Interview mit Bazie, THE 69 EYES

Hallo Rocker!

Vor kurzem hatte ich ein interessantes Gespräch mit dem Gitarristen der finnischen Band THE 69 EYES.

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Sie gründeten sich 1989 in Helsinki, Finnland. Anfangs hatten sie einen starken Einfluss aus der Glam-Metal Szene, heutzutage hingegen werden sie eher dem Gothic/Dark Rock zugewiesen. Am 26. April ist das neuste Album „UNIVERSAL MONSTERS“ bei NUCLEAR BLAST erschienen. Worum es in dem Album geht, und welcher Bazie’s Lieblingssong darauf ist, erfahrt ihr hier:

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Come Backstage:

Hi Bazie, welcome to Germany and thank you for your time!

Bazie:

Hi Ornella, nice to meet you.

Come Backstage:

You formed in October 1989. How did you get to know each other?

Bazie:

I moved from a small city in the north, down to Helsinki. Then I met Jyrki in a bar, and we had the same interests, same kind of bands… Then we started writing songs right away and had gigs with other guys. After that, we travelled to New York to figure out what we’d like to do musically, and to get inspiration from there. Then we got the name, The 69 Eyes…

Come Backstage:

Why The 69 Eyes?

Bazie:

A friend of ours from New York had a band called like that for a few weeks, than she gave us the name. And it was the Horror-movie kinda thing. We had a poster with a creature, which had 69 eyes so… (laughs)

Come Backstage:

(laughs)

Bazie:

And above that, it can mean whatever. You see, what you want to see in it. We just used to hang out in bars (laughs) and then we just got to know each other and played together… (smiles) We’re the same guys since 1990.

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Come Backstage:

Everyone describes you as a Gothic-Band. What do you think?

Bazie:

I don’t think so. I would say that we’re more a melancholic Hard-Rock Band! We do have influences of it, but that doesn’t define us. Our fans call it Goth’n’Roll, that pretty much sums it up, I think. (smiles)

Come Backstage:

And how would you say, did the sound of The 69 Eyes change?

Bazie:

When we started we had more of that Glam-Rock thing. We got darker! The first two albums were a way to find out where to position ourselves musically.

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Come Backstage:

Who are your influences?

Bazie:

I’ve always been a huge Motörhead fan!  But as a band it would be more like Iggy Pop, The Stooges, Alice Cooper, Guns’N’Roses, Hanoi Rocks… The whole L.A. Hard-Rock scene… We loved to play their songs! (laughs) But the most influential band to us would be The Cult!

Come Backstage:

You released UNIVERSAL MONSTERS a few days ago… Which topics do you talk about on it?

Bazie:

That’s a little different than on the previous albums. The last ones were more about the singer’s love-life. (laughs) The new one is more a reflection of the places he has gone. He travelled a lot… Dolce Vita is of course about his time in Rome, Stiv & Johnny and Lady Darkness are of his time in New York, Jerusalem of course tells from where it’s from (laughs), Miss Pastis is from France… and so it goes on. It’s very interesting! (smiles) And you know, Jet Fighter Plane for example… the lyrics are about the cold war, but it is very actual as well nowadays. All the good songs are timeless! (smiles)

Come Backstage:

Do you have a favorite track on it?

Bazie:

Yes, for myself it’s the third one, Blackbird Pie. That is one of the songs I wrote, above that it is the longest song we ever recorded. (smiles)

Come Backstage:

How long is it?

Bazie:

Six minutes. I like the acoustic interlude, because we never did that kind of stuff. I had the ideas of some parts of the song for a long time. The guys first thought it was too much, but then they heard how great it did sound. (laughs) So that was very gratifying in that way; to get it done. (smiles)

Come Backstage:

You’re on a big headliner tour through Europe. What do you like most about being on tour?

Bazie:

Most I like is having shows in a row… Usually when you do festivals or weekends, the good routine stops there. The best thing is to play every day. Because if something isn’t working at one evening, it will sure get better the next day, at the next show. I like it very much being concentrated on playing. Moreover you don’t have to do the dishes or take the thrash out. (laughs)

Come Backstage:

(laughs out loud)

Bazie:

I like the work in the studio too, but one day you just want to go out there and share it with the people, because you just get immediate feedback!

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Come Backstage:

Is there a big difference between the fans in Finland  and the ones here in Germany?

Bazie:

Not that much beside the fact that we’re more like a mainstream band in Finland. We don’t only play in Rock-Clubs, but also in discos for example. (smiles) The people there are a little bit different of course. (laughs)

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Come Backstage:

What if you had to convince a young person to listen to rock music, which song would you show him or her and why?

Bazie:

That’s a very good question! For me it would be Overkill, Motörhead. It’s just my all-time favorite song! (smiles)

Come Backstage:

And if you could have a fantasy dinner with three persons of your choice, who would you invite?

Bazie:

That’s a tough one too! (laughs) I think it would be Lemmy, Elvis and Iggy Pop. (smiles)

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Come Backstage:

Thank you for your time! (smiles)

Bazie:

Thank you, enjoy the show! (smiles)

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Anschließend gaben The 69 Eyes ein Konzert, dass die Zuschauer nicht so schnell vergessen würden. Eine tiefe, eindringende Stimmen und viele exzentrische Musiker, die sich auf der Bühne verausgabten. Mein Highlight war der letzte Song und die Zugabe „Lost Boys“ – hört mal rein!

 

Eure Ornella.

Long live Rock’n’Roll!

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