Nosebleed – interview

As you might not know Nosebleed really well, we came up with the idea to ask them just a bunch of silly questions hoping to get something to laugh about. What we got are some surprisingly honest ‘n serious answers which some of ‘em make me think about.
They’ll come down to us while the UK goes through some stormy weathers. Furthermore only for you they’ll drive all the way down from their gig in Hamburg the day before playing at Haifischbar. So you won’t get free beer coming to the concert (see below), but you can show these guys what Auxburg is about – so let all hell break loose for ‘em!


Sonic Dojo: So first I think it’s on us to introduce:
We are a bunch of old scumbags, coming from different but matching music genres with a slope to self-overrate our music taste and the sake to keep the underground scene going.
To bring it into a nutshell we’re individuals always arguing about music and live acts, not really working together but with a tendency to get drunk and party.

In the beginning of 21018 I launched Sonic Dojo with the idea to bring the whole bunch under one hat, giving bands the chance to play always in front of a full house with an excited crowd and of course making us and the bands all rich in the end.
– This turned out to be an almost impossible endeavor, but so far always ended in a good party (see above).

So let’s start with something everybody loves: What influence do kittens have on your music?

Nosebleed (Ben Hannah): Kittens are everything to us, we have a cat in our house (Me and Drummer Dicky) and Eliott (singer guitarist) has two at his house. Without cats we couldn’t do the things we do every day. Thanks cats.

SD: I read this is not your first time visiting Germany, where have you played so far and what is the main difference between the German crowd and the one in England?

NB: We’ve played in Schwerte, Schwerin, Oberhausen and a few other places. Someone once said they’d never met a funny Englishman before when we were in Germany. I don’t think we were trying to be funny but it was nice to hear. The German crowds do seem to get into what we do which is always cool. I don’t think there’s much different between the crowds in England there’s a great scene in both countries. We’re not very good at speaking German.

SD: Thinking of Englishmen, we have loud, drunken guys in mind, running around in shorts even if it’s around 0°C. What are your expectations from Bavaria? What do you have in mind how folks are down here?

NB: I’m hoping for lederhosen and oompah bands with people drinking from stone beer mugs. But more to be more realistic, some loud drunk punks will be good enough for me.

SD: Okay, let’s stop the bullshit blabbering for a while and get serious about your debut album. I already listened to it up and down and ‘m absolutely thrilled how much pressure you make. How would you yourself describe the album to somebody not knowing it till now?

NB: It’s loud, short, catchy garage punk songs about love lost and being scared of the dark. We’ve got some new material to try on you guys but yeah get the album it’s good old fashioned rock n roll with a punk vibe.

SD: If you’re not exactly doing world music or strange auto tune hiphop live gigs got a quite difficult business down here, how does it look in Britain with the punk or garage scene?

NB: It’s raging in the UK at the moment, everyone is angry about Brexit and our fucking awful government which gives people something to get angry about and a soap box for us to shout from. The sad thing is when we leave Europe we might not be able to afford to come over anymore. In the UK though you’ve got two of the best punk festivals in Europe, Manchester Punk Festival and Rebellion. It’s a great community and everyone helps each other, there’s no competition. It’s definitely the best its ever been.

SD: Unfortunately we had to put your gig on a Monday, so what would you tell all this lazy dogs to get their ass up to the show?

NB: Free beer.

SD: To stay with the topic: What has been your worst experience on stage so far (Just that we know what we definitely shouldn’t do – or maybe do exactly)?

NB: When we played in Hengelo in Holland, we were really well looked after and the crowd were amazing but I got food poisoning and was being sick on the stage. There was so much sick. That was horrible.

SD: Let’s briefly raise the level: We’re all a little bit concerned that you might need a visa to come over here. Have you already made arrangements for that case?

NB: No… Our government are making an absolute mess of everything, there’s no way we’ll be leaving Europe before the end of our tour. Who knows what’s happening because they don’t.

SD: So this is my first interview and frankly I’m running out of ideas what to ask you.
What would you want to know from yourself?

NB: What is that fine fine odor?

SD: Thx a lot for even reading this (if you did). Any last words from your side?

NB: We’re really looking forward to the show you all sound amazing and it would be great to see some folks dancing, we will have driven a very long way and it might be the last time we’ll be able to enjoy Germany before the cluster fuck that is Brexit. Can’t wait to meet you all.