far as I know, Crushead is a band that was started with a jam session some years ago. Can
you tell how it all began?
It all started at the start of 1999.
David, Matthias and Patrick had already played together in a band. When two members
left the group, they started to look round for a bass player and guitarist and soon hit on
Jens and me. Like I said, to begin with we just jammed around a bit together. Then the
point came when we decided to make the whole thing more professional - and that was how
the band kicked off.
What experience did
the members have before starting the band? What are your backgrounds?
We grew up with Christian bands like
Bloodgood, Stryper, Whitecross, and Tourniquet. We've always been influenced by the lyrics
and music of groups like these.
You describe your
music as crunch 'n roll. How would you like to explain this to someone who's still
clueless about how the band actually sounds like?
It's a style that lies somewhere
between crossover and rock `n`roll.
The band released an
album called Explicit Content in December last year. What do you think of the outcome?
Sales of our latest CD were much
higher than we'd ever expected. We never thought the recording would ever be that popular.
It's always great when the people who come to our concerts know all the lyrics and sing
them with us.
The album was
released by Frozen Heart Music. Is this a record company in Germany?
Frozen Heart Music is a small CD
distributor and it only takes care of the promotion side of our recordings.
The lyrics on
Explicit Content are quite explicit about the band's Christian stance. What is your
objective with doing these kind of plain lyrics?
Like I said before, the lyrics to
our songs are all about Jesus and our faith in Him. We are often asked after our concerts
why we do what we do or just what it is about this person "Jesus". We're always
glad when people approach us because it kind of confirms that our lyrics have
managed to make people think.
This year the band's
doing quite a number of shows. How do you get gigs?
We are often asked to play by
promoters - but we also approach clubs and music events ourselves.
What future plans
does the band have?
In the future we plan to do as many
shows as possible - to carry our light into the darkness, and to produce a new album
next year. One of our biggest dreams would be to have the opportunity of playing at the