Friday, 28 March 2014 23:48 | Written by Marc 'Lazy Rocker' Schneiders |
In the summer of 1995 Dutch rock band Dufus was founded. After nine successful years, its members decided to rename the band Exit 31. In 2005, after two years of hard labour, the band signed a record deal with YeaYeaYeah Records. In 2006 they finally released their debut album 'Phonogenic' followed by the same titled 'Exit 31' in 2008 which was recorded in the Bamboo Room Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio by famous producer Erwin Musper (Anouk, Scorpions, Van Halen). In 2012 Exit 31 released their first DVD "Live @MPMF". The band was captured on tape during their performance at the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) in 2008.
In January 2013 the modern close-harmony rockers released a double A-sided single featuring the songs 'Back To You' and 'Chase Them Away'. Now in 2014 the band is about to release their 3rd album called "Killer Body". Enough reason to catch up the guys and ask them about their newborn baby...
Hello guys, congratulations with your new album! How are the reactions so far?
Thanks. Reaction are great so far! We've had some good reviews already, and fans seem to really like it.
A while ago you told us the next album was going to be a concept album. However, "Killer Body" isn't. What made you change your mind?
The songs we had when we started recording demos combined really well for a concept album. But as we started adding better songs, we decided against it. However, in a way it is a concept album, because all the songs are about relationships: family, sexual, a kidnapper and his victim, an addict and his wife, etc.
You always described your music as "Close-Harmony Rock", but with this album you better call it "Close-Harmony Hard Rock". Most bands get a softer sound when they are getting older, but "Killer Body" is your heaviest album now. How can you explain this?
For the earlier albums, we always tried to record songs that we thought the public would like. For this one, we recorded songs that we thought were the best ones, regardless of popularity. Also, we really wanted to come up with an album that sounded gritty and unpolished, and the louder songs fit in perfectly.
Your 2nd studio album "Exit 31", released in 2008, was produced by Erwin Musper. For this album you offered the job to Peter Haverkamp. Why?
We love Erwin. We learned so much from him, and we are good friends. But even with today's technology it is very hard to communicate across the ocean. Peter happens to be Garry's brother-in-law, and a super enthusiastic sound engineer and producer. His vision and ours were the same and we had lots of fun in the studio.
I think your fans, just like we do, would like to know from who that "Killer Body" on the cover art is. So... whose body is it??
You mean the cat? :-)
Haha, well, we really don't know who she is. She's the photographers ex-girlfriend, and she kindly gave us permission to use her photo for our cover. Maybe we will get to meet her sometime...
Ivo, according to the credits you wrote the title track "Killer Body". What was the first reaction of your wife??
Before she had an idea of what the song is about, she didn't even like the song in terms of music. Once she had heard it a couple of times she got into it and liked it a lot.
And the second?? :-)
Well, haha, just because I wrote the song doesn't mean it's autobiographical :)
But my wife is super cool, she doesn't mind me being silly.
As a father myself I really like the track "Lullaby". Gary and Ivo also became father. Did this influence your writing?
Maybe. We probably wouldn't have written Lullaby if we hadn't become fathers. But that probably doesn't have anything to do with other songs.
Gary, you told us you wrote "One In a Million" years ago? Why did you decide to record it now. And what is the song about?
Actually, this song was written by David and Ivo. The idea for the music had been around for a while, but it wasn't until we finished the lyrics that we thought it would make a good album song. This is one of those songs that can mean almost anything you want it to mean. But it's probably about being bullied at school. We have a lot of experience in that.
Bart, this is your first album you recorded with the band from start to finish. You also got some song credits. How did you experience this project?
It was a wonderful experience for me. Partly because we all knew exactly what we wanted on this record. And it was great working with Peter (producer). We had a lot of laughes, we were honest with each other, and sometimes tough. But we achieved what we wanted and I am very proud of it.
David, your brother Gary and you were also guitarists in the band Circus Mayhem. Gary quit, you continue. As I understood you will take all guitar parts now. How does this feel?
A guitarist should be flexible and open minded in order to be an addition to any band. The fact that I am now the only guitarist for CM doesn't change much, it's just an adaptation.
Ivo, you also made several solo acoustic tracks taken from The Oker Sessions available for free download. Are you going to continue your solo efforts? Album? Gigs?
Yes, definitely. I'm writing new material all the time, and I am planning to start new recordings after the Killer Body release. And I will make my live debut at the Mosterdpop festival in April.
Last summer you played some "On Your Couch" gigs. What are these and are you going to continue this?
The On Your Couch gigs are really fun. Basically, we play acoustically at peoples houses or backyards during summertime. People are giving us great feedback so it's good promotion. And it gives us the chance to step away from the rock stage and do something very different.
What are your other future plans as a band?
The release show is the first show of the Killer Body Tour. We are going to play as many shows as possible, promoting this record. Of course, we want to do some music videos as well. And eventually, we'll go back to writing a new album...