1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The Monsters to introduce yourselves? How long are you together as a band? Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays?
We are a rock’n’roll band from Bern, Switzerland. Our mission is to blow your brain out as much as we can ,we wanna turn you upside down, eat you and spit you out for another turn. We got together in the mid 80’s, we played tours all around the world.. you name the country we played there.. Asia, Europe, North and South America etc, we are best friends, we are a Man club that drinks together and plays music,, this is not for a time this is forever, we are Beat man (that's me) singer and Jan play drums, Janosh the bass and Pumi behind the knobs
2) About the latest full length release, "you're class, i'm Trash", what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?
We wanted to go on Tour in 2020, but thanks to that virus that stopped us doing it.. we wend to our practice space and wrote songs together that i recorded on my cell phone, but the album has nothing to do with that virus or with you people think about it.. we don’t care what they think, we found our answer and its Rock’n'Roll.. only Rock’n’Roll can save us and that's why we do it
When we wrote the whole album in about 1 or 2 weeks we wend to another practice room where our friends build a small studio in it (shirts off studio) and we recorded all Live in one or 2 takes.. we did some vocal overdubs and that's it.. we sung the whole album in English and in our Native Language ‚Schwitzerdütsch‘ that nobody except about 3 million people understands
3) Do you guys use the nowadays recording technology or do you only work with analog machines in analog studios?
It's a mix: we record digital and mix analog with a 16 track studio machine, with the analog stuff you have a much fatter and better sound what we think.. it perfect for our music.. i do some digital recordings as well but you can't crank it up so extreme as the analog stuff, but all in all it's the guy that records the stuff and we found in Sebi, our studio guy, the perfect man.. he’s a total chaos pro
4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?
Yes it's me.. i bring all the songs.. i make like memos on my cell phone with the acoustic guitar then i bring it over to the practice room and the other guys shredding the shit out of it.. for example.. the song ‚i love you‘ was kinda mellow sweet song. and it turned into a Hardcore Monster.. i love that about my band, they fuck it all up to a good end.
5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?
It's live, the live i'm living in, people around me and my experience in live as well mostly.. or i go to shows theaters or exhibitions performances etc and they inspire me as well.. if they are not boring as fuck as the most stuff that is around these days … but if it inspires me i have to run home and take my guitar then i start to write.. its like a flow.. like you turn on the weather or so
6) How would you describe the music The Monsters are playing?
7) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the LP??
Yes we actually wanted to make a video to all the songs.. but i think at the end it did not work.. at the moment we have 2 clips online
Dead Mortem Batkovitc : see below
Both clips are made by Pelle Bertilsson & Andi Hofmann (https://andihofmann.ch/) filmed in a abandoned house… and i think its fantastic.. we do more videos right now.. one is about the song ‚smell my tongue‘ and its made by the Bernese creative studio Efentwell (https://efentwell.ch/) and its filmed in another practice space in Bern hahahah .. did you know that Bern has the most bands in Switzerland? anyway its a fact.. we work on another clip ‚devil baby‘ it will be filmed by Oscar bizarre , who just finished filmed john wicks 4 .. then he works on our clip ..8) What can concert goers expect at a concert of The Monsters? Are you playing any famous cover songs during the gig?
No we don’t, we are terrible on our instruments.. we tried to play some cover versions.. but they sucked so we stick to our own music.. it fits us better, we are not a cover band, we create music live on stage , it's like a nuclear reactor, its 10000% energy free style power energy, and it's so loud.. most people walk out of the concert immediately.. the rest that stay in have a orgasm for 1 hour.
9) Are there any bands in Switzerland today you consider yourself close to, musically speaking?
oh yes there are: Roy and the DEvil’s Motorcycle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHt8TxFzBIc) they are from the same town they are plane amazing or Honshu Wolves they from my town as well.. its more like psych desert space blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chr8oHgEelE but my fave band is Film 2 at the moment in Switzerland https://film2.bandcamp.com/ or Bad Mojos https://youtu.be/bXvLEyWTrSE they blow me away each time i see them live.
10) What are the plans for 2022 as far as The Monsters are concerned? Are you gonna tour Europe to promote the record?
Yes we try to plan a tour but its almost not possible with that shit situation so we play what comes in … until then we work on video clips.. where we lose all our money we made on the tours years back
11) Anything you wanna add?
yes.. start a rock’n’roll band.. trash it up and play as much live as you can.. maybe it's the last time.. and play as loud as you can