We have made an interview with austrian punk rock band The Forum Walters. They kick ass and they need a place/stage to burn it down. Good guys and also good music for finest ears. Cheers!
1. Hey guys, what’s up?
Hey buddy, how is it going?
2. You have 2 lp-s, what you prepare for 2012?
Yeah, we released two LPs already and as it seems, we will release our next record in June. We have been working on it since last August, so it is about time to get this thing out, haha.
3. I know that you have share the stage with bands like street dogs, dropkick murphys, bouncing souls…how it was?
We had the great pleasure to share the stage with those acts and a lot more. Every time you get to share the stage with such idols of ours, it is like playing the first show ever because you want to show them what you can, what you are and in some way how you have learnt from them too. It also really cool to have a drink with people you have been looking up to since you are a kid. All in all it’s a fucking fantastic feeling!
4. New tour in Europe for 2012. Can you tell me some details about this?
We will tour Europe this summer. The tour is starting on June 29th and will last until August 18th. In the first part of the tour, we will hit the road with Joey Briggs (singer of ‘the Briggs’) and our pals from the Liberation Service, the second part of the tour is going to be with the Liberation Service, Mark McCabe as well as the Living Daylights. Hopefully, we will be able to tour Eastern Europe this fall too!
5. How is the public in US and how it is in Europe?
There is a big difference in touring Europe and the US. Even tough it of course depends on where you are, but people in the US alway offer touring bands a place to sleep, even if they are poor. It is the same thing in Eastern Europe. People are friendly, but as soon as you get in wealthier areas such as Central Europe everybody is afraid of his/her property and does not want anyone to be near it.
6. Make me a top 10 with your favorite bands
Man, that’s hard. I can only tell you the bands I am listening to the most right now, but I can’t really give you a ‘best of’ list. So here are my current favorite bands in no specific order:
x the Menzingers
x the Clash
x Tom Waits
x the Flatliners
x the Have Nots
x the Riverboat Gamblers
x Dropkick Murphys
x Bouncing Souls
x Final Summation
x the King Blues
Damn, that’s already more than ten. You see, it’s an impossible thing to do, haha.
7. I know some bands from Austria, very nice ones and i must say you have a lot of good music…tell me more about the scene in Austria.
First of all, thanks for the compliment! The scene in Austria is small but beautiful. I used to complain about it, but if you observe it from a nearer perspective, there is about 300-400 people that support each other and that is awesome. We have a lot of hard working bands, probably the hardest working one is ‘Astpai’, but there are so much more good bands: the Liberation Service, Wham Bam Bodyslam, Ramazuri, 21Stories, DeeCracks, Tommy Gun, 7YearsBadLuck, Soey, the Eccos, and the list goes on and on. Also, there is some new bands just starting out such as Remedy and 3Stills, all in all it is very exciting to watch how the scene develops and to be honest: if it stays like this, Punkrock will stay dangerous and exciting.
8. How about Romania? do you know something about my country?
I probably know less than I should. But what I’ve heard from a Romanian friend is that subcultures are very active and that is adorable! Our friends from Astpai and 21 Stories have also been to Romania before and they say it is an awesome place to play. Also, Bukarest should be a pretty awesome city to visit. And we heard that there’s no weed over there, haha. Anyways, we really want to play in Romania in our summer tour too, so anybody interested in setting up a show for us: Get in touch!
9. Few words for our readers and for everybody who will read this
Go to shows, promote shows and keep the DIY and Punk-Spirit alive!
10. Thank you for attention and last word goes to you…
Thanks for having us, we hope to be in Romania as soon as possible! It was a pleasure!
Thanks to Philipp and The Forum Walters