Here is an interview with the German Trash metal act Cripper. When I heard the band’s second album I felt that I had to talk with this band. So here we go, here comes the past, present and future of Cripper. I think all fans of thrash metal are gonna love Cripper and their music.
Interviewed by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Bjorn at CMM Gmbh for setting up this interview.
Thanks to CMM Gmbh for providing promo pictures of the band.
First of all I have to congratulate the band on the release of your stunning new album, it’s amazing. Are you ready to kick off the interview?
Bass-T: Actually no, after I’ve seen the length of this thing. 😉
Britta: Congrats, this is the interview with the most questions in Cripper history – but that’s cool, it’s a good opportunity to introduce ourselves to Swedish metal heads.
Your new album is called DEVIL REVEALS, how long did it take you to write and record the album?
Bass-T: Hysteria and Junkie Shuffle were already a year old when we started recording. The others were written from may to January. During the Triple Thrash Treat Tour in autumn, the song-writing process slowed down, so a large part of the album was actually written around winter, giving us guitar players a hard time loosening those muscles. Britta actually sang, while sitting in a sleeping bag 😉
Who in the band writes most of the material?
Bass-T: We actually have a little monkey called Mr. B. Gonzo who writes all the material. Give the guy a banana and he writes you a song, give him a bunch of bananas, he’ll write you an album. Take the bananas away and you get Devil Reveals 😉 No 😉 As old school as it sounds, we all do. Someone comes up with an idea or a concept, another one puts his idea to it, that’s how it goes. Of course we also have those killing moments when nothing works at all. Then we sit around for some hours and try to think of something cool and all that comes out is complete bullshit, but just before we’re about to call it a day someone drops a riff. We record it and then call it a day.
What are the lyrics about, have you written about any topic or subject in particular?
Britta: No, there has not been any topic. Except ‘life’ perhaps. I sit down and start writing, not really thinking about anything in specific. It comes with the writing. Later in the process I exchange some phrases here or add a line there. But that’s mainly it. It can be hard sometimes to catch a rhyme or find the right words for what I want to express. It can keep me awake all night and then suddenly – bam! – there is the expression I was looking for.
Where do you find inspiration for your lyrics?
Britta: From everyday’s life. There’s enough shit lying around everywhere that can give the kick-off for a song text.
And where does the title DEVIL REVEALS come from? Have the title any special meaning to the members?
Bass-T: More than we thought about in the beginning. The actual idea was, that this is our second album. We’re not greenhorns to the business any longer and as any band grows they begin to see the devil behind their former rock star dream. Just like in other things. The grass is always greener on the other side, but when you’re there and look a little closer, you’ll realise that it isn’t so green after all.
During the writing and recording process, all band members had to deal with their own devils. So Devil Reveals fits perfectly.
You did record the album in two different studios, why?
Bass-T: We had one for the recording part and the other one for the mix and master part. We wanted to record the album in a well known environment. At the Waveland Studios in our hometown we didn’t have to get to know the engineers, we knew them already from our first record "Freak Inside". So it was more like: Hey Dude let’s do it like the last time!
But we didn’t want to make a second Freak, we had some new ideas. We wanted a different sound. More raw and powerful, more like our live shows. We went through our favourite records and asked friends where they got their sound and ended up at Kohlekeller Studios. So we only recorded the guitar DI signals and sent them over for re-amping. That way we had our studio around the corner to record with friends and a different one to do the mix.
Britta had another way of recording. She wanted to record whenever she wanted and as long as she wanted. So she got some equipment set up in our rehearsal room and recorded there. That way she could record whenever she felt like it and try as much as wanted, without someone getting on her nerves or getting tired and stopping the session.
Britta: That was really cool. At first I thought ‘Oh shit, what am I doing here?’. But it turned out to be a very good decision. I had the opportunity to learn a lot about my voice and to be my own judge, also. It helped me on my way to develop my own style.
The band has produced the album, isn’t it hard to produce your own album? I mean isn’t it hard to stay objective?
Bass-T: Right it is hard to stay objective. If you hear a song long enough, you, begin to like it more and more no matter how bad it is. Isn’t that what the radios do for living? 😉 We just write songs that we think kick ass for us and if someone else likes them: Party on! But thanks to Jonathan we always have our best critic in the band. We also call him the band sheriff.
Britta: Up to now there’s just no one else in the world that we can trust more than ourselves when it comes to our music. Nevertheless I’d like to try out working with a producer who is involved into the song-writing process. When we hit the studios, 99 % of the stuff has been already set and written.
Do you think that you’re gonna continue to produce your own albums in the future?
Bass-T: That’s hard to say. But in the near future we’ll probably keep on doing it ourselves. Keeping control is very important to us. We’re control freaks! We don’t let anybody talk us into something. Either we do it ourselves or it’s not done! That’s one reason we are working with SAOL. That way we have full control over everything. Control control control….
Who has done the cover art-work? What do you think of it and do you think it reflects the music on the disc?
Christian: As far as possible, Cripper is a self-made company. Not just the music – Even design and visuals take part in the band’s creative process. Working as graphic designers and managing their own business-companies specialised in creating packaging design for the music industry, cover art of Cripper is always created by the two guitar players / graphic whores Jonathan (www.Murkywaters.de) and Christian (www.CrudeART.de).
As always – the goal was to reflect the product’s content: Its music. Hope the cover art reflects some feeling, intense, angry "redness" of the album. It should be abstract and grotesque, with different ways to encode its message… And not to point the finger on a certain situation that much.
I love to give people some thought-provoking impulses. Think by yourself. Seems similar to Cripper’s lyrics.
Mutz from the band Drone makes a guest appearance on the song “Caged With A Gun” how did he end up on the album, are you old friends?
Britta: Well, he was fed up with his other band and wanted to play in a REAL bad-ass band 🙂 Hell, no, just joking. We are friends with the guys of Drone for quite a while now. They’ve helped us a lot with all the business stuff and they also helped us empty more than just a few bottles of whiskey. I love Mutz’s voice and when I decided I wanted to write lyrics for a duet on "Caged with a gun" Mutz has been my first choice. He liked the song and that was pretty much it. We had a lot of fun during the recordings, although we did them at around 8:00 am.
This is your second album and do you think that your music has developed anything since the beginning?
Britta: Of course. When we started writing songs we put almost everything together that we wrote. Nowadays we throw almost everything away and rewrite riffs, beats and lyrics until they – in our opinions – match perfectly. It’s harder but also a lot more fun.
Our technical skills have also developed since we started. See, I started shouting and growling when I joined Cripper. After five years now my voice sounds different and better in many ways. That has a huge effect on the atmosphere of our songs. Same with all other instruments.
Did you throw a release-party for the album? If so when and where did it take place?
Bass-T: In fact we did 😉 It was in Hanover in club called ‘Béi Chéz Heinz’, it’s not known for metal, but it was a full after all. We got our friends Athorn and Lost World Order to support us and rocked the thing. There was a lot of alcohol flowing, a lot of whiskey. Jonathan and I kept partying till about 12 o’clock the next day. Wasted as we were we even cleaned the outside party area… it must have looked ridiculous, two drunk metal guys trying to use brooms, always getting into each others way 😉 The release gig was 2 weeks after the official release, because we had some festival gigs the weekends directly after the release.
It can be read in your biography that this album has got a lot more facets and is even more brutal than the first album, what do you think of that comment? Is it true?
Bass-T: Of course! We wrote it ourselves 😉
Britta: We don’t have ghost writers 🙂
You have shot a video to the song “Hysteria” what can you tell us about the video?
Bass-T: We thought about documenting two songs from the album, while we were in the studio. It was kind of hard because there always had to be someone with a camera around, while someone was recording one of these songs and we all have very tight working schedules. So it was always like: "We’re about to record Hysteria! Come over quick!"
Well at the end we thought about taking the material from Hysteria to kind of put it out as a single, because we liked the song so much.
But there is some more stuff in the Cripper vault, protected by sharks with lasers attached to their heads 😉
Are there any plans on shooting more videos?
Bass-T: We had the whole Rock Hard Festival Show taped, so there is definitely some live material coming up, but I’m not gonna say when and on which song… and of course there’s that stuff we shot in outer space, but Dennis kept on floating out of the screen with his drums… you know it’s really hard playing drums with no gravity, all parts keep floating apart.
When did you sign on for SAOL/H’ART? And where the many labels that wanted to ink a deal with you?
Christian: We signed just in time to publish the re-release of our first album.
Before that signing, there were a few more companies in discussion. To be honest, meeting SAOL as our matching business partner was no long pursuit. Those guys are from Hanover, too – working and living very close to the band. This deal protects our authority, which is also important for us. Nevertheless, we stay (and die?) as poor but maniac musicians, giving their last pants for dirty Rock’n’Roll.
At the end of 2008 did the label re-release your debut album FREAK INSIDE featured with bonus tracks and a video across Europe, why did they re-release the album?
Bass-T: Because we offered them chocolate and biscuits;)
Britta: Our first edition we produced was nearly sold out. So when we knew we had to produce another edition we thought: why not try something new? With the help of SAOL we could reach new fans and people could buy our album in their hometown stores.
We decided to record a bonus track for the album because we didn’t want to re-release the exact same product again. We wanted to at least add something more you get for the money.
Dennis: And the video clip we made for "Shortcut" is also on it.
How had media outside Germany greeted the new album?
Bass-T: Glad you asked 😉 Pretty well, except a northern country that begins with the letter "N". One Magazine there gave as for the new record 0,5 points, which is our lowest so far. We’re gonna get ourself some champagne and celebrate that. You can’t just celebrate when your up, you also have to party when your down. It’s like a roller-coaster ride, it’s more fun when you throw a few drinks first!
Dennis: Apart from that, it seems that many English speaking people find our band name ridiculous. noted.
Are you happy with the work and the promotion the label have put into DEVIL REVEALS?
Bass-T: Yes! Our promo-god, that’s how we call him. is doing great work. He is 100% behind us and pushes us wherever he can. Great guy. With his help we were allowed to play some bigger festivals like Rock Hard and Wacken Rocks South and Seaside. 3 really cool gigs, that brought a lot of fanbase.
Dennis: He goes by the name of Björn.
For how many albums are you signed for?
Dennis: Every album has its own deal – everytime we do something new, we decide what could be the best way to do it. That’s also part of the self-determination we need and mentioned already. It’s good to know that we don’t have to fulfil obligations like bringing out a third album within a deal that eventually doesn’t fit to the band any longer. That’s the way really bad Best Of Records appear.
Have your second album sold more copies than the debut?
Britta: Difficult to say if it will – although we expect to sell more copies of Devil Reveals than of Freak Inside. Devil Reveals is only out for 3 months, Freak Inside a lot longer. So I guess it’ll take a few more months til we can answer that question.
Are you happy with the work your promotion company CMM Gmbh Promotion/Marketing have put into the band?
Dennis: Yes. 😀 If it weren’t so, we wouldn’t work with them any longer. Simple thing.
When was Cripper born and who started the band?
Dennis: The two guitarists Christian and Jonathan got to know each other in their university studies and kind of formed Cripper. Britta was looking for a band, and got to the them when she was actually rehearsing with another band for trial. It fit much better with our guys, so they were three. In spring 2005, our first bass player an me joined, an this was the first time the line-up of Cripper was complete.
Have the members been involved in other acts besides Cripper?
Bass-T: Only Dennis and me. For the others this is their first real band. I played in several bands so far. All kind of metal bands, but not really more than the kind of bands that play around town and don’t come out much. Besides Cripper I still play in a progressive rock band called Venus In Pain. It kinda gives me a second view point to playing bass, another kind of creativity.
Dennis: I played guitar, bass guitar and also drums in many bands, mostly punk-rock and britpop stuff. In my last band before Cripper, I was my first kind-of metal band.
Where does the band name come from?
Britta: "Cripper" used to be a working title for one of our first songs. I cannot remember which one, but it was one of our demo "Killer Escort Service".
Cripper is the short form of "Christmas Ripper". He is the evil twin of Santa and takes care of all those hectic people running around trying to find the perfect present at the last moment… we all know ’em, we all hate ’em 🙂 One winter’s day it popped out of Jonathan’s and Christian’s mind when they were sitting in an overcrowded public bus.
Do the members have any idols or role model within the music scene that they have been inspired by?
Bass-T: There are a lot around there. I would say that Britta’s biggest idol is definitely Mike Patton. She also loves Mikael Akerfeldt, because he has the warmest growling voice on this planet.
I’m into Les Claypool. He’s not actually in the genre, but on hell of a bass player. No matter what or where he plays you can always hear his style. It’s very unique. I learned a lot by just hearing some of his songs. I hope one day I’ll be able to see him perform live.
Dennis: I like musicians who manage to put their feelings into their music on stage. I have respect for musicians when I see that performing on stage is exactly the thing that they have to so. No matter what music they play. OK, almost no matter what 😉
Bass-T: Oh yeah! Ben Harper is a great example, the songs he does have so much feeling to them, they are so intense, they get me everytime. Beautiful music.
Was it given from the start that Cripper was gonna play thrash metal?
Dennis: We didn’t sit together and discussed about what music to play with the conclusion to do thrash. The songs develop as products from all of us, so it’s simply the music that occurs when write together. From our first demo to now, the music developed and the first songs are pretty different to our newest ones – but I think it’s OK to label it "thrash metal".
Bass-T: Fuckin’ Thrash Metal. The apostrophe over the "n" is very important! That way we sound more urban;)
The band is fronted by a woman Britta Görtz, who by the way have an amazing voice, how does she feel to be part in an all male act?
Britta: She feels good. By the way – Cripper is actually an all-female act with 4 male band members ha ha
Bass-T: Now, I’m confused….I better get my sex checked…..
Britta: The point is, that I don’t think about these "gender" matters at all. Cripper is a band, I am the singer. That’s all.
Nevertheless girls in a boy’s playground seem to be an interesting object even for scientific studies. Therefore I will be taking part in a congress called: "Heavy Metal and Gender" in October, which deals with the role of females in the metal genre. There will be a podiums discussion which will include Doro (Doro Pesch), Sabina Claasen (Holy Moses) and Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy). At the end there will be a concert called: "Female Aggression" and we’re allowed to do the support for Holy Moses and Doro. That’s gonna be a hell of a party!
Have Görtz taken any vocal lessons or so? Who did inspire her to take on the lead vocals in a thrash act?
Britta: Yeah, I had vocal lessons for a few years. I learnt a lot about general breathing techniques and about my voice and how it works.
When I was looking for a band I did not necessarily look for a thrash metal band. I was looking for people who I could create ass-kickin’ music with. I love metal, but I also like many other different styles of music, too. Now I am addicted to Cripper and to our music, I cannot imagine a life without.
You did record a 6-piece demo back in 2005 called KILLER ESCORT SERVICE, what did the fans and the press think of that?
Jonathan: Back in 2005 the feedback was very good. Though we were a young fresh band that no one had ever heard of before. We we were very ambitious in all issues. Nowadays, I think most of our fans would say the demo has become obsolete. The new output is far more developed in every matter. But it was our first EP, for most of us the first CD ever released! It was very exciting and I have a lot of great memories of this time.
You have done quite a lot of live performances now, what’s the main difference between performing in Germany compared to rest of the world?
Bass-T: We’ve only played in Slovenia and the Netherlands so far, so we can’t really say much about that. The gigs in Slovenia were all at the Metalcamp, which audience is actually worldwide, so we can’t really tell if its different and in the Netherlands we had a 5 people crowd in that club, so there isn’t much to say either. But to take a guess… I would say playing in Tibet must be very hard, because the air there is so thin, which kind of makes it hard to perform.
What can we expect when we attend a live show with Cripper?
Bass-T: A bunch of sweaty guys and a girl that is all over the place. We are that kind of band that can’t stand still on stage. (Dennis: I am sitting.) We’re always moving, moshing and partying. We’re always having a lot of fun up there. It’s the same with the crowd. If you go to a Cripper gig your gonna have a good time. If you stay at home and let all your friends tell you the next day what you missed, you’re gonna have a baaad time 😉 It’s all about metal, moshing and party.
You have performed at Thrash Till Death Open Air and at Metalcamp, how was that?
Bass-T: Metalcamp was great. It was my first gig with Cripper. I thought that no one knows about us down in Slovenia and there would be about 2 rows of people. But as soon as we hit the stage, yes there were the two rows… wearing Cripper shirts and lots of people behind them. I was completely stoked. It took me a while to come down after that. Luckily there was a party tent 😉
You came also on second place in the United Metal Forces Band Battle, how come you entered that competition?
Jonathan: Sounds like you read a biography from 2006 😉 That was the first contest we played I guess. It wasn’t a big thing, the organizers were some guys of our hometown. We applied for that contest and rocked that shit. But we didn’t reached the top 🙁 But one year later we won 2 other contests and get slots for festival-shows at "Battle Of Metal Festival" and "Queens Of Metal".
Was any of the songs on the 6-piece demo also featured on the debut disc?
Bass-T: Yeah, Black Terra. But we re-recorded it completely and also changed some of the arrangement. That song means a lot to us. It was the first song Cripper ever put together and it never left the set. It has a killer bass solo in the middle that gave me quite a hard time at the beginning.
You distributed your debut album on your own without any help from a label, how come?
Bass-T: Because no label wanted us;) You see, nowadays you already have to be quite a big band to get a deal after all. It’s not like: "Oh I like your band, here’s some money, record a album and we’ll release it, after that you’ll go on world tour…bla bla". Today you already need to have recorded an album, must have a strong fanbase and hopefully you already have enough CD’s, so that the label can publish them. The labels don’t have that much money anymore. The major part is now on the bands. Only the really big ones, can keep doing it like in the past.
Luckily we found a partner like CMM, that way it’s way easier for us, to publish our CD’s, than going through a label.
Are the first edition of your debut album only available in Germany?
Bass-T: First it was, but now it’s sold out. We made new copies as we joined SAOL and these are now the special edition.
Did you pay for the studio-time, mastering etc on your own?
Bass-T: Yes. Everything. Now we’re working on getting some money back and perhaps write some black numbers again, so we can afford a new album in the future. We had some band money that we made through gigs and merch, but still put a lot of our own money in that record.
Who own the legal rights to your first album today?
Britta: Us. All members of Cripper own all legal rights of all Cripper songs. Other companies working with us do only have certain rights of use such us to sell them or whatever.
What respond did the media give on your first album?
Bass-T: It was quite a good response. Most of the reviewers already knew the album from our self release and give it the same points. But there is also a kind of newcomer bonus involved. The judges for Devil Reveals were a lot harder, but luckily most of them were positive.
You also organised your first tour through Germany together with Spectre Dragon and Hatred called Triple Thrash Threat, are Cripper a DIY band?
Jonathan: You bet! We call it "self-made-metal-heads".
The biography claims that Cripper is a project and not a band is that true?
Bass-T: It does? I’ve got to change that I guess 😉 It started as a project I guess, but now it’s band, full-time job and family at the same time.
You also entered Queens Of Metal Festival and Battle Of Metal a few years ago which you won, how did that feel?
Jonathan: It was amazing! these two contest took place only 8 days apart from each other, just after our TTT-Tour. At the Battle Of Metal contest the competition was very hard. We never thought that we could win this contest, but in the end we did! A week later at the QOM-contest we had to roll the dice to get our playing position. We lost and started at "pole-position". But happily it wasn’t so bad at all, thanks to the great Franconian crowd. We did a cool show and won the festival-slot. Festival-show number two.
Britta: Yeah. I can remember that. I rolled the dice. And I’m never ever gonna do THAT again 🙂
You did 7 festival shows during 2007, which festivals was that?
Britta: 2007? Huh, that is too long ago to remember 😉 I’ll tell you about our festivals in 2009 instead.
We played Celle Rock City Thrash til Death, Mosh it up, Waldbrand Open Air, Suffering Life, Break The Ground, Rock Hard, Ragnarock Open Air, Mettla Festival, Wacken Rocks South and Wacken Rocks Seaside.
On one weekend we played three festivals shows in a row. That may be the way it goes for some more popular bands, but for us it was the first time. Except for the millions of kilometres we had to drive it was a very cool experience.
Still to come this year is the Metal X-Mas meeting in the southern Germany
Jonathan: In 2007 we had Metalcamp, Queens Of Metal, Battle Of Metal, Helter Skelter, Dragon Slayer, Pfalz Destruction… and one more I can’t remember 🙂
You once again took Triple Thrash Threat out on tour last year, which band participated then?
Bass-T: Well, it would be a Triple Thrash Treat with out the same maniacs so we got Hatred again and Lost World Order (former Spector Dragon, but they wanted a new start and changed their name. It was my first tour with these guys and totally insane! The members of the other bands are really fun people. We made an intro battle during the tour. Every band had to have a new intro for each night and it had to be better and funnier than the other ones. That was killer. The tour, like the last one only took place on weekends. So we’re hanging around at work all week, waiting to get back on the road again and on Friday when we saw the other bands again it was always like: "Dudes we missed you so much!" We had a good time. Did I mention it was cool? 😉
What do you think of your debut album when you look back on it today?
Jonathan: It’s hard to say. On one hand it’s still full of nasty, ass kicking songs. On the other hand there are many parts and details which I think I would play or arrange it in a complete different way now. It’s very cool to recognise this development, but it’s hard to hear the old stuff. Maybe when the third album is out, we can get inspiration from the first one? 🙂
Have you toured a lot outside Europe yet?
Britta: No, we haven’t played anywhere outside Europe so far. We are really looking forward to it, but it’s a hard piece of work to achieve that kind of needed name recognition. A few days ago we’ve heard from one Mexican band that they play our song "Shortcut" live – that’s a very funny and weird feeling to have reached some crazy people on the other side of the planet. Cool!
How would you like to describe what kind of music Cripper plays?
Bass-T: Three words: "Fuckin’ Thrash Metal"!
Are you big enough in Germany to go out on tour as headline act?
Bass-T: It depends what how big the clubs are and where we would tour. If we would only tour in Bavaria in some small clubs and maybe some gigs around Hanover we could headline I guess, but it’s way cooler to be support for a bigger band That way we could win more fans and get more gigs. We’re still in that getting known part of a band history 😉
Have you had the same line-up since the beginning?
Bass-T: Nope. I’m actually the 4th bass player in band history. The others are there from the beginning. This sounds like Mr. Cripper changes his bass players like dirty underwear. But I’m a new underwear developed with the help of NASA technology. The more I sweat the cleaner I get 😉
You opened for Vader on their 25-years anniversary tour, how was that and how many shows did you do?
Dennis: We opened only one show, in our home town Hanover. It was over fast.
When can we expect to find album three by Cripper out in stores?
Britta: Uh, impossible to tell. Devil Reveals is out for only 2 month right now – we are already working on new stuff, but an upcoming album is not even to think of yet.
Bass-T: We’re gonna need some time to write new material that has the balls to stand up to the Devil. It’s like climbing a mountain. We reached a new plateau with this record and know need to rest a while and get used to the thinner air. Have some drinks, and then find out that all the drinks are empty and then you have to go down again to get some beer. Down there you realize you don’t have enough money, so you go working, once you got enough money you buy some drinks to celebrate that and spend half of your money, then you have to go to work again. Once you have then again enough money you make plans how to get to the plateau and while doing that you have a few beers and again don’t have enough to get up there again, then you realize you haven’t eaten in a long time… Oh I think I lost my point somewhere in the middle…
Are there any plans on trying to conquer the rest of the world?
Bass-T: Yes. Tour tour tour! Maybe we’ll visit you in Sweden someday.
Are you active on MySpace and Facebook?
Bass-T: We are active on MySpace and as far as I know a fan made us a fansite on Facebook 😉 Myspace is enough work at the moment. We not that kind of band that searches new friends or puts little pictures in the comment-list with "thanks for add" or say "we got a new album out" bla bla. We try to write something personal each time.
What do you think of MySpace as a forum for bands to spread their music on?
Bass-T: It’s huge! It’s a great to present your music to the world and get it known. As a young band you don’t have to find someone who can build you your own website, you can do it right there by yourself. But the problem is that it has become that big that you can get dug under easily.
Dennis: But by the way: we also have an own website (www.cripper.de) and as you could have guessed: we did it by ourselves, so we hadn’t to find someone to do it for us 😉
Do you get a lot of mail from fans? And what are the most common question you’ll get from fans?
Bass-T: We do get a lot of mails from fans, most of them with compliments on past gigs and the music. That’s really cool. The most asked questions are: "When are you guys gonna come and play here?". In Germany you can always give an answer with the nearest upcoming gig for them. But what do you say to mails from Mexico or the US? All we can write there is that we’ll come as soon as possible. It’s nice to know that we have fans over there who are waiting for us to come over and rock with them together. I even have some contacts over there who owe me beer 😉
Are you happy with what Cripper have achieved so far?
Bass-T: When you think about that this is our second album, it’s incredible! But there is also a lot of work behind that, and it’s nice to see that it’s starting to pay off.
Dennis: But paying off not in a financial way, i have to add…
What are the plans for the band for the rest of the year?
Bass-T: We’re thinking about cancelling Christmas to play some gigs, but I can’t tell you more at the moment 😉
Do you have any plans on coming to Scandinavia to perform soon?
Bass-T: Just as much as our plans of hitting Mexico and the US, but we’re still working on our swimming skills. Do you know how hard it is swimming long distances with all that equipment on your back? To take the distance from Germany to Scandinavia swimming is no problem anymore, but the heavy equipment kills us everytime 😉 But we’re working on it, so watch the shores!
What do you have to say to those who haven’t discovered Cripper’s music yet?
Bass-T: Checki-di-check it out! You can listen to it on MySpace http://www.myspace.com/cripperthrash ! If you like what you hear your definitely gonna love the album! Get it at our website: http://www.cripper.de! We ship world wide! 😉
Give the readers three reasons why they should buy DEVIL REVEALS?
Bass-T: It’s red. It’s hard and perfect to train your neck muscles!
Britta: It’s honest, ass-kickin’ modern thrash metal, spiked here and there with some old school raisins.
Dennis: And it’s red.
Jonathan: Red like blood and guts. Why? It’ll bring your blood to a boil and get your guts shaking… in a non-cliché way… you know…
Britta: I love red.
Bass-T: Did we mention it is red?
Finally, do you have words of wisdom to the fans and the readers?
Bass-T: Let it be, let it be oh let it be, let it be, speaking words of wisdom………;)
Jonathan: Beware of red.
Well, that was all I had for know. Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my questions. Good luck in the future and I really hope to see you soon on a stage in Scandinavia.
Bass-T: Thank you for your time getting all these questions together! It was a pleasure answering them!
Jonathan: Thanks for the interview man, is it OK for you if we’d release it as an autobiography?… but we have to shorten it a little. 😉
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