From within the bowels of an old abandoned milk factory somewhere
in the wilds of a German landscape the same sounds that would later
be heard filling out the rooms and heads of all those in Jan Kerscher’s
Ghost City Recordings studio in Bavaria were rumoured to have been heard,
the muse of inspiration, they said, was hard at work.
‘Doing what?’ we demanded to know, ears craning for something more
than the snatches they were holding onto.
‘Creating,’ came the reply.
‘Creating what, though?’ the demand shot back.
And delivered with a beatific smile the reply answered ‘Greatness.’
And in February 2012 Got No Chance Against Rock’n’Roll became
the greatness of which the reply spoke, the Dirty Crows debut album
tearing through the borders and invading the world via iPods and
ears and eager audiences awaiting this Germanic bands sound.
Formed in 2010 in Luxembourg this a four man desert-rock band
have already found favour and invitations to appear with the likes
of Papa Roach, Orange Goblin, Gamma Bomb and Girlschool to name
but a few; and with the launch of their debut album in 2012 at the
Food For Your Senses Festival in Tuntage, Luxemborg the band found
themselves on the same stages as world famous acts Go Back To The Zoo,
Kraftklub, Cro, The Hundred in the Hands and Lys.
Having seen the rise of the band since its initial steps under the spotlight
we felt it time LADIM said ‘Guten tag’ to the Dirty Crows band; asked them
about their sound and style and sonic showmanship, music, the muse,
and even milk in LADIM’s Lucky 7…
#1. LADIM : Guten tag, and who are the Dirty Crows band..?
Marc B. (singer) : Gudde Moien! That’s actually the way people in
Luxembourg say hello to each other. It’s quite funny that a lot of strangers
think that Luxembourg is a part of Germany, or that we don’t have our own
language. In fact Luxembourg has 3 official languages: Luxembourgish
(native language), German and French…
But now about the band “Dirty Crows”: We are a four-men desert-rock
band from Diekirch, a small city in Luxembourg. We are very proud to be
from Diekirch, because, you know, it’s famous for its beer, which is actually
the best beer in the whole of Luxembourg.
The band’s sound is inspired by bands such as Kyuss, Queens of the Stone
Age and Nirvana, .
The somber, dark and unique wall of sound, coupled with a badass storm
piper bass machine, driving, down tuned drums and the croaky voice of the
frontman is typical for the band’s sound. And at the moment we are the only
desert-rock band in Luxembourg, which is pretty cool.
#2. LADIM : Your debut album Got No Chance Against Rock’n’Roll is a
bombastic slab of sounds…
Marc B.: First of all: Thank you very much for your nice words about our
debut album. I personally think that this album is absolutely a complete album.
The mixture of old fashioned, simplistic 60ies guitar riffs à la The Kinks or
the Who, hard drum parts, driving and distorted bass riffs and a croaky but
yet very emotional voice tells us something about how life can be lived. All
the songs have one thing in common: they speak about dolor and pain.
“A vicious dog with no teeth”, for example, talks about a possessive love that
totally hooks you. The main character is attracted to a sort of a femme fatale,
a vamp, a strong woman, who can be seen on the screen, and who has a lot of
power, which she uses to ensnare men. The main character knows about this
energy, and does everything the vamp wants to be done. He minimizes himself,
and acts like a dog that has no freedom because he is taken on a leash. He is so
fascinated and captured by this one-sided love that he accepts all sorts of pain.
“Eat it baby” is kind of a historical song that treats the brutality between the two
conflicting British subcultures: the mods and the rockers. And if you watch our
video to that song, you will find out that in the end, it’s always rock’n’roll, the
passion and love for the music which will win. Although you will always face dark
and sad moments, you have the strength, when you are creative and use the
power of music, to overlap these bad days.
Finally, I just want to talk about one of my favourite songs on that album, called
“Homeless son”. I discovered during the whole process of writing that without a
place I call “my own”, I can’t be creative and I can’t enjoy the pleasures of life.
It’s also a song about the searching of your roots, and the question “Who am I?”
and “Which people do I need to be around to become that person I want to be?”
It’s meant to be a reflective resume of what I have lived the last years, a very
personal song about personal weaknesses, and the fact that sometimes time kills us, makes us very tired especially when you don’t have your home with your
family and friends!
#3. LADIM: It certainly sounds like the band’s living up to the belief of
Germans being attentive to detail, every track packed with enough riffs and
style to fill several songs apiece..?
Marc B.: As we aren’t Germans I can’t answer this question like a German ,
but I can simply compare the way we found our methods to write songs and
the way Luxembourgers are often described. Luxembourgers are very
introverted and quite calm, they are strict and they fear to break limits. I
think this was also something that we had learned during the production
of our debut album. And it’s funny that the person who told us to break
certain limits was a German 😉 In general, I don’t think that much about how
to write a song, it’s something that comes spontaneously and from the
depth of the heart.
#4. LADIM: Aiming high right from the off you’ve already shared the stage
with Papa Roach and Orange Goblin, many, many big names in music…?
Marc B. : Actually since the very beginning of the band, we’ve always
wanted to play with bigger acts and also share the big stages in
Luxembourg, for example “Den Atelier” (www.atelier.lu) , “Rockhal”
(www.rockhal.lu) or “Kulturfabrik” (www.kulturfabrik.lu) because they
are the venues we went and still go to to see our idols live. I remember
great gigs of Queens of the Stone Age, which are really our little heroes,
but also very emotional and intense shows of Black Rebel Motorcycle
Club, Blood Red Shoes, to Sparta, etc. And in fact it’s quite a surreal
feeling when one day, you are supposed to play with your band at these
venues, you hit the stage and you think “ Oh well, shit man, here on
this part of the stage stood Josh Homme and insulted some guy who
threw a shoe at him. Wow!”
I think the first bigger concert with Papa Roach was very special for us,
because it was also the first gig we played at “Den Atelier”, which is our
favourite venue. The fact that we received the opportunity to play with
Papa Roach was, for us, a sign that we have the potential and that the
people also appreciate our hard work. And this appreciation is the reason
to continue, to move on, and to work even harder to achieve our aims.
#5. LADIM: From an abandoned milk factory to the worlds stage; do you
think it was all the calcium in the factory that helped build the strong
bones of the band..?
Marx: Hehe, this could be a wonderful beginning of a fairy tale… but
you’re right!!! I think every musician needs a place where he can be
alone with music, where music plays the main role, where music is
the only thing he he will be focussing on. We had the great opportunity
to rehearse in this milk factory and use its reverb to create the unique
sounds that we used on our first album “Got no chance against Rock’n’
Roll”. In fact, without this inspiring rehearsal place, we wouldn’t be here.
But now it’s time for a new era, because the milk factory is going to come
to a dead stop. But I think this could be seen as a sign: there will be
changes on several levels in the future, and we are going to plan a
#6. LADIM: Penultimate question time! Without naming names or shaming
same, which of the big-name acts you’ve performed with has been less than
professional, shall we say?
Marc B. : Man, I’m sorry, but I have to give you a lousy and boring answer:
all the big-name acts were very professional. All of them were on time for
the shows, made their sound checks calmly, didn’t destroy anything… This
was something that surprised me at first, but in the end, it’s clear: If you play
in a band, you treat it like you would any other job. You have to get up,
pack the van, get to work, and you have to do your job because you will
be rewarded. You have to focus on your job, and also do your best to succeed;
there is no place for arrogance, hubris and laziness.
Papa Roach is, once again, a good example of musicians that have achieved
everything in the music business by being professional.
I remember this special day when we could play as support band for them:
We entered the venue and saw Jacoby Shaddix doing a soundcheck… We
didn’t want to disturb him so we just stood there listening to them when
suddenly he screamed “Hey, are you the guys from DIRTY CROWS?!” He
stopped the soundcheck to say hello. After the show, we went backstage
to see them (they had a separate space) and talked about music and drank
beer….They were pretty awesome, down to earth people!
#7. LADIM: And finally; what’s next for Dirty Crows?
Marc B. : April is quite an arduous but interesting month for us: we will
play for our friends “Porn Queen” ( a Luxembourgish rock band,
discovered by SLASH!!) at their release party at Rockhal, and will hit the
stage again at den Atelier, to play as support for the English band
“Band of skulls” which toured with Queens of the Stone Age. We are also planning a
Germany-Belgium-France tour for the next summer and
are working on new songs so we can record a new album in 2015.
With this, we want to thank you for your very interesting questions, and
we hope it was fun for you too. May the king of rock’n’roll bless you, friend.
And perhaps see you next time in Luxembourg, the most beautiful country in
the world!!! 🙂
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