Das Vainstream-Festival hatte dieses Jahr wieder einen Haufen großartiger Bands zu bieten. Eine davon war Boysetsfire. Die fünf Charteinsteiger genossen ihren letzten Tourtag bei 30°C in Münster. Wir haben die Gelegenheit genutzt und uns mit Gitarrist Chad getroffen um ein wenig über mehr über die Band und ihre Mitglieder zu erfahren.
Lieblingstape: 7 years ago, you’ve released ‚The Misery Index: Notes from the plague years‘. In those 7 years so many things happened. You decided to split up, made two farewell tours, decided to play together again, Robert left the band and came back again. Were you nervous when you released ‚While A Nation Sleeps‘?
Chad (laughing): Very nervous. Actually we didn’t plan on it. We planned on doing sort of an EP and for the first song, Josh came in with it. It’s called „Until Nothing Remains“ and I just loved it. It’s very good and I thought: „fuck it we can do a whole record“. I had some demos to work on for a long time and some songs that were brand brand new. For Josh it was the same. Robert even said he had some songs too so we had plenty material to pick from and just went for it.
L: This album has made it to position 22 in german album charts. Congratulations for this success. What were you doing when you heard the news and what were you feeling?
C: It was a shocker. But thank you. I think we have just gotten over here when we heared that and we were all together and Oise came down. Oise helps us with End Hits Records and runs all the day to day stuff. He told us and we were honestly really humbled! Because, we have done this, all by ourselfs, and kind of just said ‚we’re gonna do what we wanna do‘, and have still people who support it even more so was very humbeling.
L: What about other countries?Is while a nation sleeps in other countries as successfull as it is in germany?
C: I would say no, but it is doing very well in other countries. In fact even in the US, it’s not huge, but it’s doing surprisingly well for the US. Probably the best we’d had yet without major support.
L: So did it gave you the feeling that it was the right decision to start the own record label?
C: I would hope so but I don’t know. I don’t know what would cause somebody to say „Hey, I’m gonna buy this“ or „I’m not gonna buy this“. I would think so, and I know that it can’t hurt. Ans there weren’t any alternative motives for anyone of us. We just wanted to put out our music and not have all the dickbag stuff that goes along with it. We have full control over what we’re doing.
L: You are pretty active in the social network scene. Your posts on facebook or instagram always have a personal touch, something which is not naturally. How do you think the music industry has changed through those new channels.
C: I think it’s a good thing and I think if you use it, you just should be personal. I mean obviously, every band out there is made of people like you and me. Just try to share what you’re experiencing with people who are interested in what you’re doing. It is really good. I think that Instagram is really fun: Just throw out a picture, put a funny note underneath it. We even get into funny arguments with eachother over stuff. I think it’s fun especially if a band does it. I mean obviously, it does work if people are interested in seeing that stuff as publicty, but it’s not just that kind of a big tool. You can welcome people into the familly and tell what you do, what’s important for you and things like that. And thank people also at the same time. Its really important to say thank you. Because it really is a – I use the word blessing loosely because I’m not religous – but it’s a blessing to be able to do these things.
L: You’re playing really many shows. There’s nearly no week without a new show announcement, which is great for your fans! But what does this mean for you as a band? Is a single show still as special or do you kind of loose the overview where you are and if you’ve already played the venue you’re standing in?
C: No. We have done that in the past but it’s just too much when you’re eleven weeks on tour and you don’t know where the hell you are. It gets disorienting and you don’t appreciate it anymore. You can’t because you’re always tired. I don’t wanna say „it’s too hard“, but it does get confusing when you meet so many people. We’ve tried to put it more into a familly friendly context where we do a few weeks and then we’re home for a while so we can remember each place we go, the people we meet. Really trying to get an efford again to be more personal.
L: And how do you decide which places you wanna go? Do you only visit places you’ve been before?
C: We play only places where we wanna go, absolutely. I mean, we just played in bruge and we’ve never been there and it was awesome. We just yesterday played in luxemburg and never played at this place. It was really really fun. And there are many things we can remember. And for places where we have been, we really appreciate to have the chance to go back there. I just don’t think that we would do things that we don’t wanna do. We turned down a few things which other bands would consider as fun, but not really our thing. Monstertruck Ralleys and things like that. (laughing)
L: You’ve recently kind of bought a youth centre. Can you tell me a bit about it?
C: Kind of sort of. We didn’t keep anything. We just did two benefit shows to try to help them raise money to buy it. So we did not do it ourself. This goes back to Oise. It’s where he grew up and it was something really important for him. He said it saved his life. It changed him and got him into punk rock and a more positive side of life. And what’s important to him, is important to us. So we absolutely were excited to be able to help out. And I hope we did.
L: So it was kind of something for the family?
C: Absolutely! And it was a lot of fun.
L: When you were in Berlin, you made a stop in a tattoo studio. Have you done this often on tour?
C: That was the first time ever. For some of us it was fine, for others it was pretty gnarly because on tour it is not the cleanest environment to be in. So you’ve got to be permanently keeping it clean. Especially if you get a pretty big one. Some of us got some big ones.
L: What kind of tattoos have you gotten? Are they souvenirs for you?
C: I got a tattoo which was something like a souvenir to wear. I am always with my family or my friends, which are also part of my family. I try to put all those things in my life first and just focus on what I appreciate in my life so I got ‚Family first‘ on my chest. Josh got a drawing what his son has done on his leg, Nathan got a Boysetsfire Tattoo on his back, Robert got ‚Familly first‘ as well on his leg around the boysetsfire symbol. It was really nice and a nice place. A very good Tattoo-Artist. It was a little bit awkward though, because we were beeing interviewed at the same time. And someone had a camera and was filming it. But I’m not excactly the guy who rips his shirt off. But I got interviewed while getting tattooed on my chest and this was a little bit funny.
L: I’ve seen you playing in Sweden at the free Malmö-Festival. The audience was not quite what I’ve expected as they were pretty calm and not so enthusiastic as I know it from Germany. How is something like this for you? Is it strange how people react differently?
C: No and yes. I would say sometimes you whish other places would be the same but actually, I wouldn’t go to a show and go crazy. I would go there and watch the band, really enjoy it. You know, I’m a little bit older, I’ll have a beer, see what’s going on and that’s it. It took us a little while to get used to how different places react. It’s not like people arent enjoing the show if they’re not really enthusiastic like that. (pointing at Television where the Agnostic Front-Concert is being streamed from one of the stages)
L: Are you mad because at me because you’re missing Agnostic Front because I’m the guy who’s interviewing you while they’re playing?
C: No no (laughing). I’ve seen them many times before and actually I’m seeing them right here. (again pointing at the TV)
L: Are there any Bands you’re looking forward to see today?
C: Actually I went all over the band list last night and have already forgotten about Agnostic Front was one of them but that’s ok. Today is an insanely busy day and I know I won’t see a single band. Today is the last day of our tour so we have to go over everything, get all the equipment together, get everybodys gear back on the plane and I just won’t have a minute left.
L: So actually at the moment you’re looking for you’re own bed? Tourlife is fun but home is cool too?
C: Yes, Homelife is fun too! I miss my kids, I miss my wife. Last day is always fun. But I usually can’t just go home after tour. I need a day to think about everything, calm down, get my brain back into normal life. I’m going to Munich for a day or two. But everyone else is literally flying out in the morning.
L: Alright, Thank you for your time and we’ll see us when you’re playing you’re show.
C: Thank you it was a pleasure.
Fotos: Annika & Joscha