If you like good post hc music, you know that Germans 8Kids released new abum – Denen die wir waren. If you don know this band, get it right. At first you could read this interview with drummer Emma McLellan:
Hi! How are you?
Emma McLellan: Hi, we’re very well thank you!
Could you tell us something about 8kids?
Emma McLellan: We’ve been playing together (with the current line-up) for just over two years. We’ve all played in other bands and have known each other for a long time. Our music is described as post-hardcore and we’re pretty happy with that 🙂 Hans and Jonas come from Darmstadt (near Frankfurt), Germany and Emma comes from London, England.
The name ‘8kids’ is derived from the way Hans plays guitar. Previously named 8bit kids due to his tapping technique that sounded similar to the old-school 8bit sounds on Gameboy.
You have released debut album Denen die wir waren this year , could you tell us something about process of creation of it?
Emma McLellan: Denen die wir waren is going to be released on 26.5 and we’re totally over the moon about it! It’s been a long process getting the album to where it is now. We spent most of 2015 writing for our debut album and some of the songs were originally written years beforehand. The creative process was an extremely intensive, emotional experience (positive and negative), documenting relationship break-ups, family dramas and finding new hope. That’s why our sound is very raw at times.
Who is the main author of music and lyrics?
Emma McLellan: Hans Koch
What can fans await from Denen die wir waren ?
Emma McLellan: Lots of melodic guitar, strong vocals and driving beats. An emotional journey that anyone and everyone can relate to. The album also gave us a chance to really explore our musicality, it’s like a kind of creative playground!
What are the main differences between it and your EP Dämonen?
Emma McLellan: Like we said previously, the chance to explore and experiment more with our music. On the one hand, you have to be very selective when choosing material for an EP release. It’s basically a direct representation of what we do. The album, on the other, is an opportunity to really live out our musical diversity and throw in a few nice surprises 😉
And what about concerts?
Emma McLellan: We love being on the road and have had the chance to tour with amazing bands such as Arcane Roots, Marathonmann, Rantanplan and To the Rats and Wolves. We’ve already played 30 gigs this year and met some fantastic people along the way. Next up is our headline tour beginning at the end of May.
What do you think about German metal scene?
Emma McLellan: We love being on the road and have had the chance to tour with amazing bands such as Arcane Roots, Marathonmann, Rantanplan and To the Rats and Wolves. We’ve already played 30 gigs this year and met some fantastic people along the way. Next up is our headline tour beginning at the end of May.It seems to be as strong as ever! Our producer Kristian ‘Kohle’ Kohlmannslehner is very much involved in the scene, working with highly successful bands such as Powerwolf and Crematory. We see ourselves as being rooted between the metal and hardcore scenes.
Could you tell us something about members of the band?
Emma McLellan: Hans (guitar) is definitely a metal kid. Also, very into fitness and loves weight training. Jonas (vocals) is the punk kid. He’s also a bit of a science nerd having studied Chemistry at uni, and whatever you do, don’t even think about criticizing anything to mdo with Star Wars!!! Finally, Emma (me 🙂 ) is the indie kid through and through. She grew up with the whole shoe-gazer and grunge scene in England and loves German beer!
What was your musician beginnings?
Emma McLellan: We all played in various bands, Hans in the German Metal band Casket Nail and Emma sung in the indie electro band Beatshots with world famous drummer Anika Nilles.