Ever wanted to find out what inspired a particular song?
Was it based on personal experience or simply passive observation?
What happened in the recording studio or on stage to make one song sound different from the rest?
These are just some of the question bands and musicians attempt to answer in Line 'em Up - the newest page of The Power Of Metal.Dk.
This is where your favourite bands comment on their albums, track by track, because as someone once said, “Ideas are the building blocks of ideas”.
Here’s a chance for you to tell our readers about your new debut album entitled: “Goldkinder”.
But could you please start off by introducing the readers to the band?
We Butter the Bread with Butter – Hi, we are We Butter The Bread With Butter - a heavy rock band from Berlin, Germany!
How did you end with a name like the odd sounding one you’ve chosen?
We Butter the Bread with Butter – The bandname stands for something very normal, something everyone does every day. We are very normal guys. For example if we are at a festival or on tour, we don't really party or behave like the rockstar clichés. We rather prefer watching good movies until the morning or walking around the city. Since we can't identify ourselves with brutal bandnames or cool words forming a bandname, we thought sticking to the most normal thing in life. That's it!
Could you please give us some info on the album: Where did you record the album and who has produced and mixed it?
We Butter the Bread with Butter – After three years of intensive songwriting we had more than 80 songs. It took so long because we weren‘t satisfied until we found our final sound and the way we wanted to sound like. So we started over and over again until we created something totally new. That's always our biggest motivation. The creation of something that hasn't been there before. When we reached that point we really knew that this is more We Butter The Bread With Butter than ever before. We wrote and recorded everything by ourselves (like on the previous albums). We sent the recorded tracks to Stefan Glaumann in Sweden to get a first test mix and we absolutely felt in love with that first mix! It was a very great experience to work with him and also a big honour. We tried many different sounds but his idea of our sound was perfect in the end. With his work our songs got the final touch. Stefan Glaumann is probably the nicest guy in the music business. So it was very comfortable to work with him.
And now onto your new album track-by-track, what inspired you, and what do what to express with this song etc.
01. Alles Was Ich Will
We Butter the Bread with Butter – It‘s a straight heavy forward rock song. The lyrics are about doing absolutely what you want to do and becoming everything or everyone you want to be. When we finished this song we totally knew that this should be the opener for GOLDKINDER. We really like the heavy sound of the song and therefore we wanted to have this one as a music video. The lyrics are really good represented in the video and we wanted to have a kind of dark and surprising video for our first one. It also represents Paul, the singer, in a very good way. We just released a new music video for
02. Meine Brille
We Butter the Bread with Butter – This is the song we made our second music
03. Ohne Herz
We Butter the Bread with Butter – We really love the refrain-melody and the mood the song is giving. The first song ever of our band without any double bass! The lyrics are about a man who was let down and being desperately in love. He is standing on a cliff holding and reminding the memories of their relationship. In the end It weren’t just the memories but the girl herself he was holding.
04. Pyroman Und Astronaut
We Butter the Bread with Butter – This was one of the last songs we wrote for this record. We wanted to have some heavy lower tuned guitars to create more heaviness on the record. The lyrics are about a man who has two personalities in himself; one pyromancer burning down everything he sees and one astronaut positively living his dreams. They are complimenting, but also fighting against each other.
05. Super HeiB Ins Trommelfell (S.H.I.T.)
We Butter the Bread with Butter – This is a heavy, cheeky and fast rock track that should fit great, while driving a chopper or a riding an elephant. In this song we are talking about an actual earworm that gets into your ear and never lets you go again.
We Butter the Bread with Butter – When the instrumental song was done, with its heavy low guitars and the straight beat, the topic we thought about for the lyrics was easy to find. They should have been about a Chooper-drive or a parachute jump, so we decided to take the second. The lyrics are about a man flying through the air and feeling free for the first time. He missed this feeling so much that he is thinking about not opening up his parachute to feel this moment as long as possible.
07. Mayday Mayday
We Butter the Bread with Butter – The song has some 80s glamrock-guitar riffings and was one of the first songs we wrote after our second record. It was the first time we tried to do other vocals than before in our songs. We liked it so we kept it.
08. Viva Mariposa
We Butter the Bread with Butter – „Viva Mariposa“ - We thought that the music sounded very Spanish so we decided to put some Spanish phrases in it. Mariposa means butterfly and the story is about a boy who heard that you have butterflies in your stomach when you fall in love. So he, naive as he was, ate two butterflies to get this feeling of being in love for the first time. The animals survive and a fight of life and death begins. The boy wants to keep this feeling and the butterflies want to escape desperately.
We Butter the Bread with Butter – It has a rock style guitar riff that is enhanced by a straight forward drum beat. The solo in this song, with the heavy background instrumental is also something new to us. The electro-part at the end turns the riff and the song into a darker and different mood.
10. Das Uhrwerk
We Butter the Bread with Butter – It‘s an up-tempo crashing forward song with big and emotional melodies in the end. It reminds a bit to the sound of our last two records. The lyrics are about two clock hands which want to fulfill their destiny by reaching a final end. Their biggest wish is to fulfill 24 hours but every time it‘s done they have to start from the beginning. So they are caught in time.
11. Krieg aus Gold
We Butter the Bread with Butter – We were searching for some phrases, that fit well to an atmospheric electro song. This song is very different to the others and break the mood in a very cheeky way. It is hard to categorize the song, but if you search well, you can even find some information about us, for example "You exactly know that i do not like going into clubs". We don't have any limits in writing and composing music. So we just do what we want to do. Maybe you can listen to a classical composition on the next album. You never know.
We Butter the Bread with Butter – We really like the dark atmospheric pads in this song. It is jumping between the major and minor key to make it more psychedelic. Besides that we tried to use a lot of different voice techniques to form a strange main character. The protagonist in the lyrics is a maniac who creates models on an assembly line the way he wants.
13. Kind im Brunnen
We Butter the Bread with Butter – The music sounds very dark. So we thought about a dark story. There is a fountain deep in the forest. Every fullmoon night a beautiful melody (chorus) is heard out of it and children of the nearby village are getting drawn by this melody. In the end it is shown that a child is trapped in the fountain and it can only escape if a new child takes his place. At the beginning we wanted the song to be on a 4/4 measure, but changed it to a ¾ measure, because it was just rolling way better. We really like the tragic ending of the song, underlined by a heavy instrumental part to end the record.
Tell us a bit about the artwork – who made it etc. and how important do you feel it is to have a cool artwork?
We Butter the Bread with Butter – Actually the artwork was an lucky accident. We had an own organized photo shooting where we wanted to try out some looks. A friend of us, Andrea Schindler, came by and just took a photo of Paul, our singer, with her Polaroid camera. Right after it was released we knew that this should be the cover (on that point we didn‘t even have all songs written). The good point about it was that Andrea is also a graphic designer. So she didn‘t only take the cover photo, she also designed the whole booklet. We told her what we had in mind and she realized it perfectly. The artwork of an album is the first impression you get, when you buy the CD. It sounds weird, but i have the feeling that a good and suitable artwork lets the songs on an album sound even better. It reflects the mood of an album to the listener in a visual way and underlines the sound of the album. You can compare it to the necessity of smelling if you want to know what your food tastes like. So it is always important to have a cool artwork, because this is just part of the album.
Any last words you want to round this interview off with?
We Butter the Bread with Butter – Thank you for this interview and we really hope that you like our new album!
Kenn Jensen, August 2013