First of all, can you introduce the band Brain:FAQ?
When did the band start, what have you done over the years and why?
In April 2000 we came together in Chemnitz (East Germany) to start
Brain:FAQ. In the first place we were just four. There was Robert Kunz (guitar/vocals) and
his brother Axel (drums/vocals) who had played together in the band Overhead before and
Ralph Leistner (guitar). The first bass player had to quit soon so that we thought about
the whole thing again. A new bass player was found and Andreas Herrmann - our lead singer
- came to the band which was the real starting point. We made a demo and played
about ten shows in 2000. In the beginning of 2001 Silvia (the sister of Ralph) came to the
band to replace the bass player who left us. In March 2001 we released our EP
Brainstorming - which represented our state of development quite well at that time (it
does not now). About 30 shows throughout whole Germany followed in 2001. Some highlights
were big festivals like Christmas Rock Night and Freakstock.
In 2002 there are and will be also more than 30 shows and a new cd will be released in
What were the reasons for you and the others to
start this band?
First of all we all love making music and pretty soon we found out that we
fit together very well in musical things and very much personally. But there is one main
reason why we started and still run the band: our faith in God. We are all Christians and
that is a very important part of our lifes and our lyrics. We just wanna tell other people
how good we feel living a life with a personal relationship to God and Jesus, This does
not mean we want to preach to our audience or influence people. It's just about telling
our experiences to the people - what they make out of it is their business.
What are musical inspirations for the band?
As a band there are inspirations like Soulfly, Machine Head and more. Some
Meshuggah. We call our music groove-metal-core. If one calls it nu metal, it's more metal
than new (even the new material). The inspirations of the members go from soul music over
rock to death metal. So we have a wide set of personal favorites and musical influences.
So far you have only released one CD, the EP
Brainstorming. I noticed this disc has a red, transparent jewelcase and I was wondering if
there's some idea behind this or that you simply took it because it's different and looks
There is no special idea behind it but a story: Originally the cd was
completely blue - but while producing the factory mixed it up so that we had red cds in
blue covers. We changed it and so we have some blue and some red ones. The case is just to
make it really red and it's also an eye catching element.
A few weeks ago you finished recording a new album.
What can you reveal about it?
There will be some more aggressive parts and also more melodic parts than
We tried to create bigger contrasts - and on the other hand to let it sound more straight
and to find something like our own sound and style. There will be twelve songs and two
instrumentals on it. We think that we brought our live sound and character on this record.
It's a lot more emotional and better produced than the EP. It will be released at the end
As I understand it, the band won a band contest
twice which gave you some studio time. So, what did really happen?
That's right. The first one, last year, was a contest with about 60 bands
from different regions (also CR) and we won one week of studio time (which we used for the
upcoming album). It was really surprising for us, 'cause there have been a lotta good
bands. The second one was also regional and we won one week free studio again -
we are still thinking what to do with that - maybe an EP early next year.
I've heard that most songs on the new album are sung
in German while your previous EP has mostly English songs. I've heard four of the new
songs and they are in German. Why this obvious change in the policy?
All our songs are in German now. We changed that for several reasons.
First of all, we think that our English is not good enough (in pronounciation and in
words) to be released on CD. It's much easier for us to express ourselves in German. Our
lyrics are quite important for us and we are very happy with the new lyrics which gonna
reach the German audience much better we think (the average german does not understand a
lotta english - I mean really understand!). Another point is that at the moment it's
commercially much better to sing in German here and there are not that many metal bands
which do so. So we could be kind of special with that way too.
Yet on the other hand you might loose interest from
fans internationally. How much interest has there been in Brain:FAQ internationally so
I'm not sure if that will be the case - just look at Rammstein (not that I
want to stress a comparison). They won popularity internationally because of their German
lyrics. I think that's not so important. But still, our focus is more on Germany right
now. You know we are working on coming on the German market and into the German Metal
scene (that means there's a lotta work in front of us) so we don't think that much
about Europe so far. To your question - We didn't play any shows outside Germany so far
(except one) and so I don't think that there was much interest for us outside the borders
of our country (but we don't know what the future will bring...).
The album is supposed to come out this fall,
followed by a tour with the German metal band Sacrificium. What will this tour
encompass? Is it a German only tour or does it have more countries on the list?
There are dates in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and
Germany of course. There will also be some gigs in Holland, but we will not be there on
that part of the tour.
Any particular show you're looking forward to?
We are especially looking forward to the shows in Eastern Europe. The
people over there are not so "overfilled" with music and media and if a band's
playing in a club it's really special. They are still able to be excited (does not mean
other countries are not, but I think you know what I mean - It's special). But apart
from that every show is special and there is always something surprising what makes it