Interviews: Between Bodies

This is a new interview with the Emo/Punk band Between Bodies from Germany. Check out the interview and follow the artist on his FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Sue: It took forever. For me it seemed like Chris found something none of us disliked and we went with it. Not saying that in a negative way - Between Bodies felt “right” finally and trying to find it was sort of agonizing.

Chris: I wanted a band name that could mean different things to different people and be kind of open to interpretation. I think TWIABPAINLATD has an EP called “Between Bodies” but I have never listened to it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Sue: I never ever thought I’d be playing this kind of music but I’m so happy to be doing it. I come from a real emo and punk city, home of .moneen. and The Flatliners, a shit hole suburb built on a fuck ton of concrete of like 7 million people or something, just outside of Toronto. But I got lucky with my local scene growing up.

Chris: Ben and I both had been wanting to start an emo/punk band for quite some time but just played hardcore punk for years on end. So one day, we started writing songs for what became Between Bodies.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Sue: I came in, new to this country with zero ties to anybody in this band after they had already formed. I feel a bit distant still and like the “new girl” even after three years or something? but there are few people in this country that I feel closer to.

Chris: This band is a bit of a Frankenstein-Monster to me as well: I’ve known Nils for like 18 years or so. He was kind of that older friend who gets you into Punk music to me. Then Ben joined my other band GIVER like maybe 5 years ago and we both met Sue at a show in Cologne. Corona got really into the way of collecting all those touring memories every band needs in order to feel like one. We will make sure to catch up on that once the LP is out!

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Sue: The first Metallica record - on a less discriminating day, the first three. “Pile”. 

Chris: I think “The Lawrence Arms” has been my all-time favorite band. Great voices, great lyrics, and good punk rock.

Ben: At the moment – “Grateful Dead”!

Nils: Probably “Propagandhi”

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Sue: Intense emotion, the failing of modern society.

6. Where was your last gig?

Chris: At Gleis 22 in Münster, Germany!

7. Where would you like to act?

Sue: I’d love to go tour Canada and the US again.

Chris: I’d love to come along! Never played a show across the pond!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Sue: Swain, Courtney Barnett

Chris: Hard to tell. Depends on the song I would say! Voice and character would have to suit the vibe!

9. Whom not?

Sue: Metallica.

10. Have any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Sue: After playing in bands for about ten years I developed super bad stage fright, around 2016 / 2017. I was in some intense therapy for a short time for unrelated reasons and discovered a lot about myself, but it didn’t help with the stage fright, if anything it made it worse. Like a lot of people, I deal with pretty bad impostor syndrome. I'm only now in a place where I’m really beginning to shrug that off through sheer force of will. I will be confident. I had it before and I’ll capture it again. Eventually. Unfortunately, I have no helpful tips, and actually, if anybody else has tips send them my way.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Chris: Here is a list of bands that I think have an impact on our sound: Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, Spanish Love Songs, Iron Chic, RVIVR, Moose Blood, The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Lemuria, Martha, etc. 

12. What do you think of your fans?

Chris: Not so sure we actually have what you would call fans. However, I think it’s the best thing in the world when people are singing along to a song we wrote. This collective experience of singing and raging together is still what fascinates me about punk so much.

13. What do you think of our site?

Chris: I think independent DIY-mags like yours are still a super important vehicle that keeps our scene running. It is amazing that you actually take your time to give small bands like us a space!

14. Something to add?

Chris: Thank you guys very much! Keep up the good work and check out our LP to be released in September!

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