To start with, please give us a short introduction to RAUNCHY
Kasper: Yeah, of course. RAUNCHY is a kick ass metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark, who are sent from another world to destroy, erase, and improve the scene, hahaha Nah, were just living the dream of playing music and having fun with it. Check us out if youre metal music
You describe your music as "Futuristic Hybrid Metal". How would you define this music label?
Labelling music as futuristic hybrid metal is a way of marketing or catching the attention of kids, who dont know us yet. Personally people can label our music whatever they like, I really dont care. Actually I think it should just be the hybrid metal thing, because we use a lot of different genres in our music. The futuristic is more in order compared to our older releases like velvet noise. Some people have labelled us as metal core lately; I dont know where the hell that comes from, maybe its because we have signed to Lifeforce, who have discovered and released a lot of genre defining metal-core acts, but I wouldnt label us metal core at all Its a question of subjectivity, I guess, its cool, hehehe
Your last release, "Confusion Bay", has been released on Nuclear Blast, you also had a Re-Release of your debut "Velvet Noise" there. How and why did you part ways with Nuclear Blast?
NB fired our sorry ass, hahahaha they were rationalizing their whole structure, and we got caught in the process. Its cool all right, they werent being that supportive of the band, and we kinda felt like the outsiders all the time. We always had to fight for tour support, and thats a part of the game, we know that, but at the end of the day, we saw this as a cool opportunity for us to get a new label, which would understand and prioritise us, like its the case with the Lifeforce family.
And how did you team up with Lifeforce Records?
Right after we had finished the recordings, we started looking for a new home, and we received A LOT of offers, but we ended up with the decision to join forces with Lifeforce records. Its not the biggest label, but it is the perfect label for us right now. They are so dedicated to our music, they work for us constantly, and that really makes us work even harder. Their dedication is a motivation for us, and we have the same goals, which is really cool, you know Yeah, we couldnt be happier with our teamwork, hehe
Listening to your newest release, I recognized some parallels to IN FLAMES. What bands do influence you and your music?
Yeah, In Flames have definitely inspired us in a positive way. But we draw inspiration from a lot of old school bands as well as more contemporary bands, and of course from a lot of different genres, electronica, pop, death metal, rock, you name it, and the eclecticism is a really important factor in our signature sound. We are so lucky to have found our own sound, when you put on a RAUNCHY album; you know almost immediately recognizes that youre listening to a Raunchy record, Thats really cool, in my humble opinion, hehehe
Where do you see the differences between "Death Pop Romance" and your past releases. How would you describe the record to you fans and how to the ones that dont know RAUNCHY?
Compared to the other albums, Death Pop Romance has a more unified expression. I know, its cliché to say, but we have refined the melodic parts and stepped up on the brutality with the more, yeah, brutal parts Death Pop Romance is a faster record, and the ten songs are all catchy, melodic, brutal and very metal in every aspect of the word
What are the topics you deal with in your lyrics?
Actually a lot of the lyrics deal with aspects of loss. But theres also a lot of hope and vitality to be found in them also. When I write my lyrics, I draw inspiration from personal things I have experienced, but I put them in fictional contexts, just to make it a little more poetic, I guess, hehehehe
In what context does the album title, "Death Pop Romance", stand to your songs?
The album title works on two levels, one regarding our signature sound, and one, which has a close relation to the lyrics, the art work and the whole concept of the album.
Lets talk about the recording process of "Death Pop Romance". Did you enter the studio with complete songs or did you change, rearrange a lot?
Yeah, we had the arrangements in place before we entered the studio. But a song like remembrance was completely written in the studio. Its really important that there is space for creativity in the studio, thats the cool thing about writing music; you dont always know what youre going to come up with. A lot of the clean vocals were written in the studio, and a lot of the lyrics were also rearranged in the studio. Our producer and good friend Jacob Hansen really forced us to come up with the best of the best, both with the vocals but also with the arrangements. He questioned a lot of our ideas, made us consider the perspectives on certain parts and so on. He was really cool to work with, as always by the way
How do you see the Danish Metal Scene? Youve been the first Danish band being signed to Nuclear Blast though
The Danish metal scene is constantly growing, which is so cool. I believe that bands like Raunchy, Hatesphere, Mercenary and Mnemic have shown that it is possible to get the attention from the bigger international record companies, and get signed, and hopefully this positive outcome will continue as inspiration in the future.
What are your plans for 2006?
We are going to tour a lot, and there are really good chances of a whole European tour coming up in a not so distant future. We have loads of offers in the works, both regarding festivals and supporting big bands. We cant wait to get out there on the road and support the new album, its gonna be awesome for sure!
Thank you very much for your time, the final comment is yours.
Thanks for the support and for this interview. It was cool. Pick up the new album when it hits the stores. Its kills, hehe and come party with us when we hit the stages around Europe