Jess sat down with Christoph Wieczorek from Annisokay at the Islington O2 Academy to chat touring, music, brexit and up-and-coming talent!
Noizze: Hey Christoph! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Last night was the first night of your headline UK tour. How did it go?
Christoph: It was really exciting for us! It was actually the first headline show in the UK for us, so we were quite excited and didn’t know what was coming. There were a few people and it was kind of cool because they actually were really into our band and knew all the words and partied with us. It was crazy! Like on a Wednesday night in Birmingham, so many kilometres away from home and people are coming to our shows and like our music and its really great. I think today in London will be even better because some more people are coming.
N: How have the UK shows so far differentiated from shows in mainland Europe?
C: The UK shows so far? You mean the one we had? [laughs] Well we had some UK shows before in 2015 with Fearless Vampire Killers.
N: Oh yeah, of course! We interviewed Kier not too long ago about his new band.
C: Yeah he’s a cool guy! That tour was great actually, we remember that it was a really interesting tour. It was great to see all the cool places. The UK is actually way more different than you would think even though its not that far away. It a different place and its so great when you’re touring another country with your music. Honestly, its funny because we make jokes about how bad the backstage is, for example, compared to Germany because you feel like a kid with rich parents. We’re used to getting everything we want and here we have to ask for beer and for food but that’s how it is, and like that’s how it always was. All the other bands, for years say that’s the main difference between touring the UK and touring Germany. Its still fun and its great to be here, but that’s the main difference. The crowds are still the same.
N: You’ve said before that, collectively, as a band “What’s Wrong” is probably the song you’re most proud of. You’ve said in a previous interview that is the first song that you’ve written that is slightly political. What influenced that? Was it a particular political issue or a variety of events?
C: Over the last few months or years there’s a definitely change going on in the world. I don’t know if its just me, or if its just us who have this feeling, but we feel like how humanity changes its mind about everything and, this may sound too political maybe, but everything is moving to the right. Take Brexit for example, or Trump’s election and stuff. We don’t really want to say we’re a left wing band, we’re not a political band, but we just noticed all the problems with the war in Syria and the refugees and its creating pressure in the world. Its kind of frightening what’s going on. Like terrorist attacks and it feels like its getting kind of worse. This song is about what’s wrong, what’s going on. What I want to say is even though this song is written about these topics but its still up for interpretation. Everyone can make their own ideas up about this song. It could also be about something totally different. You can read our lyrics in different ways. That’s something we always like to do. As a band, we’re not going to point a finger at one topic and say this is what its about. We like to leave it open.
N: As a German band, are you worried about the impact Brexit might have on your ability to tour? And are you at all worried about the German Federal Election in September?
C: I’m hopeful for the election because I think people might learn from what’s happening in the US right now. The election is not only about ‘ugh we want change’, its also about choosing the right thing and parts for you. I’m hopeful that Germany won’t be that bad. The Brexit thing concerns us because for a band its really expensive to come here already. We’re not making any money from this tour, we have to sell merch to get some income but that all goes into the travel costs and stuff. Its still a high cost thing to do this and I think it will be more complicated soon because we’ll probably need a visa and visas cost money. We’ll have to plan really far ahead. We know how it goes with Russia because we toured Russia two times and we’re going there again in autumn. It’s not easy. That’s maybe going to change but we’re still going to try to come here. Its just going to be more complicated.
N: We hope so! What else influenced Devil May Care as a whole? Musically or politically or other influences?
C: We write about what’s on our mind at the moment. An album is always a snapshot of a particular moment. Some bands try to and sometimes struggle to find an end point when they are writing their music. We still have personal things going on, some psychological things going on in our lyrics but there is also a lot about the world’s problems like pollution, destroying the Earth, wars and stuff. Everything’s that’s wrong with humanity at the moment. It’s simple things, we just want to say it could be so much better if people could get themselves together. That’s pretty much is but musically we like to evolve as a band. We take influence from mainstream kind of stuff, poppy music and catchy vocals. We like progressive metal, heavy breakdowns and low-tuned guitars. We like the mixture of these elements and that’s what this album is about.
N: One last question! Who are some bands you’ve been listening to a lot or bands who might have gone under our radar?
C: I can point out a few bands nobody knows about. I’m a music producer as well and I was in the UK for two or three weeks already because I produced a band called Shields. They’re a really cool band, they’re actually from London and played here [O2 Academy Islington] before. I produced their album and they’re gonna be an interesting topic in the future. That’s one band I want to point out. There’s this band in Germany called Disaster Kids, they’re friends of ours as well, but you should check them out. I wish my band mates were here because they would have had some ideas as well. I’m listening to a lot of Northlane and Bring Me The Horizon at the moment as well.