Pabst have a new video out now (see below), and a new album coming this summer, with some UK tour dates should we ever be allowed out of our houses again…
• Tilman: Berlin
How did you meet?
• Tilman: I guess we all met on some parties unconsciously in the late 2000s. But I first really spoke to Erik as he designed the first cassette tape for my first band back in 2012.
• Erik: I saw Tore playing in his old band and was immediately in love with his playing. We then asked him to join our previous band and he did :) A bit later we started Pabst.
How long have you been playing as a band?
• Tilman: As Pabst we played our first gig in July 2016. Tore and Erik recorded the first songs in spring of that year.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
• Erik: It’s an acronym for (P)retty much (A)lways (B)ored, (S)ick, and (T)ired.
Musically speaking…What are your influences?
• Tilman: Daniel Johnston, Weezer, Dirty Beaches, Broncho, Yak, Holydrug Couple, Dilly Dally, White Stripes, Sandy Alex G…
• Erik: Stuff I listened to when i was maybe 14-20 and that I have now rediscovered (The Strokes, Test Iciles, S.O.A.D., The White Stripes, Soulfly, Kyuss, …)
Describe your music in three words:
• Tilman: Po Wer Trio
• Tore: Real Boogie Music
• Erik: Defend Pop Punk
What makes you unique?
• Tilman: Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve chosen to abandon the more electronic direction of our previous projects in favor of simpler, guitar-based music. Usually it’s the exact opposite.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
• Erik: Mostly the lyrics are a sarcastic take on catastrophic issues. It can be anything from unrequited love to straight up end of the world material. I try to convey the absurdity in what surrounds us while also trying not to lose the humor as a coping mechanism.
What’s your live show like?
• Tilman: Hopefully loud.
• Tore: 100% pure poison! No, seriously our concerts can get quite intense and if this can be transferred to the people and they remember us, even if they’ve never seen us before, that’s cool.
How many shows have you played?
• Tilman: 150
• Tore: Almost 200 I think.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
• Tilman: I really like twisting and turning around while playing. Last year this made fall off a festival stage in the middle of a song. After landing on my back I just thought “I have to get back on stage and finish the song”. It took me a while to realize I was pretty lucky not to get hurt.
• Tore: I didn’t know what was going on at all. Suddenly I wasn’t hearing any bass. At first I was a bit pissed, because that happened to us 2 times before during that festival season, due to other reasons. After a while I recognized that not only the bass was gone but so was Tilman.
• Erik: It was crazy! Tilman landed only a few inches next to a metal pole which could have impaled him… other than that I can’t think of anything super crazy apart from people jumping off a ledge above the stage and such.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
• Tilman: Currently a white ’64 Danelectro Bass and a Fender Bassmann 800.
• Tore: Tama starclassic maple
• Erik: A bunch of Telecasters and a Vox AC30
What should fans look forward to/what are your plans for 2020?
• Tilman: We’ll release our new album in Summer 2020 and after that it’s only touring, touring, touring….
• Erik: We will also play some shows.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
• Tilman: Odd Couple + Pabst + YAK
• Tore: Oh yes, that would be a nice match
• Erik: Si, bueno.
Header image by Constantin Timm