why do you merge German lyrics with English lyrics and who came up with the idea to mix both languages within your songs? 
It came naturally: Lina and Rita like to write in english, Mira in german. As we wrote the songs for „Heart Mutter“ we tried to merge up the two languages in the best way. It‘s a fascinating playground if you have more than one language to write in! 

While listening to your songs, it sounds like you first have an idea for the vocals and then add the music. How do you usually write your songs? 
Thats funny! It usually works the other way round. We write songs together. The four of us are experimenting with the songfragments and with every song it’s a new voyage (in an non natural speed). 

Reviews of your new record have been covered in several big German newspapers. Do you care about the interest of German mainstream media and what is your opinion about comercial success? 
First of all we don’t think that we can be commercially successful with that kind of music. But of course we are happy, when we earn a little money with touring and selling our records. We all have jobs in Munich, so sometimes it’s hard to get it all done and to have a lot of time for music and touring (and all the other stuff that’s needs to be done, when you’re publishing a record). The mainstream is kind of split up into many different styles and genres – so all we can say about promotion and the interest of the media, that it’s great for us when they are interested in our music. And that it kind of gets boring when they only write or ask about our gender/sex or our uncool hometown. 

Munich is not really famous for it's hot underground scene. Is the city underrated? 
There we are. Three of us grew up in Munich. We lived here, we started playing concerts here, we heard actually a lot of concerts here – so it’s not as peripheral as some people are thinking. The main problem in Munich is space and money: Space is so expensive, that it is sometimes hard for underground culture to establish themselves without thinking too economically.
I actually like the way you combine your various styles. Which bands had an major influences on Candelilla, both musically and lyrically? 
We all listen to a lot of different music. We think the form of the songs is as important as the style, the genre, the harmonies. Especially when form and content kind of support each other and are merged together. And interesting forms are in many different songs. Second: You’re always kind of connected to the music you listened to in your adolescence. So that for Sandra: all the straight 80ies beats. And for the others grunge and riot grrrl. 

What do you prefer: music blogs or printed fanzines? 
Print is great and nicer to read (we kind of like all the handmade and highly valuable stuff (like the whole screenprint-thing). Blogs are great because it can be spread wider and you can discover more obscure things on them. 

What do you do when your're not playing with the band? What's your life like? 
Like we said – we all work in Munich. Lina is still studying. 

Any last words? 
Thanks for your interest.And this is just a romantic concept und trotzdem ist das was uns noch zusteht uns selbst wieder zu finden.