Interviews About Albums: Personal Redemption - Personal Redemption (2021)

1. What can you say about this new EP?

Our self-titled debut EP contains 5 tracks and mainly lives in the metalcore genre. Some Song ideas are 2 years and older and some were written along the way. It took us some time to get these songs where they are now. Finally releasing this debut is liberating after years of playing in bands that didn’t show the ambition we wished for.

2. What is the meaning of the EP name?

It is self titled. We made the songs how we wanted them to be and were able to produce them without any regard to genre boundaries or trends. This led to 5 different songs with some sort of different style each. As we cover this range of styles it seems fitting to represent the band name with it.

3. Which one is the composer of the EP?

We are a two piece band at the moment and both of us contributed as much as we could to the songs. Jan wrote most of the parts and lyrics, recorded the guitars and vocals and also mixed all the songs. Jonas contributed to the song arrangements, lyrics, recorded bass, did the drum editing and mastering. Therefore both of us worked on the music even though Jan did most of the heavy lifting.

4. If you had to pick one song, which one would you pick?

Psychosis for sure! It is unpredictable and hits you like a truck.

5. Is there a special message in this EP? If there is, what is it?

Not really. We were just eager to release the songs we worked on for quite a long time. Some songs deal with problems of our modern society but there is no overarching meaning or theme on this EP.

6. Are there some lyrics that you'd love to share?

Absurd has ideas that are straight up ripped from the french philosopher Albert Camus. So that’s always fun… and pretentious. Also the part in “Psychosis” “The devil laid his eggs in me Crawling up my spine Going in my head Coming out of my eyes Infecting the entire planet” comes from a documentary about people dealing with mental illnesses like paranoia, schizophrenia or psychosis and one of the patients described their feeling in a psychotic episode like this. It is so visual, grotesque but fascinating at the same time that we had to include it.

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank specially?

The most important influence in writing guitar riffs and vocal parts are metalcore bands like Architects, Parkway Drive or Polaris but there are also big influences in the guitar work on the pop punk side like A Day To Remember or Sum41. The inspiration for the lyrics are basically stuff that comes to our minds and needs to be expressed in some way. Except for psychosis. This was a logical continuation of the song “Paranoia”. Special Thanks go to Tobi for helping us out on the drums and of course to our friends and families who had to endure all the demo tracks! 

8. Something to add?

Juggling between songwriting, music production and creating promotion material is harder as expected, as we have to fill so many roles. Nonetheless we try to keep the wheel rolling and hopefully you will stick by and listen to our next releases as well. Thanks to everyone who already did and supported us in any way. It means a lot

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