Eskimo Callboy drummer David Friedrich won German TV show The Bachelorette. So naturally, we had a chat with the band about the show, their new album 'The Scene' and SO much more.
HI GUYS! WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM, ‘THE SCENE’?
Says Kevin Ratajczak [vocals]: “We sat down and tried to avoid all of the pressure that’s usually on us when we write a new record. That’s why we have so many different new influences on the record…”
THIS IS YOUR FOURTH ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS. THAT’S A LOT…
Kevin: “People have to keep you in their mind because in the time of the internet there’s always new music.
“The problem is when you bring out one album after another it’s possible that you’ll just bring out shit. Music that’s produced fast might not be good quality music. We’ve tried to overcome that.”
AND FRONZ FROM ATTILA IS ON THE TITLE TRACK. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
Kevin: “We wrote the song and thought about a German rap feature, maybe. We had that on our last record and we really liked that but when we thought about the message of the song, we wanted to have somebody who represented what we were saying.
“We have a common friend in Palisades and he liked the track. It was easy to work with him!”
AND HOW ABOUT THE VIDEO?
Kevin: “There were so many problems with the video shoot. We wanted this shoot to be the best thing we ever did and we had so many preparations for it but so much stuff went wrong.
“We had to reshoot some things, but in the end we had one day with Fronz to put him in the video. We picked him up in Cologne where he had a show that night and we shot his scene. It was the one thing that went okay!”
AND DAVID – YOU’VE JUST WON THE BACHELORETTE! WHAT HAPPENED THERE?
David Friedrich [drums]: “It was a drunken idea of a friend of mine. I finished recording drums for the album in January and February, so I had had three or four months of time off…
“First I said no, but then two or three days later I spoke to my parents and they said, ‘Why not?! It’s an experience.’
“Now the promotion is so big because the TV show is not for your typical metal fan! I’ve been worried that people wouldn’t understand why I was doing this.”
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Kevin: “A lot of people have said to us, ‘Oh, this is just a promotion thing and you planned this,’ but it wasn’t.
“One day David came to our studio and was like, ‘I have to tell you something, guys… I applied for this TV show and they want me and I’m not sure if I should do it.’
“And we said, ‘Why shouldn’t you do it? You have free time and it’s a great experience and it’s a free holiday!’ He was worried that our fans wouldn’t understand it.
“When we started playing shows as Eskimo Callboy nobody took us seriously. Our appearance, on the internet, on stage, everyone was like, ‘Oh they’re just funny guys you shouldn’t take them seriously’, and over time we’ve managed to be this party band but on the other hand be taken seriously as artists.
“That’s the same thing we experienced when David was on the show. This is not a promotion thing. We thought, ‘How can we tell our people that this isn’t a PR thing for us?’ so we had live streams online and made fun of David just like we would do at home.”
HAVING THAT SPOTLIGHT ON YOUR BAND MUST HELP, THOUGH?
Kevin: “We’re not going to lie about what we gained from the show. Of course it’s good promotion for our album, but we would be dumb if we didn’t use that promotion. It just came to us accidentally and I think it’s good to be open-minded.
“People always say live and let live, but when it comes to it people are like, ‘You shouldn’t do it because it’s a cheap TV show and you sell yourself…’
“Did you see the footage from the show?! There were all of these polished guys and then David came into the limousine [at the beginning], and the first thing he did was burp and tell the other guy that it smelled like ham. He won from the very first episode and we’re very proud of him.”
“You know your fans and you know what your friends look like and how they talk to you, and after David appeared on that show, there are people at festivals who don’t look like the typical Eskimo Callboy fans.
“They come to me and I’m like, ‘Okay, you want to see David, right?’ It’s dangerous because we don’t want to become Eskimo Davidboy, but it’s funny.”
Eskimo Callboy’s new album ‘The Scene’ is out now via Century Media.