Sizarr – Interview
TODAY sees the debut release of germans small town boys Sizarr who created quite a buzz in the last few month shooting from their rehearsal space right onto the biggest festival stages! Their album “Psycho Boy Happy” is a adventurous listen, full of atmospheric sound designs, tribal drums and electronic sounds. The guys were so kind to answer a few questions to their album – read it here and watch their new Seppuku video to “Purple Fried”.
Please tell us something about the history of “Sizarr” – how long are you playing together as a band?
The Band exists since 2009 but we know each other forever because we all grew up in the same village.
It seemed like you had a quickstart as a band, you have been booked to quite big festivals over the last years – almost right out of your rehearsal space, without any single or albumrelease. How did this happen and how did it feel for you as a very young band?
In early 2010 we played a show at Karlstorbahnhof in Heidelberg, Germany. It was overwhelming because just a few months after the Heidelberg show we played Melt festival which we attended as guests the year before.
You are about to release your first album “Psycho Boy Happy”. What will it sound, look and feel like? How would you describe it, what is it about?
It’s hard to describe your own album sound- and look- and feeling-like because you either act like some used car dealer who tries to make everything sound amazing or you start to be over humble about it and end up hating it all. Jokes. we’re just too lazy. To keep it simple the album is about the humanization of yourself and everything that it incorporates. Mostly how hard it is not to become a complete basket case but how it’s fine to be a small one.
How did you work on this album – did you already have a clear concept how it should sound or was this a process during the making?
We didn’t have a concept for this album. It was the first time recording an album for all of us including
our producer. We had an idea and some examples what we wanted it to sound like but in the end the sound developed more or less during the process of recording and trying things out.
Your album is very elaborately produced, you are using a lot of atmospheric and unheard sounds, leading to a dark, dense, cinematic “sounddesign” of the whole album. How did this specific sound result? What impact does this have on your songs and your songwriting?
The sound is simply the result of us three being incredibly different in personality and musical style actually. With a producer that managed to bring all this together. We work pretty individually. One writes the basic songstructure, the other one makes the beat, the other one adds another idea and then we finish the song of together but we never really wrote together or jammed.
What or who has influenced Sizarr the most?
The Internet. The Internet is the shit! It’s full of nasty and horrible and beautiful and illuminating
things at the same time.
What was the first album you really really loved?
The Slim Shady LP by Eminem
What are your all time top 5 favorite albums?
Too hard to name only 5! Espacially for the three of us together. Wouldn’t end nicely
What do you want to achieve as a band?
We want to have the possibilty and liberty to develop ourselves as artists in various directions and be able to bring all the different influences back to together when we make music as Sizarr. And of course we want to travel through time and space and around the world.
What are your plans and aspirations for 2012?
First off we’ll just wait what happens with the album and how people will react to it, which is going to be pretty exciting and we’ll play a tour in october! But not much more. We’ll start things slowly.
Thanks for the interview!
The album “Psycho Boy Happy” is now out on Four Music (Sony Music).
Full album Stream:
Sizarr on Tour:
17.10.2012 DE – Nürnberg – MUZ
18.10.2012 AT – Wien – Fluc
19.10.2012 AT – Graz – PPC
20.10.2012 AT – Lustenau – Carini Saal
22.10.2012 DE – München – Atomic Cafe
23.10.2012 DE – Stuttgart – Club Schocken
24.10.2012 CH – Basel – Kaserne
25.10.2012 CH – Zürich – Exil
26.10.2012 DE – Frankfurt – Zoom
27.10.2012 DE – Köln – Gebaeude9
29.10.2012 DE – Hamburg – Uebel&Gefahrlich
30.10.2012 DE – Hannover – Weidendamm
31.10.2012 DE – Berlin – Introducing
01.11.2012 DE – Leipzig – Skala
02.11.2012 DE – Dresden – Puschkin
03.11.2012 DE – Heidelberg – Karlstorbahnhof