Monday, February 22, 2010

EIC'S10Q'S w/Bohren & Der Club Of Gore

"..Interpretations of dreams and crazy metaphors..Daaaaark Jazz, dreamy "acid-like" sequences, minimal atmosphere's, and of course emotionally drenched notes with every pluck, slam, and twinkle.."

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Crepuscular Extrinsic Spontaneity

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Bio:
Founding BOHREN members Thorsten Benning (drums), Robin Rodenberg (Bass), Reiner Henseleit (guitar), Morten Gass (guitar/piano) started playing music together in 1988. They were friends from school and they shared a common taste for all kinds of extreme music like Grindcore, Hardcore, Death or Doom Metal.

Driven by the idea of a more unique style of music, they formed BOHREN (german word for drilling) in 1992 to play, as they called it, “doom ridden jazz music”.

1993 the band released a 7” e.p. for Suggestion Records. 1993 also the band expand their name to BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, as a link to the dutch instrumental band GORE, which inspired BOHREN to play instrumental music.
1994 followed the longplayers GORE MOTEL and the double set MIDNIGHT RADIO (1995), both on Epistrophy Records, where Bohren introduces its musical vision between slow jazz ballads and doom guitars.

1996 Reiner Henseleit left the band and the guitar disappeared out of the BOHREN Music.

1997 Christoph Clöser, a cologned-based composer and musician (saxophone, piano) joined the band and in the cast T. Benning (drums), C. Clöser (saxophone), M. Gass (Fender Rhodes), R. Rodenberg (bass), which still exist till today, the band released SUNSET MISSION (2000), a “slow but nonetheless melodious blend of Saxophone, Fender Rhodes, Bass and Drums” on the Hamburg-based label WONDER.

2002 BOHREN released BLACK EARTH where the band tried to expand the possibilities of new avenues explored in SUNSET MISSION, followed by the subsequent conceptual CD GEISTERFAUST (2005). GEISTERFAUST carries the principles of reduction and compression to extremes and at the same time it is a bandexperiment in new “tone colours” (Tuba, Bass-Trombone, Vibraphone, choir). Both CD`s are released on WONDER.

In autumn 2008 the CD DOLORES appeared on the belgian label PIAS (worldwide) and IPECAC (U.S.A. and Canada).

Hello, how are you?
Clöser: I am tired
Gaß: I am fine, thank you.

What are you currently listening to?
Clöser: Tricky - "C`mon Baby", Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - "Between My Head and The Sky"
Gaß: Horseback - "The Invisible Mountain"

Your main influences growing up were from the metal scene, can you explain the transition from that to producing Jazz music?
Bohren: We don`t play jazz music.
The main force on our way from metal to Bohren was the aim to create a sound of our own.

Are you guys big David Lynch fans?
Bohren: On a scale from 1 (=hate) to 10 (=love) we are on a 7+.

Who are your favorite Jazz musicians?
Clöser: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Mose Allison
Gaß: Helge Schneider & Milt Jackson.

I’ve been wondering, do all of you guys switch off on which instruments you play or is it pretty consistent?
Bohren: Only Clöser and Gass switch between instruments: Clöser between Fender Rhodes, saxophone and sometimes vibraphone and Gass between fender rhodes, organ and bass.
We are a four musicians and probably we need a fifth member. but we don´t want one.

What song are you most proud of?
Bohren: We always had and have high demands to our songs. It is getting harder and harder to full fill this demand. So we would like to say that every new song would make us proud.

Visually what does your average live show consist of?
Gaß: 1% light, 4% smoke and 95% darkness.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
Clöser: Trio - "Bye,Bye"
Gaß: Omen - "Battlecry"

Are you living your dream?
Bohren: Noyesnonoyesnoyesyesnoyesnono yesyesno...

Thanx Stefan!

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore are currently working on the follow up to 2008's AMAZING "Dolores", look for that in the near future...

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